Archive for January, 2012

sometimes the magic works

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Even in a weak economy, even with old media in a hyper-technological world, sometimes inspiration and hard work pay off. Exhibit A: David Imus. Who is David Imus, you may ask. He’s a guy you makes old-fashioned paper maps. By himself. In his garage. He’s good at it.

A few years ago, a client of mine (Bob Lorentzen of Bored Feet Press) started distributing a line of maps by Imus Geographics. It was a semi-big deal at the time; the maps were/are extra groovy and they’d won some awards. But still, they were obscure and the idea of big wall maps of large areas was very retro. A couple of years passed, and they sold OK, but unspectacularly. Then, all of the sudden, the orders started pouring in. An article on Slate.com extolling the praises of the Imus USA map¬†was the primary instigator. Interviews with a couple of NPR programs, posts on blogs, articles on other sites, a news story on an Oregon TV station, and more continued to build on the momentum.

Imus’ maps are available from quite a few places on the web, but you should get yours from Bored Feet. Yes, you should check out the USA map, but you should also explore the whole line of Imus Geographics maps.

genealogy redux

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Several years ago, I spent a whole heapa time putting together my family tree. While it took a lot of my time, I didn’t really do anything resembling original research, I just assembled my brother Ric’s stuff, my aunt Beth’s material, notes from various other family members, info from dozens of websites, etc. I put it into a modern gedcom format and created a site for it using PhpGedView. Once the site was up, I pretty much ignored it.

Anyway, last fall, in the Great Web Host Updating Debacle, the site stopped working. For some reason, in the new host configuration, the db script wasn’t working to connect to the database. I was too busy fixing my clients’ sites and doing my regular work to worry too much about it then, but things calmed down a bit at the start of the year, so I resurrected the monster.

Once I got it working, I realized that either my data wasn’t as complete as I thought or some stuff got lost in the shuffle. Information like grandparents’ death dates, which I have easy access to, was missing. So, I started filling the missing info in. And adding pictures and newspaper clippings. And returning to old research dead ends. Even after several years, the dead ends still are dead.

Charles Thomas Yeatts, Stella Susan Ann Barnard, and two of their children

But, my workload hasn’t eased up that much. I don’t have time to fall into bottomless time pits. If any family members out there want to add stuff, it’s pretty simple to set up an account on the site and make changes.

You can visit the site here.


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