A collection of minimalist web blogging platforms

Boing Boing’s Rob Beschizza has made a web publishing ‘toy’ as he calls it, text.fyi. It’s small, brutalist, anonymous and mostly just a fun little thing to play around with. Here’s the list of features from BoingBoing:

This is the dumbest publishing platform on the web. … There’s no tracking, ad-tech, webfonts, analytics, javascript, cookies, databases, user accounts, comments, friending, likes, follower counts or other quantifiers of social capital. The only practical way for anyone to find out about a posting is if the author links to it elsewhere.

But it is legible, no-nonsense static hypertext, good for short stories, not-short-enough tweets and adventures and all your numbers station or internet dead drop needs. Here you can scream into the void and know the form of your voice is out there forever.

Search engines are instructed not to index posts and I’ll do my best to make sure this isn’t used as a tool by spammers or other abusers. Nonetheless, posting will be turned off if anything bad grows out of it.

Use Dumbdown to format posts: #header, **bold**, *italic*, `code`, >quote, and hyperlinks in the format [link](http://example.com). Try !hacker and !professor and !timestamp too. …

Long live the independent web!

Then goes on to write about a list of very similar web publishing platforms for small content like this:

txti.es is plain and perfect. Unlike txt.fyi it allows post editing for the duration of your browser session. Barry T. Smith made it with Adam Newbold to provide “fast web pages for everybody,” especially those with poor internet and low-end devices. (Newbold also made motherfuckingwebsite.com, itself among the many inspirations for txt.fyi; see also Drew McConville’s bettermotherfuckingwebsite for an idea of what a line of CSS can do for you.)

Said So is “a simple, anonymous, non-indexed, non-searchable microblogging platform,” but with share links, and stylish typography. Writes author Apostolos Pantsiopoulos: “Anonymity was the first thing that interested me. Then after I watched the documentary “helvetica” I was inspired to create a minimal posting service that removes all the unnecessary clutter and deliver the message as emphasized as possible, using a font that has this “authority” effect on people.”

I really, really like this. Sure it may be stupid and nowhere near as fully powerful as an actual blog (ala this site), and it’s probably not just for the brutalist design1. Maybe it’s just because it’s an echo chamber for my thoughts, but any kind of indie centralised writing is great and can go a long way. Jason Kottke just celebrated his websites 19th birthday. That’s an amazing acomplishment that has outlasted most blogs. I hope Valiant Ghost does the same (A few months – 2-3 years going strong!).

You should start a blog too if you haven’t already. As a decentralised echo chamber for your thoughts and feelings. As one of my blogger idols Rands said: Support freedom of the press. Start a blog.


  1. I’ve had a weird obsession with brutalist design lately, both in architecture and on the web. Maybe it’s just because my university has brutalist architecture, or that I found brutalist web design was a thing and then spun my own 90’s-esque page on Neocities. There’s something very stark about it. 

An amazing comic that tells a story in only nine words

In just nine words and a well drawn comic, the author /u/tysmurph tells a compact and potentially amazing story. It reminds me of Hemingway’s story in six words: Who is the boy, why is he there, what is the monster he came from? The author submitted it because he was thinking of making a comic, but with the following and support he’s got now it would surprise me if he didn’t follow it up. I would read it.

I’m thinking about making a comic, so I drew this test panel [OC] from comics

Virtual Reality porn isn’t working for male performers

Tracy Clark-Flory, Vocativ on how, for the males in POV VR porn, it’s hard as hell to actually do the… thing under the constraints it gives:

This is why Shreddz is one of the very few male performers who can film virtual reality porn — or, more specifically, virtual reality porn that is shot from a male point-of-view. In these shoots, the camera rig is typically placed within inches of the guy’s face, so as to eventually create the illusion for a headset-wearing viewer that they are occupying his body. That illusion not only requires blocking the male performer’s view, but it also necessitates that he remain largely passive. Too much touching, thrusting, or talking on his part is thought to take the viewer out of the sensation of being in the scene.

If NASA made alternative band covers it would probably look like the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird pilots in pressurized uniforms

From /r/Historyporn (Part of the SFW porn network so don’t worry) is these awesome image of the pilots of the SR-71 ‘Blackbird’1, the recon jet that could go above Mach 32.

SR-71 Pilots in Pressurized Uniforms, 1980’s (Blackbird pilots) [2048×928] from HistoryPorn

And credit for the title:


  1. It’s even on my Christmas list? 
  2. “If a surface-to-air missile launch was detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and outfly the missile.” lol op. 

Why the Hollyweed sign was not done by a pot smoker

So you’ve probably heard by now, on the first day of 2017 someone slightly modified the famous Hollywood sign to Hollyweed. It was a good way to start the new year, after 2016 had brought so many famous people deaths1. But why? The first and most obvious indicator would be a weed user, wanting to spread the good vibes to all of us.

But doesn’t that seem a bit too… simple? Using hard hitting investigative journalism which has been described2 as “Pushing the standard of what investagative journalism should accomplish”, The Awl‘s Christina Friar tells us why it’s not possible that it’s a weed smoker behind the playful vandalism in her award winning3 article, There Is No Way A Weed-Doer Was Behind The Hollyweed Sign:

 

To commit this crime, the artist had to scale a fence and avoid the razor wire to then climb a mountain in the dead of night while being closely monitored by surveillance equipment and executing a premeditated crime that largely hinges on dexterity and accurate positioning of large textiles. This is a coke project if I’ve ever seen one, or an amphetamine project. Those are the people awake and willing to start a new activity at 3 a.m. on January 1. The potheads all zonked out on Brian’s couch at 10:30 to New Years Rockin’ Eve, they’ll hear about Hollyweed in the morning.

 


  1. Personally I thought 2015 was worse, as a lot of more important people died. Spock, Christopher Lee, Terry Pratchett, Monty Oum. Nerd people. People important to me. 
  2. By me 
  3. The ‘It made Jackson laugh quite a lot after too much tea’ award.