The Vault, where old designs rest

Posted: Fri, Jul 17, 2020
Last updated: Mon, Mar 4, 2024

This site has also been through the wringer a good number of times now. I launched this site under the name ‘Surgery Waste’ after I nuked my Tumblr account into oblivion in 2018 (…before crawling back in 2021, but we won’t talk about it). The very first iteration of my site is gone, but I’ve archived the next two phases of my site:

  • Phase 02 – clean and cohesive, but an absolute nightmare to maintain
  • Phase 03 – slightly easier to maintain with more design-y stuff going on, but the back-end quickly became spaghetti-fied over time too

Now, I have a static site generator on hand, my code is now relatively DRY, and things are way more manageable! Go me for productivity! This site is still devoid of much ‘content’ as such, but hey! I’m getting round to it…

phase 04

Not even sure what ‘phase’ I’m on now, but let’s call it 4. My handle was Carcer City Mall for what, maybe a year or so? It was a reference to a location in the god tier Manhunt which was originally released on PS2 in ‘03 [1]. However, as much as I loved that handle and used it on everything, no one knew how to say it or what the fuck it meant. Which brought me to the tail end of 2021, where I would go through yet another iteration of bullshit under the new name of Lethal Compound. A song which you should listen to right now.

2024-03-04 update

[1] I was digging through my personal Twitter account before I nuke that into oblivion as well, and found a screenshot from June 14th, 2021.

tweet screenshot

What’s quite surprising for me is I’ve been building from this layout for over 2.5 years! Go me for commitment!

The official launch of the site under the Lethal Compound name would be just about 6 months later, on December 4th, 2021. In that time, I’d split the ‘new posts’ into 2 columns and shoehorn my IMVU little guy in there (who is now deceased as I was permabanned from IMVU… a story for another day, perhaps).

tweet screenshot

I thought it was quite sweet to keep this page somewhat updated with the design process. I’m fairly happy with the current layout, but I always feel like it needs tweaking, plus there’s areas which I think really need reworking. Shit, all this talk of “phases” makes me think I should adopt something along the lines of semantic versioning. Not that I have any APIs or provide any form of service at all, but more for me to see just how many times I tweak things and how many times I rip the guts out of this thing and fully rebuild it.