Tuesday, June 01, 2004

This blog will be going inactive indefinitely, as work on the Sapience Knowledge Base is coming to a halt. Instead, I have begun a new one: "From the Ground".

Saturday, May 29, 2004

My web stats are showing no activity but my own. I thought there was a *little* more usage than that. In the meantime, I have a limited set of updates ready to publish, mostly extending the late 20th century a little.

Friday, May 28, 2004

I've been doing some research on topics to drive my next set of updates: mostly, a little bit further back in history, and better connections for govenment and economics. I also have the code addded for site statistics, so I should have another source for what I need to add.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

I found a way to track the traffic on the SKB. I would have to pay extra for this service with my web host, through analysis of the log files. This will involve an extra connection and might slow my site down a little, and I'm sure there are hidden strings attached, but I really do need to analyze the usage if I want to improve its usability. That should go in the next round of updates I publish to the site.
Other unpublished developments include a list of the 50 states and extensions of history, at the 20 year level back through the 19th century, and at the 5 year level back through 1985. I expect to finish this through the 1981, and then work on other areas that are connected to the late 20th century. I can hardly get away from US government and economics, but these subjects will tend to branch out.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Doing better. I have a hard time sticking with just one approach to growing the site; I need a variety, and I'm starting again with the history section. I have another page to add in the 19th century, but I've also started back at the late 20th and am working on the next level of detail.
I'm also going to have to work in more detail on the United States: a single page isn't going to do the job, but it's going to take a while to get all 50 states.
I also need to take another look at government: and economics: I've left off working on those for a while, but so many other areas are connected to them that I need to pay more attention. I'd like more attention to religion, but its influence on modern history seems to be a bit less visible than the other areas.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Internet access has been difficult this week. I do have another round of update to the SKB. The science section is better, I've resumed work on biographies, have all the major branch pages in conceptual culture, I've begun the city list, have a few more nations, and I've pushed the history back a little earlier. The development is incremental: no one entry makes a radical change and there are a lot of subjects left for future development. But several of the discussions that had been left for future consideration have been developed.

I haven't been adding much as far as links or commentary on the news: I still have a long way to go before I am fully "up to speed" on current affairs. But I am making progress.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

I've let my posts slip a little, but I have been doing work on the site. The lastest round of updates is now up: History is stronger in the 20th century and in Medieval times, the Middle East is better developed; the Conceptual culture section has more pages, I've filled in a long-standing gap in anthropology, and there is a whole batch of updates to the science section.
The data-driven approach is working better for me. I anticipate pushing history back into the 19th century, more detail on the Middle east and the conceptual culture section, and more information on geography; both human and physical in the next round or few.

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