Like the proverbial cobbler who's kids go shoeless, I've been neglecting Nuketown's technological underpinnings for the last few months, focusing more on cool stuff like getting Radio Active out than mucking around with the lingering Cascading Style Sheet errors.
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When I launched Nuketown's latest design in June, I consciously switched it away from an "issue-based" model in which content was published on a set schedule, to a blog-like model, in which content was published when I felt like it. The goal, on my end, was to relieve some of the self-imposed stress of trying to meet a deadline, while simultaneously making the ol'thermonuclear burg more timely by posting every few days.
Well folks, here it is. The new and improved version of Nuketown. The ol'thermonuclear burg has been thoroughly overhauled, with a new look, a new structure, and a few new tricks.
Nuketown is looking for contributors interested in writing reviews, articles and editorials from a libertarian perspective.
Nuketown has a launched a libertarian science fiction page collecting commentary, book reviews, movie reviews and links from around the Web.
The url of the Web page is:
The impetus behind this page was a speech I gave at a meeting of the Pocono Libertarians a few years back on "Libertarian Themes in Science Fiction." As a life-long science fiction fan, and later a libertarian, the unity of the two subjects always seemed obvious to me. But at that meeting I discovered that many of my fellow libertarian-minded citizens either hadn't heard of the books and movies I was mentioning, or hadn't thought of them in a libertarian light.
An RSS Feed has been added to Nuketown, allowing readers to download headlines from their site into offline readers such as NetNewsWire. The Nuketown RSS Feed contains the headlines and summaries of the webzine's latest blog entries, articles, reviews, hoaxes, Web links and netheads. Also embedded in the feeds are hyperlinks, so you can read the story in question if it piques your interest.
Nuketown's Archive is now up and running again after a long, long hiatus.
After a very, very long hiatus, the NukeShop is finally back in business.
Here's how it works. We've got a bunch of links to Amazon.com. If you follow the link to Amazon, and buy the product, we get a small cut of the purchase price. That money then goes to support Nuketown, primarily by differing hosting costs. Since Nuketown is primarily funded out of my wallet, any little bit helps ... and the Amazon.com checks can help a lot.
So what's a NukeBlog?
Good question. In thinking about Nuketown, I've found that there really wasn't any place for me to post quick hits about topics currently on my mind.
Admittedly, I could've just used "editorials" for that, but personally, I view an editorial as something a little more thought out, a little more polished. While a blog is something more off-the-cuff or spur of the moment.
So I decided to add a category for "NukeBlogs" to the site. I might post daily ... or I might post monthly -- we'll have to see what happens.