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Update on The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip: read public domain geeky content for free

October 16, 2016

Update on The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip: read public domain geeky content for free

If I didn’t like writing, I wouldn’t write.

It’s not how I make my living, although it does provide a nice little supplement for buying gadgets and books. 😉 If I wasn’t making any money from it, I couldn’t devote the time and energy I do to it…I couldn’t justify it to myself.

However, some things are more of a labor of love than others. 😉

One of those is the relatively new

The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip

It’s something I’m building at

The History Project

The idea is that you can travel to different times in the past to enjoy “geeky” works…watch a TV show or a movie, read a comic book, listen to a radio show…or read a book. I have quite a bit of framing around that. You leave a “time-inal” in a “chrono-craft”, for example. I had fun with the recorded intro there…if you go to the site, you’ll have the option to play it.

I have hope that it will eventually become a popular and useful resource for people, but right now, I’m just about the only person ever looking at it. 🙂 Since it went live on February 29th of this year (somehow, Leap Day seemed particularly appropriate…ask Sam Beckett about the connection) ;), it has had 396 views at time of writing…not even two view a day, and the vast majority of those are me while I am working on it (I would guess upwards of 90%).

There are a few main reasons why I think that popularity breakthrough hasn’t happened yet.

The first is that, while The History Project is a major entity, with significant participation from well-known players, including The New York Times and Jewel, it is still in start-up mode. That means that there has been (and will continue to be) quite a bit of development. I’m using it in a different way than was probably originally intended. Generally, it’s a place for family, friends, and organizations to gather together their own histories (including multimedia items).

I’m using it as a portal, more like a Wikipedia than an Ancestry.com.

I made the choice to generally not put the files on The History Project site, even when I believe they are public domain (not protected by copyright). Instead, I’m linking to other sites that store and display the files. I might change that, but I like supporting the people who have done the work…in some cases, they actually do the digitization and documentation. I’d rather use TMCGTT to direct people to those sites than to simply take the files and re-post them (even if, in the case of original public domain material which has been digitized, that would be legal).

The one exception is that I do put some pictures there. I believe that it would likely be Fair Use for me to even take an in-copyright image, like the cover of a book, to post to identify the item…but I’m very cautious about not infringing (I’ve been infringed on myself, but I was sensitive about it before that. I can’t say I’ve never unintentionally made a mistake on that, but I do try). I’ve considered asking publishers for permission to use cover images…just haven’t done it yet, so I use text placeholders instead.

I also link to resources: fan clubs, author sites, Wikipedia, IMDb (for videos), that sort of thing. Oh, and I usually include a search of public libraries for in-copyright items.  I don’t link directly to a place where the primary purpose is to sell you something, although you can jump from a place like Goodreads (where I do link) to selling sites.

So, for TMCGTT, the most important thing is the links.

The way it has been, it takes people a few clicks to get to the links.

In the beta (test version), it’s a list of items, including the “cover image”, the date…and the links immediately visible and available.

That’s going to make this work as a resource…not necessarily a popular resource, but a resource.

It also includes my description, but I’m not reviewing the items or providing much context, intentionally. I don’t want it to be about me.

I’m hoping that at some point, they allow comments from the public, so other people could say what a particular book meant to them, for instance.

They have made it so other people can add items, which is great! I’m really hoping other people become what I call “Timeblazers” and add items…I’ll need to review them, but that’s when it will really expand rapidly. I’ve been able to add a couple a weeks, maybe, but that’s about it.

How do you use it?

Go to

The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip

and either browse, or look for something specific. Maybe you want to read the original Oz books, for example. There are links there where you can either download it or read it online (that’s going to work on a tablet or a phone, not on an EBR…E-Book Reader, generally).

On a tablet or phone, you can also watch videos or listen to radio shows, and I’m adding more types of content.

That’s about it. 🙂

If you do go and you tell The History Project that you like the new view, that would encourage them to employ it (although I think that’s already the plan…I’m not associated with them except as a user, but they do ask my opinion on things).

After that new view is up, I’m planning to promote it to Entertainment Weekly, The Mary Sue…news sources. One mention would probably make a big difference.

I’ve been a bit surprised that some of the people listed there haven’t retweeted when I tell them they are included (George Romero does follow me, but that was a mention trade, and I heard from a representative of Piers Anthony), especially the ones who are very active on social media. I think that may be because, without the new view, it’s not obvious that people can see news stories about you (by using the linked Google news search or Twitter search) or find profiles of you.

I thought organizations might do it, or companies, just as another way to promote and to claim the recognition…not much so far.

It’s possible that it will come up when I appear on

Len Edgerly’s The Kindle Chronicle

this Friday. That’s the plan, anyway. We will probably mostly talk about Prime Reading and Centralized Collections Management:

Frequently Asked Kindle Questions: Prime Reading edition

New! Collection management comes to MYCD (Manage Your Content and Devices)

but there may be a mention.

One last point: I don’t make any money directly from TMCGTT (there may be some results from cross-promotion and heightened profile). I don’t get royalties or advertising. It’s fun, and I really do see it as a public service and a way to promote and preserve geeky works, which have traditionally gotten little attention. I’m defining “geeky” here broadly as fantasy/science fiction/supernatural horror works…fiction about things which could not happen in current consensus reality.

