I think I missed a prompt somewhere... here's a quick message to introduce myself (http://tilde.club/~bupkes).
My name's Matt. I am in my mid-forties and I live in a town called Lewes just near Brighton on the south coast of the UK.
I'm married and we have a 12yo kid and a cat.
I've had a few jobs in the past, most of my twenties in a record shop but now I work for a charity.
My job is basically working with blind people (generally older people) explaining how to use various bits of technology.
Many people I work with have never used a computer before and can't see what I am talking about, so it can be tricky :)
For fun at work I play with VR stuff which - surprisingly, I guess - works really well with people who have poor vision.
At home I enjoy playing with Python and doing cryptic crosswords. Every week my wife and I do a twitch stream (https://www.twitch.tv/bupkes_)where we (and a bunch of people in chat) do a puzzle.
Anyway that's me, or at least a bit of me.
I'm here to meet people and learn new things.
See you around.
Matt / ~bupkes
You're the perfect group of people to turn to for help with this.
I'm working on a video where a significant prop is an old box of 3.5" HDD
disks. I managed to get an old unopened box of pristine disks and labels.
Now I need to write on the labels and make them look like someone has
actually been using these disks, circa 1990-2000 or so.
All the labels should feel real, but they can't use trademarks. So they
can't say "AOL installer" for example.
I've got up to 50 of these, and I'm open to ideas. The gist of what I've
got so far is:
Mouse Driver 1.1
NEW Soundcard Driver
Pixel Racer Man
PCI Bus Ethernet Drvr
CD-ROM Device Driver
Very Important Data
You get the idea. Send me your suggestions!
You are cordially invited to a tilde.club IRC party. The party will take
place in #club and run tomorrow, Saturday 28 December 2019, through the
evening on America's east coast (approx. 1700--0100 EST, 2200--0600 UTC).
All are encouraged to bring their typing fingers, some topics of
conversation, and a covered dish.
The purpose of this event is to increase synchronous, real-time traffic
between ~clubbers on IRC. Currently, not enough people are on at the same
time to make IRC much fun, but if we collect ourselves at appointed times,
then we can maybe fix that.
If this goes well, then maybe we can make it a weekly event. I'm open to
different dates and times for this sort of thing to accommodate different
schedules and time zones. Feel free to propose them in this thread.
I hope to see you all there. No RSVP required, but comments on this idea
(positive or negative) are encouraged.
The Top 8 experiment is complete, and now it's time to compile all of the
data. What did we learn? Well:
- We found out that it's apparently totally possible for a website to run
on [solar energy](https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/). --- ~pk
- We stumbled upon [a DnD podcast](http://friendsatthetable.net/), just as
I was making progress on my backlog. --- ~schussat
- We learned that it's important to [be
prepared](https://www.universalhub.com/french-toast) for severe weather.
- Some other neat stuff, too.
I encourage all ~clubbers to update their Top 8 every once in a while and
share it with others. (Reply to this thread or the one from last week!) I
had a lot of fun poking around the links you dug up, and I didn't even get
through all of them. If you want to take a look at mine, [go
Well, ~club, the winter holidays are here. For me, that's Christmas and
New Year's, but whatever you're celebrating, I hope it works out well for
you. Where I grew up, one near-given at this time of year is snow. Only a
few times was there a total lack of the white stuff on the ground when
Christmas came, and a few times we even had snow falling on the actual
day. It was some real Currier & Ives stuff.
Anyway, one of the things I miss about the old web is pixellated snow
falling down the screen. Do you remember that? Little white circles
dancing from top to bottom, getting in the way of whatever you came there
to read or see. Granted, I think I'd get tired of it pretty quickly if it
suddenly appeared everywhere, but right now the nostalgia is too strong to
allow for silly things like facts.
~club, your task is to **make it snow on your webpage.** Animate it if
you like, maybe even make it accumulate at the bottom of the screen if
you're feeling fancy. Even a GIF of some snow falling will do. Just make
it snowy and wholesome.
Good luck, ~club, and merry Christmas or whatever,
I don't have any sense of how much you all participated in last week's
workshop, since I couldn't think of a neat little command to run to scan
/home/ for wikis. As far as I can tell, there wasn't much interest, so
perhaps I'll try to a different sort of prompt this week.
Do you remember MySpace? Me neither. I happen to be young enough to have
more or less missed the rise of MySpace and instead been tempted by
somewhat early Facebook circa 2007. (That's another story.)
Based on echos in preserved popular culture from the period and other
forms of archaeology, I have concluded that there was once a way for
MySpace users to define an in-group on their page known as the Top 8.
Apparently, the decisions surrounding who was in a person's Top 8 and who
wasn't were serious ones with long-lasting social consequences, at least
for some. Of course, this is a ridiculous idea to us evolved humans of the
almost 2020s. We would never be dragged down into arguments with strangers
on the Internet over essentially meaningless tribal drivel, right?
~club, your task this week is to recreate MySpace's Top 8 somewhere on
your own set of pages. Just one catch: no people. To try to avoid
recreating the apparent angst that comes with publicly defining in-groups
and out-groups, let's pick instead from the vast selection of topics,
languages (natural and artificial), technologies, forms and genres of
music, and other inanimate stuff of interest. This way, we might avoid the
toxicity and end up sharing our interests with each other instead.
Have fun, ~club, and I'm sorry this one was a little late.
