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!