Deryk Makgill

About this site (formerly has been my online home for many years.

Design and Features

I designed this site from a partial fork of It’s minimal and I wanted it be me mostly clean, fast HTML with limited styling, like the old web. David Ogilvy wrote that the drama belongs in what you say, not the typeface, and I try to have that thought inform everything I create here.

Incidentally, the fonts are Georgia and Tahoma, both of which are standard browser and system fonts. I used those for speed and readability, which I prioritize over appearance.

For width, I’ve set blog posts to be narrow per Paul Graham’s advice that text is more legible when it is no more than 70 characters per line.

I owe most of the features on this site to other people from around the web…

  • The ‘Mistakes’ page was inspired by Scott Alexander.
  • The ‘Site’ page, which you’re reading, comes from Mark Dotto.
  • Confetti on my ‘Thank You’ page comes from Chuck Grimmett.
  • My attempt at better ‘Privacy’ and ‘Terms’ pages was inspired by Derek Sivers’ CD Baby order confirmation email. If you’re going to make a page, make it memorable.
  • The ‘WikiPedia resume’ page comes from Gwern.
  • ‘Organizations and Causes’ was inspired by Tim Ferriss’ own causes page.
  • The method for advertising comes from Pawel Urbanek’s blog.
  • The motivation for basic HTML comes from several sources, including Derek Sivers, Justin Jackson, and David Ogivly.
  • This entire idea for explaining my sources comes from the Book 1 of the Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, but I was reminded that I wanted to do it by Emily Carlin’s credits in her site to a coding course she took to build it.

If you like the site, you can copy the Deryk Theme it on GitHub.


Here are some quick technical facts about this site.

  • Passes the Pingdom Web Speed Test with a score of 100%
  • Built exclusively in HTML and CSS.
  • Built on Jekyll, an open source static site generator, using tutorials from people like Jonathan McGlone and Chuck Grimmett, and places like Stack Overflow. Previous versions of the site were built on WordPress & StudioPress.
  • Hosted on GitHub Pages. WordPress versions of the site were hosted with WP Engine.
  • There are no social share buttons because those track my site visitors.
  • There are in fact no tracking elements or cookies at all on the site as of May 3, 2019, not even traffic, though I might track traffic in the future. For reference, in 2018, I had over 100,000 visits.
  • I don’t use a coding setup as I’m not a coder. I edit everything directly in the browser version of GitHub, which is why my total commit numbers seem so high.

If you find an error on the site, feel free to submit a request to my GitHub repository or contact me.

Reluctant License

I reluctantly release content on this site under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. I say reluctantly because I think all property is in a sense, intellectual, and that the mind, not the body, plays the most important role in the production of value.

But as of yet, I’ve seen no convincing argument for most forms of intellectual property, and I often look at IP trolls and think they would be better served allowing “theft” to function as marketing for them.

If you’d like to copy my writing, please try to drop a tip or subscribe on Patreon.

Site Archives

Some archives and partial archives of this site can be viewed on the WayBack Machine and

Affiliates and Advertising

I use Amazon affiliate links on books I recommend on this site. I’m also open to static HTML advertisements at the bottom of posts for products I support and that don’t interfere at all with the onsite reading experience.

If you’d like to advertise, please check my rates and standards.

The opinions expressed on this website are my own. They do not represent those of my employer.