TBK now has a page for useful books.

You can nominate books that you remember as helping to frame your world view, using [Feedback]

Where an ISBN is available (look for the publishing page) this allows for easy collection of all sorts of information from modern websites – Amazon especially, but other companies offer similar services.

For older books, pre ISBN, you can Google for the information. Popular old books are sometimes available electronically (thanks to Google’s effort to scan all books known to mankind!).  Also, seminal books may have wikipedia entries that can be linked and registered.

TBK allows for a short review of how the book works – or not – against the goals of rational economics and politics, and sustainability.

I am developing the ability to download a list of books that you can work with for your own purposes, including editing the content,  and then upload for refreshing IBK’s content.

Gateways And Navigators

TBK has various “gateways” to provide easy navigation to information.  They are intended to be visual and non-verbal as far as possible, and easy to use to incorporate a wide range of content.

Resources Tables

Typically high-level pages contain a “Resources Table” that registers “objects”.

The objects can be Universal Resource Locations (URLs) linking to other websites, or electronic documents from the net, or electronic documents held on TBK itself. Depending on the table and the objects, a range of actions are available, from moving to another website to displaying the content depending on its format and the computer system you are using.

Framework Gateways

Next level pages are designed to present a “framework” of graphical objects (spheres, flags – whatever makes sense and pleases the eye) arranged in a table grid (for example 3 rows by 3 columns, = 9 cells).

Each object has a range of actions available, for example:

[1] Click on an object to get a brief text message about it;

[2] Click on [Details]  to get detailed information OR link to another object;

[3] Click on [More] to get more information OR link to another object.

Pages can be created in a hierarchy.

For example, Page 1 could be a high-level summary (say, with nine dimensions), and Page 1 – D1, Page 1 – D2, Page 1-D3… could be further exploration of the high level summary.

Graphical Gateways

More fun, but trickier, there are some “graphical gateways” comprising objects of various sorts (honeycomb, stacked spheres…) that have been set up with “live areas” that can have various actions attached.  These require more programming and are not so easy to have user-input to the contents.


Why The-Bees-Knees?

I was introduced to the joys of bees when a friend, John, and I tried to save a hive in my neighbour’s shed wall.  The shed was pretty dilapidated – lovely broken asbestos panels – so we were able to break away a panel to get at the hive. As it turned out, the hive had been poisoned with paint thinner, and only a few bees were still alive.

From this I spent time with John learning some basic apiarist techniques.

The-bees-knees (TBK) started as a site to collate information about bees, based on a site that I developed to support activities for local and state government agencies to manage civil infrastructure –  water & sewerage networks, treatment plants, stormwater drainage, flood management, road networks, property and buildings – pretty much everything we rely on for decent living except electricity networks.

Then I became interested in The Conversation – a great electronic journal – but became frustrated with the ephemeral nature of journals – the same topics arise year after year (euthanasia, climate change, politics and economics, sustainability) and each time, the same arguments and debates flourish for a week or so, before dying away – ready for the next time.

So – TBK is now a databank (careful of the word “repository”!) to distil the results of debates and information gathering into a more permanent form.

It uses a range of techniques, especially electronic documents available on the Internet. It is not a replacement for Google – “500,000 documents in 0.47 seconds on any question you ask” – rather, it aims to pick which few of the 500,000 are actually sane and rational answers to key issues.

Finally Got There, Touch Wood

I downloaded the latest copy of WordPress, and the “simple” instructions.

My website has a MySQL database which was set up by the EasyApps installation.  The details of this are in a configuration file which I kept for use with the new software.

I unzipped the download file onto my server, then copyied this across to the website using FTP.

And now, here I am. Yee hah!