Over last few years, I find that I've started to regale anyone who wants to listen (actually, anyone who doesn't manage to get away in time) with little stories from the past ... they usually start off with the classic: "When I was a lad..."
More recently, it struck me that it will be sad for these memories to be lost when I eventually shrug off this mortal coil and wander off to locate the biggest and best party in the next astral plane (note to self ... remember to pack my party hat and my Groucho Marx fake nose and moustache ... it always pays to be prepared).
But seriously... as one example, I remember seeing my first color television set in the window of a department store circa 1965. I'd only ever seen black-and-white sets before; I didn't even know color sets existed; I was entranced (I can even remember the program that was showing as if it were only yesterday).
So, I chatted to my friend Denis (yes, "Denis" with only one 'n' ... it's the French spelling) who is a web Guru, and we decided to create a site called The Way Things Were (www.TheWayThingsWere.com).
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Doesn't this look tasty? In fact I just discovered that you can change the size of the fonts (by clicking one of the three letter 'A' characters in the upper-right-hand side of the screen) any you can change the color scheme of the site by clicking one on the color buttons at the bottom-right of the screen (these buttons are not shown in this screenshot).
Actually, this has been a heroic effort, because I only talked to Denis about this on Monday and I was really keen to get the site up-and-running in time for this week's newsletter, so Denis has basically implemented this in just two days (he's a legend in his own lunchtime!)
Now, this is still "early days" because we intend to add a lot more functionality. For example, you can currently rate the articles if you feel moved to do so, but we're also going to add the ability for you to associate comments with the articles.
Similarly, you can currently submit new articles of your own, but one of the features we are going to provide is the ability to add a "related article" – that is, if you see an article that triggers a memory, clicking the "Add Related Article" button will associate the two (and any other related articles) together, which will make it easier for future visitors to navigate around the site.
We're also going to make it so that – if you enjoy a particular article – you can easily display a list of all the articles created by the same author ... and so many other things that my head is buzzing.
For my part, this provides the ideal venue for me to capture my memories for future generations of my family without boring them to death while I'm still around (grin).
But here's the thing ... I could do with a little help adding stories to "flesh out the site" to make it interesting to other folks (I don't want it to be just about me). So it would be WONDERFUL if you could take the time to add one or two stories of your own.
The interface is really rather simple, but there are always "gotchas" since we are still in the early days, so I just threw together some Handy-Dandy Instructions that will guide you through the process.
Once you've entered an article and clicked the Save button, the system will email me to say that a new submission has been made. Then, as soon as I check it out and click the "Ok" button, your masterpiece will immediately appear on the front page of the site. (The reason for me checking everything is that we want this site to become a community for folks of all ages ... and there are always drongos out there who will post inappropriate content, so we're trying to prevent this right from the get-go).
So ... please feel free to leap into the fray with gusto and abandon ... I CANNOT WAIT to start perusing and pondering other folks memories as to "The Way Things Were" :-)
2009 New Year Resolution (Goal: Walk 1000 miles at ~3 miles a day)
[A=Actual, C=Current, P=Plan-to-Date, R=Remaining, T=Total]
|Days:|| T=365, C=70, R=295|
|Miles:|| T=1000, P=210.00, A=250.45, Δ=+40.45, R=749.55|
|Note:|| YES! I'm now officially 1/4 of the way there...|
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