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The second monthly milestone in the topic mapping of Pepy's Diary has been reached! As Stuart did last month, I've created a single merged topic map for the diary to date (July and August plus a few days from June).
The zipped XTM file can found here.
Update: I've now posted HTML pages generated from the XTM file for July and August.
Slashdot had an article on the site Cooking for Engineers which has recipes written for the analytical mind (as opposed to lists of recipes of flat foods).
What interested me was the presentation of the recipes. After the standard prose description, is a table of the ingredients and the method. Simple, but effective presentation. For example, check out this
recipe for tiramisu - scroll to the end first and take a look at the table - it gets the whole process across incredibly easily.
Tufte for food addicts :-)
Today's entry is relatively straightforward to model. The events we find are:
- Samuel works at the Navy Office.
- Samuel dines at home.
- Samuel and Elizabeth buy a chest from an unamed vendor in Wood Street.
- Samuel and Elizabeth make more purchases at Thomas Fenner's.
- Samuel visits his brother Thomas.
- Samuel visits Lady Jemima Montague at the Wardrobe.
- Samuel dines with the 'young ladies of the wardrobe' -- it is not clear who these ladies are. I have assumed that at least Paulina Montague is one.
- Samuel returns home by foot.
Also in this diary entry, a name is given for the maid mentioned on the 7th September as being hired from William Joyce. I have added a topic for this maid, Mary, and modified the topic map for 7th September to reference this topic. The start date of her employment is also recorded in a new office-holding event.
New and modified topic maps:
Today's entry is something of an instruction in how Mondays should really be approached. The events modelled today:
- Samuel goes to Privy Seal to get some work done, but finds the Lord Privy Seal not arrived yet.
- Samuel meets Captain Robert Morris (with the superb office of Upholsterer-extra-ordinary to the Royal Household), and the two have breakfast togther at the King's Privy Kitchen. During which Samuel drinks too much wine (for breakfast!)
- Unable to do any work, Samuel goes first for a walk in Westminster Hall and then to the theatre.
- Finally, Samuel returns home, finding that Williams Penn and Batten had called for him. He catches up with them and several others at the Dolphin to round of the day with some more drink.
New and updated topic maps :
The entry for the 7th September introduces one modelling issue, when William Joyce arrives to discuss the hiring of one of his maids. For this, I have modelled the two offices held by the maid and made the office to be held with the Pepys as the subject for the conversation with William Joyce. Once again this makes use of the "trick" of making on event the subject of another. Another possibility would have been to model the hiring of the maid as an event in its own right.
For 5th September, the following events are modelled:
- Samuel visits his mother.
- Samuel does some business at the Privy Seal.
- Samuel travels from the Privy Seal's chambers to Thomas Fenner's house, by boat.
- Margaret and Paulina Pepys leave London for the Pepys' farm.
- Samuel, Elizabeth and some others take a drink at an alehouse.
- A footman approaches Elizabeth Pepys with a message. This is modelled simply as a meeting-event.
- Dinner at Thomas Fenner's - we only know that Samuel and Elizabeth are guests, we are not told who the hosts are.
- Samuel receives the news that his aunt, Julian Clarke, is ill, which prompts an argument with Antony Joyce.
- Samuel and Elizabeth go to Bartholomew Fair and see performances by acrobats and tumblers before returning home by foot.
For the 6th of September, we have:
- Thomas Fenner joins Samuel for his morning draught.
- The pair then go to visit Julian Clarke during which she expresses her wishes with regards to her estate. The estate of Julian Clarke is introduced as a new topic and made the subejct of a conversation.
- Samuel and Thomas go for a drink at some unamed alehouse and then call in at Fenner's sister. The only name we have at present for the sister is given by Pepys as "Utbeck".
- Samuel attends a performance of 'Elder Brother' at the Theatre Royal.
- Samuel and some friends met at the theatre go drinking at the Ship tavern.
- Samuel and William Penn return home by coach.
Updated and modified topic maps:
Topic map for 4th September (fixed an incorrect reference to the PepysDiary.com site).
Today's entry is a relatively straightforward one. The events modelled are as follows:
- Samuel does some work at the chambers of the Privy Seal in the morning.
- Samuel and Elizabeth visit St. James's Park.
- The couple then go to a cookshop and have dinner - including oysters.
- A round of visiting ensues:
- To Margaret Symons (who is out).
- To Elizabeth Pearse (who is in, having just given birth to a daughter).
- To Samuel's mother, Margaret Pepys - where Sam gets into another argument.
New and updated topic maps:
The main event in today's entry is the christening of Catherine Montague. This is modelled using a new event type "christening" subclassed from "church-service" (although it actually takes place at the Wardrobe and not in a church).
Two other events require extensions to the ontology.
