Digitized Notebook Scribbles

If you don't know, I maintain an okay-ish social network called status.ryslig.xyz. I had the idea boiling in my head for months, until I pushed myself to make it one night. However, during that two month long brain boil, I drew up some designs for it.

I thought it looked pretty good, but when I actually turned it into actual HTML, it didn't look... as great. Also, moods? Jacob, stop being a plagiaristic little BITCH.

Since then, it's grown to house all the Somnolescent people, a few mystery users, and some... bots. But that's enough about status. Now it's time to go to the VIDEO ZONE.

If you were in the Somnolescent IRC during January, you might remember me sharing Imgur links asking for some art(?) directions. I'm sure you'd be glad to hear that your input was in vain, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

Here's a sketch of the video page. Notice the download button.

VideoZone was, to put it simply, a YouTube clone. The catch/gimmick was that you couldn't watch the videos in browser. Instead, you had to download the videos as WMV files. Now, you might think that VideoZone never got past the stupid doodles phase, but you're wrong.

Yep! I typed up a bunch of HTML for it before I even thought about how it was actually going to work. In fact, I did... quite a few of them.

I know that this was supposed to be a page for notebook scribbles, but I don't think I'll ever get another chance to talk about this stuff. Here's a sketch of a profile.

Where is everything!!

...and here's how it looked as HTML!

Quite the glow up, eh? I forgot how neat some of these looked. They weren't all winners, though. Some of them were... fucking yucky.

uhh i dont uhh im not sure uhhh i'm kinda like uh,,,,,

However, all of this HTML sketchery was the main reason VideoZone died. If I based the site off of them (which I did), that meant I had to make a messaging system, profile customization, watch pages, pagination, video conversion, category sorting, star ratings, an admin panel, and a bunch of other things.

Trying to figure out how to make a five star system.

I got overwhelmed, very quickly.

The lesson here is: work on one thing at a time and try not to think about the bigger picture. It's advice that a third grader should know, but it takes actually experiencing it to understand what it means... probably.

I'll update this page whenever I find some more doodles. Thanks for reading. :D


This page was created on June 1st, 2021, and was last updated on June 16th, 2021.