Last updated: 2012 MAY 18.
These are the various topics I am continually researching as a hobby.
From 1995 to 2005, these were strictly timelines. Chronological listings of events for about seven major topics. In 2006, I did some work on my timeline generating software to allow a single database to easily generate timelines for smaller related topics. For example, the personal computer timeline now has offshoots for Apple Computers, IBM, Amiga, and Commodore 64. Other major topics have similarly been split.
Another thing I started was to assemble lists of "pop culture references". For some of my topics, I now have lists of the occurances of the topic in TV shows and movies. For example, when The Simpsons does a parody of Disney's Mary Poppins film, that's a Pop Culture reference. I've been having great fun watching shows on the computer and saving images of the references.
And one more thing that I started just for Corvettes, is a list of racing successes. I have a separate list of any major race where a Corvette placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. There have been a lot!
Something combining all timeline data is Ken P's Today in History. This Web page will detect today's date, and display a list of all events from all timeline topics for the day. I also generate a larger This Day in History using the World History and Sports databases.
On to the timeline topics...
My Chronology of Personal Computers is completely free on the Web. This timeline incorporates over 5,000 events, and can be printed on hundreds of pages.
But if all you need is a brief timeline of personal computers, with a few entries of the major events in each year, then I have A Brief Timeline of Personal Computers for free on one page.
Here you will find my list of Personal Computer References in Pop Culture.
Here are some smaller related computer timelines that I have constructed:
The Chronology of The Walt Disney Company is completely available on the Web, with the full version available for a fee in a large PDF file of hundreds of formatted pages.
As with the PC timeline, I have A Brief Timeline of the Walt Disney Company available for free, highlighting the major film and theme park events of the company.
A very fun project is the list of Disney References in Pop Culture. I love it when an artist goes out of their way to specifically pay tribute to, or poke fun at, something Disney. Whether it's The Simpsons' kids choosing Knoxville over Disney World, or Disney's own Scar in The Lion King imploring Zazu to NOT sing "It's a Small World", you'll find it all here.
Disney characters are a popular topics for postage stamps of many countries. I have assembled a list of Walt Disney on Postage Stamps here.
Three recently-created timelines cover the complete details of Disney's first two theme park areas, and the Mickey Mouse character:
I owned a 1976 L-82 Corvette for ten years, and hope to own a few more in the future. I would like to try a 1984-87 style, and a 1960 red with white coves, eventually settling on a early 1970s model. In the meantime, I'll have to be content with researching the history in books and magazines.
The Chronology of Chevrolet Corvettes gives you over 2,000 entries, with details of the development of every model since 1953. The work of Zora Arkus-Duntov, the brave racing attempts of the Grand Sport Corvettes, the numerous showcars, and the races, they're all here. Any major race involving a Corvette has a place in this timeline. Auction events that include Corvettes are here too, so we can see the prices rise over the years to the first million dollar Corvette.
If a quick timeline is all you need, I also have A Brief Timeline of Chevrolet Corvettes.
To see the top-three finishes of Corvettes in all races known to me, Corvette Racing Successes is what you're after.
I also have a web site of Corvettes on Postage Stamps.
And finally, Chevrolet Corvette References in Pop Culture documents the movie and TV appearances of our favorite car.
So, yes, I have an extensive Chronology of Video Game Systems, as well as A Brief Timeline of Video Game Systems. All the home TV-based and handheld systems are there, including as many non-North American releases as I can find. Hundreds of game releases too, as well as dozens of standalone arcade machines. Releases of arcade games are hard to find. There just weren't magazines devoted to them like we have now for home systems. Note that I do not include computer games in here, only dedicated video game systems and software.
You can see just the Top Video Games by month and system. So far I only have good data for top selling games in the USA. When I find more info, I will expand this to other parts of the world, and to computer games.
Video games often pop up in movies and TV shows, so I have a Web page for Video Game References in Pop Culture. There was an episode of Futurama which devoted a third of the show to a look at what life would be like as a video game. You have to see it for all the great classic video game references.
I've spun-off a few of specific timelines as well, and may add more in the future:
My Chronology of Canadian Coins details the processes, decisions, and announcements of the whole history of decimal coins in Canada. For now I have left out early penny tokens, and decimal coinage of the British North America colonies.
I also have A Brief Timeline of Canadian Coins for a quick look at the more notable changes to Canadian coins.
Collector coins have become a very popular product of the Royal Canadian Mint. These are often called Non-Circulating Legal Tender, as they have a face-value, but are not intended for regular circulation. I have all of these "coins" in the main timeline, but have also created a Chronology of Canadian NCLT Coins to highlight these issues. If you are interested just in the coins struck for circulation, I have a Chronology of Circulating Canadian Coins. And finally, I have a timeline devoted to the bullion coins: Chronology of Canadian Maple Leaf Bullion Coins, and a listing of all Maple Leaf Bullion Coins.
A new site documents What's Notable About the Year XXXX for Canadian Coin Collectors. This is an interesting year-by-year look at changes to Canada's coins.
I also collect stamps, and have recently started topical collecting. I have started a web site to list all world Coins on Postage Stamps, Disney on Postage Stamps, and Corvettes on Postage Stamps.
For some 30 years, I have collected not just coins and stamps, but unrelated items that incorporate the design of a coin, stamp, or paper money in them. You've seen coffee mugs with a $20 bill wrapped around the side, but have you seen $100 bill toilet paper or a dollar coin cigarette lighter? Visit Ken P's Coin/Stamp/Bill Novelties to see these and many more.
As usual, I also have A Brief Timeline of World War II covering the major developments from the first shots in September 1939 up to the surrender of Japan in 1945.
For the coin collector, I have a series of Web pages cataloging the different type coins of Sweden.
Link to Ken P's