Let me leave you with a bit of the framing…

Time travel has been invented, and it’s available for tourists. TMCGTT is a company, like an airline, that takes people on trips. However, time tourists don’t just get to a point in the past and wander around…they go to see a movie or read a book, things like that. Timeblazers are the explorers. They identify these artifacts by exploring through time, carefully following non-interaction rules. They also pilot the chrono-craft and guide the tourists.

Tourists go to a “time-inal” (like an airline terminal) and go on different types of journeys. They choose different “des-time-ations” (destinations…the company is big on branding) which are dates, and might go on a video viewing expedition, a reading expedition, and others.

There are risks, and I could write fiction around this. There are people who need to deal with discontinuities…they might be interesting. Timeblazers could be fun in fiction, too…I can see someone who likes the exploration, but isn’t fond about taking tourists, being a leading character.

If you checked out the site when it first launched, please consider going again to see this new view. I’m interested in what you think about it…feel free to tell me and my readers by commenting on this post, and share with me and/or The History Project what you do like, and what improvements you’d like to see.

Enjoy!

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All aboard our new The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project! Do you have what it takes to be a Timeblazer?

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

Why not make your Memorial Day travel a geek time trip?

May 27, 2016

Why not make your Memorial Day travel a geek time trip?

While there are certainly serious observations on Memorial Day weekend, it is also a time when people enjoy entertainment options. It’s a really big weekend in movie theatres (this year, there are Avengers, X-Men, Angry Birds, and Mowgli and friends for you to see, just to name a few), there are TV marathons, sports, family outings…and reading, of course!

It’s also a big weekend for travel…that might be by plane, it might be by car, or foot, or bicycle, or, maybe if you are in the land of Oz, flying Gump (“the thing”). 😉

Well, I want to help you out. 😉

You can visit my

The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project

and stream or download public domain materials, legally for free!

When you look at the timeline, look for events with a “>” at the end…those link to somewhere you should be able to get the content at no cost. That’s going to be works that are not under copyright protection. There are “events” listed in TMCGTT which are under copyright…in that case, I’ll link you to somewhere you can still get it, if possible…just not free for everybody. For example, I’ll link to a movie at JustWatch.com, which will search streaming options for you (so you can see if you can watch it on Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, or some other services). For a book, I’ll link to a WorldCat search of public libraries…if they have it in e-book at a library where you are a member, you can likely download it without leaving your couch. 😉 I also link to GoodReads, which in turn links to stores (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo…)

I don’t link directly to a place where you can just buy it…TMCGTT  isn’t about advertising (and I don’t get income directly from anything you do there.

I’ll recommend a few:

  • When I’m flying, I like having Old Time Radio shows on my tablet (Kindle Fire) as an option. I’ll read, but I like to do different things on a long flight. 2000 Plus is an anthology science fiction series with some really odd stories. You’ll find it on March 15, 1950
  • If you want to read a book, let me suggest you go to “H. Beam Piper born” on March 23, 1904. That will link you to ManyBooks, where you can download (or read online) Little Fuzzy. It’s a fun story which I think will still make a great limited TV series
  • For comics, maybe try Atomic War on November 1st, 1952…this is a weekend when we remember the military, and this comic book series posits a war
  • For a movie, The Yesterday Machine on January 1st, 1963, is low budget, tacky…and appears to me to be an inspiration for the beginning of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Want to binge watch a TV series? There isn’t much surviving of Captain Video and His Video Rangers, but they are linked on June 27th, 1949

There are a lot of other options (including pulp science fiction magazines), and I’m adding more. If we get outside public domain, that really opens up the horizons…Stingray Sam, The Guild, The Mighty Boosh…

In the near future, I’ll be opening up the “Timeblazers Program”, where I’ll be looking for other people to volunteer to contribute to TMCGTT. I’m waiting for some things to be in place technically, but I’m excited to see it grow as a resource for fun and information!

Enjoy your weekend!

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All aboard our new The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :)

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Take the Geek Time Trip to…The Jungle Book

April 15, 2016

Take the Geek Time Trip to…The Jungle Book

The latest version of The Jungle Book, a mixed live action/CGI (Computer Generated Images) version from Disney with a voice cast including Bill Murray as Baloo, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, and Christopher Walken as King Louie, opens in the USA (and Canada, China, the UK, and others) tomorrow.

Of course, it all goes back to a book. 🙂

It’s a long road back to the 1894 release of the original book by Rudyard Kipling…a Disney musical animated movie, an anime, a sequel by Kipling, a non-Kipling sequel, videogames, and more.

I thought I’d take this opportunity to explain how you could use my

 The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project

to learn more about the beginning…and even read it for free.

Before I do, I want to get this oldie out of the way:

Q. “Do you like Kipling?”

A. “I don’t know…I’ve never kippled.”

😉

The History Project is in a growth phase. They’ve been getting more funding and more partners…for example, the AP (Associated Press) recently partnered with THP.

