I like the word folksonomy alright I guess, as a way to describe the tagging system of next-generation sites such as Del.icio.us and Flickr. I have been thinking of a different term: tagsonomy.

Maybe that better describes what exactly it is – an ad-hoc, collaborative taxonomy developed through the use of tagging systems. And its a good play on the word “taxonomy” from which the word “folksonomy” is derived.

At this point, I think the word folksonomy has grown to be part of the vocabulary and has enough inertia that it has become the de facto term, but I just wanted to throw this idea out there. If nobody else already has(not that I am aware of).

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Foucault’s Pendulum

It’s been a while since I have read a novel – I read mostly nonfiction – so I had to get back in the swing of things by finding a really good one. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco seems to fit the bill. It feeds my growing interest in obscure histories(stoked in no small part by recent visits to Europe) and occult symbolism.

The story itself is engaging; even though I just started and I am only 150 pages into it I am completely engrossed by the intricate detail of the writing and the intellectual dexterity displayed by Mssr. Eco. I also like the fact that there are plenty of words in this book that I am not familiar with – I am always interested in expanding my vocab.

I also wonder what portion of the people, books, events and such mentioned in this book are real. They all seem plausible, if not likely, but in some cases they may be hard to verify, such as the existence of certain rare texts.

Croatia Books

I found a handy list of Croatia-related books on Amazon today. A comprehensive view overall, covering aspects of history, culture, language and tourism. A good starting point for anyone interested in learning more about this country.

Of all the books listed, the one I can recommend most highly is Croatia: A Nation Forged In War, by Marcus Tanner. A well-researched, in-depth look at the development of Croatia over the course of the centuries. Perfect for gaining a historical perspective and understanding the influences that are at play there.

Delicious Inbox

Lately, I have been using my del.icio.us inbox more because I needed a better way to keep tracks of topics of interest. I have found that in refining the topics that I pay attention to I get a more focused set of daily links to peruse.

There are only a few topics there now, and I will mostly likely continue to tweak what’s incoming. I would like to use operators(ie. links tagged “browsers” AND “gmail”) to further focus things.

Also, have a couple of special tags that might be useful only to me, like using domains as tags in order to show that certain links are relevant to sites that I may or may not run.


Los Angeles Purchase Circle

I had forgotten about the Purchase Circles feature on Amazon.com, where it allows you to browse favorite selections based on criteria such as geographic location, for example.

Now that I am reminded, here is a link to the one for Los Angeles, CA. It’s radical to see what people in LA are getting into. The architecture related titles seem the most interesting to me, for instance:

But this looks pretty amazing:

Bleeding Through: Layers of Los Angeles, 1920-1986 is an interactive narrative that combines a database detective story with a digital city symphony and a meta-narrative reflection on storytelling in this new medium. Set in a three-mile radius near downtown Los Angeles, this DVD-ROM explores Boyle Heights, Bunker Hill, Chavez Ravine, Chinatown, Echo Park, Little Tokyo and other contested locations that helped shape the city’s cultural history. These ethnically complex neighborhoods are documented through archival photographs and films and through contemporary images that either reproduce or evoke them. This DVD- ROM is accompanied by a book, which contains a novella by cultural historian Norman M. Klein and essays on the production by Jeffrey Shaw, Marsha Kinder, Rosemary Comella and Andreas Kratky.