Welcome to theboiler.com, version 4!  This first post will explain the basic structure and ideas behind this version of the site.

Wot?

Version 4 is a streamlined, more personal version of theboiler.com.

  • Streamlined
    • No more custom site and interface.  This version uses a standard blog format via off-the-shelf software.
    • No more kitchen sink.  Many former features are better done by other sites or services.
    • No more lengthy stale essays.  Most of the posts are going to look and feel like the old Library section—quick informal news or comments about items relating to the various categories.
  • Personal
    • More informal, more sponteaneous.
    • I will continue to post about many of the same topics as prior versions, but there will also be content and categories not related to subcultures and mid-century style.  Don't freak out—you can subscribe to just the categories that interest you, never having to see anything else.

Why?

Over the course of several years, the creation and maintenance of theboiler.com had been consuming quite a lot of personal time.  The effort was worthwhile because, when the site first appeared, information about certain topics was scarce, and online community portals targetted at subcultures were primitive or nonexistent.  Nowadays, however, many sites provide the ability to instantly create free communities with very sophisticated features, and the number of web pages with information on any topic, no matter how obscure, has skyrocketed.

So rather than spend a ton of time reinventing the wheel, it's best for me to focus on efficiently delivering the main things I've got that are unique and (possibly?) of value: my personal opinions and experiences.  The new blog format should give me a quick, no-fuss outlet to do just that, without the overhead of add-on services or the rigidness of subcultural boundaries.

When?

There will be no set schedule—posts will be driven by random personal motivation.  A very rough guess might be about 4 new posts per month on average.  Hopefully, unlike prior versions, new content will be posted often enough that the site doesn't feel stale, but without becoming annoyingly frequent or trivial.  For some categories, it's possible that several months will elapse between posts.

How?

You can read content via a web browser as in prior versions, but a major change is that you can now subscribe to posts via email and RSS.  Due to software limitations, you will need to visit the site if you want to post a public comment about an article, or view comments left by other people.

Where?

theboiler.com will come to you from either the delectable and relaxing island of Key Biscayne, or the chaotic vibrancy of Buenos Aires.

Who?

Carlos' Facebook profile

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007
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Comments on this post

# re: Wot? Why? When? How? Where?

Wellcome back.
S.
Left by silversurfer on Jul 01, 2007 2:01 AM

# re: Wot? Why? When? How? Where?

Glad to have you back.
Left by dr. blue on Jul 02, 2007 4:28 AM

# re: Wot? Why? When? How? Where?

well, well, well.
It still exists.
Left by Girl In Blue on Jul 11, 2007 6:25 PM

# re: Wot? Why? When? How? Where?

Glad to have you back.
Left by Girl In Blue on Jul 11, 2007 6:27 PM

# re: Wot? Why? When? How? Where?

Nice blog!
Left by Chris Y. on Feb 25, 2008 2:32 PM

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