Who, what, why, how... when?

I started using the internet in the late 90s, a time when personal websites were more of an art project rather than the carefully curated and perfectly polished websites (which are usually designed to sell something) we have today. While I don't think there's anything specifically wrong with that (I even have my own), I'd been feeling the nostalgic need to build a website just for fun and to indulge in some good old fashioned self-obsession.

You might be wondering why I didn't decide to go all out and make this website LOOK like it came from the late 90s (like many of the absolute masterpieces on Neocities). While I definitely have a fondness for that aesthetic, my intention for this website was to make something just for me. And me wanted this, apparently. I may have replaced blinking gifs, pixel art, and Times New Roman with emoji, anti-aliasing, and Google Fonts, but the spirit is still the same.

This website is here to satisfy my craving to just play around with code, talk endlessly about myself and what I like and dislike, share random crap, and maybe even make some friends with people who are also from and/or appreciators of the late 90s/early 00s web. I recommend reading my Web Manifesto for more on this.

Want to reach out and say hi? I'd love to hear from you. You can email me at hypajivegmail.com, check out all of my social stuff on my landing page at darnielle.me, or follow me on Mastodon, which is currently the only social media service I am actively using after Elon ruined Twitter.

Built with Photoshop CS6, Sublime Text, and Filezilla. Hosted by Namecheap. Background: creepygirlclub. Cartoon images: Bitmoji. Icon fonts: Google Noto Color Emoji & FontAwesome. Cursor effects: 90s Cursor Effects.

Why 'Hypajive'?

It's a combination of the titles of songs by my three favourite bands/artists. Hypa Hypa by Electric Callboy, New Jive by Sumo Cyco, and Hyperdrive! by Devin Townsend/Project.