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About Confutus

I am a native and resident of Arizona who doesn't thaw out until it hits 90 degrees. I call myself a self-educating generalist and my lifetime goal is to slowly and methodically learn everything. For fun, I read Science Fiction and Fantasy, and sometimes attempt writing it, although I occasionally foray into westerns, mysteries, romances, and thrillers. I'm working on writing the SF. I'm a politically conservative Mormon. I have two adult boys and a friendly ex-wife who live up north. I'm a somewhat unconventional creature of boring habit who occasionally makes unexpected sideways leaps into something different.

Big stumble

I had begun rewriting the Knowledge base as a Word document, and didn’t have a back up. Oops. I lost three months of work on it, so it’s taken some time to rebuild. I’ve done so in a slightly different direction.

At present, for history in general, I have been paying more attention to cities and countries. I have a complete list of nations and a historical mention of many of them. I don’t yet have a list of the smaller island nations, I have about 160 specific cities mentioned as having a history. For the moment, I am extending this list so that I can consider more regions of the larger nations. I also need to rebuild my connections to particular religions, government, and economics.

This is already causing me to have to catch up in modern history. Specifically, I am considering more of the provinces of China, since there is a something of a mismatch between the sizes of cities and the size of the provinces.

For the 21st century, I am at present connecting to groups of major cities. Mexico City and New York City are the two largest in Western civilization: Once these are connected, I expect to resume connections of nations. Spain is one of my targets.

The early mid 21st century is about to connect to Nigeria. I could at this point begin connecting cities. This is still new and more focused on current events.

The early 21st century is about to connect to Mexico. I have frequently noticed that this is a thicker, meatier slice of history than the early mid 21st century.

The 20th century is likewise thicker and meatier than the 21st century so far. Here, I don’t yet have all the major powers summarized, but I have added a note on the history of Turkey. This clears the way for the 19th century to consider the Ottoman Empire.

The late 20th century from 1981 to 2000, so far only has specific mention of the United States. Earlier periods of the 20th century are not yet well development.

For Sociology in general, I have mostly paused this until history is better connected to social institutions. Peoples of the world have been connected to major groups of cities, and I am currently working on developing areas of social mechanics. For Western Civilization, I have connections to the major groups of Western cities. If I follow the lead of cities, I need to consider connection to regions of China and India, although Middle Eastern peoples are more closely connected. Anglic (or English-speaking) peoples are still being connected to other nations and cities of Western Civilization. For Asiatic peoples, I have been more focused to connecting cities, but I have now reached a point where I need to give more attention to China.

For this latest pass, I have been giving more attention to China. For all its size, China is not monolithic. The regions of china are getting more detailed attention, although I have not yet compiled specific details.

For communities in general, it is easiest to connect to particular nations, although I am not in a great hurry about this. Social mechanics in general is also having nations added.

For Institutions in general, I have been more concentrating on connecting nations and cities, although this really depends more heavily on connections with culture, which are so far rather neglected. The connection of religion with nations and peoples is important but not really interesting until I get to specific nations and particular religions. Government is not yet well connected to nations, in this incarnations of the SKB, but it will be a significant area of focus.

Run and Gun

The latest version of the Knowledge Base is going much more successfully, I’m still catching up to previous developments, but I have a more intuitive approach to developing it. In the latest pass, I have finally finished a review of history and updated most of the writing, and can get back to the juicier details. For instance, for the late 3rd millennium BC, I am looking at the Old kingdom of Egypt and at Mesopotamia in general as primary centers of cultural development. For further developments, I need to review connections to Turkey, which needs connections to the 20th century, although for the 20th century, I first need to add Germany, which needed an update to the 21st century history of Germany, so that I note Gerhard Schoeder and Angela Merkel as Chancellors.

Not a good start

The year has not started well. On the 8th I went into the hospital with heart trouble, which was connected to kidney trouble, which was connected to bladder trouble, which was connected to prostate trouble. I came out on the 16th with a Foley catheter installed. In the meantime, my bank was “fixing” my accounts, which caused more problems than it solved. I got my car paid off, which is about the best I can report, but I’ve taken a big financial hit, with more expenses yet to come.

The new program on the KB seems to be working well. In the current pass, I am starting to get more content in the new version, and not just outline. Egypt during antiquity is showing progress, and I should be able to continue this. I haven’t done much with cartography lately, but I haven’t forgotten it entirely. The hospital stay interrupted my work on cleaning and filing, which most likely needs to precede resuming work on my personal and family history. I’m still progressing, but rather slowly.