Did you enjoy creating a custom 404 page? I didn't end up with a lot of
time this week, so I threw mine together a bit hastily. Still, I
managed to embed a video of someone playing (or perhaps simulating) a
perfect game of Snake. I had hoped that maybe I could implement an
My hope is that someone who stumbles upon it may at least briefly be
amused by the pleasing motion of the pixelated reptile.
Many of you did a much better job than me. Thanks to the work of
~benharri and ~deepend, I was able to pull a list of ~clubbers who
created a "404.html" in their "~/public_html" using `find` and check
them all out for myself. Some of you are quite talented with CSS
(whether by craftsmanship or theft), and I congratulate you on your
Here's a list of the 404 pages I found, if you'd care to check them out
for yourself, in alphabetical order by username. Well done all:
If you don't see your 404 page on the list, feel free to leave a reply.
That's enough about the past. Following the success and surprisingly
high turnout of last week's inaugural WWW, I think an increase in
challenge complexity is in order. My aim is to mostly present relatively
simple workshop objectives, but occasionally I'd like to throw in a
thinker. You may find that this week's is one of those.
Wikipedia is perhaps the greatest project of good will on the web. If
you want to know about it, chances are that Wikipedia has some
information about it. Unfortunately, many of you have likely been
interrupted while browsing this digital oracle by an increasingly
obtrusive plea for money. (Incidentally, I encourage all of you who are
able to donate what you can to this outstanding resource.) It's obvious
that Wikipedia lives and dies on donations from its users, but what if
we could improve Wikipedia's financial situation from the other end, by
reducing operating costs?
Well, we can't. At least, not meaningfully. But we sure can pretend.
This holiday season (read: this week), I implore you to...
**Adopt a Wikipedia page**
What does this mean? You see, dear reader:
> Every contribution to the English Wikipedia has been licensed for
> re-use, including commercial, for-profit websites. Republication is
> not necessarily a breach of copyright, so long as the appropriate
> licenses are complied with.
Therefore, rehosting of Wikipedia content is allowed, provided that it's
done correctly. (Read the rest of that linked page for details.) If we
each adopt a Wikipedia page (that is, host it in our ~club directories),
then we will be helping Wikipedia out by reducing the load on their
servers (marginally) and helping them stay afloat. It's a holiday
Two suggestions on how to do this, if you're not sure where to start:
1. Consider using your favorite modern web browser's "Save Page"
feature, which will do some of the parsing and link re-jiggering
for you. It will also probably put the image assets in a neat
little sidecar folder for you, like a dog bringing in the paper.
2. When doing so, also consider appending "&printable=yes" to your
page's URL to get a simpler, less-styled version that might look
a little more like what we want on ~club. Up to you.
**Important note:** please don't use this silly email as a way to
attempt to justify breaking license terms or the ~club server. Keep your
resource footprint low (try to stay under 1 MB of disk, I'd say), don't
make anybody mad, do your research, and play nice. I am not a lawyer.
Go to work, ~club. The future of open knowledge depends on you, or
whatever. Oh, and choose your page wisely.
First off.. Hope you are all doing well and Happy Holidays!
Has been great to see tilde.club come alive again and we hope we can continue to provide a service that people will enjoy and use.
On that note I would like to find out what the community would like to see tilde.club become.
Reply to this topic with ANY suggestions of additional services or improvements we can be making to the tilde.club experience.
SSH login now requires key. Password authentication has been turned off. Stop by IRC or shoot a mail to root(a)tilde.club if you need help getting back in now that password auth is disabled for SSH.
Welcome to the first-ever Weekly Webpage Workshop. I've seen many a
complaint amongst you that you don't know what to put on your shiny new
~club webpages. The gleaming white blankness can be intimidating, so I've
decided to at least *try* to change that by sending out what you might
call "HTML writing prompts" each week. If you like, try implementing the
idea yourself, and then share and discuss your attempt in this thread.
Next week, I'll try to put together a participation summary for your
So, onward we march to the first prompt:
**Make a custom 404 page.**
We all know 404 pages. `HTTP 404 Not Found` is the tumbleweed-filled
wasteland that meets any traveller of the Internet unfortunate enough to
follow a dead link (or mistype a URL). Most web servers don't bother
replacing the bland default 404 page that ships with their server binary,
and a good fraction don't even have such pages. Instead, they just tell
the web server to redirect 404s back to the homepage, or something boring
A few server admins have the creativity and lightness of heart to take a
page that normally creates frustration or disappointment and make it at
least a little fun. Take [Google](https://http://google.com/404) and
[Slack](https://slack.com/404) as examples. (Many more examples exist;
these are just the ones that came to my mind immediately.) Your task,
should you choose to accept it, is to build such a page for yourself and
host it somewhere on your ~tilde.
Maybe consider putting a neat `.gif` or video on your 404 page, or perhaps
a meaningless aphorism. Make it simple or grand, detailed or unpolished.
It's up to you.
As far as I'm aware, there's no way to make your 404 page show up as the
actual 404 page for your ~tilde without help from ~ben or ~deepend. I'll
say that getting your 404 page set up on tilde.club will be extra credit.
Fly, you fools! And have fun,
That’s the prompt this time. How are you?
I’m in the southern hemisphere, so I’m still getting used to the idea that December is a really hot month. It’s enjoyable, but … strange. I’m drawing comics again! I’m really excited about it.
Which reminds me, if you’ve kicked off a new project, don’t hesitate to share a link or just talk about how you’re excited!
Let's make a silly little story together. Everyone will add one
sentence, each on a new line, until it feels like it finishes well, at
which point one should write END on a line after the last sentence.