How this site is put together
Build Process Node scripts generate static AMP files from Markdown using pandoc.
Registrar Gandi; I’ve owned the
beebo.org domain since 17 June 1999.
Typefaces The bulk of the text is set in Vollkorn with the exception of the source code, which is set in Source Code Pro.
Tools VS Code, Node, fish, GitHub.
Beebo is a character in a series of children’s books. I have three: The House that Beebo Built (ISBN: 0224010913, Beebo and the Fizzimen (ISBN: 0224010921) and Beebo and the Funny Machine (ISBN: 022401093X). Each book starts with Beebo, his buddy Mop, and Mop’s hamster Hector arriving in an unfamiliar town. They work hard and well, whilst keeping mostly to themselves. In his spare time Beebo builds wonderful things out of junk—an enormous pipe organ, a mechanical fire-breathing dragon, an automatic fence-builder.
By about the middle of each book, Beebo and Mop become happy, if not rich … at which point trouble strikes: in the first book their ramshackle mansion finds itself in the middle of a apartment construction zone; in the second, Beebo wakes up one day to find his face on billboards all over town, his stolen image being used to sell soft-drink; in the third Beebo and Mop are expelled from an angry and nameless authoritarian principality for having no visa, no identity card, and no passport.
In each book, Beebo and Mop are unjustly treated by the state. We should all thank the author, Philippe Fix, for taking on the thankless task of providing this lesson to the children of the world: it’s an important inviolable truth for them to learn, and not one doled out by the children’s media. (The third book is particularly bleak—it ends with Beebo and Mop growing smaller and smaller as they descend into earth.) One wonders what happened to Mr. Fix himself. A long and happy life, one hopes.