I like tiny websites

I am obsessed with tiny, self contained websites. I dunno why, but they fascinate me. Only problem is, I’m really bad at CSS and I always end up stealing code from other sites to get the look I want.
And I recently discovered my Yahoo IM account has like 15Mb web space associated with it. Hmmm.

To this end, I have created a small site to hone my web design skills and promote tasteful ripping and murdering of other peoples code. When I feel like I’m done with it, I’ll zip the whole thing up and distribute it. Till then, you can look at it @ http://geocities.com/jamesthegecko. Feel free to rip anything neat you come across.

The reasons that this at GeoCities instead of my normal f2o account are:

  • I’m too lazy to open my ftp client.
  • GeoCities pretty much FORCES you to think small. A bit *too* small, imho. With a 20Kb site, if you got digg’D, they’d only let in about 250 people an hour. But still. Its good practice.
  • Keeps me from cheating and throwing in server-side stuff. Though I probably DO need to hone my PHP some, too. Junk.

One nice thing about using all html/CSS/Javascript over a mini CMS like my f2o site is that I can hide all sorts of neat little easter eggs. I could make a sentence with a word misspelled or something, and that word could be an invisible link. Not to mention that it will all (eventually) validate. I’m gonna have fun with this.

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7 Responses to “I like tiny websites”


  1. 1 Elizabeth Decker October 8, 2006 at 1:27 am

    Dude, your “cows” are sooo cute! (Especially when they blow up. 🙂

    They remind me of the Streets of Sim City game that I have which allows you to build cars with like, rocket launchers on them, and then blow other cars up. (Extra pts for hitting cops!)
    You can also get a machine gun and use your weapons to blow up cows! It’s so much fun!
    Yeah, I’m really hyper. ;0 oh, well.

  2. 2 James October 8, 2006 at 2:21 am

    Yeah, that was a fun game. My dad asked me to stop playing it when he saw me driving around blowing up cops and nuclear power plants as I did my evil overlord laugh. For the longest time, he thought it was Grand Theft Auto. By comparison, SOSS was fairly mild, actually…

  3. 3 Elizabeth Decker October 9, 2006 at 3:51 pm

    I think so, too. Grand Theft Auto has a LOT more graphicness to it.
    At least in SOSS, there is no porn and/or blood.

  4. 4 James October 9, 2006 at 9:50 pm

    Hey, GTA is rated M, but be fair.
    Yes, lots of violence. However, the “porn” isn’t even in the main game. Stuff is implied, but you don’t actually see anything graphic. The whole “Hot Coffee” thing was an easter egg that you won’t find unless you know about it.

  5. 5 Elizabeth Decker October 12, 2006 at 10:39 pm

    Yeah, well. There’s still a way to actually build
    porn-type scenes in the newest version. with the whole
    body of the sprites visible. and everything.

    It was very controversial, made it on the news and everything.

  6. 6 James October 13, 2006 at 12:56 am

    I’m going to assume that we are both referring to GTA San Andreas, the one with the Hot Coffee thing.

    There are a few details that these sensationalist news stories are missing:
    a) The pron scenes aren’t in the main game.
    b) To reach the sex minigame, you pretty much either have to hack the game or grind for several hours. The latter method only works if you have one of the first editions of the game.
    c) The minigame dosen’t have full nudity. From what I hear, Matrix 2 was worse. Not that I’ve seen either, mind you.
    d) Yes, there are still ways to *build* porn scenes in the game. That’s the thing. It’s called modding. By editing game files, you can create new skins and make anyone in the game nude. This applies to pretty much any game. But do you see news networks complaining about the nude patches for Super Mario 64?
    e) The game’s rating was upped from M (ages 17+) to… are you ready for this? AO (ages 18+). Truly, much has been accomplished.

    What I don’t get is why a game where you drive over screaming people, kill hookers with baseball bats, and smuggle drugs is coming under fire for hidden sexual content. Seems that little minigame would be the least of a parent’s worries.

  7. 7 Elizabeth Decker October 15, 2006 at 10:30 am

    Touché, salesman. (Did you get my email?)


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