See also Contact me.
Nosce te ipsum, in English "know thyself", is something I've lived by for some time now. But that doesn't mean I need to share anything. In fact, there's little value in doing so.
I suppose I could give a sort of curriculum vitae / resume to establish my background and supposed-expertise. But who I am doesn't add to any argument, that's probably some sort of argument from authority. The very act of describing myself is an act of arrogance anyway. I'm using a pseudonym because a name not only doesn't matter but it detracts and distracts from one's work.
It's for privacy and not secrecy. I don't generally care about people knowing who I am. However, I do want to detach my pseudonym from my real identity in order to have some real-life privacy.
So instead, what I've accomplished will speak for my abilities. Maybe.
In short, I'm nobody. Stop wondering and get on with your life.
About this place
This is a personal web space run by my hand-crafted compiled website engine. It's a proof-of-concept for a philosophy (see compiled website reasoning) as well as a working host for my reviews and writings.
The spiralofhope Logo
The heavy lifting for my logo was done with great thanks to geminiguy from the Unity Linux team. I conceived of it and got some graphics, and he assembled it and made an SVG version of it. I tweaked it, tilted it and made various sizes of it both with and without a transparent background.
A Fibonacci spiral is created by drawing arcs connecting the opposite corners of squares in the Fibonacci tiling. In my case, it is ( 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 ):
(source, public domain)
Now to put my new logo to use.
I learned about Gravatar (Globally Recognized Avatar) when I poked around my WordPress profile. Because it required a square image, and it refused to just enlarge the canvas size and pad it with a transparency, I was forced to edit the image.
I ended up learning a little about Inkscape, the de-facto standard for SVG editing. It took me a while to figure things out, and I almost went back to GIMP (The GNU Image Manipulation Program) <shudder>. It being GNU should be enough to describe how difficult it is to use.
At any rate, I figured out how to change the shape of the canvas and export it the way I like. I even took the time to rotate it a bit, to change where the eye focuses.
One day I may create a new version as a favicon.
I've also been forced to have a white background instead of a transparent background, because it won't look proper on many websites.
I figured out how to have an alternate logo for the dark scheme of this website, and so I did some fiddling around to make a dark logo. It was a lot more annoying than I thought it would be!
Any of my variations of this image are copyright me with all rights reserved until I figure various licences out. (Real Soon Now™)