Friday, December 21, 2018

Fifteen generations

Plus or minus, of course (note: one of the popular posts over time). We need to get back to fuzzy. The strict numerics of the computer abetted by applied mathematics is killing us. I use '15' based upon one case that I documented, as it is associated with latest leaf on a particular tree. Others can have their numbers (only popular with one particular crowd).

On Quora, I saw a post by someone with a credential of "Eleven generations of the American Dream" (paraphrase, as it caught my mind and grabbed hold, for good reason). Yes, indeed. That is what I have been writing about. Except? The American dream? No, it's not Harvard's view or any of the others that have been proposed. No, let's discuss this thing.
But wait. We have to lay down some necessary groundwork that has been ignored by most. We'll do it slowly, too.

Come along for the ride, as we have a relook at the American experience, once again.

Lately, an index of images has been presented on both portals ( This maps back to the blog and is not dissimilar to the ones on the right which shows posts by relative views. Our index covers all years and pulls things of interest. To whom one might ask? One applying a curator's view. Of course, there are several of these, so the thing might be thought of as a group of curators.

After all, posts generally were related to things going on at the time that map to the early days. Or, they were motivated by events such as being addressed by Recent finds (btw, note, too, the Page map). So, many of these are markings of our education as we have dived in and read over the past decade. Trying to catch up the hundred years since Dr. Frank. There will be more images squeezed, over time, into the index.

John Gardner and
the Merrimack River
However, let's start a categorical index. And, ought not it be based upon the whole of the timeline associated with the 'fifteen generations' of experience that, in part, has to do with the unfoldment of the American dream (or fantasy, take your pick)?
Sarah Balch

We can start the arrival, with something on the 'before the arrival' (Cape Ann Retrospective) period.  Or, we can look at the various houses (Sarah Balch). Earlier, John's working with the crew that mapped the Merrimack would be apropos. He was young, and probably the muscle for the older gents, but, hey, it was an experience.

the man
What about Rev. John Wise? The Quaker experience? Salem madness?

Lots of material and opportunity to relook at the American dream, as the times seem to indicate this as a necessity.
the Quaker
women folk

The timeline would be only one of many categories. And, the stories would vary from the general view to the more academic. After all, we did mention Harvard which brings in Nathaniel Eaton from an entirely different view.
Going by boat

How about looking at the early western movers? Some went by boat; others by land. Lots and lots of stuff happened, though the the actions of people, over the 400 years.

Finally, we would get to the last 100 years and things like The Massachusetts Magazine, the complete cover up of the lost bodies (A new twist), and much more. As suggested, there is no end to the growing necessity for history told in the views of people, families, groups, and others who do things and who do not just get other people to do things or just write (say Thomas Gardner versus John Winthrop - his son, fortunately, was a doer - Ipswich, et al).


In the FB post at Gardner Research, I mentioned technology and having worked in the roll-your-own for many years (commercial rather than Open Source). We had to, as need always preceded the tool/system. Now, we have things being pushed out to which we are to adapt. This is brief. We'll be getting back to this theme, lots of times.

Remarks: Modified: 10/25/2019

12/30/2018 -- The 400ths will be one theme next year.

10/25/2019 -- I'm now GitHub'ing so plenty of pending technical work and its detail are in the offing. Still at it with the numbers

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