A tree-blue dot in space.

Geminispace's First Hangul Gemlog

2020-10-03 16:46:33 +0000 ~mieum

NAMU.BLUE has launched Geminispace's first ever Hangul gemlog. I have spent some time roaming around Geminispace in search of some Korean content, but so far I haven't come across anything. We're pioneering a new frontier in Geminispace, apparently.

In the process I've learned about percent encoding URLs that contain Korean text. I've also rediscovered how frustrating it can be to type Korean in a terminal. I wonder how viable a Korean-language tilde/pubnix would be if typing Korean in a terminal emulator is so uncomfortable. It's like being stuck in stop-and-go traffic. I am not sure, but I remember typing Korean into the stock terminal on MacOS without any "fun" disfluencies, and I have faint memories of it being smoother on my Linux machines in the past.

Anyway, if you know of any Korean content on Gemini, or if you're interested in creating some, please get in touch :) One of the motivations behind setting up our Gemini server, and the namu.blue project generally, is to facilitate experiments and provide learning resources and experiences for Korean speakers. Maybe sometime in the near future we will have a community of gemlogs hosted here~

A Tree-blue dot in Geminispace

2020-09-29 00:05:23 +0000 ~mieum

NAMU.BLUE is now on Gemini! Our Gemini capsule can be found at gemini://namu.blue. If you do not have a gemini client installed on your device, you can access it using this web proxy. If you are interested in downloading and installing a client, refer to this repository to find one that suits your needs. So, let's talk about gemini!

What is Gemini?

Gemini is a new internet protocol which intends to "avoid the pitfalls" of the web, while also addressing the limitations of Gopher (the original internet, which is very much still alive!). Gemini is minimalist by design, and mostly text-based. It is a quiet haven from the constant feeds and disfeatures of the bloated web-as-we-know-it. The simplistic design of Gemini makes it acessible and sustainable, requiring very few resources to serve and access. You can read more about the Gemini on the project homepage.

Our Gemini Server

NAMU.BLUE is using the unsinkable molly brown to serve Gemini content. The server itself is written in Go by solderpunk, the founder of Gemini, and is very easy to set up. Even on our little blueberry it barely makes a peep!

Why Gemini?

I have been a huge fan of Gemini ever since I discovered it just a few months ago. One reason I wanted to run a Gemini server on namu.blue is, well, because I'm curious about it! I'm using Gemini as an excuse to learn how to program---building a simple client and eventually a standalone application that even your grandma could use to write a gemlog. I think it is fun and a very interesting medium for communication and other creative projects.

One reason I want to host a Gemini server, though, is to encourage the creation of content on Gemini---especially original, non-tech-related content. The technologically inclined are early adopters, and the value of projects like Gemini are usually only realized by those who can appreciate it in a technical way. The result is that the usership of things like Gemini end up being a fairly narrow demographic, which is reflected in the limited scope of content. It seems that a greater diversity of interests represented on Gemini would be a good thing for everyone.

The problem is that it is unfamiliar for so many, especially when it comes to creating content for Gemini. There are services like gemlog.blue that help bridge this gap by allowing users to manage a gemlog through a web interface. I think developing tools and services that make Gemini more accessible to the casual user is a worthwhile goal for the Gemini community in general. At the same time, however, the simplicity of Gemini also makes it inviting to work with, even for someone who is not tech savvy. It requires little more than the ability to read and write to publish and maintain a gemlog. This is a very cool thing for the world.

I think that pubnixes and tildes are a great medium for learning about things like Gemini, and eventually I'd like namu.blue to be just such a place. I'd like to find ways to facillitate others in contributing something to Geminispace. There are really so many possibilities!

Some Progress

2020-09-14 22:19:44 +0000 ~mieum

I spent a little time making namu.blue look a little better, anticipating the addition of content later. So far there is a Home page, which for now will feature an "About" section, a dedicated Blog page, a Links Page, and a Contact page. This is all subject to change, but it works for now~

At some point I will be adding a writefreely instance for some users by request, and eventually we will have Gemini and/or Gopher servers running. Once we do, I'll make a designated page for linking to user content.

The ASCII banner may be changed as well. I just was experimenting with CSS and wanted to see how pre-formatted text would work for a banner.

The color scheme is Ethan Schoonover's Solarized color palette. I like the qualitative low contrast, the dark/light variants, and the blue/green base. It seems fitting for now.

In the next few days I'll be drafting an "About" section that outlines the purpose, values, and projects of namu.blue.

Hello World!

2020-08-25 04:55:26 +0000 ~mieum

namu.blue is finally live! It's not much to look at yet, but...we're here!