Welcome to Curious Cosmos

The first post is always the most difficult to write.

Today is the day Curious Cosmos begins. This is the site where I'll share the projects I work on, the things I'm interested and other curiosities I discover along the way. My name is Cosmo (at least online), and I'm the husband to an outstanding woman and father to three awesome children. They'll pitch in here on occasion 🙂

I got to grow up playing Oregon Trail and Dino Park Tycoon in school. I remember playing So You Want to Be a Hero on our beige Hewlett-Packard with the upgraded SoundBlaster card, and the original Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles.  I remember late nights in listening to Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell, and shelves full of Goosebumps and Choose Your Own Adventure books. Through Curious Cosmos, I'd like to try and share these kind of memories so that who I am can be recorded when I'm gone. I'm a sucker for nostalgia.

Most of my career has been in IT or web development, and then 2020 came along and gave me the opportunity to switch things up. I'm now learning proper programming and development, which has broadened my horizons to a degree I didn't think was possible. That's been a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. I get to be part of an amazing team and hone my wizard powers.

As far as projects go, here's what's coming in the immediate future:

A Time Travel Institute resurrection

In September of 2014, I purchased Time Travel Institute. The original owner was shutting it down, and I wanted to help preserve what I could of the original John TItor story. I've been running it since then, and while I haven't done much for the traffic it gets, it has helped me develop the skillsets I use to provide for my family. TTI is a great community, and I'll be doing some interesting things with it in the near future.

TTI will be rebooting its forums and starting fresh using the Discourse software.  The old forum will continue to run at https://archive.timetravelinstitute.com, and at the end of 2021, posting there will be disabled and the site will become read-only. The content isn't going anywhere, but I feel what we have now has run its course.

I have a few reasons for doing this. Mostly, I'm tired of traditional forum software. Invision Community (the software we use now) is slick and does what it says on the tin. It's not the software, it's a paradigm thing. Discourse is a different sort of creature. It's still a forum in that you have threads and posts, but there's unique thinking in how everything works, and I think it'll do a better job at stimulating conversations.  I like their trust system, granting people more abilities as they go and allowing you to gain new permissions over time, too. The way it explains how things work to new members is outstanding.

I'm not migrating the existing forums because it's a giant pain, and most of the emails in our user database don't even exist anymore. Also, the TTI community can tell you from experience that moving between software always breaks things. I'm looking to build something new. This is a clean start, a level playing field for fresh ideas and voices.

I have the new software running  on https://new.timetravelinstitute.com, and you're welcome to register early and check things out.

Launching the Curious Cosmos BBS

In addition to the new TTI forums, I'm also rolling out the Curious Cosmos BBS. We’re building a community of curious-minded people who enjoy fringe and paranormal topics. Please bring your discernment, as asking questions is encouraged. If you have a theory or question about something, share it! Don't feel you have to believe anything discussed here; the implications of something being true is why I find them interesting.

You can find the BBS at https://bbs.curiouscosmos.com. Feel free to drop in and say hello!

Curiobase and TTIDB

I've always thought it would be interesting to build a pop culture database, but through a fringe/paranormal lens. These topics can make excellent stories, and things like books and movies  are good way to experience "what if". There's value in fantastic imagination, and a little escapism is good for the soul.

Curiobase will live here at Curious Cosmos, and will focus on the following categories:

The entires in these categories will all be hand-selected, with the goal being to give you the best resource possible to experience ideas I find fascinating. This will be quality over quantity, but everyone is welcome to submit suggestions.

I expect to roll out the first working version of Curiobase in the coming weeks.

TTIDB will be very similar, but will live on Time Travel Institute. The main focus is obviously time travel, but also zoom out a little to include things like historical documentaries, period pieces and other ways to experience the past. I expect to roll this out in the next month, right after the first version of Curiobase is released.

More to come, but this stuff first.

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