I was fussing way too much about the minimum viable amount of styling necessary to actually soft-launch.
So I decided the minimum amount is none at all.
Except for the serif text (which I could change in my browser settings but haven’t bothered to do), it looks completely fine to me. Soothing, even.
I can’t say it makes me long for the days of gopher, exactly, but well-structured content is very satisfying to look at.
Here’s how it looks at the time of this post: