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║If you can read this,
╚══╝
Something
          broke.

A Bugge doth crawl
B'neath the floor,
Thru twisted veins
Of earthen ore and ire.

Its pincers wrought
From thoughts untold,
Blank mechanism
Seizes hold:
Voracious jaws of taught
And
    sculpted wire

            

System

 v9.8.5.0

puss_moth

MOTION
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JS
DISABLED

Web Site Blood Pact

I (the webmaster) solemnly vow to maintain this site in order to ensure it acts as an accurate reflection of my inner self, and as a way of connecting with others through the remarkable phenomenon of the open web.

Site does not track anyone: no analytics, cookies, or server logs are used. If you want to leave evidence of your visit, you may do so by writing an entry in the guestbook.

I do, of course, have the ability to rewrite history and distort reality to my will in the guestbook. Hopefully that's unneeded, tho, and the surprises are only delightful.

Site conforms only to my arbitrary aesthetic standards, and does not necessarily constitute a well-formed, standards-compliant HTML document. It is designed to be mostly navigable if JavaScript is disabled, and relies heavily on CSS f**kery.

Ben

¡Memento mori!

Uh...
0:00 0:00

Ben LaCroix

Advisory

!Warning!

Your IP is

34.239.154.201

Please sit in a well-lit room away from screen.

Bio

cAM2 ◼

CV

1993 Oct.
We have hunches of his existence.

1999 Dec.
He stay up late and wait for the Y2K bug.

2000 Jan.
There did not seem to be the bug.

2001 Sept.
...

2008 Aug.
█ █████ █████████ to █████ public █████████

2014 Sept.
███████ out of ███████

2015 Jun.
Backpacked a section of the Appalachian trail, starting at the northernmost point. Ended up 600-some miles south.

2017 Jun.
█████████ ██ ███████████, █████████.

2020 Apr.
Wed spouse.

2038 Jan.
Next bug.

20██ (future)
Excommunicated.

20██ (future)
Untimely demise.

Bio (cont'd.)

Hello and thank you for visiting my webpage!

I've always been driven by a strong creative urge, and am fascinated by nature and technology. As an outlet, I create comics, electronic music, and pseudo-conspiracy websites, among other things. This site was built in an attempt to contain such projects.

Thru the years, I've survived being an altar boy, a scout, and homeless. I've bussed tables, dug holes, and biked/walked everywhere to make ends meet.

Currently, I'm fortunate to live in the Tennessee valley with my beautiful wife, and a few cats who think they own the place.

I've been spending most of my time lately developing a web design business, which I aim to fully launch by Q2 2024.

If you're interested in hiring me or artistically collaborating, here are some things I can do for you:

  • Build you a website
  • Mix/remix your track
  • Design and print a risograph flyer or poster for your event
  • Play a live set of original music at your event

Anyway, have fun taking a look around and clicking on stuff. I'm an open book; reach out to me through e-mail if you want to talk about pretty much anything.

Cheers,

Ben

Spawning in the woods, c. MMXXII
Spawning in the woods, c. MMXXII

Downlink: kbps

Artist and web developer living in Chattanooga, TN, US.

I like synths, hiking, experimental comics, and cats.

Blood type
A+
Call sign
KM4WQR
Current temperament
(º _ º )
2024.02.02
Donor organs
All 'cept brain
Encryption
on
Phobia
Bugs
Protocol
HTTP/1.1
Server / Temp
Apache /
°C

Projects

Shapes in Real Time
2018– music
A computer band and cereal brand.
The Træchæry of §hape§ released 2024.02.

Hiders Out
2022– webcomic
The exploits of various patterned men.

Occlusion Cull
2020. webpage
Basement-dweller prose.

Synthetic West #0
2019. comic
Printed as a 3-color risograph and distributed at Chattanooga Zine Fest.

Devlog

v9.8.5.0puss_moth2024.02.12

Bio: added "full bio".

System: updated Web Site Blood Pact.

My printer and I now appear in the atlas of the illustrious stencil.wiki.

Crushed some bugs.

v9.8.4.0narcissus_bulb_fly2024.02.05

Made the pulsating orb more handsome.

v9.8.3.0phyllophaga_delphinicauda2024.02.02

Projects: added new CD The Træchæry of §hape§ in Real Time.

Projects: updated Shapes in Real Time website to reflect the replacement of Scrapeshin with FFRanco Realtime & The New World Catbirds.

Check out the bug this version is named after.

v9.8.2.0spotted_lanternfly2024.01.20

Mp3 player: added track "icons".

Layout bugfixes and enhancements.

v9.8.1.0isabella_tiger_moth2024.01.12

Added RSS feed for site updates. To use, copy & paste link into an RSS reader.

Mp3 player: added track "glowstick_coward".

