Happy St. Patrick’s Day
A wordle for St. Patricks Day inspired by a story from the
Family Forest® Project
in our Captains Log archive entitled:
Your Ancestors Knew St. Patrick
Bill Gates probably didn’t mean it exactly the way it sounded, but he did say on The Charlie Rose Show that “Everything is web-based.”
Everything is not web-based yet, and here’s one example that relates to cousin Bill personally, and quite possibly professionally.
Bill can give his children an enriching digital edutainment gift of potentially limitless value for just $50, and he cannot acquire anything similar to it now from Microsoft, or Google, at any price. This gift cannot be explored online – yet.
But offline, with just a few mouse-clicks in the Family Forest® Bill and Melinda Gates’ children can summon maps of their own ancestral pathways that lead directly from them and travel generation-by-generation to countless ancestral homes from many centuries ago, including some very prominent ones within the Gates family’s summer vacation destination, France.
Even with the basically unlimited resources of Microsoft, or Google, it seems that it will still be years before anyone can deliver the full functionality of even yesterday’s Family Forest® online (and that edition is basically only a concept sketch of the National Treasure Edition we are preparing to release next).
Two leading edge digital delivery companies have been trying to bring tiny slivers of Family Forest® output online.
Google has been working at it for over four months now, and they are not quite there yet (in fairness to Google, one is believed to be the world’s longest ebook). After having the same digital content for six months, in June 2008 ebrary estimated that it might be able to successfully make our rich content fully functional online within their system in the second half of 2009. And we’re only talking about slivers of stage-two digital content from where we were in 2005.
Some digital property, such as the Family Forest®, is beyond the capabilities of today’s Internet, but will be an integral part of the exciting future Internet that Bill talks about with Charlie Rose.
It seems that some people are missing out on plenty of delight and enrichment simply because our offer appears to be too good to be true.
A prospective customer (now a customer) emailed us earlier this week to ask us about it. It didn’t make sense. Why is it so cheap? Why is it more than $200 less than the previous edition? What’s wrong with it? Is it a stripped-down edition? Or what?
Actually, this is one of those rare examples of when something that sounds too good to be true, really is true.
The $20 Family Forest® New World Edition is truly light years ahead of the $249 Family Forest® Leadership Edition, which was already quite a bargain considering all that it could do (like generating thousands of dollars of reasonably priced ancestral history eBooks).
The Family Forest® New World Edition contains everything that was in the Family Forest® Leadership Edition, plus much much more.
The reason the New World Edition is currently so cheap is simply because we want to create demand for the pricier Family Forest® National Treasure Edition while it is still in development.
When people try the introductory tour we expect them to be so blown away with what was there almost three years ago, that they will absolutely have to have the next edition the moment it becomes available.
While the New World Edition can still do a great deal that no other ancestral history resource can yet match, and it can provide years of entertainment without upgrading, it is only a sneak peak, a preview, a concept sketch, of the very exciting Family Forest® Hollywood Edition coming soon.
In the mean time, the Family Forest® New World Edition is a truly outstanding bargain, and you can do your friends a great favor if you tell about this special offer while it is still available at this incredibly cheap price.
Kristine and I have been very absorbed in an excellent HBO edutainment mini-series presentation of “John Adams” by the very captivating historian, author, and Medal of Freedom recipient, David McCullough.
Mr. McCullough clearly employs one of the two concepts behind MPC’s trademark A People-Centered Approach to History®, history as seen through the lives of the people who created it. The other concept behind the trademark is that individuals within the Family Forest® can instantly become a central hub, the starting point to spoke out and visually explore family ties generation by generation, very often for many centuries.
Family ties are already so extensively networked in the Family Forest® that Paul Giamatti, the Hollywood actor who so engagingly portrays John Adams, is actually lineage-linked to many of the key characters in the mini-series, including John Adams himself.
The list also includes Adams’ wife Abigail (Smith) Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and many of the other signers of the Declaration of Independence, David McCullough, and the co-executive producer of “John Adams,” Tom Hanks.
But far more important than connecting celebrities and famous people to each other through family ties, the Family Forest® is the best digital central source for personally connecting many millions of everyday people to key historical figures and events.
While they may not yet be able to start in the Family Forest® with themselves or their children, as can Tom Hanks, Elvis Presley, Madonna, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Martin Scorsese, Britney Spears, Barbra Streisand, Lucille Ball, Barack Obama, President Bush, Prince William and Prince Harry, etc., most of those countess millions of everyday people have one or more ancestors within the last few centuries who are already linked-in.
It’s one thing to abstractly say “We’re all related.” It’s quite another to visually explore the maps of generation-by-generation family ties in the Family Forest® which connect us personally (according to recorded history) to the historical characters and events we see on HBO and at the movies, in Vanity Fair and other people-centered magazines, and in our children’s text books.