The personal domain of Michael Lazar


I enjoy writing software in my spare time and sharing my code.

All of my public projects are hosted on github and mirrored at

Notable Projects

(in no particular order)


Gopher is an alternative to the World Wide Web that peaked in popularity in the early 90's. There are still a handful of gopher sites maintained by enthusiasts. I host one of them at gopher:// (http proxy). This is where I keep all my good stuff, check it out!


Project Gemini is a humble, under development internet protocol with a lot of potential. This domain is the proud home of the fifth gemini server in the world, gemini:// (http proxy).

I also host an HTTP → Gemini web proxy over at

Spartan 💪

Spartan is my own take at designing a small internet protocol, with a focus on being simple and fun to use. You can read the specification hosted on my reference server here, spartan:// (http proxy).


I'm an aficionado of fine, quality ASCII art! In particular, I like the "line" and "solid" styles that were popularized on BBS & usenet groups in the 90's and early 00's. I've built up a substantial collection of ASCII art from various sources which you can find here, T H E . A S C I I . A R T . E M P O R I U M .

I also create my own ASCII art, which can be viewed in my ASCII Art Gallery.

I'm a semi-active member of, a pubnix community centered around art, socializing, and learning. You can find me there at


The CCSO nameserver was an early form of database search on the Internet. I was interested in the protocol but I couldn't find any active CCSO servers still around on the web, so I setup my own. You can check it out here cso:// (how to view).


I wrote an ill-advised software license for personal use, you can read about it here:

The Human Software License

A hobbyist software license that promotes maintainer happiness through personal interactions. Non-human legal entities such as corporations and agencies aren't allowed to participate.


I hold a US patent. It's inconsequential, but hey, why not show it off?

US9448301B2 - Calibrated radar apparatus and associated methods

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