Improved scrollbar behavior.

v9.8.0.0tortoise_beetle2024.01.05

Added and expanded secrets.

v9.7.2.1tomato_hornworm2024.01.02

now appears alongside other fine examples of operating system mimicry in this collection of web desktops.

The site's favicon now matches the current polarity setting.

v9.7.2.0bed_bug2024.01.01

Mp3 player: added tracks "all_of_it" and "earths_flavor_dude".

Added Web Site Blood Pact, tucked away in the "System" dialog. If you don't find, read, and abide by every word of it, that's on you.

v9.7.1.0water_bug2023.12.29

Mp3 player: added track "late2".

Added another secret downloadable track.

v9.7.0.2flea2023.12.17

Modulated phrasing.

Enhanced the "System" dialog.

v9.7.0.0recluse2023.12.08

Added the guestbook. Check it out and sign it!

Additional technical info now appears in the "System" dialog.

v9.6.2.0deaths_head_hawkmoth2023.12.05

Added "System" dialog. Access it from the bottom bar.

Various style tweaks all over the place.

v9.6.1.0viceroy2023.12.01

Improved the accessibility of keyboard navigation.

Cleaned up an animation in the top bar.

Bio: revised and unredacted portions of CV.

v9.6.0.0boll_weevil2023.11.30

Windows can now be resized.

Improved the implementation of prefers-reduced-motion.

Updated the main font.

Fleshed out bio.

Mp3 player: added track "fernando_o_fern".

v9.5.8.1mealworm2023.11.22

Devlog: tweaked some dimensions and animations for a better visual experience across viewport sizes.

v9.5.8.0cockroach2023.11.17

Mp3 player: added track "bluttered_numbling".

v9.5.7.0doodlebug2023.11.07

The site will now respect your OS's setting for reduced animation/motion.

Closing a window no longer resets its scale.

Various bugs destroyed.

Updated bio.

v9.5.6.0sweat_bee2023.10.15

Mp3 player: added track "little_rain".

v9.5.5.1dragonfly2023.10.09

Eliminated some instances of layout shift.

v9.5.5.0red_velvet_ant2023.10.07

Mp3 player: added track "os_club".

Fixed a bug.

v9.5.4.1glow_worm2023.10.06

Network and UI performance optimizations.

Updated bio.

v9.5.4.0june_bug2023.10.02

Mp3 player: added track "bw_comm".

Changed some things from before.

v9.5.3.3woolly_bear2023.10.01

Subtle layout enhancements.

v9.5.3.2luna_moth2023.09.23

Improved the loading screen logic for slower connections.

Added another object to the "desktop".

v9.5.3.1inchworm2023.09.19

Made a bug say "uncle".

v9.5.3.0carpenter_bee2023.09.17

Windows can now be moved around in 2D space, like how you'd expect.

v9.5.2.1scarab2023.09.02

Updated bio.

v9.5.1.2cicada_killer2023.08.10

Used a certain font more, to denote danger and/or secrecy.

v9.5.1.1grub2023.08.07

Stepped on a bug.

Non-JS users will now see the boot sequence (and have ample time to read it).

Projects: added Hiders Out #21.

v9.5.1.0spider_wasp2023.08.06

Added the boot sequence.

Mp3 player: added track "yoki_sinEdition".

Changed the speeds at which windows appear.

v9.5.0.0cicada2023.07.29

Most windows can now be closed, rescaled, and/or scrolled from their respective controls.

Added "reset" button to revert window configuration.

Improved the writing in some areas.

Altered the lite mode color scheme.

I am aware there are bugs.

v9.4.2.2katydid2023.06.17

Enhanced a secret area.

v9.4.2.1termite2023.06.15

Eliminated some instances of jank.

v9.4.2.0ladybug2023.06.11

Removed things.

Sneaky enhancements.

v9.4.1.0locust2023.06.02

Refactored polarity shifts, seemingly to more closely resemble the weather.

v9.4.0.1mud_dauber2023.05.29

Bug fix: eliminated (most instances of) white flash in the evening and simplified dark mode code.

v9.4.0.0no_see_um2023.05.29

Polarity: rebuilt dark mode. It now uses pre-rendered assets to improve overall performance. Also, a specific dark color palette has been defined, as opposed to the simple inversions of yore.

The name of the bug representing each version is now present in the interface.

Various UI enhancements.

v9.3.5.0paper_wasp2023.05.20

Colors are now more consistent across polarities.

Memento mori: added donor organs to bio.

Cleaned up some code.

v9.3.4.0bombadier2023.04.27

Mp3 player: added track "treachery_explainer".

v9.3.3.1true_bug2023.04.22

Absolutely annhiliated a bug.

v9.3.3.0widow2023.04.21

Added epilepsy warning.

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