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May 18, 2021 8:15 PM

So many blog updates

Sometimes my life gets so busy and I go months neglecting my side projects and sometimes...

Sometimes ya need to roll with those impulses. I find that's when I can really get into something. Or be enthusiastic about it.

Yeah. So I have a bunch of site updates:

Did I break anything? We shall see...


May 17, 2021 10:01 AM

Cleaning out the raptors

I did some electronic spring cleaning yesterday, and I found some old blog posts. Nothing too exciting, really, but I added them to the appropriate places in the blog. There isn't a convenient way to get to them (yet), just keep click click click-ing Older >> until you get there. Or change the url.

I also finally created my own 404 page, so you no longer see "raptor not found" if you go to some page that doesn't exist. I don't really understand Mojolicious' branding. They use clouds as the default icon, but the default 404 page is a dinosaur. Speaking of clouds, I really need to create my own icon.


May 16, 2021 12:26 PM

Ascii art

I first learned about ascii art back in the days of AIM when I would talk to SmarterChild. My middle school self thought that this chatbot was so cool. Obviously it was programmed to just talk to you, but it also had some other fun content like facts and games. It had a section filled with ascii art, and I spent one day just looking through every single piece of art it had.

After that, I went googling around to look for other ascii art, and I stumbled upon a really cute story which is something that I still consider one of my absolute favorite pages on the internet. Unfortunately it doesn't exist anymore, and it took me a while to even find that link. Thank goodness for the internet archive.

I was so inspired by "Fixed Width Days" that I wanted to create my own ascii art. I had created a site on GeoCities where I would put all the ascii art I typed up. Unfortunately, that doesn't exist anymore either, and it was taken down at a time in a my life where I guess I had other distractions, so I didn't save anything D: One of these days I'd like to present my own ascii art story.

_ _ .-~-. .-~-. ( `v' ) .-~-. .-~-. `-...-' `-...-' `. .' `-...-' `-...-' " Because I have to put some amount of ascii art in a post about ascii art

Until then, I'll keep making little pieces of ascii art here and there. I don't know anything about art, but there's just something I find so satisfying about using text to form pictures. I feel the same way about websites that look like they haven't been updated since the 90s. I've always wanted my own space on the internet that captured this feeling (while still somehow being mobile-friendly, because I guess that's important :P) and I think I've finally been able to do that with this personal site.


January 31, 2021 10:00 AM

An update to my colorful side project

Just a quick ascii art color-izer update:

You can now click+drag to select/de-select multiple characters at once. I tested it once on my laptop, and not at all on mobile, and it Works on My Computer, so good enough for now.

Oh, but you know what this means? Another post with ascii art is in the works...


January 6, 2021 12:02 AM

A colorful side project

So, I was in the middle of writing a blog entry. And then I started making some ascii art. And then I started coloring that ascii art. And then I thought "Wow, this is annoying", so I started making a tool for myself. More to come on that later.


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