A note regarding the “Today in History” posts.

I suppose you have noticed that I am posting a regular stream of “Today in History” posts to the site.  These posts are not really new, I have been doing this for quite a while on another blog site but recently I decided that there wasn’t any reason to publish the two streams separately so I have moved them to Taking My Time. 

The entries cover the period of time from the initial settling of the North American continent by the British to the present and they are all linked to the cyclic order of things via the TimePage timeline.    This collection of events is not intended to be all inclusive.  I am not trying to capture everything that might have happened on a given day but rather those people and events that really influenced the life and times of what was to become the History of the United States.  Also, in keeping with my intention to integrate my family’s history with the TimePage storyline,  I have started including Heritage entries to the mix.   All of these entries are being posted to Twitter and some of them are being posted to my facebook page as seems appropriate to my audience of friends. 

I also want to point out the calendar tab at the top of the page.  In there you can see all of the daily entries in a calendar format with links to the full posts.  This new tool is being populated as I go so it will take awhile for it to be complete.

TimeLog Back Up.

The official TimePage blog has been recovered.  It seems to be working fine.  In the meantime I think I have decided to move the whole thing to this blog.  Having TimeLog back up will make it a little less panicy while I am making the transition.  Any new entries in the Today in History series will only appear here but for awhile most posts will show up on both.

Blog changes coming

I am in the midst of a crisis with the TimePage blog, Timelog2.  An attempt to upgrade in place fell appallingly short.  For some time I have been toying with the idea of combining all of my blogging related to history, family and the TimePage into this blog but now, this incident has kind of driven it home.  I will eventually get the TimeLog up and running again but I have lost a little confidence in it.

In anticipation of this happening I have added a calendar function to the blog (see the tab above) and tacked on some sharing buttons to the posts.  For now I will be concentrating on my heritage data to populate the calendar but eventually I will include other history data that I have accumulated over the years.

I hope it doesn’t get to cluttered.  The tagging should keep it sorted out.  If it turns out the way I am thinking right now it will have a lot more to offer and will be a one stop location for me and the TimePage.  Wish me luck.

What I am reading…with.

Well, I have stepped over a controversial threshold.  I received a Kindle for Father’s Day.  As a book reader and a technical consumer it may seem like a no brainer but it will still be a difficult commitment.  I am old enough that for most of my life information was books.  There were no options.   Then when computers came along, although it got pretty fuzzy pretty quickly, you had a choice as to where you wanted to grab your information.  I, and I think most of us really, made a choice to accept working with small bits of information on the computer but, when it came to digging into a great amount of written material, we still preferred Ol’ Gutenberg’s book.   There were electronic book programs, and even a couple of e-book reading devices, but they all had the drawback of forcing us to try reading on some form of electronic, pulsating video screen.   I stayed with books.Â

But now there is really an option.   The Kindle display is calm, clear and simple.  Easy on the eyes but still with the advantage of word search and annotation.  The book files are generally lower priced than their printed counterpart and very easy to download.  I did find some that were more expensive than I expected and, actually, I couldn’t find several books ( I think most of them were older books).  On the whole, however, there is a great selection.  A lot of books are free and, if you get your free books elsewhere, .txt and .doc files can be converted and loaded  onto the Kindle.  The new Kindle 2 even has a text to voice option.

But I haven’t made up my mind yet.  I  will have to overcome my loss of the book itself.  A proprietary digital file just can’t match up I’m afraid.  I will let you know when I have spent enough time to really know.  For now, I did buy my first book which, I think we can all agree,  is trully the nature of the beast.

Twittering Timepage

I have opened a twitter account for the TimePage. It’s name is “takingmytime” and a link to both it and my personal twitter account are on the sidebar. I am planning to use this account specifically to follow leads related to history, genealogical studies and other reference data that might prove useful for my websites.  I won’t, therefore, be following everyone who decides to follow “takingmytime”.  If you have a twitter account that you think The TimePage should be following, let me know.  If not, try my personal twitter account.  No conditions there.

“Takingmytime”  is also a place where I will be plugging the TimePage by linking to its content and tweeting what is going on there.