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I picked this domain back in 2013 and have stuck with it ever since. It was originally solely a place to host my mixes -- hence the name, resembling a radio station -- but organically evolved over time into what you see here.

The current meaning of the domain name is:

empty Formless Machine, Computing Carefully


This site currently runs on a FreeBSD virtual machine hosted by Upcloud and running on renewable energy.

For reference, I currently run the following services off this host:

the design

The design of the website itself is deliberately spartan according to my principles. That means no Javascript, no web fonts, and no on-demand content generation. There are also no cookies or tracking of any kind. I make use of plenty of CSS3 in the layout and styling of this site, but it still functions perfectly with CSS disabled. This, as well as accessibility for the blind, are the result of a simple semantically consistent HTML structure.

Another consideration is accessibility over poor internet connections. All images are either hand-optimized (background/banner images and SVG icons) or optimized by resizing and dithering (thumbnails). This, combined with the aforementioned points, leads to even the heaviest pages on the site having low payload size and quick load times.

I encourage other web developers and designers to follow this approach whenever possible, or only use Javascript and remote content when absolutely necessary, as this leads to a more accessible and less wasteful internet.

The hack lab runs on legit: a very simple git web interface written in go.

The black hole cafe is a honk instance; honk is a minimal and opinionated ActivityPub server. It follows a progressive enhancement/graceful degredation design philosophy, with basic functionality being usable without Javascript or even from a text-based web browser.