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Posted By Confutus

Modern history has now been applied to all the nations and peoples on the list, at least in a general sort of way. That means, of course, that I can now move on to something else.

The 20th century has been applied to Western Civilization, but there are a whole lot of nations that aren't Western, so it will be a little while yet before those are covered.  The 21st century is so far only applied to Anglic peoples.  I almost dread this part, because I know so little of Latin American history, especially in the last ten years or so, and I don't want to skim througn it too fast.  I've had my head in a bucket so I'm a bit short on what I know of detail of the last five years in this country.  Going back a bit further to the early 2000s, the late 20th century are areas where addition just doesn't go smoothly because of these hang-ups.  The 19th century is another horror show with wars, revolutions, and petty dictators scattered all over Latin America that it's going to take a week or few to even halfway sort out. Going back to classical and medieval history means tackling the Middle East.

Well, there's always the sociology section for consolation, right? Not really. Oriental peoples are up next, and couple of weeks back, I had addition of communities reach a critical point to provoke division of China. I set that aside, since it involved creating a bunch of stub pages for provinces of China, and then grouping them into a few regions as I've done for the United States. Now it's time to go back and finish that job.  Shortly behind it is making sure that nations are connected to other peoples, and it's again, Asiatic nations that are up next.  And then there is setting up cross-connections among nations, which puts me back into Latin America.  Somehow, I'm just not quite up to studying Western Civilization any more this week. The project of adding external links to cities and beginnint to apply social structure and change is going, again, to Asia.


Well, what about the institutions, which have been nagging me for years now? That's right, those are knocking on Asia, and if I get  more specific and look at religion, there's Latin America again.


So that's what's coming up. Where would you like to go?


Posted By Confutus

Among other things I mean to discuss from time to time is progress on the knowledge base. Some time back, I decided to focus heaviily on recent history, as recent as the past month, so that i would be able to discuss current events.  I  became somewhat frustrated because the knoweldge base  was all skeleton and no content,   When I began including historical events (From Wikipeda), I found that these required substantial digestion, and began a program of including nations in the knowledge base. The whole thing is still horribly incomplete, but I have returned to the " bridge" Idea, and begun expanding history, its most recent subdivision modern history, the 20th century, the early 21st century, and so on to the most recent month. The pages for individual months of the last four years are the largest and badly need to be digested and broken down. In the process, material will begin to flow to other parts of the knowledge base.


I also began something I have been procrastinating for some time, which is to look at the usage records for the SKB and determine which areas are most frequently viewed, which should help determine what would be most helpful to visitors.  I am finding find that the areas where I have put the most time in development are not the ones that are most visited, which will probably change what areas i work on  from now on.





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