My personal website certainly looks horrible, aesthetically speaking. I've never been much of a graphic designer or one for aesthetic of computer display. It took me forever to even bother with antialiased fonts on my own machine; I still do most of my work in ASCII with GNU Emacs; I even often browse web pages in text-only mode.
The last time I put extensive effort into the look of my personal site was probably around 1996, and the state of the art of its presentation reflects that era of web design. I'd note that it has some advantages — it remains handicap-accessible by default, it's trivial to edit and add stuff, and requires basically no maintenance whatsoever.
In fact, when I look around at the personal websites of colleagues in the Open Source and Free Software world who are my age (or older :), I usually find sites that look much like mine. My good friends Mark Galassi and Loïc Dachary are excellent examples of this phenomenon.
In short, dear reader, those of us with sites like this just have more important work to do. Aesthetically pleasing personal websites, especially for old-school hackers like us, are a luxury, not a necessity.
I recently drew Loïc's
attention to this page when he, as he put
spent a weekend to pimp his home
page. I'm fortunate that he plans to keep his personal
information/resume page (first link) in this 1996-style. Loïc has
also taken to teasing me that I should strive to meet other people who
have crappy-looking homepages. Maybe I should start a web-ring! That
would be very 1996!
jackhill on #faif on freenode notes my website doesn't validate on validator.w3.org, either. Given that some of the HTML dates back to 1994 or earlier, I'm not surprised. I don't really have time to fix it. See aboveBradley M. Kuhn <email@example.com>