TMCGTT is also just starting. I’ve been “retrofitting” early entries I did to make them a lot more useful. I’m happy with what I’ve done, although there is a lot more to do (and there will always be more). I’m looking forward to future features from THP, especially in the area of collaboration. Even though that’s the case, I’d be happy to get a collaborator or two at this point. If you are interested, let me know.

I bring that up because one of the things they don’t have at this point is a global searchbox. You can’t go to THP and just search for all of the references to “The Jungle Book”. I’m sure that will come in the future, though.

Here’s how you could get to where you could read The Jungle Book:

  1. Go to https://www.thehistoryproject.com/projects/view/1433 on a tablet, SmartPhone, or computer (the website is, I think, too sophisticated for a Kindle EBR…E-Book Reader)
  2. Since there are so many images, it may take some time to load
  3. It currently defaults to “Memories”…click or tap “Timeline”. I can understand why people like seeing the images first, but the Timeline is a much simpler view, and therefore, easier to search
  4. I  think you’ll find it easiest if you click or tap “Show All  Events”, but you can also just navigate to 1894. When you find “The Jungle Book published >”, click or tap on it

The “>”  is my symbol to tell you that there is content you can get to easily in that entry. In this case, it’s a book you can read. In other cases, it might be a movie you can watch, a radio show to which you can listen, and (I haven’t actually done one of these yet) a videogame you can play.

I only put the symbol there if there is a free version available through a link in the entry that does not require a membership.

When you get to The Jungle Book, you’ll also see an image of the original cover. As regular readers know, I’m quite careful about copyright. I make an effort to find out if an image is in the public domain (not under copyright protection) before I put it in TMCGTT. If I’m really not sure, you’ll see a placeholder image instead…text I format.

You’ll generally see a location in entries. Those also appear on a map on the “all events” view.

Next, you’ll see a description. This is what’s there so far for The Jungle Book (reformatted to work in this blog):

===

Fuzzy date: year known

read online or download at Manybooks

at Archive.org

find at public library with Worldcat

at ISFDB.org

at Goodreads

at Wikia

at Wikipedia

YouTube search

Twitter search

Timestream ripples:

* sequels
** The Second Jungle Book
** Just So Stories
** The Third Jungle Book (not by Kipling)
* movies
** 1942 with Sabu
** 1967 Disney animated version
** 1994 Disney live version with Jason Scott Lee
** 2016 Disney live action/CGI version with all star voice cast
** 2018 Andy Serkis version
* comics
* anime

===

There certainly could be more information about The Jungle Book,  but that’s a lot!

The order of the links goes roughly like this:

First, the most easily accessible ways to get to the content itself. I don’t, by the way, link simply to a place to buy something. For books, I do link to Goodreads which in turn has the links, but TMCGTT is not a direct money-making project for me.

Generally, for books in the public domain, I start with ManyBooks.net. On a computer (including most tables), you can read the book online. You can also download the book, then send it/transfer it to your Kindle. This is in the USA…there may not be a free version where you live.

I like the ManyBooks interface..I think it’s easy to use and well thought out.

In the case, the book is also available at Archive.org.

Next level? Searching public libraries. You probably need a library card, but you may have one already. 🙂

As we get down to references (as opposed to the book itself), the flow tends to be from more specific (where there will be fewer entries, probably) to more general. The ISFDB is the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. That’s more specific than Goodreads, which is more specific than Wikipedia.

You probably know most of these. I was surprised at how much book-related content YouTube has…there may be book reviews, for one thing, and audiobooks (which may also be available at Archive.org). The Twitter search tends to find pictures of book covers, which is cool. 🙂 I think it may be people selling the copies…and that likely falls under Fair Use.

You might not know Wikia…anybody can start a Wiki there, and they tend to be pretty fan-focused.

Since a new movie is about to be released, much of what you find may relate to that movie…but I do try to narrow it down.

In the future, I would want to add entries for each of the movies and each of the book sequels. That’s where collaborators could come in handy, in addition to them contributing their own items I haven’t entered yet.

Those would be connected through “tags”, which are also on this page. There is a “tag cloud” on the All Events view.

Tags for The Jungle Book include right now:

  • literature
  • short stories
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • The Jungle Book
  • talking animals
  • ferals

Most of those are practical. I like finding odder trends (for one thing, in the early Twentieth Century, there were a number of stories about “bodiless heads”…living heads which don’t have, and may never have had, a body (which is why they are “bodiless” rather than “disembodied).

Ferals (humans, generally, that have “gone wild”) include not only Mowgi, but Tarzan, of course. There are significant differences, but the similarities are clear. So, did The Jungle Book inspire Tarzan, or did Tarzan inspire The Jungle Book? Which came first…the Lord of the Apes or the Man Cub? As you’ll be able to see from the timeline, it’s The Jungle Book…which is part of why the timeline part is fun and enlightening.

There you go! I hope that helps explain The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip more…and since I ported the links over to this post, you don’t even need to go there this time to start reading The Jungle Book now.

If you have any questions or comments for me and my readers about TMCGTT, feel free to comment on this post. If you do go to The History Project, I think it would help for you to share your experience and your ideas with them at

hello@thehistoryproject.com

Enjoy!

Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard our new The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

*When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


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