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Novo (New) + Topia (place or location) = a really cool-sounding name.

The publishers of this magazine are just a couple of local oddballs named Mina and Richard who have a little spare time and an interest in web design. This site is a combination of Richard's doodling in php (“all done in a text editor!”), Mina's wandering mind and cool stuff we like.

This site does not currently make money or charge for ad space; most of these people are friends and the links are simply things we like. We are not affiliates or partners of the links we post, in most cases we're just fans sometimes not even that.

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What We're About

Novotopia is about Southern California, especially Oxnard, Ventura and Los Angeles. We love these places and we want to do what we can to preserve and promote the things we love about the place where we live. That's why Novotopia is part travel guide, part political guide, part cookbook, songbook, glossary, map. Some of the resources are really quite handy so please bookmark your favorite page.

Please sign up and help us find cool links, events, and things to show our friends. If you don't want to do all that, you can just send email to our editor: Let us know what you think.

Click here to see the land of Novotopia.

Novotopia Staff

Our Fact Pecker



Many Thanks

To David Sawyer McFarland, who wrote CSS, The Missing Manual from O'Reilly. This book is wonderful addition to any library and I've blatantly used some of his examples as templates for this site.

Robot Art thanks to Ryan Bunter at Check out Ryan's anime webzine at Ima To Eien Ni.

The Gallery O' Sidebar Pictures

Did you notice that the picture at right changed every time you changed the page? (For that matter, did you notice that the logo changed?) Would you like to see the choices? View all of the Sidebar Pictures.

About you...

A certain amount of information wanders around with you in your travels through the Internet. Mostly it's not about you so much as it is about your browser. For example, because browsers have their own idiosyncrasies, your browser tells us what it is so that we can make appropriate adjustments. This bit of information is known as the User Agent ID (or agent). Here's what your browser tells us:

Agent Information

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As reported by Javascript

Cookies are cool bits of information that a web site will store on your computer. They are used to tell the web site things like the shopping cart contents, and site preferences. Cookies are collected by a browser and stick with that browser, so if you visit your favorite store one day using the Google Chrome browser and set your preferences, then go back to the same store using the Firefox browser, those preferences will have to be set up again.

We try to store cookies that will tell us the last time you visited and the last page that you viewed. There may be others that we'll add over time and are too lazy to mention here. But there's nothing obnoxious.

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