January 21, 2009

Site and content updates this week

Hey everyone. We’ve got several new features launching this week, just in time for the traffic from the Wired Magazine article – [Live Free or Drown: Floating Utopias on the Cheap]( (The article was Dugg, [boost it here](

The following are live:

* A prettier, simpler [front page](, implemented by volunteer [Michael Dent][], with support from [Roman Hardgrave][]. Thanks Michael & Roman! It includes:
* (UL) Inspirational pic + quote from set, random each time and rotates slowly if page is left up (more to come!)
* (LL) A rotating module featuring text sections of the site, currently Blog Posts, Forum Posts, and Press Releases. We plan to add more modules, such as calendars (worldwide talks, Bay Area meetups), popular wiki pages, etc. This will allow the front page to serve as a tour of the whole site.
* (LR) A [Flickr slideshow]( featuring seastead renderings (mainly by volunteers). We will continue to add selected images from the [community Flickr group]( (to which anyone may post).
* A simplified and streamlined [FAQ][].
* Better usability for the media, including:
* An improved [Press Page][]
* A downloadable [Press Kit]( (37MB)
* [Press Mailing List](
* A separate Seasteading [In The News][] page
* More detailed [Staff Bio][] and [History][] pages
* We patented a 4-spar suspension platform design last week, which was featured in the Wired article. It will take some time to get all the technical data online, but to start, we have:
* A 50-page [Executive Summary of the engineering design](/files/MIandT040_08_R1_Seastead_Exec_Sum.pdf)
* And some images on the [Seasteading Pictures Flickr Group]( The [ClubStead.2009.Jan photoset]( contains two groups of images: [architectural drawings]( of the layout, and [renderings of the 3d model]( Here’s a slideshow of the whole set:

There are also some items that didn’t quite make it, but will come out in the next few days:

* More details on the platform and hotel design:
* An engineering report summarizing the design, structure, deployment, etc of the base platform.
* SketchUp models of the architecture for the hotel/resort built on top of the platform
* Flyby movie tour of the 3d model
* The full patent (text and diagrams)
* Substantial improvements to the [forums](/forum):
* New “view unread posts” functionality
* Various bugfixes related to message formatting and other things
* Quoting functionality added
* Ability to embed images in posts added
* Breadcrumbs added to the UI (e.g. “You are here: Forum -> Community -> Feedback for TSI -> ThreadName”)
* Search functionality now available on all pages
* Improved RSS subscription UI. Unfortunately, it still requires two RSS feeds to subscribe to all of our forum posts; limitations in Drupal 5 make it hard to change this. However, subscription links for both feeds are now placed right next to each other.
* Link to subscribe to a particular thread via e-mail available on each thread’s page
* Other miscellaneous UI improvements

And we’ve got some other great stuff planned for the next month, so stay tuned!

[Michael Dent]:
[Roman Hardgrave]:
[Staff Bio]:
[Press Page]:
[In The News]:
[Membership Program]: /contribute/membership-program