Welcome to EMN Online!

Hello! You’ve reached EMN Online, the home of the EMN programming guide. This website serves primarily as a place for me (Erin, hi) and my beloved partner (Mandy!) to mess around. That’s it. Around the start of 2020, just before lockdown, I found a really cool tutorial on how to set up your own custom TV station. I was already interested in messing with VCRs and CRT TVs, so it felt like a fun extra thing to do. From then on, it became a source of comfort for me, a strange little art project that has ballooned to five (more if you count program lineups individually) in-home TV channels, a general appreciation for analogue media and VHS releases, and a rotating lineup of shows, movies, and ads. It’s an aesthetic project, a mechanical project, and now a web project, and I just wanted to have a place to put all my disconnected thoughts and rambles about it.

Along the way I thought it’d be fun to have a place to slam down some articles as well. I’ve always been inspired by places like i-Mockery, and hey, if nothing else this is my public-private little diary area. There’s no real theme going here outside of the EMN database, so whenever I think of something fun to write about, I’ll do that.

At some point I also realized I could use my web space to archive a few classic sites that meant something to me or to others. It started with the Pied Piper translation and ballooned a little. I don’t pretend to be some kind of master archivist, and to be honest I don’t see it becoming a big part of why I built this website, but hopefully they’ll be a fun little peek into earlier internet history.

This website has changed a lot over the years, mostly on the back-end. After much hemming and hawing, I recently (as of 2024) ported the entire thing to WordPress. I had to figure out how to make the website as indistinguishable from its HTML version as possible from scratch, so even if it’s less hands-on and granular as it was when I started, I still think I have learned a lot and have stayed true to the concept of building your own space and carving it out.

I want to extend some serious thank-yous to chaoslace, who created the original Zarathustra website that I lifted most of the design elements and ideas from when putting this place together. Previously, this website used code from Marina Kittaka, creator of the amazing Zonelets, as well as the static site generation tool Eleventy. Renkon’s wonderful Eleventy migration tutorial taught me all about that, and I can’t thank them enough. For those who want to look at the old site, it’ll always be available here.

All in all I want to thank you for stopping in, however you may have found this place. Hopefully you can enjoy my little playground as much as I do.

Love, Erin.


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