How this site is built

This site is built for modern clients using Small Technology. It is served from static files, which are themselves small. It should make no references to any resources from other servers, which helps protect the Privacy of visitors.

Each page on this site starts as an org-roam note. org-roam helps highlight, make, and maintain links between related concepts, and you will no doubt notice many, many links here. Since org-roam is a layer atop org-mode, the pages are, of course, in org-mode format.

The pages are exported to Hugo-format markdown using ox-hugo. The export itself is inspired by Alex Kehayias' Zettelkasten Setup post. Arne has another example.

Searching is based on this example by Edd Turtle, though with some bugfixes. It is done client-side by the Fuse.js lightweight searching library and the mark.js keyword highlighter.

Hugo renders the Markdown into HTML. The theme is a lightly-modified Fluency.

These files are served by Apache running on Debian.

JavaScript used here

JavaScript used here is served locally and is completely optional. Functionally, it is used to power the client-side search engine, but that’s all. No JavaScript will simply cause the search to break, but everything else continues to work.

I have tried to ensure all embedded JavaScript is Free Software.

Site License

Copyright (c) 2022 John Goerzen. All rights reserved.

Permission is required to duplicate this site; please email me with any requests.

Searching code license

Copyright 2022 Make with Hugo

Based on an item Copyright 2022 Edward A. Webbinaro from https://gist.github.com/eddiewebb/735feb48f50f0ddd65ae5606a1cb41ae

Both sources for the search code carry this license:

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the “Software”), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.


org-mode is a toolkit for you to organize things. It is part of Emacs.

According to its website, org-roam is “a plain-text personal knowledge management system”. It is based on the popular Zettelkasten knowledge management system, or the Roam Research website. But because it layers atop org-mode and therefore Emacs, it has a lot of power that the others lack; for instance, integration with email and agendas.

Complete.Org is a personal project managed since 1994 by John Goerzen.

Here are some (potentially) interesting topics you can find here: