~what even is tilde.club~

October 6, 2014

How old am I? I'm so old, I used to check my university email account using pine via telnet — because that's all there was. Along the way I learned a bit about the unix shell, I learned a bit of HTML, but then I got distracted by Other Things: 16mm filmmaking and the electric guitar, to name just two (other) (arguably) obsolete technologies.

By the time I came back to the web, it was in the capacity of "content" "creator", not web designer, developer, engineer, architect or what have you. But after ten years of busily "creating" "content", I've begun to feel a bit of shame at my lack of technical know-how. I can fake it in Wordpress, I can use my employer's rickety-ass CMS, but for better and/or worse, I'm the sort of person who needs a fairly complete, fundamental, ground-up understanding of an entire domain before I can consider myself anything more than an abject fumbler. I need to start over from the very bottom — and if tilde.club isn't the bottom of the web, I don't know what is.

So, here goes. What I hope happens is that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny right here on this very web page. So please bear with me as I attempt to work my way forward from the early days to something like the present. As of this writing I'm roughly where I left off in about 1999.

Technologies used: ssh, emacs, scp, a text editor, some rudimentary HTML.

UPDATED: now with manual permalink

Next stop: CSS.

UPDATED AGAIN because I forgot to say: HELLO WORLD! And also to say thank you to ~ford, who doesn't know me, but who gave me an account on this crazy thing anyway, just because I asked, and without whose generosity etc. etc.

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