Samuel takes delivery of some furniture from Richard Howells - using the existing "purchasing" event type for this does not work as there is no exchange of money at this point.
The other event is Sam's argument with his mother. The "argument" event type is subclassed from the "discussion" event type. I've added an occurrence to this event that gives Samuel's side of the story at least.
New and updated topic maps:
The entry for today is quite a long one, although much of it describes rumour and gossip which at present we are not modelling in the topic map.
The events that are modelled are as follows:
- Samuel has a discussion with his cousin Thomas about is uncle Thomas (presumably something to do with the will of Robert Pepys, as cousin Thomas is the executor of the will, but this is not made explicit).
- Samuel goes to the chambers of the Privy Seal (who is not there).
- Sam meets Mr Battersby in Fenchurch Street and the pair share some wine at the chambers of the King's Apothecary (presumably just for medicinal purposes then ;-).
- The pair then take a boat to Blackfriars Stairs where Samuel disembarks and proceeds to the King's Great Wardrobe for dinner. He does not say who he dines with.
- After dinner Samuel and Captain Ferrers return to Whitehall and meet Mr. Pickering at Westminster Hall.
- This trio then go off drinking at a wine house called Prior's.
- Samuel and Pickering stroll around Westminster Hall, Samuel gets gossip from Pickering which is modelled simply as a discussion event for now.
- Samuel takes his leave and goes to the Mitre where he meets the Wight's.
- Samuel returns home and writes another spoof letter to William Penn about the stolen tankard in which he demands a ransom for the tankard's return.
This entry also relates two events involving Elizabeth Pepys. She meets the "Ladies of the Wardrobe", by which I have assumed Pepys means Jemima Carteret and Paulina Montague, at the Royal Exchange. She also meets Thomas Somerset, a son of Lord Somerset (and possibly the man from 30th August?) who gives her a bracelet as a gift.
New and updated files:
Two entries posted today.
In the entry for 31st August, Samuel describes his visit to Bartholomew Fair. The fair is an extended event starting on 23rd August and ending on 6th September. Within the span of this event, today describes a number of separate events that involve Samuel directly. To model this, I have created one recreation-event topic for the fair itself covering the complete 23/8-6/9 timespan. Then each event that occurs at the fair is created as a "subevent" of the fair event. This requires a new association type for relationship between an encompassing event and the events that it encompasses (which I've called superevent and subevent as a shorthand).
For example a performance by dancing monkeys (no, really) at the fair is modelled as:
[event-16610831-06 : performance = "Performance by dancing monkeys at Bartholomew Fair (31st August 1661)";"16610831-06"]
occurs(event-16610831-06 : event, today : on)
superevent-subevent(event-16610831-06 : subevent, bartholomew-fair : superevent)
This type of relationship could also be useful for other spanning events, and could be treated as hierarchical. For example a war could be a spanning event (superevent) with each battle as an encompassed event (subevent). Then within the battle, each charge or manoeuver could be modelled as a subevent of the battle event.
Another slightly odd construct in the topic map for 31st August is the modelling of Samuel buying a bauble for each of three ladies in his company at Christ's Hospital. This is modelled as a single purchasing-event where three separate items are purchased, followed by three separate gift events, each with one of those purchased items and a different recipient:
[event-16610831-09 : purchasing-event = "Samuel buys baubles for the ladies (31st August 1661)";"16610831-09"] occurs(event-16610831-09 : event, event-16610831-07 : during) participation(event-16610831-09 : event, samuel-pepys : purchaser, bauble-1 : purchased, bauble-2 : purchased, bauble-3 : purchased) [bauble-1 : bauble = "A bauble for Jemima Carteret"] [bauble-2 : bauble = "A bauble for Paulina Montague"] [bauble-3 : bauble = "A bauble for Mlle Le Blanc"]
[event-16610831-10 : gift-event = "Samuel gives a bauble to Jemima Carteret (31st August 1661)";"16610831-10"] occurs(event-16610831-10 : event, event-16610831-07 : during) participation(event-16610831-10 : event, bauble-1 : gift, samuel-pepys : giver, jemima-carteret : recipient) etc.
In the entry for 1st September, an interesting revalation is made. The tankard that was stolen from William Penn and which Sam wrote a joke confessional for a few days ago, was actually stolen as a joke by William Batten. So we have a bit of new information to add to the theft-event that was created in the topic map for 28th August 1661. To do this, I have added a subject indicator to the original theft event so that it can be imported into the topic map for 1st September. I can then use that imported topic to create a new association and an occurrence that describes the theft in Sam's own words. Although the topic map standard does allow me to simply refer to the address of the original event topic rather than do this import trick, using a full URI subject indicator is a bit more robust and won't break if the files are moved into different relative paths (e.g. split into separate directories for each month).
New and updated topic maps:
TEASER: Look out for another month-end merged topic map tomorrow!