Benjamin Esham


This website is hosted on an Ubuntu VPS at DigitalOcean (that’s a referral link). It’s built by a custom Pandoc-based program written in Haskell. The slick pop-up footnotes are powered by Littlefoot, and notifies me on the rare occasion that someone sends me a Webmention. Some other tools integral to my site workflow are Vim, SASS, and Git.

This website was first published at in 2011. (I’ve copied posts here from places like Instagram and Twitter, so some pages show dates before then.) In 2014 I moved the site to

Headings are set in the Amaranth typeface.

I try to use Merlin Mann’s essay “Better” as a guideline (or maybe an excuse) for how to post here: quality is better than quantity. I don’t post much but I hope that what I do post is thought-provoking, or at least useful.

I don’t have comments here—my readership is small enough that it wouldn’t be worth the hassle to keep out spam. If you have a response to something I’ve written, please send your comment (or a link to your own blog post) via email or Twitter. You can also send a Webmention—my site doesn’t actually display them right now but it does receive them and if you send me one I’ll see it.

The original text and graphics on this site are copyrighted by me, Benjamin Esham, with all rights reserved. Text by other authors is included here under the provisions of fair use.