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.

Table of Contents

Publications I follow

Low Tech Magazine & No Tech Magazine
Pragmatic discussions of and articles on simple and low impact alternatives to today's gratuitously complex technology.

Interesting Projects

Collapse OS
A self-hosted OS for Z80 and 6502 microcomputers written mostly in Forth and designed to help us effectively use basic computers long after the modern industrial infrastructure has collapsed.
Kestrel Computer Project
One of many interesting homebrew computer projects with a focus on simplicity and freedom.

Useful Sites

Ergo Emacs
Lots of GNU Emacs resources.
Nuke Map & Missile Map
You never know when the ability to calculate the spread of fallout following an N megaton nuclear blast on your nearest metropolitan area in the middle of winter might come in handy.
Chart of the Nuclides
A collection of calculators and an interactive chart of all the nuclides, basically an equivalent to the periodic table but for isotopes.
Desmos Graphing Calculator
Interactively graph 2-variable functions! I'm still looking for a good offline alternative.
Wolfram Alpha
But professor, computing integrals by hand is so tedious, why should I bother when Wolfram Alpha will always be there for me?
Dave Atkin's Web Site
A whole bunch of cool resources about spacecraft design and aerospace engineering.
Mystic Symbolic Art
A tool for making mystical symbols! There's also a fun Fediverse bot.

Archives and Collections

The Eye
An open-directory project with no respect for copyright.
textfiles.com
A collection of old text files and ascii art relating to early internet and hacker culture. The curator, Jason Scott also has a weblog and some talks that are worth checking out.
X-Files
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.
​/x​/ Occult File Library
A collection of PDFs curated by a nice anon over on the Occult & Magic General on 4chan's paranormal board.
Lead Free Shooting
Some resources for finding lead-free ammunition. Lead Free-Ammo Spreadsheet (Google Docs), Hunting With non Lead.
Documenta Latina
The Vatican's Latin documents. The website is styled exactly as you'd expect; I applaud the webmaster's good taste in not "modernising" it.
Sci Hub
Science should be free.
Library Genesis
Pirate your textbooks here!
Imperial Library (TOR)
A site for downloading ebooks. I much prefer to buy and read physical books, however it can be really useful to keep a collection of the books I own in a DRM-free digital format. After all, you can't grep dead trees.

Cool People

johnrayworth.info
My IB CS teacher's website; his class was my first real exposure to programming and computer science and I owe him a debt of gratitude for it.
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.
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Someone I encountered on the fediverse with an impressive body of fiction and some interesting essays. I also highly recommend checking out the Cortav project on c.hale.su, it's an intriguing new markdown language that I may eventually use myself as a replacement for org-mode. Also she's the only person I've encountered in the wild who uses the Fossil VCS used and created by the SQLite project.
niplav.github.io
A rationalist and essayist I met on the fediverse, I highly recommend their article Considerations on Cryonics.
dattagube
One of the few computer nerd blogs I still follow, he writes a lot about minimalist computing. The windowing system I've ran on my computer for the past few years is heavily based on his FVWM configs.
Applied Language
A Lisp hacker expressing her well justified distaste for the tragic state of modern software.
Yujiri's homepage
Another interesting person from the fediverse. I haven't had the chance to explore their site fully, but I'm really impressed by Sufec, a draft of a new instant messaging protocol designed to be totally private, decentralized, anonymous, and user-friendly.
100 Rabbits
A couple living on a sailboat and making cool art and software. A word of caution, reading their site too much will make you want to live on a boat too.

Frontends

The modern web is a dystopian panopticon of over-engineered garbage and crass advertisements, so naturally clever hackers have written tools to help people interact with hostile websites without being spied upon or advertised at.

Web Frontends

Invidious
A drop in replacement for watching and browsing youtube.com. For the past year or so I've found the instance on vid.puffyan.us/ to be fast and almost perfectly reliable.
IdiotBox
An ultra-minimal web search tool for YouTube.
Bibliogram
A slick replacement for instagram.com allowing you to browse your favorite artists' work while keeping Zuck's slimy probusci away from your precious bodily fluids
Nitter
Same for Hipster Rasputin's bird-themed website. When the official instance gets rate-limited, Nixnet's password-protected instance works pretty well.
Scribe
A reader for medium.com articles that isn't chickenshit minimalism and that bypasses paywalls.
Teddit & Libreddit
Reddit readers. Especially usefull on mobile phones where reddit.com is intentionally shit, old.reddit.com doesn't work well, and i.reddit.com is primitive to the point of being basically useless.
Simply Translate & Lingva
Translate stuff! Keep in mind that it still sends the text you want to translate to Google.

General Computer Programs

RSS and Atom
These are the old-school way of subscribing to content on websites without making an account or handing over your email address. It's very difficult to spy on users who subscribe to content via RSS or Atom feeds, which is why they're not as popular anymore, but almost all websites still support them for anything one might want to subscribe to. For the (mostly walled garden social media) sites that don't, RSS gateways like RSS Bridge exist.
youtube-dl & yt-dlp
A wonderfully usefull tool for downloading and archiving videos from YouTube and a bunch of other sites. Youtube-dl isn't being maintained right now, so you'll probably want to use the fork yt-dlp.
gallery-dl
Like youtube-dl but for various image websites.
MPV
An excellent video player that can stream straight from YouTube.

Android Apps

NewPipe
A free-as-in-freedom YouTube app that blocks ads, lets you download and subscribe to channels, and doesn't make you pay to listen to videos with the screen off. Probably the single most useful app on my phone.
RedReader
A full-featured Reddit client.
Barinsta
An open-source Instagram client that doesn't require downloading Zuck's spyware. I haven't used it because I don't want to give Instagram my phone number, but it's an option if you already have an account.
Aurora Store
The Google Play Store is a rootkit the peripheral services of which essentially give Google full control over your phone. Aurora Store allows you to install proprietary apps on an Android phone with a Google-free ROM like LineageOS or GrapheneOS.
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