Patrick O'Brian Mapping Project Sponsorship

on May 3, 2011, 1:18 pm

I am very happy to announce that Art Marine has decided to sponsor the Patrick O'Brian Mapping Project. I have spent the last five years working on my site and their help is very much appreciated.

If you are a fan of Patrick O'Brian or the Napoleonic age of sail, you should go and check out some of their amazing prints, Remarques and oil paintings.

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WW1 Daily on the iPhone

on May 2, 2011, 11:56 am

WW1 Daily answers two fundamental questions:

  • What happened today in the First World War?
  • Where did it happen? Show me a map!

Flip through daily cards showing important events of the first 'total war'. World War One affected the entire globe for it's duration and arguably for the century that followed.

Each card shows the date, a succinct description and a zoomable map for the event. You can flip the card over to read the Wikipedia article describing the event.

You can sort your deck of events using two mechanisms:

  • Sort by day and month for a this day in history view.
  • Select a start date and then sort by day, month and year for a true chronological sequence of events from that date onwards.

The data for WW1 Daily comes from the World War One Timeline Project. This is a community contributed project to collect time and place data for the war. You can come to the site to browse the timeline or even log in and contribute new data.

The Timeline Project currently indexes almost 300 hundred data points with new entries being added daily. If a significant event isn't in the database yet, it soon will be.

Iconoclast : Ted Jotikasthira!

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Blu's grandkids

on April 23, 2011, 2:49 pm

I went and saw Rio on the weekend. I enjoyed it, but I worry about Blu's grandkids. I don't think they will be able to fly either.

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Help get the History StackExchange into Beta

on April 22, 2011, 2:37 pm

If you are reading this post because you are checking out some of my history web projects, I have a proposition for you.

The last few years has seen the creation of a whole range of question and answer sites.

I became involved in this phenomena with the creation of StackOverflow, a site designed to get specific, objective answers to programming questions. This site has grown into a network of StackExchange sites with the goal of creating useful questions and answers in well defined verticals. Basically making the Internet a better place.

The network has a mechanism for launching new sites that guarantees the critical mass of question askers and answerers that will keep it from becoming a ghost town. That mechanism requires people to commit to a particular topic before it is launch. This commitment involves a pledge that you will ask or answer a few questions on the new site.

I would like to see the History StackExchange get the critical mass it needs to launch. If you have some expertise in history you would like to share with the world, something I have found extremely rewarding and fun on StackOverflow, or you have questions on history you would like to see answered, please commit to the project. It is quite simple to sign up and commit:

Help the History StackExchange reach beta

You will get an email when the site launches so you can follow through with some questions and answers on the site.

N.B. - I want to see the History StackExchange launch because it is a site I would love to use. There are no financial incentives here.

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World War Two Daily Promo

on April 21, 2011, 3:17 pm

Over a year late, but I finally made a promo video for WW2 Daily.

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