Happy New Year!

I’ve been hacked. Someone got access to my bank account, and the bank has locked access to it. There is a team of bankers investigating the problem, but they are closed for the weekend, so I can’t do anything until Monday.

For the past month or so, I have been working on a new development scheme for the knowledge base, one that’s a bit more focused on the actual needs and current state of development.

For history in general, I am concentrating more on states of the United States. Most of this will be better investigated in modern history, and I would like to pick up with a few major cities. I am reviewing other nations to check which of them actually have links to history. I am also checking my links to religions and particular governments. I have rethought my organization of colonial empires, and I am catching up on the links to history, Prehistory, antiquity, and classical and medieval history are going through a similar review. For modern history, I am doing a similar view, with a focus on states and cities of the US. For the 21st century, I am also mostly reviewing nations. This new needs-based approach is giving me easier access to current events and the new year is getting its own section.

For sociology in general, the history is a bit thin, which is prompting investigation of peoples of the world. At this level, I need to review the connections to religion and government.

Institutions in general are also a bit thin on historical connections. I am working on reviewing the connections to peoples. Culture, anthropology, personal studies, and science are also being reviewed.

But the knowledge base isn’t the only thing progressing. In my cartography project, I have decided to work mostly on my map of North America. I now have the topography with the major mountain terrain filled in to match the contours of the topography. The next step is to add symbols for major mountain peaks. I have major lakes and rivers already, but I might want to add a few more. I also want to overlay some vegetation types with forests, plains, and deserts on top of the topography, I need to fill in some place names, national borders (lightly), roads, and cities, without making the map too cluttered. For the next section of world geography, I think I want South America.

Another major effort is going to be in family and personal history. I am coordinating this with a cleanup of my living space. I am working on a personal history using Personal Historian 3 from RootsMagic, and also on a life history of my father. I also want to do one for my mother.

In connection with my writing, I am thinking of starting a newsletter (planting apple trees, a long-term projects, as one writer put it, and I need to revise my main blog page.)

Nations

For the main knowledge base, I have finished creating stub pages for all the nations I have listed. I had known for a while that my coverage of the West Indies and Oceania was lacking, but until I had details of all the tiny island nations and dependencies, I didn’t know how lacking it was. In the process, separating Mexico from rest of Central America and the Spanish Caribbean helps out. So does separating the Low Countries from Germany. Although there are over 200 nations, there are many more cities, so the next step is not likely to end. Just getting the biggest ones is challenge enough.

Peace

As we move from the Thanksgiving season to the Christmas season where the Christian world honors the Prince of Peace, I find that I am at long last at peace with myself. Of all the things I might be grateful for, this heads the list.

Late Again?

I’ve been writing, but unfortunately neither my knowledge base, nor the development plan, nor even (much) on my NaNoWriMo project. Instead, I’ve been doing e-mails regarding a personal relationship. So, the development plan is proceeding into the late 1980s.

But I did get an important scene in the NaNoWriMo work written, and put it up in the “Book Promo and Vignettes” at According to Hoyt that she does most Mondays. I’m not sure where it will go in the time line, but it’s the kind of thing the protagonist of my story does.

20th century

I’ve still been pouring much of my effort into a bit of personal correspondence but I did get through a review of the 20th century in general. My development plan is tracking only the United States and China, so far, but the next pass should reveal more.

I also joined the APEX Writer’s group, sponsored and led by SF&F author David Farland. Let’s see if it helps me become a professional author.

Modern History, or Running Behind

I took day off from working on the Knowledge base (and my novel) for some recreation and to compose some private correspondence, so this is actually last night’s post. The plan for Modern History in general required some extensive updating and reworking based on my last pass through peoples and institutions, although in most cases, I need more detail of the particular centuries of modern history. I will now be working my way through those centuries of modern history.

Historical detail

My latest pass through prehistory didn’t result in much visible progress. In the latest pass through antiquity, I summarized the history of China. Going through classical and medieval history, I did summaries of the dynasties of China and empires of India. These will show up in more detail as I get to more details of the particular periods. The next phase will be modern history.

I have been jawing to friends and family that I’ve been working on a historical fantasy about an immortal wizard who has been traveling the earth since prehistoric times, dealing with monsters of superstition and evil. Enough jawing, I need to sit down and write. One more time, I am participating in NaNoWriMo and drawing on my knowledge base for source material.