I saw that many of you made (or are even currently making) it snow on your
pages. Well done. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to make it happen,
being that I approach CSS in much the same way a ferret approaches a game
of shuffleboard---that is, incoherently and more or less according to
chance---but at the last moment I managed to find a post online that was
simple enough for me to understand. The results are about as bad as
expected (complete illegibility), but alas, it's only exactly what I asked
for. I doubt it will last through the week on my page.
Well, ~club, here we are. The year of middle-distance predictions is upon
us. How many of us will turn out to have been wrong about what we thought
we'd be doing with ourselves in 2020? I remember reading an article in a
magazine about 15 years ago that claimed we'd all be rid of cables by now
because long-distance wireless charging would be ubiquitous. This and
similar drivel will fall to the slowly-advancing bulldozer blade of time
this year. A shame, really, since the only thing 2020 did wrong was be a
round number for futurists to pluck out of the timeline.
But! It's not all bad. New years mean new opportunities for learning,
growing, and all that stuff you learned on PBS. This week, I propose that
we look forward into the new year by pulling something out from the past
and taking it with us.
I'm not familiar with gopher, but some light reading has revealed that
it's a way of organizing information on the Internet that sort of got its
lunch eaten by the Web. Many of you have more grey in your beards than me
(visible or not) and know first-hand what gopher is like. In any case,
~club, your task this week is to do something with your gopher space here
on tilde.club. A "hello world" will suffice, but I encourage you to do
what you can to make it interesting. When you do, be sure to post it here
so we can all check it out!
Since I don't personally know much about gopher, I haven't even checked to
see if anyone is using it on this server. I haven't seen anyone mention
it, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. If you've already got
something going over there, great! I'll see you there. If not, then I
encourage you to take this small step with me.
To the gopherhole!
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.