started this site in 1997 with only a vague idea of what I wanted to
feature. Karen and I did a lot of traveling, much of it focused around our
volunteer activities with Earthwatch on archaeology projects. We took the projects
seriously, studying up before and after and the project location provided a
focus for more extensive travel for sight seeing and experiencing the culture. That seemed
like an interesting possibility, as did the long hikes we took as part of the
sight seeing. So archaeology and hiking became part of the site. Finally, I'd recently begun studying Jules Verne's classic 20,000
Leagues under the Sea with the aim of making an accurate reconstruction of
the submarine Nautilus and the web site provided a forum for that.
It was a surprise to me that the
original English translations of 20,000
Leagues were seriously deficient so a page on the novel and another on
the Nautilus completed the site.
Then Gallifrey regenerated ...
personal web pages were
discontinued by AT&T. Forced to restructure the site, I took the
opportunity to reevaluate the theme. Considering the unique appeal
of the three main parts and acting on a recommendation from a colleague, I
decided to emphasize the unified relationship among them - nineteenth century
technology - but expressing it as the Jules Verne connection. The
steam punk genre, which springs from that time and technology, appeals to
me but I wanted to only hint of this. An unrelated comment by
someone who prefers the "Era of Jules Verne" to "steam
punk" led me to the site name. Finally, still liking the less
popular personal pages about archaeology and hiking I found legitimate if
tenuous connections, when one considers the history of the era.
Through a misunderstanding/miscalculation on
my part, the original site disappeared only a day or so after the premier
hosting of the new site. Hence I lost the opportunity to link the
two sites and a decade of search engine ranking was gone. Still the
unique content is the same and will get better. I'm sure what was
will be again.
|here is a connection between the two images on this page, the front page graphics for the two incarnations of site. For most of its existence, the Gallifrey home page featured a stylized image of the Prague Orloj astronomical clock, chosen to symbolize the time dimension of the site. The graphic on the Vernian Era home page plays off that by going inside the clock. It includes objects that refer directly or indirectly to the site concept or site content or symbolize connections between the Vernian age and the content. The old image symbolized the time travel theme. The new image remembers that but now emphasizes the technology.|
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