I am not Ōsugi Sakae. My name is Chris Spackman and I studied Ōsugi Sakae's life and writings in school before
coming going to Japan. This is my personal website. My history-related web stuff is at www.openhistory.org but be warned that I have not updated that site in quite some time. I've not given up on OpenHistory, but now spend most of my time working with my ESL students at The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University and the other schools in the Graham Family of Schools.
- 20 June 2017
- I've added a TESOL Wiki, used right now mostly for leveled content area readings. I've also added a
- 28 February 2016
So, obviously, the updates are not out yet. I am still working on them and they will probably be ready to go in late March—that is when TCS is on spring break. In the meantime, I am moving away from WordPress for the blog. Instead, I will be adding some new
blogentries as regular, good-old, safe HTML files. I originally went with WordPress so that readers could leave comments. Of course, spambots make moderating comments practically a full time job, and anyhow, Reddit and other social sites are probably better places for the comments today. So, back to regular HTML.
- 28 February 2016
- In other news, I am slowly adding some new Templates. These templates are for files that I create frequently—worksheets, reading passages, SVG files, and the such.
- 15 October 2015
- I am working on an update to the history encyclopedia at OpenHistory and a new wiki for books. These will be coming before the end of this year. Several years ago, I switched the encyclopedia from LaTeX to the Open Document Format (used by OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and others). There were good reasons for the change, but after a couple years of development, some of the drawbacks became apparent.
- My Blog
- I finally gave in and started up a blog. Important writings and education related materials will continue to be placed in the other areas listed here,
but most writings are now in the blog(as above, new writings will no longer be put into WordPress).
- Games, worksheets, and other materials for teaching English to speakers of other languages. Also includes papers I have written for my classes at ODU.
- Other Writings
- Various things I have written over the years. Includes an incomplete intro to cryptography, an intro to using LaTeX, and my current series of articles on switching from Linux to MS WinXP at work.
- Templates I have created for various purposes. Currently ODF templates and SVG, but others (HTML, LaTeX, CSS, etc) will be available one day. Not exciting, but very useful.
- Some small C and Perl programs I wrote several years ago. They mostly deal with cryptography — they do substitution and transposition transformations or count letters in input. That sort of thing. Nothing serious and certainly nothing to which you should trust your security.
- Various screenshots of my desktop and open source software.
Other sites with which I am involved
- Home of the Japanese History Documentation Project (JHDP)
- Karate the Japanese Way
- My friend Mark Groenewold's excellent karate site. I don't do karate but I do do HTML, so I help him maintain it. If you are involved with karate and haven't been there yet, you should really check it out. The content is first rate and the forums are full of great karate practitioners. UPDATE: Mark has shut down his site.
- Whipped! Card Game
- Mark Groenewold and some friends put together a fun card game about relationships. They named their game
Whippedand I helped put together the web site (no longer available) for it.