about the 200ok weblog

header photos

You can see original versions of most of the header photos on Flickr.


The 200ok Weblog is published using Blogger, since I am more interested in writing the blog than maintaining the blog tool. That in turn means the site is almost valid and could be quicker. Blogger unfortunately hard-codes some invalid markup and unnecessary resources.


200 OK is the HTTP status for "The request has succeeded." (RFC 2616 10.2.1). Need I say more? :)

the stamp

Red, square stamp with 200ok translated to Chinese

So, what's the deal with the stamp you see on the site, various avatars, stickers, etc? It's from a stone stamp/chop with "200ok" translated as closely as possible in Chinese. The top two characters are a direct translation of two hundred; the bottom two... well, it varies regionally, but generally it forms something like "you can" in the sense of "you have permission". That seemed like a reasonably close interpretation of OK.

The translation and stamp were created by a lovely gentleman in Sydney who makes these stamps for a living. You can find him at the Paddington Markets on most Saturdays.

about ben buchanan

Photo of Ben Buchanan

I entered the web industry the same way as most people I know: by teaching myself to code in an era when almost no formal web training existed. I majored in Journalism and Philosophy at university and learned to make websites while goofing off from study. I worked as a copywriter for a while, but went full time as a web developer when I realised people were willing to pay me to stuff around with computers.

I currently work as the Interface Architect for ansarada (Sydney, Australia). Previously I have worked for Bigcommerce, Atlassian, News Digital Media and Griffith University. If you need them, there are more details on LinkedIn.


I was somewhere in front of the crowd at...


Member of the judging panel...


you may remember me from such events as...

You can usually find me anywhere that web geeks have gathered in Sydney. I ordered the beer and pizza for Sydjs for a couple of years (probably my best-received work to date) and have helped run other events like SydCSS and SWAG. Ajay Ranipetra and I ran a few things under the banner 'Geeks On The Grass' before it was naturally subsumed into other meetups.

I was somewhere in the crowd at Web Directions Respond 2016-2017 (syd), Web Directions (South) 2006-2016, Web Directions Code 2015, UX Australia 2014, Web Essentials 2005, and my first ever conference OZeWAI 2004.