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HISTORY NEVER LOOKS LIKE HISTORY WHEN YOU ARE LIVING THROUGH IT*
I don't know if you know that Martin has a blog. He doesn't write on it, as it's a Tumblr blog. He does photo-editing and puts together collages and GIFs of things he's interested in. Mostly, up until now, it's been a lot of American Horror Story and a couple of other TV shows that he watches. But about a month ago, he started a really cool project, with the plan to launch it on his Tumblr.

He put together a collage...a huge one. A historical timeline of the 20th century illustrated by what he considered one of the most important events for each year. He didn't do it because of school, or an assignment or for any other reason other than that he is interested in history and thought it would be fun.

Each decade was done as a single image, built of a picture of an event from each year with the year labeled on it. That's 100 years worth of images. He spent hours researching, looking up historical events, checking Wikipedia, asking us "which of these did we think was most important", choosing images, editing. He tried to make sure that each decade was a mix between cultural, political, social and scientific events in ALL parts of the world.

It is truly a labor of love and nerdiness.

He IS getting credit for his blog for his creativity requirement in IB, but even so, I hope his teachers see this. I hope he gets lots of comments and likes and notes or whatever it is you do on Tumblr. I hope it goes viral, because it deserves to. I don't want him to be discouraged from such ideas and projects and passions if he doesn't get the online attention that is so fickle these days.

I tried to get him to put my birthday for 1964 but strangely, he chose the Civil Rights Act.

Check it out: The 20th Century
(there is a link to a list of the selected events at the bottom)

*John W. Gardner
 impressed
mood: impressed
music: Susie Suh—Shell


Comments

Wicked cool -- both the drive to create it, and the end result! And I love that I got an astronaut for 1965. :-)

The 60s were very spacey!

I was checking that out this morning...very impressive!!

Pure awesome!

(Anonymous)

Absolutely fabulous- what a lot of effort went into it- that's what makes great things happen! Thanks Martin!

(Anonymous)
From Megsie

Holy Cow! Martin! I had to look up all the labels because I am NOT a history buff. I could guess several correctly, but some I was: ???!

You have a mighty talented kid there, Liz. You must be so proud of him! I couldn't figure out how to leave a comment, or I would have. So cool! And I was so happy to get the first moon landing in my birth year!

Re: From Megsie

Tumblr is stupid, you have to sign up for an account in order to "like" something or comment.

(Anonymous)

You got the civil rights act......I got Star trek??????? 😀 Way awesome job Martin!!!! I am seriously impressed! Love Aunt Sarah

What a clever idea - very impressed.

Although I got Dr Seuss The Cat in the Hat. Is he trying to tell me something?

(Anonymous)

Awesome Job Martin!!!!

-Heather

(Anonymous)

You got the civil rights act......I got Star trek??????? 😀 Way awesome job Martin!!!! I am seriously impressed! Love Aunt Sarah

Oh, I finally noticed there was a link. Quite a project! Well done to Martin.

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