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A quest for zen in minimal text and some other stuff.

Greetings, this was originally going to be created in SeaMonkey's Composer program, as Composer writes surprisingly good HTML 4.01 code.
But, there were issues. Well not really issues, you can create a nice looking and functional static website with Composer without any fuss, but it just wasn't for me, it felt cluttered. I did think of writing this site in html but it's allot of work and it can become very time consuming just for a site to display text, so I ended up on on a thing called Markdown.

My goal here, is an experiment to return to the grass roots of the web. Basic static html pages, but using a modern language like markdown to streamline content and page generation. With no javascript, minimal css if any, just simple text, minimal by design and perfect.
The site will coexist with my Gemini space “See below” and one day maybe in a free and open future, will become my Gemini page.
There can be only one.

I like text, it's cool, clean, simple and functional and of course very nerdy and very minimal.
Because that's what it's all about these days isn't it? The Marie Kondo method:

What more do you need?
Actually, I know a minimalist or two and they aren't miserable they're quite happy in fact, with their spoons and their bowls and their pot plants in their empty house.

Anyway, back to the text!
As a lover of simple text, I decided to write this all in Markdown, because Markdown is just the bee's knees. It's fast, light weight, easy to learn and of course minimal.
What is Markdown you say? Well, here's a quote from Wikipedia, and you can find out more in the references below.

“Markdown is a lightweight markup language for creating formatted text using a plain-text editor. John Gruber and Aaron Swartz created Markdown in 2004”

On a side note, I was going to write this site in Emacs using org-mode and markup, but my brain deflated just thinking about it and I need my brain, well I think I do, better keep it just in case.


Well just a few of them


What more can I say, I love text. Beautiful in it’s simplicity a perfection in design. Human readable, not locked in to an inaccessible format

Design perfection = text.


I’ve been a devoted nix user for along time. Started when I found a set of Suse discs in the rubbish bin, many distros later landed on Ubuntu and the Ubuntu family and been there ever since, devoted Ubuntu fan. Use it promote it love it.


Not the star sign or a rocket, but it may be related to rockets, but the protocol. Yes, the Gemini protocol, where have you been all my life.
Gemini is a breath of fresh air in the tangled mess the web has become, it is minimal and simple in design and very zen.
The Gemini protocol in a very small nutshell is:
The Gemini protocol is a new internet protocol inspired by the Gopher protocol but with modern security features. To quote the Gemini project “Gopher, souped up and modernised just a little” It was designed out of the frustration of a servely bloated and monopolised web. a Gemini site is generally called a space, harking back to the NASA Gemini missions of the 1960's. Gemini renders text only and at the moment most web browsers do not support the Gemini protocol, but there are a few new browsers out there that do. On the Gemini site in the references below you can find a list of browsers that support Gemini, also a much better and more detailed description of Gemini, what it s and what it isn't

You can view Gemini spaces with a standard browser using a proxy search listed below. Also the address to my Gemini space, which at the moment, will for the most part mirror this site.
Gemini-to-web proxy service
Cratermouse.com Gemini space

The Wikipedia Markdown page Markdown
Read more about Gemini here. Gemini
The Wikipedia page on the Gopher protocol. Gopher)
The Wikipedia page on the HTTP protocol. HTTP
The Gemini Project NASA. The Gemini Missions

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