Updates: Outburst, Peelopaalu, & Something Else. | [21/APR/2020]
Good news! Now my site should (in theory) work across pretty much all devices without issue. I decided to do away with the old (and incredibly janky 5-minute hack job) I had going on, and actually do something somewhat decent using the same sort of style and codebase as Peelopaalu, and here we have it! An actual functional website! I didn’t skimp out this time, I promise!
Anyways, in other news, personal website aside and all that, I have some important stuff I want to go over some kind-of unfortunate news regarding Outburst, and some other slightly more fun things regarding Peelopaalu.
For those of you reading this who don’t know, a friend (RSA) and I own a sort of experimental and highly anonymous text-board called Outburst. I created the concept for what would eventually become Outburst back in September/October 2016, and later launched it with my friend in 2017 when I was in college. During the last three years, Outburst has been visited from people all over the world and has accumulated over 4,500 posts during its lifetime but posting has steadily declined over the last year and a half.
Since initially starting the Outburst project, RSA and myself have become much busier than we used to be, and our lives have changed a whole lot too. He has his commitments with university and work, I have my commitments with my other projects and my personal life. Things have shifted a lot since we started this, and quite frankly, we don’t really have the time to work on it anymore.
That said, going forward, Outburst will remain online in an archived state for people to visit as a sort of monument to free speech on the internet, and I encourage you to head over there now and make a post if you haven’t already. We’re not sure exactly when we’ll be no longer accepting new post submissions, but we’re expecting to “officially” announce it on Outburst in the coming weeks depending on how much spare time we have to arrange the closure of the platform.
I personally had great fun working with RSA, and I’d very much like to work with him again on another project in the future if we ever manage to get our schedules clear at the same time.
In slightly-less grim news, Peelopaalu is still going strong, and recently surpassed 51,000 unique visitors from all over the globe, which is pretty awesome for a small Neocities website I knocked out in my spare time. I’m fast approaching 500 total links on the directory, and (thanks to the people who’ve emailed me to inform me of dead/down links) I’ve recently added several new links to the site.
Also, yes, I am aware that the directory needs updating more frequently. I get it, really, I do. But please keep in mind that I am just one guy doing this on my own, and I manually look for links, and screen them all for quality before listing them. I’ve been asked by a few people why I don’t find a way to automate the process, and the answer I give is the same every time; I don’t want to risk the quality of the content on the directory to drop for the sake of convenience on my end. I’d much rather put out one high quality update once every now and again than churn out absolutely crap daily updates that makes the directory bloated and full of trash.
If you share my love of weird websites, you can always drop me an email if you would like to submit a link for review that you would like me to list on the directory. I’m actually not totally against the idea of perhaps even working with people in order to provide faster updates and keep the directory flowing and growing naturally without risk of it all turning into garbage. If you’re interested in submitting links to me en-masse, or want to write/generate some entries for Peelopaalu yourself, again, feel free to drop me a line, I’d love to hear from you!
The Mysterious "Other" Project:
So, onto the other mysterious (and quite frankly, weird) project I have in mind. I watched a video recently by a guy called Atomic Shrimp, and after years of looking at ecospheres and aquariums, I’ve finally decided to have a crack at making one in a glass coffee jar! I’ve not started this project yet, but when I do, I plan to use pond water and pond weeds from my local woods, and we’ll just let things progress naturally on their own without a filter and we’ll see where it ends up.
I also think it’s worth noting that I will be sticking to the same rules as Atomic Shrimp did, and should any vertebrates appear, I will end the project and return the contents of the jar to the exact spot I took it from upon noticing. My goal with this project is more about having an aquatic plant to display on my kitchen windowsill, and not so much about creating a micro-aquarium for small invertebrates, but no doubt they will find their way into the jar when I collect some water and mud. Should be cool to look at either way!
Whether I’ll be posting about this project here in my blog or creating a sort of sub-site for it on my projects page I don’t really know yet. I plan to just roll with it and see what works best as I’ve not really posted any of my IRL projects on my site before.
That’s all I’ve really got to share for the time being. If you want to reach out to me in the meantime, you can hit “Contact Me” in the site navigator to send me an email – I respond to all that are sent my way.
New Site, Peelopaalu Update, and More! | [22/DEC/2019]
Welcome to the new and (slightly) improved s.neocities.org! This site is best viewed on a PC as phones will squish images, crush my navigator, and make the site overall unbearable to browse. I'd like to say that this is intentional and I've done this the way I have to rebel against the modern mobile-friendly web or something but it's totally just because I got lazy and can't be bothered to do it any other way when 99% of the people viewing this site are doing so on a screen that is larger than 1280x720 anyways.
I put this site together recently as I felt it would be handy to have a centralised place to link to all of my projects, socialmedia, and other bits and pieces in case anyone wants to reach out to me for whatever reason, or if they just want to see what it is I do exactly.
I'm currently in the middle of a rather stressful house move after returning to the UK from Australia on the 26th of November, so updates on my projects have been slow these last few months. I'm currently trying to sort out bills, move house, hunt for a job (if you think I might be worth hiring, drop me a line), plan what to do later down the line for my other half's visa, (etc.) so it's safe to say that my main priority right now is sorting things out in my personal life before focusing on my hobbies and projects.
If you're following Peelopaalu, the good news in that department is that (with the help of RSA), the site is going to be receiving a major update in the coming weeks in order to make it easier to update in future along with the added bonus of making it slightly more light-weight and mobile-friendly so you can look at weird links while on the go if you so please, which should be pretty great.
Big thanks to everyone who's sent an email my way in the last month either sharing your love for Peelopaalu, or just to let me know that you're understanding of why updates are a bit slow lately. I read and respond to every single email that is sent my way, and hearing from you guys is always a blast.
Have a very Merry Christmas and I hope you all have a great New Year!
First Ever Blog Post | [04/DEC/2019]
First blogpost is first. That is all.