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.

TimePage mention

Got an email from a person on the publishing staff of Libraries Unlimited the other day to inform me that the TimePage was being mentioned in an article they were including in their March 2010 issue of School Library Monthly on generations and teaching to the generations. I was flattered, of course, and gave them permission to do so.

Yesterday they sent me a copy of the article and I must say I was pleased with the results.  They had used the TimePage as a source link for the ideas in Strauss and Howe’s generational books.  I am not sure if Strauss and Howe would be all that pleased with the connection but I have to say it made my day.  I mentioned the citation in the TimeLog blog as well.

It is always nice to get recognition for the work that you do.  Over the years the Timepage has been linked to and mentioned on the web but I am unaware of many citations in print.  The article won’t be published on the website until the print run is over.  When that happens I will post a link.  Besides the TimePage there are a lot of great links to generational sites on the web.

Making progress on the TimePage facelift

I have been working on the TimePage timelines a bit lately.  The pages were of several different vintages and states of repair.  I have now reduced all of the pages ( five cycle pages and 20 era timelines) to a common format.  The data itself is still a bit ramshackle while I move it around and the links are still in deplorable shape but it is a start at least. 

As part of the TimePage upgrade I am also gradually synchronizing the timeline entries with the “Today in History” entries in the TimeLog and adding some family genealogy to the page.  Just for fun, I also have added a “All Generational Baseball Team” entry to the timelines.  All of this is being added slowly over time but hopefully will be a little more fun when it is finally in place.

Web Page crisis.

Last week I experienced something that all web page owners dread.  My website, timepage.org, was hacked.Â

I only noticed it because some of the formatting suddenly became garbled.  I didn’t see any new comments or activity.  When I went into the web files I saw that most of them had long bits of random spam inserted into the code.   I, being the strong logical person that I am, immediately panicked and started flailing around the web directories, trying to see if I could figure out some pattern.  It soon became apparent that it was a pretty complete graffiti attack.

Eventually I had the web people restore a backup (Thank goodness for those.) and I have been fiddling around with various permissions and file updates all week to get it back to where it was.  I think I may be OK now.  We’ll see.

The really bad part is the insecurity it has introduced into my computing life.  We had a break-in at our house many years ago and I remember how we felt violated and vulnerable for a long time.  It seems that way again.  They apparently had used a password to gain access.  My ISP thinks that they must have got the password off of my personal computer with some kind of virus/malware that I picked up.  I can’t find any such application with any of the pile of security applications I know about and have access to.   Very disturbing.  I am in the process of removing password caches from my browsers and applications and changing passwords to more secure versions.   Who knows where he got the darn things.

Computers were supposed to make thing easier, remember?  When something like this happens, all of the efficiencies you have spent all this time building up go down the toilet.  It is really getting harder and harder to have fun on these things.

Family Generations – part II

In an earlier post I hinted that I was thinking about trying to incorporate my Family Tree into the TimePage structure.  I have just made my first baby step in that direction.  The Family Generations web page lists my family ancestors in relation to the social cycles of U. S. history as set out in the TimePage.  As time goes on, and in concert with other updates that I am working on, I will be expanding the scope of this content and integrating it into the timelines.

It’s that time of year again.

Monday is opening day for the Seattle Mariner’s American League baseball team. They are my team of preference, me being from the Seattle area and all. Baseball has been a big part of my life. My father’s family were baseball people. My grandfather played on local baseball teams in Montana when he was a young man in the early 20th century. My dad and his brothers played.  I played organized and sandlot ball all the way through high school.   Needless to say baseball is in my blood.

This time of year I get a little excited when spring training winds down and the final lineups are set for that first game of the season.  It’s a little harder when your team hasn’t been playing well but there is always something to get you going.  Ichiro has developed an ulcer problem so he won’t be starting the season but Jr.  is back.  Ken Griffey Jr., possibly the most exciting player I ever watched, has returned to Seattle for a career ending stint with the team who brought him out.  He won’t be the player he was but he will probably be the person he was and that is worth a lot.  Good omens and bad.  We are starting and I am ready.

It was about this same time of year, 2 or 3 years ago that it occured to me that it would be really interesting to look at major league baseball history from a generational standpoint.  That gave me an excuse to spend hours pawing through old baseball statistics online and in various giant baseball statistics books.  I eventually ended up with a web page I call Baseball Generations that essentially proposes generational all star teams for each of the generations since major league baseball became a reality.  I made some changes recently but it is essentially the same idea.  It was a blast and I would invite you to visit the page and see if you agree with my picks.

With all that in mind I wanted to announce that, once again, I have started thinking about baseball in the spring and I have decided I need to recognize all of the baseball Hall of Famers on my baseball page.  I am in the process of adding them into the generational lineups and I am glad I am doing it.  A lot of people that get picked for the Hall of Fame do so in spite of not ending up on the Top 10 lists because their ongoing, consistent contributions are overshadowed by the statistical wonders that dominate the headlines every day.  To me, that seems like a good enough reason to make a spot for them on my lists.  Also, since my lists spans the entire history of major league baseball, this exercise brings back some deserving names that have faded with time.

Generations of Family

I have been working with the TimePage, in one form or another, for a dozen years or so now.  It isn’t surprising, then, that my notion of history has been thoroughly shaped by the generational model of social cycles in history.   About two years ago, for reasons completely unrelated to my TimePage activity, I became interested in my genealogy.  I spent many hours grinding through the seemingly endless databases at Ancestry.com, wandering through old family photo albums and bothering relatives with requests for information about the family.  Then, just recently, I was quietly staring at the family tree one night when a thought suddenly pushed its way into my old, cluttered brain.  You know, my TimePage time lines and my family tree are really the same thing.  Wow.  Talk about a light bulb moment.  In retrospect, it seems so obvious that I don’t know how it could have escaped me.   At one time I had even mentioned a couple of my direct ancestors in the time lines.  Maybe, all this time, I have been tapping the same, hidden need to understand my past in both of these commitments.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I am now trying to come up with a way to combine the two elements within the TimePage structure.  I have mentioned in earlier posts that I am instituting a slight philosophical shift in the content of the TimePage.  In fact, part of that shift is related to the inclusion of genealogical data into the timelines.  I haven’t completely sealed the deal yet in my head but as time goes on expect to see a few more family tree details appear in my time lines.  If you think about it, the representation of social cycles are really just a family tree for everyone.  I just have to come up with a good way to hook the two together.

Living History

It is becoming more and more apparent, as time goes by, that we are living through a truly historic time. The politics of the recent election and the enormity of the economic and governmental crisis that we are facing, will both someday rank right up there in the top events in our country’s history, maybe even the biggest.  And that doesn’t even count the Big Three issues of energy depletion, climate change and population control that I discussed in an earlier post. We are living large my friends and I’ll bet you can feel it swirling in the air around you. Continue reading Living History

TimeLog2 progress.

I have not had any big problems with TimeLog2 recently, and I have added just about all of the features that I will be using for now, so I am going to call the new page stable. In keeping with the new philosophy (see earlier post), I am only loading bios from my “most important” list in the Today-in-History pages. As time goes on, I will be doing the same with events. Eventually, I will sync up these entries with the data in the TimePage itself so that the two data sets will be compatible.

I am going to leave the old TimeLog on line so that there is a path for any of the old followers that may have missed the transition. This will also allow me to make a clean break since the old content can be accessed if need be.