Other representations of todays date are:
|2017-12-05 (mockup)||20171205 (mockup)|
|2017-W50-2 (mockup)||2017W502 (mockup)|
|2017-346 (mockup)||2017346 (mockup)|
|1 Calculated from algorithms provided in , chapter 25 - The conversion of regular calendars in, 'Mapping Time' by E. G. Richards.|
This stratigraphic column depicted using HTML5 coding, is a demonstration for these themes:
The gateway above has links to information or data on natural and built heritage sites. These web-sites, which do not charge for the data, are placed on the table in alphabetical, geographical or age context:
Previous coinages are listed to distinguish separate countries within a common economy, but Wikipedia does not give enough detail to distinguish Tasmania from New South Wales. Transport of technology, customs, and language from one economy to another is suggested by a Google Earth path such as:
Of special interest is the cells in the southern hemisphere, from telephony onwards, which have sites in the timeline for vehicle manuafacturing in South Australia. This is especially innovation in bush bashing which would contribute componets to a #LandDrone for monitoring Maralinga. Unusually, in comparison to mineral exploration, is this need does not decline. For example one of the isotopes caused by the original atomic bomb test is 242Pt (Platinum-242) which has a half-life ten times that of the estimated period of aboriginal occupation. That is the half-life, so there is still going to be 50% of the stuff lying around after that. Given that much time we can expect success, especially since South Australia already has this record of innovation. In those particular cells from the table above are links to historical records of various inventions and developments, leading to the manufacture of rovers in South Australia; but what is not categorised by the timeline is the development was for ruggedizing of vehicles or just an improvement to the manufacturing industry. From the example in LinkedIn some of the innovations still need to be ruggedized.
The Emblems and Coat-of-Arms for nations shown in any region are in well-formed SVG (Scalable Vector Graphic) format. This is the 21st Century equivalent of engraving, in that each line is individually specified in the file, it isn't just a digital scan of a painting. There are many versions on the internet but the ones shown here have been programmed in a way that the image can be zoomed into for closer inspection. Engravings by Robert Hooke, Gould and others of the enlightenment, allowed publishing of drawings commissioned by scientists like Darwin and Banks, and which was the basis for modern peer review of natural science. In modern scientific work this technology has been replaced by high-defintion photographs and video programmes.
Rather than using simplified heraldic devices, these national emblems and Coat-of-Arms have modified these original biological and lithological drawings. To celebrate the work of the scientists and the modern programmers embracing that heritage, each is labelled with the authors user account and copyright notice from Wikipedia Commons, also a link to the web page as there may be a discussion of the design. To comprehend my excitement please see:
In the stratigraphic table above, regions that are adjacent have common cell boundaries, regions which are not contiguous don't. This came about as an attempt to maximise the space available for text. If for instance I had used hotpoints in a geographical projection there would be a few near-invisible points on a white page.
This is composed from the principle that history is periods of quiessance punctuated by change. Therefore artifacts in any archeological record are not recording changes but rather the quiet period before that change. Examples of this are the heritage building that has survived urban renewal. It is from the period before the activity. In this way the record of history is similar to a stratigraphic column. For in a stratigraphic column the periods of quiet deposition are shown as formations separated by the unconformities, that is periods of active erosion.
Where it is obvious, I have used technological events to puntuate the periods in the table. This is the archaeological concept that inventions revise culture, and I have also found this in my own experience with geological computing: successful technologies are quickly adopted because they are successful. I don't think anyone in history has enjoyed watching their children die. If there is something they can change in their society to prevent those deaths, the parents will do it.
The second principle of this table is also taken from the geologists stratigraphic column. The regional scope of the data set represented by the link is shown by boxes and member sub regions by boxes inside the outer box.
Where I have had the chance to research a geological formation I have used a dotted line around the website icons. This is implemented a style attribute of the enclosing HTML <nobr> element, which to enforces that they always appear at the same stratigraphic level, no matter what dimensions are used for the browser window.
Each table cell joining other table cells gives every boundary that occurs geographically. For example South Australia has only boundaries with Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Northern Territory and Western Australia. The arrangement of the table cell therefore describes the complete geographical arrangement of the sovereign entities.
In comparison the stratigraphic column boundaries are portayed as separated from the intervening strata (browse the style .precambrian in the ./gateway.css file) to imply the geological uncertainty, and a heavy dashed line is used for a eon which is only suggested.
Perhaps in the table above, to make the page more pleasing, I could have pasted a satellite image behind those hot-points, but I only wanted to show the information I had, and not have the reader focussing on a picture with no factual significance. The result is ugly, as it looks like an object model for a computer program, but it is quite compact. If you cast your mouse across the regions and boundaries you will see that they are captioned with titles.
The table also shows the Tau shaped time-space (+stratigraphic) continuum model. From at least the archaeologist's point of view, the longitude direction is aligned in the direction of time, with latitude at right angles. Longitude only affects the last day of time and so all history sits below the nexus of the two coordinates as in the diagram above. For an example, consider the scene in the film "Independence Day 4" where the aliens have flying saucers distributed around the globe hovering above the capital cities. Then in unison they begin attacking. Subsequently, for an archeologist investigating these ruins, he or she would have to adjust the time of day of the attack based on the longitude of the devastated city to demonstrate that the destruction occurred at the same instant. Otherwise, it would appear that it occurred during the previous day through the night to the next day. Then the title of the film would have to be changed perhaps to 'Independence Weekend 4' and I am sure Hollywood would never have made that film. Since setting up this table, there was the devastating tsunami in the the Indian Ocean, and this mathematical approach to the timing of geological events proved practical in firstly identifying where the epicentre occurred and then determining which islands and villages were affected so the rescue teams could visit them, as there wouldn't be the resources to visit every island at least in the time required to prevent further death.
To maintain the density of the text links, and keep the principle that every table data cell boundary represents a geographical relationship, the columns of links have been spaced or separated into groups by the unsorted list element "ul". Then by using the style attribute of "float" the columns of links occur as if they were separate "td" elements. The "ul" element is also conveninet for fading any background color (actually re-assigning the color with the style attibute) to make the text easier to read.
I started the table structure, because there was nothing else I could easily put on the Bigpond web site. I was re-assured that before Smith invented the geological map (of Britain), members of the Geological Society used tables to display lithology, I have found there are some extra benefits I didn't forsee:
|Robert V. Demicco and George Klir (2003) Fuzzy Logic in Geology. Elsevier Academic Press ISBN: 0-12-415146-9|
|Daniel Hillel (2004) Introduction to soil physics. Elsevier Academic PressISBN: 0-12-348655-6|
|Journal of Earth Science Informatics|
Are you archiving pictures and other primary historical sources and worried about what date you should be using? Would you like to use the astronomical date calculator to give you a single integer for your index? On this page until about 2010 (ISO-8601), this was just a mockup on AD 1954 but I have scripted it to produce an estimate for a year from 9999 BC to 9999 AH. I thank Mr Ghazi Kraishan (and his wife) for answering my questions on the Islamic calendar.