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2019-01-27 | Example Xfig Diagrams | CLI Emoji

I had a pretty great idea for how to tag tags, and in the same effort I was able to tackle the idea of classifications as well. It all started out when I found my old MCJ icons in XFig format. These were the original vector files from late 2005. It reminded me how I felt that person, place, thing, and time were useful. I concluded, mostly, that it made the UI difficult with this many classifications, and went with plain old tags. In 2015 I made a version of my journal that used emoji for everything. It was beautiful on Mac OS X, but kind of ugly on Windows and GNU/Linux. Further, this version had my steganography component in it, which, while cool, made it more unstable and finicky (the graphics libraries changing seemed to break the steganographic routine I developed).

I thought about putting back the person, place, thing, and time icons as part of a web page for presentation. It worked fairly well. Here is how it looked with the old MCJ icons:

Here are the all of the icons and the fig files:

person.fig place.fig thing.fig time.fig ok.fig mountain.fig new.fig x.fig

These were all done in late 2005, so it predates my awareness of facebook. The thumb was supposed to be OK (kind of like like). I didn't end up using some of these. The person looks a lot like the logon for Windows 10. Not that it was that original or anything, but it is interesting. Thing is quite similar to what I use now ( ⌺ ). Here is how I did the CSS:

I used fig2dev to convert the fig files to svg:

fig2dev -L svg place.fig place.svg

The more I thought about it, though, the more I figured that emoji/utf-8 was the way to do what I wanted. Further, if I added person, place, thing, and time emoji (☃,⌘,⌺,☾) onto the beginning of the tag, I didn't have to clutter up the UI like I have in the past. I kind of like the single line of tags at the bottom. As an added bonus, a tag of a single emoji can be a classification using MCJ entry classifications of journal, dream, memory, subject, and dialog (✐,☁,✇,℁,☎). I had to compromise a bit on emoji that worked OK on both Windows and GNU/Linux. Finally, I added classifications for the O.R.N.G. Journal documentation, history, design, and operations (☤,▷,⍝). I figure over time the emoji support will get even better.

One thing that was kind of fun was using perl to replace the old tags with the new style tags on the command line:

Note that in regard to the above screen shot, I changed to an earlier version of UTF-8 symbols that predate most emoji. They are not as colorful, but they are more standard.

[2019: After many years, I have concluded that time isn't that useful. My idea was that I often think of particularly sharp periods. It might be sixth grade, or a time when things changed significantly, and the borders crossed years. In practice, though, I don't think it is that useful. In the interest of simplifying, I'm removing that classification. If it is crucial, just call it a thing.]

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Articles tagged with history on O.R.N.G.:

2019-07-13: New CMS
2019-06-16: Frameworks and Breaking Bad
2019-06-04: Off Grid
2019-06-02: Private and Domains
2019-05-17: One Week
2019-04-26: Future Spiral
2019-04-21: GNU/Linux Spell Check
2019-04-08: Fun on Ubuntu
2019-04-07: 64 Bit Problems
2019-04-07: Circling in on another release
2019-03-31: O.R.N.G. Design Complete
2019-02-27: Next Up
2018-11-21: Index, of course
2018-10-27: Cultural Transmission
2018-10-20: What is O.R.N.G.?
2018-09-29: Journal Efforts
2018-07-06: Nutritional Yeast
2017-01-01: Vim insert
2015-12-22: Deep in Mud SHA
2015-09-21: First version of current
2015-05-23: Mud Chain
2014-11-12: medusa
2011-05-23: Tired and Charlie
2011-01-17: Trouble in Mind
2010-09-03: Lyx Circles
2010-08-07: MCJ vs. Freud
2010-07-27: Way Deep in RoR
2010-07-20: Old RoR Tail
2010-06-22: Finally, a Way to Present the Presentation Layer
2010-06-06: MCJ Books
2010-06-04: The How and Why Wonder Book of MCJ
2010-05-22: MCJ, NoNIC, etc.
2010-05-15: VMware Running
2010-04-25: Adding Build Steps to NAT
2010-03-19: Implosion and Explosion
2009-01-02: Shepherd's Pie
2008-05-31: MCJ Road Trip
2008-05-29: NoNIC
2008-05-28: Mountain Climbing Metaphor - May Revisit
2006-12-31: Shed Cleanup
2006-08-16: Tuna Fish Sandwich with Nana
1994-11-05: First MCJ
1985-11-13: The Dark Age

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