A new…hopefully fresh…look for TMT.

Well I just worked around one of those crises that shouldn’t happen but often does in the computer world.  When I upgraded my iphone to ios6 I noticed that my blog was suddenly showing up about half blacked out.  After going through a few hoops to try and figure what to do about it I decided the old, third-party WordPress theme I was using wasn’t going to work and probably wouldn’t get fixed.

So I have had to go looking for a new theme that I could use without too much hassle.  The one I settled on, and the one you are looking at right now, is a standard WordPress theme so hopefully it will be updated a little more regularly and I shouldn’t have to scrounge for fixes.  I used a picture that I took when I visited my father’s old stomping grounds in Montana a while ago.  It means a lot to me, so that was kind of a payback for my trouble I guess.

The display on the mobile devices is still not what I would like.  The right column is shown below the posts.  But everything is readable and that will have to do for now. Let me know if you see anything screwy or if you don’t like the way it looks.

Never Trust Anything You See on the Internet

Every once in a while you have to do a reality check when you are posting anything on the internet.  I decided it was time for such a check while reading the editorial linked below, when I realized that anyone who reads my blog should be particularly sensitive to the ideas the author (Mark Ray –  teacher/librarian) is discussing.

Much of the content I provide here is based on links to Wikipedia.  Wikipedia is a cooperative online encyclopedia.  The information found there has been contributed by thousands of members (whose motives are unknown but are generally probably respectable) and , theoretically, has stood the test of peer review.  Yet however sincere the authors might have been as they posted these many articles, these facts must be assumed to be biased and, therefore, suspect.  Hopefully, documented historical facts would be less subject to personal “interpretation” than some other types of information but, unfortunately,  they are vulnerable too.

My reality check goes something like this.  My intent, in writing this Blog and the web site to which it is attached, is not so much facts as it is perspective.  I provide a context for the historical data that I include that is somewhat different than the standard fare.  You may agree with that context or not but the historical facts are not intended to be the primary subject matter and are merely included to move the historical context along.  To that end I do try very hard to be as accurate as I can be with the historical information but I do not pretend to be able to substantiate any or all of it.  That is, of course, up to you.  I am not a scholar but rather a purposeful aggregator.  If you see something interesting anywhere in the TimePage domain, don’t use it before thoroughly checking it out yourself.  Hopefully, I have at least provided a lot of places for you to get started.

Opinion | Save the children by fighting ‘truthiness’ | Seattle Times Newspaper

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.

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.

Weird Characters

If you look through my previous posts you will notice a lot of extraneous characters scattered about haphazardly. This happened after my website was hacked. I first thought it might be a further hack but it turns out it is a result of my site having been moved to a newer server, with theoretically greater security, after the hack was corrected. I think it is a problem with the character set on the old server databases vs. the new one.

I will be looking into fixing the problem if it continues, but if it disappears from now on I will probably just ignore the old posts. They are readable.

Autumn musings

I was out yesterday and although it was a bright, sunny day, fall was definitely making itself known. The air was crisp. When the wind blew, and it did blow briskly at times, it blew right through you. It is surely that time of year and the calendar is only needed for confirmation.

Since I have retired, I have found myself driven by these seasonal changes more than before. When I was working, it wasn’t nearly as sharp edged as it is now. I was aware of the seasonal metamorphosis, but other than the short days and a lot of driving in the rain, it was happening over there somewhere. Now, as the yard goes into hibernation and the outdoors loses its charm, my whole focus moves indoors. One of the things that seems to then happen is all of my computer projects finally get more time. This blog is only one of those projects but I hope to use it to explore some of the others and hopefully you will see a little more life here in the future.

One thing you can watch is the Cycles tab on the front page. I am going to build a little summary of the generational model of social cycles that forms the basis for the TimePage web site that is my main contribution to the cyber world.  My draft is coming along but it is still too long for its main purpose.  And, of course, I am going to keep working on the Family tab.  That has to be coordinated with my family tree and other genealogical resources so it is a little more complicated.

Getting back on board

I have been a little distracted lately. My daughter, and youngest child, got married last weekend and although it has been a wonderful time, with visiting relatives and all of the festivities, it will be good to get back to the humdrum of everyday life. Hopefully you will see a little more activitity here in the future.

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.

Some thoughts on this blog.

So many possibilities.

I have been thinking about what I want to do with this blog.  I have come up with a few possibilities.  All of my immediate ideas fall into the general catagory of documenting my TimePage adventures in the past, present and future.  The TimePage has a blog but I have decided to limit it to discussion of the TimePage ideas and to serve as a  supplemental repository for content related to the TimePage and the subject of History.  Therefore I am going to pursue some, and hopefully all, of the following topics in this blog.

  • History – I have wanted, for some time, to put down in writing the history of the TimePage.  It has been online for 12 years now – an eternity in internet time – and I need to document it while I can recall it.
  • Genealogy – One of my other time eaters is my Family Genealogy.  I have noticed that the generational history of the timepage is a natural fit with the generation in my Family Tree.  I have made a feeble attempt to incorporate the one into the other but a lot more needs to be done.
  • Philosophy – Just recently I made a major decision regarding the direction I want to go with the TimePage.  The TimePage is long overdue for a major overhaul and it wouldn’t be worth it if I didn’t bring something new to the table.  This philosophy begs to be organized and written down before I begin the ugliness of redoing the pages.
  • Online Direction – I think I need to think out loud a little bit about what I really want to do with my online presence.  I think I have drifted into a plan recently but, again, it needs to be fleshed out a little better.  This is where the rubber meets the road.
  • Personal – Lastly, a place to document my opinions and my uncertainty about the other things in my life.  Books are a big part of my experience and I am going to be talking about them for sure (see previous post).   Pictures are going to be shared.  I don’t know at what level yet, but they are also an important bit of my existence.  And maybe a little about movies, music and TV, but not as much.  I won’t be talking about my family, as much as I love and cherish them all.  I don’t presume to know what they would like to share with you all, so I won’t try.

What am I doing here anyway?

Over the years I have started and discarded a few blogs and a few websites.  Today, I probably have a half dozen or so active sites that I set up for really good reasons at the time, I’m sure.  But I am getting a little bored with all of the “social” sites, and sharing blogs out there.  Therefore, I think I am going to close a few of them down and back off to just the ones in which I am actually providing content, and this one.  This site is obscure beyond reason, and it will essentially just be for me, but I want to have a single open place to call my own.

The one exception to that general plan is Twitter.  Right now, for reasons I have yet to decipher, I like Twitter.  There is a feed on the front page of this blog for my last few posts on Twitter, as well as links back to the last few posts in my TimePage blog, The TimeLog.   Those two and what I write here will pretty much cover my internet presence.

Well, here goes nothing.