Web Directory

A directory of places around the Net that I enjoy. This is sort of like a blogroll of yore, but broader in scope.

Online Publications and Projects

Low Tech Magazine
Low Tech Magazine and its sister site No Tech Magazine are the go-to websites for pragmatic discussion of low impact technology. I primarily enjoy them for their articles for the discussion if simple and low impact alternatives to todays gratuitously complex technology.
NODE is one of the most classically cyberpunk thing's I've ever found. It's a project focused heavily on DIY/open hardware and decentralized computing projects. The NODE site has tutorials and schematics for various interesting projects, as well as a pair of really interesting zines available for download.
Collapse OS
Collapse OS is a self-hosted OS for Z80 microcomputers written mostly in Forth. It is designed to enable to people to effectively use basic computers long after the modern industrial infrastructure has collapsed. I'm currently using CollapseOS as a platform for learning about Forth and Assembly programming. Eventually I'd like to try and port it to the 6502 processor so that I could run it on a C64 or Apple ][.
Kestrel Computer Project
One of many interesting homebrew computer projects with a focus on simplicity and freedom. I should probably create a separate section for such things.

Useful and Intresting Sites

Ergo Emacs
Xah Lee's website is a useful resource for anybody interested in learning about technology in general and the Emacs text editor in particular. Some of my favorite things here are his Emacs fun page and Elisp programming series.
Nuke Map
A nuclear blast simulator. Fun to play with and hopefully never actually useful. There's also a Missile Map for those interested.
The Eye
The Eye is an open-directory project for archiving…basically everything web-related. I think of them like archive.org but edgier.
It's a database of old plain text files and ascii art and a gold mine for those interested in the history of hacker culture. A collection that I found partiularly interesting was this one about Unix hacking from way before I was born. Jason Scott (the guy who runs it) also has a weblog and some talks that are worth checking out.
An impressively massive, multilingual repository of tech information and computer science resources. The find.txt file that contains a list of repository contents is 96,000 lines long and weighs in at 8 MB.
Lead Free Shooting
Some resources for finding lead-free ammunition. Lead Free-Ammo Spreadsheet (WARNING: Google Docs), Hunting With non Lead.
Dave Atkin's Web Site
A whole bunch of cool resources about spacecraft design and aerospace engineering.

Personal Sites and Blogs

My IB CS teacher's website. His class was my first real exposure to programming and computer science. His website has useful introductory information for basic data structures and Object Oriented Programming with Java.
Justine Tunney's Web Page
A brilliant hacker and the author of some of the coolest projects I've ever seen; most notably Redbean, a webserver written in a single file of C that compiles into a ridiculously portable executable that's also a self-extracting Zip archive containing a Lua runtime and the pages of your website.


Most websites these days are so unusable that you need to use a frontend to access their content without waiting ages for the page to load and render or accepting a bunch of malicious cookies. These are some of the frontends that I have experience with.

A YouTube frontend. It's significantly faster than YouTube and is mostly usable from text-only browsers and with JavaScript disabled. Invidious is extremely feature-rich, offering the ability to subscribe to accounts and stuff. Just be aware that YouTube doesn't like this kind of thing so you're going to end up receieving a lot of "rate limit exceeded" errors, but those are easily overcome by reloading the page.
Where Invidious is a drop-in frontend for visiting YouTube.com, IdiotBox is an ultra-minimal search tool.
An Instagram frontend with a very clean, attractive UI. I haven't used it much so I don't know how feature rich it is, but the experience of browsing artwork is extremely pleasent. It's mostly JavaScript-agnostic and is not terrible in text-only browsers.
A Twitter frontend. It's faster and more usable than Twitter.com and works well without JavaScript. Tolerable to use in text-only browsers.
Good Old RSS and Atom
A lot of websites that you'd think wouldn't, including YouTube, Twitter, and Reddit, expose RSS and/or Atom feeds that make it pretty easy to "subscribe" via your favorite RSS reader.
A wonderfully usefull tool for downloading and archiving videos from YouTube and a bunch of other sites.
Like youtube-dl but for image websites. It works with DeviantArt, Tumblr, Reddit, and a bunch of other sites.
The best video player. One of MPV's many awesome features is it's youtube-dl integration which allows you to play internet videos from the comfort of you terminal wth mpv <URL>. It even works in the tty with the --vo=drm flag.
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