Hi Merveilles,

Inspired by the awesome sites in the webring (and with help from @rostiger on how to use 11ty) I have started building a simple website for myself.

...but last time I have done anything with HTML, slicing PSDs and making layouts with tables was still in vogue.

Is it even ok to build websites this way nowadys, or should I study up on css grids or flex layouts? I am just looking to build a simple layout as a base for the static site that won't require the newest tech to run.

coders and non-coders of the fediverse: what is your **favorite ever** monospaced font?

(boosts? i like monospaced fonts.)

Hey Fedi!

Could you recommend me some search engines that either omit bunch of the big websites (facebook, "news sites and especially pintrest) or at least let me create blacklists for them?

Google is failing me more and more when I try to find for anything that is not a "current hotness" and even DuckDuckGo seems be plagued by pointing to websites that abuse SEO and just regurgitate "content".

Boosts greatly appreciated (as I exist in a small corner of fediverse)

More progress on the Utopian Scholastic piece, really leaning into the tropes, but it is a pastiche after all :D

Sadly, it seems there are some issues at US postal Service, so I haven't had the chance to use my "new" 90s stock photos, but I still want to see if I can fit some.

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Slowly making progress on the Utopian Scholastic piece.

Once my next order of 90s stockphoto CDs comes in the next few days I will see how it looks with added sky (I want a 90s photo for that so I can keep the grain the vintage photography).

Now time to find more elements to put "inside" the head, so that statue does not feel too lonely.

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I don't really share my commercial work, because it's seldom exciting, but today is different.

Today I began working on a commission that is a dream-like take on a Utopian Scholastic aesthetic/movement.

Not only the research part of the project was a lots of nostalgic fun, but I finally have use for the 90s stock photo CDs I own (also, it was a great excuse to track down and buy few more ;)

I've been on a 90s design aesthetic kick recently, and I am (re)discovering some somewhat hermetic, but amazing design movements. "Utopian Scholastic" speaks to me both aesthetically and for its hopeful look at the future.

My vintage plotter is getting some much needed TLC and mods, so I can get more serious about

Today, it got a a small case modification so it will be able to use off-the-shelf pens, then a deep clean inside and, finally, a merveilles sticker.

Next - 3d printing the pen holders.

Just received my merveilles letter and I love it so much. I needed to "hear" the message inside - thanks for lifting my spirits @somnius

Now I need to find a good place for the stickers.

P.S @somnius did you plot the letter? What plotter do you use?

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Fedi - I could use some help.

Recently I have been playing a bit of a digital archeologist and exploring websites of late 90s/early 2000s.

I have grown up in Poland, and we had a few internet focused magazines, that would include copies of websites on a CD. I bet other countries had similar publications.

This is where I need help. What magazines from your country included offline versions of websites? English preferred, but I am happy to explore any language. Boosts greatly appreciated!

I am a bit on a nostalgia kick, here's a recommendation for a graphic novel I recently finished.

Marzi is an autobiographical peak behind the iron curtain, as seen through the eyes of a kid who lived through the final days of communism in Poland.

While I technically lived through the same (in a city 1h away from where the novel takes place), I was way too young to understand it. This novel gives great context, and is full of everyday memories and quirks.


This thread between @lrhodes & @glyph is giving me life.


I love seeing people share their passion and knowledge, and identifying fungi made me all kinds of nostalgic.

Back in Poland, foraging for mushroom would be a family pastime. We would drive to the forest on the weekend and pick edible mushroom, then make stews, soups or pierogi with them.

I miss that. I moved to US and fungi are all different here - I don't know what's safe to pick. I should change that.

I am checking out some of the websites from the books:

...just browsing 52mm.com on wayback machine.

Sadly, a bunch of the images are missing, but the idea that your website opens in a new, very specifically sized window is just so cool to me. It makes it much more of an "experience" to browse.

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I bought two 1999 books collecting "The Best Work from the Web." It made me miss that time online.

Nowadays, if you manage to find a private website, most of the time it will just use a CMS theme or be some wix/squarespace "paint-by-numbers" thing.

I miss that explosion of creativity we had - people were exploring a new medium, it was uncharted territory, there were no rules. Nowadays everything feels so "optimized" and bland.

I am glad for the merveilles webring - your websites give me life.

I just discovered my new favorite computer form factor.

Courtesy of @crt_bot@twitter

Even if I could not afford to ship one from Japan, I would at least love to own this keyboard one day.

HEAVY WIZARDRY does not have equipment per se. As the game takes place in VR, instead of equipment or spells, HW has programs and scripts.

So why not make the chapter about equipment an "ad" for in-universe software vendor?

I plan to delve into the program soon, as I love both the premise (an astronaut coming back to earth after 200 year mission finds the planet abandoned) and the presentation (player sits at a terminal and digs through a database to discover the story). Not to mention seeing an early example of using hypertext to tell a narrative.

Without access to the macintosh version (which I find most aesthetically appealing), I will need to choose a different platform. Will report back once I am done.

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