If you’ve ended up here, then hello!

So what is this site? It’s a quick and simple place for me to roughly document whatever personal projects I’m working on at a given point in time. There might be some code tests, build write-ups, some straightforward writing or even some notes on studying Japanese (since I live here). There might even end up with some items on sustainability.

On that note, I’m very much an outdoor person, and for reasons lost to time and tea, for that kind of content, better to have a look at nanikore.net, as that is more focussed on motorcycling, snowboarding, and the outdoor stuff these days. This site is more the indoor side of things.

What was Brightblack Classic?

The original brightblack site ran from 1996 to 2008 and for the majority of that was hand coded. I was interested in how markup worked, going through various flavours of HTML, CSS and badly supported JavaScript over the years. Later I also put it into a few very different CMSs such as Drupal, TextPattern and even WordPress for a few months. Since 2008 it was been somewhat on hiatus, with a few articles here and there, and then in 2016 I started clearing some older content out and after trying some static site generators as deployment systems, moved it into Grav, and its flat file system.

What’s that name about?

The origin of the name ‘brightblack’ really isn’t that interesting, though it is rather obscure if you didn’t grow up in the UK during the 1980s. In 1982 Sinclair Research released the ZX Spectrum 8-bit computer. Despite the name, it only had 8 standard colours, which could be doubled with use of the BASIC ‘BRIGHT’ command. Somehow, the idea of BRIGHT BLACK, that mythical 16th. colour, struck me as a nice oxymoron. In reality, black and brightblack over RF looked pretty much the same. Anyway, 15 years later, stuck for a website name, I used it. There are plenty of other brightblack sites out there, and I’m curious to know where their name originated.

Content wise it was mainly focussed on tech as I’d started a sort-of career in IT/Engineering, and living in Japan for the first time on the JET programme. Initially, though it was called brightblack, I didn’t have the .net URL yet, which I bought a couple of years later. It was all hosted on whichever ISP I was on at the time, Airnet, GOL and even AT&T in Japan, and then Demon when I went back to the UK. Some pages came and went, but by 2008, it had gotten to well over 120 pages. That didn’t even include some of the whole sections I dropped in such as in 2002 I added my whole University thesis, complete with restored diagrams, but essentially an online version of what I’d submitted at University in 1996.

As for all of that original content, I’ve been looking to restore some of it in MarkDown along with some ‘in hindsight’ commentary on the original pages and upload them again but with that additional context. Let’s just say it’s in progress and has been for well over a decade, but I will add a few pages here at some point. As you’d expect, most of that content was, and is, almost cringe-worthy in style, and I’m impressed at the sheer number of typos which survived so many years and revisions. However, most of it is really only of use and interest to me, so there likely won’t be a lot being put back up. Also, given my lack of available time, I’d rather work on new content anyway, given how it’s a bit thin on the ground.