Updated 16 October, 2020. A book for the times, indeed. Adam Kucharski, The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread, and Why They Stop. Profile, 2020. This is Australia. And Facebook (I'm a retired journalist) can get knotted, we hope soon (and see below). US bastards, and takers of copyright, their arrogance really needs reigning in! What Facebook needs is a huge dose of humility, and we hope soon. And who said Facebook ran a decent news service anyway - they don't! (No experienced editors!) They are merely US idiot cowboys and partly responsible for huge dope Donald J. Trump being POTUS! Trump, who is the world's biggest Tweetie Bird! What a joke! And in what bad taste, too! The US is in decline and the international behaviour/attitude of Trump and Facebook is just another of the symptoms! (By the way, if Trump is not re-elected, will it automatically mean that the US is not-great again? So, is it your call or not?)
Latest update work is on historical genealogy esp. on businessman Robert Brooks of UK (died 1882) (also James Cain in Melbourne and Robert Towns in Sydney) - Check also, Dan Byrnes' blog at: Dan Byrnes' Blog. See also a new regional [n/w NSW] blog (as from early August 2020) at: from Siri Gamage, on New England Perspectives. Now finishing a new book co-written with Londoner Ken Cozens on Merchant Networks written between 2007-2020, treating history of British Empire 1760-1860, ie, loss of the American colonies, birth of the USA, the rise of British-India and the British capture of Australia and New Zealand, or, Australasia. Which people thankfully are already asking about! Has much attention to names which are forgotten or near-forgotten ...
A suite of websites with content ranging from Australian convict history to the personal, digests of international (old not new) news, music matters, creative writing, humour, and a spot of family history, plus some of The Future too ... not to speak of a dab of satire ... See bottom of page for extra notes on what of this domain has been closed due to the corona virus worldwide pandemic by May 2020.
E-mail anytime to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For 2020: Now redesigning these websites (a huge job). Last heard of re Dan Byrnes' profile on www.academia.edu at 3762 hits (increases of about 10 per day on the best days) for specialty history articles with hits from eg.,: Recent researchers (mostly in the English-reading world) have given this website hits from: New Zealand, Philippines, USA. Italy, India, Australia, USA, UK. USA, Canada, Italy, Australia. USA, Australia, Cyprus, Cambodia, Canada, India, Holland. Australia. USA, Philippines, Japan, Chile. USA, UK, Australia. USA, Australia, UK, Romania. Australia, USA, UK, Philippines, Brazil. USA, Ireland, Singapore, USA, France, Holland, UK. Australia, USA, Ecuador. Australia, USA, UK, Canada. India, University of London, UK. A researcher on the C19th UK family named Wigram. UK, Canada, Australia, Mexico, USA. Australia, Virginia USA, UK. Burma, Australia, USA, South Africa, UK. USA, UK, Holland. Australia, USA, Holland, France, UK. Texas USA. Norway, USA, UK, Australia. Philippines, USA, China, Australia. Australia, UK, Spain, USA. UK, Greece, Canada, Belgium, USA. USA, Australia, India, Australia. China, USA, UK. Greece, Nigeria, China, UK, USA, France. Dan Byrnes has works cited on Google Scholar (by eg., English historian Emma Christopher, A Merciless Place (2010). Also, work by the Australian, Tom Keneally, A Commonwealth of Thieves (2005) on early European Sydney 1788-1792.) Otherwise some of his historical work is currently cited at eg.,: link.gale.com; Hilary M. Carey, (University of Bristol), Empire of Hell: Religion and The Campaign to End Convict Transportation in the British Empire, 1788-1875. Cambridge University Press, 2019.; at University of Queensland website re Byrnes' Outlooks article on British whaling cited in: Dr. John Ayres Mills, The Contribution of the whaling industry to the Economic Development of the Australian Colonies: 1770-1850, a 2016 PhD thesis. In the journal American Neptune, a 1985 issue. Dan Byrnes also has profiles on Facebook (which pettifogs like a deadbeat about paying for non US-news) and Linked-In ... Not that any of this pettifogging about money is new! Far from it! Try reading: Scott Reynolds Nelson, A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon Financial History of American Financial Disasters. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
What will NOT be closed for these websites due to corona virus changes will be sections for: poetry, family history, humour, personal ... For a few other remarks on closure of some of these websites see: re corona virus ...
Dan Byrnes is now retired, but ... he carries on undeterred and asks the question: if Australia is indeed The Land of Lest We Forget, how and why is it that we remember so badly? ...
Your webmaster has lately been blogging on history topics at Linked-In History Enthusiasts forum; several times a Top Contributor there in 2014. Revising websites. Has lately been working on finishing two books, one, on Merchant Networks (commercial history 1760-1860), and two, "cultural comment", also blogging ...
What these websites do
Presenting a wide variety of content ... and now being redesigned
Musician, multi-instrumentalist, guru, constantly on tour
Rock bass guitarist and video guru who inspired the website HOTM
Misuse complaints: Thankfully there is only one complaint, but it's a real doozy. Re "the web's most comprehensive Christian site" - "God bless America" says the stern eagle graphic. "God bless" for thieving US Protestant clergymen? I don't think so. See the webpage (scroll down a bit): Oddthings.
List of usual contributors: Ken Cozens (UK, history). Peter Dickson (UK, history). Ed Matzenik (Maitland, Australia, music). Brian Robson (Bondi, Sydney, Australia, computers, Australian politics but now discontinued). Larry West (Texas, USA, affairs in general). Joel Byrnes (Brisbane, Australia, technical assistance, affairs in general). Gerry Patterson (Melbourne, Australia, affairs in general) Thanks to Dora Koops for proofreading etc. E-mailers various, inc. Michael Longmire (Virginia, USA, history). Shane Ware (Tamworth). Reggie Thomson (history). Certain of these websites (news digests various, Lost Worlds, Merchant and Bankers Listings, Merchant Networks, The Blackheath Connection, The English Business of Slavery) were closed in May 2020 due to corona virus and associated problems. NOT due to be closed are sections of this domain for feedback, poetry, music matters, family history, humour, personal.
Tech update: From early 2019: This website is lately made with open
source web editor kit Bluefish and produced with a Linux Mint o/s V19/20 ...
This website has no fancy advertising, no distracting tricks, no inducements to anything. But beware of satire at times. It is all free and you may copy what you enjoy so long as you give suitable attribution for any use of any of it. Misuse if discovered will be complained about, but so far, hard as it is to believe, there has been little gross misuse. Meantime, these websites give attribution where it is due. Dan Byrnes as an Australian writer has had websites online since 1997. E-mail incoming has remained gratifying, to say the least, for many years. It's called, job satisfaction.