Folders for browsing, tags for search (or just search?)

It seems there is a debate about tags vs folders.  They are not mutually exclusive.  Here is a principle I adhered to for years:

Folders for browsing, tags for search.

So what really is the difference between the two?

Physical libraries have shelves and things are grouped (like folders).  Tags are really not possible.  So it might be good to brows the theatre section if you are into theatre.

Digitally the same applies you can’t browse one big pile, so put stuff into folders, but not too many (at least at the top level). Folders are there to facilitate browsing.  The Dewey decimal classification has 10 top levels, and that is about right.  They are rather beautiful:

000 – Computer science, information & general works
100 – Philosophy & psychology
200 – Religion
300 – Social sciences
400 – Language
500 – Pure Science
600 – Technology
700 – Arts & recreation
800 – Literature
900 – History & geography

But what about ‘Karl Marx’?  Browse in Social sciences. But there would be stuff about him or by him in probably everyone of those groups!  Hard for librarians who are forced to chose one shelf for something like: Sociometry, Experimental Method and the Science of Society, An Approach to a New Political Orientation by J.L. Moreno, which also has a chapter on Marx.  Digitally it could be in many at once i.e. in three folders: Moreno, social science and politics. That is worth doing. Some one browsing might like finding it there.  But consider the power of tags.

Tagging that book with: Moreno, politics, social science would be useful, but imagine adding sociometry, Marx, psychodrama group work, philosophy, religion.

It would come up in a fairly short list with any two of those tags. Also be easy to see what other books come up with a search on any two of those tags.

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But what the hell!  Functionality for tags is lousy in most apps. They take time to add. Maybe search has outsmarted tags. Google does it all.

In Google Drive a file can be in many folders, that’s an an aid to browsing. No tags, and search works well.

 

Tools, iPad anticipation

I wrote a bit on my Psyberspace blog after I did the last three sketches. Here is a quote:

Tools evolve, and the best use of any given tool is of value. I have done a lot of sketching on my Palm PDAs – tool I’ll never use again – but therein lies something of value. The lead pencil has no colour. But look what has been done over the centuries with the humble pencil, and it lives. The current – no pressure iPad will die and be gone, but I look forward to making use of it, while it is in its first iteration. What can the finger do on that thing?

Here are some examples, some good stuff there.

Newsletter June 2009

Walter’s Art News

June 2009

Hello Everyone

Welcome to the my Art News, first one for the year! Note that I have changed the way I send these. Please let me know how it looks on your computer or phone.

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Painting day – a question about acrylic technique.

I worked hard today painting in acrylics. Not much to show for it, nothing to post here in real media, (still waiting for my camera, it arrived from Hong Kong but its at the airport till Monday, but there is nothing to photograph anyway.) I was trying to translate a #0736 Trees from the Thousand Sketches and it was hard. This sort of digital to physical is a challenge.

One thing I did, in a moment of frustration with real paint, was a new digital. It just flew out. It is like the one I was using for a reference, with a subtly different feel.

Bush
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It is now obvious why I found it hard. The mottled effect is done digitally by setting the paper to very rough on those layers. The light spots are pits in the “paper”. Maybe I need to forget about being too true to my digital version & go with the medium? Or maybe persist?

How would you do this in acrylic?

International Klein Blue

 

 

 

I thought that Yves Klein’s Blue must have been the purest blue #0000ff, all the blues and nothing else.

But not so. I discovered that IKB is in fact #002FA7

I have just made all the un-clicked links on this blog IKB. The visited ones are light blue.

  #0000ff – Mathematially pure blue?
  #002FA7 – International Klein Blue
  #8B8BFF – mid-point light blue      

No Tablet! No Pen.

My Toshiba M200, which has been the took for most of my work in the last few yours suddenly won’t work as a Tablet. No pen. Hope it is a quick fix but I can’t see how to do it. It is Queens Birthday here, so I can’t even take it in to be fixed. Any ideas?

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Digital Art Studio – adventures in Ink

I am reading a book, Digital art Studio, about print making using digital images and ink jet printers. Lots of info & ideas for using more traditional media in combination.

To get an idea check out the websites of the three authors:

Bonny Lhotka

Dorothy Simpson Krause

Karin Schminke

I am busy gathering material, bought some “Rabbit Skin Glue” today, and InkAID.

Some images follow:

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Landscape

I have these in mind to experiment with in the printing. These are about how I want them to look, but I will try different plain paper, wartercolour etc, and use “vivid” versions to compensate for the absobtion. I might also try over printing.

And these might end up in my landscape presentation of prints in the usual way.

Landscape Pond
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Landscape Pond
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