Amanokami Kai


About Me

I am Paul Elder, a former IB diploma candidate in Japan. Now I am an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Computer Science.

My main system is a Lenovo LaVie Z, with Debian (Buster at the moment), lightdm, and i3-gaps. (2018-01-24) I have taken it as my goal to use Debian in such a way that I can claim it to be as KISS and customizable as Arch. After all, Debian is The Universal Operating System.

I started Debian when I was in 9th grade, back when Squeeze was the stable. Since then I've lived with Debian, though I switched to Arch for a year (11th grade) until the 10-year-old computer that I had it running on finally died. Then I got my current system.

My first language is Ruby, then C, HTML5+CSS3+JS, Emacs-Lisp, and bash. I am also fluent in LaTeX. I can do Java and Python as well, but I would rather not.

I can also disarm a tar bomb in under ten seconds! hehe :)

My human languages consist of English, Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish, in order of decreasing proficiency. I'm starting to lose my Spanish though :(

About Amanokami


This original Amanokami was created in 2009 by the 6th grader me. It had that nice bright blue background of #0ff, Konata in the top left corner, and a few lightout games for entertainment.

I still remember back in 7th grade when we had to make a website in computer class; I was done as soon as it was assigned.

Of course, this version of the site never went online until many years later, around 2012 when I was in 8th or 9th grade.

Amanokami Rebooted!

I thought that the original version looked pathetic, and I was too young to figure out makefiles and Rakefiles for templating the nav bar so I got lazy and turned the whole website into one page, with CSS/JS tabs.

This version went online in 2013 when I was in 10th grade. In 2014 this version of the site was lost to DigitalOcean, because I hadn't yet learned to have a local build of the site which I push to the server.

Amanokami 3

Instead of perpetually having the "Under Maintenance" and "I will not have time" signs on, I finally remodeled this site yet again on January 17th, 2015 (11th grade). This place looks so much nicer now.

Amanokami Blog

Honestly, Amanokami 3 just had too much purple, and the instant you went mobile the navibar goes all "bleh" on you. I decided to switch to a blog (that generates more content, plus I have Emacs+IB to write about) and a simpler design. Also everything is done from Emacs and Org :)

Amanokami Kai

Eventually the build system that org-page had broke on me and I ended up getting merge conflicts for no reason. It took me a year to get myself to rebuild the build system. (Completed 2017-05-03) Now it works nicely with Rake and ERBs! Although I need to look into a more... appropriate domain name for my Japanese audience. Update 2018-01-24: Still can't think of a good domain name.