links.alanwsmith.com

First things first

Welcome to my links page. You can find me on my main site, Twitter, Twitch, and the occasional podcast

But, the real point of this page is to point you to the various sub-domains that make up my Digital Garden. (This page originally included my How To Grow Your Digital Garden With Sub-Domains piece. It's a good read if you want some inspiration to get started setting up your own)

My Digital Garden

alanwsmith.com
The place where it all began. This is my main site/blog. It's personal so I post about whatever happens to have my interest. Music, movies, code, having bipolar disorder, whatever. It's also not organized right now. It's just an alphabetical listing of links. Improving that is definitely on the to-do list.
AreYouCurrentlyAlive.alanwsmith.com
Build this one in the spirit of Has The Large Hadron Collider Destroyed The World Yet.com for Netlify's 2021 Dusty Domains. The little page was worth $500 to charity.
ascii-art.alanwsmith.com
A few famous pieces of art turned into ASCII. This is one of five experiments in making a site out of just HTML. There's no JavaScript, CSS, or image calls. Just the HTML. The idea came from this tweet from whitep4nth3r about HTML only web sites.
aws-price-list-api-values.alanwsmith.com
I had to dig through the AWS pricing APIs while working on an EC2 pricing comparison for blender rendering. It took a while to figure out how to get at the data. This is the initial data set you can use to filter requests. Hoping it helps save folks some time by not having to bang their heads against this part themselves.
band-names.alanwsmith.com
I'm always on the look out for band names. I've started collecting them here
bright-screen-flash-alert.alanwsmith.com
Designed primarily for streams who work in dark mode. This plays a little yelling sound for chat when they hit a page without it.
cloudinary-image-maker.alanwsmith.com
I got tired of trying to assemble Cloudinary urls. Took less time to make this than I spent trying to figure out how to apply text to an image by hand.
d3-playground.alanwsmith.com
A place to mess around with D3. Just getting started on this one
dpr.alanwsmith.com
A single serving site that shows your current Device Pixel Ratio
ec2-price-list.alanwsmith.com
I finally got fed up with how difficult it is to figure out EC2 pricing so I put this togehter. (The specific goal at the time was to price out the different GPU instances to look at blender rendering.)
hacking.alanwsmith.com
This is what hacking looks like. Also, another site that got $500 for charity as part of Dusty Domains
horsevatars.alanwsmith.com
Playing around with making multi-color avatars for Frontend Horse as an experiment
html-animation.alanwsmith.com
The forth experiment in the series six of making site/pages relying on only HTML without JavaScript, CSS, or images. This one produces an animation effect by using meta redirect tags to cycle between pages. (Note that you may have to close the page to stop it)
html-display-board.alanwsmith.com
This was the fifth of the six experiments is seeing what can be done with only HTML (no JavaScript, CSS, or images). It uses the deprecated marquee tag to create a scrolling text display
html-maze.alanwsmith.com
Another of the six experiments to see what can be done with HTML alone. No JavaScript. No CSS. Just tags (including some deprecated ones)
html-random-pattern.alanwsmith.com
A grid with random colors. The sixth no javascript, css, images experiment.
ideas.alanwsmith.com
A collection of ideas for programming projects if you need something to help get you started
Jack Torrance Blog
An homage to The Shining. It's also what I had my site doing way back in 2001
javascript-playground.alanwsmith.com
A place for me to mess around with javascript to create snippets for both understanding how things work and to use to copy into other code
links.alanwsmith.com <- You are here
Pointers to my tools, projects, and playgrounds and a pitch for making sub-domain digital gardens
letters.alanwsmith.com
You're number one source for links to my letters of the alphabet sites. I made them as part of my "How To Grow Your Digital Garden With Sub-Domains" post. (Here's direct letter access if you're looking for that: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z. )
manic-scroll.alanwsmith.com
A sample of the notes that I took during a manic bipolar episode. There's nothing particularly profound about them. Just thought it might be interesting to post them
markdowntable.com
A super basic table formatter for markdown. Eventually, I'll make it live update and add more features, but it's handy as it is. (Though, I really need to add dark mode)
The Million Portrait Project
It's been on hiatus, and doesn't have a lot there yet, but this is my long term photography project. (Fair warning that the site isn't responsive. I didn't know how to do that when I made it)
minecraft.alanwsmith.com
My basic collection of minecraft notes so I don't have to look them up every time. Another plain HTML file site that I'll be adding some style too
monocrack.alanwsmith.com
Currently Offline - A little game where you decrypt texts
nextjs-playground.alanwsmith.com
My place to mess around with NextJs to figure out how it works
ngrok-qr.alanwsmith.com
A quick place to send ngrok urls to your phone via qr codes
photos.alanwsmith.com
Photography used to be my thing. It's what I was known for long before I got into code. During the years of getting my ass kicked by mental health issues, it left me. It was gone so long I''d gotten used to the idea that it was gone forever. Now, it's back. This is where I'm posting my stuff
pixel-art.alanwsmith.com
This is an experiment to make pixel art using only an HTML table. It's one of six using no JavaScript, CSS, or images. Just the HTML. It was inspired by this tweet from whitep4nth3r
podcast.alanwsmith.com
Home of The Pod Of Alan where I riff on working in public, making stuff, creativity, art, design, education, learning, language, mental health, movies, and music
qrclock.alanwsmith.com
I wanted to see what would happen if you encoded time into a QR code. This is it
reader.alanwsmith.com
The idea behind this one is to make it easier for me to read documentation. Or, really, to keep my place when I'm reading through docs. Right now it's just the Org-mode manual split into individual pages. The key is that it remembers what page I'm on so I just open the site and pick up where I left off.
rtr.alanwsmith.com
Gotta have a Roll Tide site. On the TODO list is to figure out the code that keeps all the words in view while filling the page as much as possible
slides.alanwsmith.com
Gonna start putting slide decks here for talks and videos
static-template.alanwsmith.com
My basic template for starting sites without frameworks. Has sample favicons and Open Graph image calls and will eventually have CSS and JS samples
SurfTech.tv
This is a little project I built for myself so that when I've got a some time to watch a tech video during lunch I don't have to worry about finding one. This just plays a random one for me. Still have a bunch of features to add to this, but the basic functionality is nice
tailwind-playground.alanwsmith.com
Messing around with TailwindCSS to figure out how things work
tutorial-thoughts.alanwsmith.com
I find most coding tutorials frustrating. This is my place to experiment with layouts, designs, and concepts that work with the way my brain works
yabai.alanwsmith.com
I use Yabai as a tiling window manager on my mac. This page has some scripts I use to automatically move windows around based on which monitors I have connected and what I'm doing