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About me

I started building websites on Geocities at the age of 10, graduating over the years to various questionable free hosting sites, .tk domains, Greymatter-powered personal sites hosted on other people's pretentiously-named .org domains, and eventually over-engineered Wordpress blogs. It was inevitable that I'd end up doing it for a living.

I lead the Web Discipline at Monzo, where I'm also a senior web engineer.

By day I build web things for fun and profit, but by night I make music with Mixtape. I also enjoy gardening, baking, dogs, crafting, mechanical keyboards, surreal memes and video games.

Find me on Mastodon, or send me an email: sophie@localghost.dev.

About this site

As well as being somewhere I occasionally write things, this site is a throwback to the time when web design was a bit more maximalist than it is now, and websites were collections of weird little code snippets you picked up on your internet travels. Though hopefully it's a little more accessible and performant than sites were back then.

It's built using the static site generator Eleventy.

You're welcome to steal any code from this site, just promise me you'll have a go at making it your own and not just copy it straight up. The source code is public on Github.

Like many other people in the early 00s, I learnt to build websites by clicking View Source, copying bits I liked, then changing them slightly (that, and absorbing the contents of lissaexplains.com). It's a bit more complicated than it used to be, but I still strongly believe in learning from others and passing it on.

If you encounter any accessibility/usability issues while on the site, or any images used without permission/proper credit, please do let me know and I'll fix it ASAP.