Radio Active #87: The Show Awakens

Radio Active PodcastAfter slumbering for four years, Nuketown Radio Active returns to find a world transformed.

In this show I’ll get up to speed on what’s changed around the ol’thermonuclear burg, and what you can expect to see in the future. I talk about the role-playing games and video games I’m currently playing, and introduce the audience to my family’s newest project: raising a Seeing Eye puppy named Hank.

Getting the Show

Show Notes

Nuketown News

  • Reintroductions
    • I’m a married 45-year-old geek dad with two kids (StarGirl, 13, and NeutronLad, 10).
    • I’m the director of web development at a small liberal arts college, which means I do far more project management than programming.
    • I’m the Cubmaster for my son’s Cub Scout pack and I coach his baseball team in the spring.
    • Still writing for Knights of the Dinner Table!
    • My family and I are raising a Seeing Eye puppy named Hank. But more on that later.
  • The redesigned Nuketown
    • Somethings are the same but different. On Radio Active #86, I’d just redesigned Nuketown and gone from Drupal 6 to 7. This time, I’ve redesigned Nuketown and gone from Drupal 7 to WordPress … a far greater leap.
    • WordPress is our de facto content management system at work. It also works better for what I need:
      • Quick hit editing
      • Streamlined podcasting
      • Nicer looking themes
    • Entire site has been overhauled and every post has been touched — sometimes for light editing, other times for updated or new photos.
    • Lots changed, lots has broken but there are also considerable improvements (e.g. the site runs under https; we have a standing site map now, I’m not getting spammed by infinite monkeys trying to create accounts)
    • Some new features
      • Picture a Day
      • Project work
      • The Testing Range podcast


My Gaming Life

  • RPGs: Four years ago we were playing Pathfinder. Now we have two “playtest” D&D 5th Edition games going … and we’re loving it. Also run Savage Worlds from time to time.
  • Consoles: The Xbox 360 has been supplanted by an Xbox One (though the old 360 dinosaur is still around). The Playstation 3 up and died one day and was replaced by a PS4.
    • Xbox One: Playing Fallout 4 in Survival mode and Gears of War 3.
    • PS4: Just finished Uncharted 4, looking forward to Mass Effect: Andromeda.
  • Conventions: I’m going to MEPACon Spring 2017 in Scranton, Pa. It’s our regions biannual convention, and always a good time.


Meet Hank

  • My family and I are raising Hank, a male golden retriever/Labrador retriever mix, for the Seeing Eye.
  • The Seeing Eye, based out of Morristown, N.J., raises and trains guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired.
  • I got into it because my parents raised 3 when I was a kid. Took two years to convince our kids this would be fun (they didn’t want to give up the puppy).
  • We have the puppies for a year, training them in basic obedience and socialization.
  • Hank is our second puppy; we raised Olaf, a male German Shepherd, the first time around.
  • It’s a tremendous amount of work, but it’s also a lot of fun. The dogs go to a lot of interesting places (airports, baseball games, bowling alleys, etc.) and usually spend several days a week with me at work.
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