Fluid Logic (tm)
A PERMANENT SLIDE STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL METHOD
PHOTOVAULT (tm) SLIDE ARCHIVE
copyright ©1989 Wernher Krutein
I. INTRODUCTION TO FLUID LOGIC (tm)
THE PHOTOVAULT TM SLIDE ARCHIVE FILING SYSTEM
© 1989 Wernher Krutein Productions, Inc.
This image management system was first developed by Wernher
Krutein in the mid 1970's after a decade of research in determining
an ideal filing system to account for, research, retrieve, and refile large
numbers of images. It has expanded its capabilities to the point where now
virtually any image, of any nature, in any format, technical, human activity,
or otherwise, can be easily and accurately categorized. This three letter
based system called Fluid Logic allows full computerization, digitization,
and cross referencing of every image in relation to a physical Slide Archive,
and is infinitely expandable in the number of images within each category.
There are 17,576 possible categories. The operating principle of Fluid Logic
is "Within the enormous complexity, keep it simple".
Although it has evolved as an immensely practical way for filing slides,
the category listings can be used as a guide for classifying and indexing
almost any visual phenomena in the universe. The implications of Fluid Logic
as a "visual reality indexing system" are enormous.
Through the use of this simplistic three letter alphanumeric system, we
have researched the basic patterns of thinking from a layperson's view all
the way through a highly specialized experts knowledge requirements.
We believe this to be the most comprehensive break down of the known visual
universe. From the distillation of taxonomy to the inclusion of etherics,
all that is known physical reality has been included in this work.
We have implemented this system into many corporations and individual picture
collections. A workbook and video are available for purchase to those interested.
We are presently looking to team up with a software developer to create
a digital archiving package that truly marries the physicality of picture
collections with a digital retrieval system.
II. JUSTIFICATION OF THE THREE LETTER CATEGORY SYSTEM
Fluid Logic is based on a three letter matrix indexing system. By using
a logically and poeticly sequenced array of three letters, it is possible
to group images according to their general subject matter and into more
specific subsets as needed. The sequence and flow of these letters are chosen
to match empirical reality.
The first letter is defined as the "Homing Categorical Letter"
giving us a broad generalized logical sequence for finding the desired image.
It is subject driven. The major categories for this series of letters are
A Animals: sequenced and grouped according to Phylum, Class, Order, and
one of the
two primary environmental habitats, i.e. Aquatic or Terrestrial (see also
C City-scapes, Architecture, Monuments, Houses, etc. (always by location-see
maps & section III)
D Disasters: damage caused by Earthquakes, Fires, Storms, etc.
E Entertainment: Theater, Dance, Concerts, Performance, Painting, Sculpture,
etc. (the Arts)
F Food: Farming, Agriculture (sometimes by location, see section III)
G Government: Politics, Flags, Courts, Lawyers
H Health: Healing, Hospitals, Doctors, Medicine, etc.
I Industry: Production and Manufacture of Goods
K Knowledge/Education: Colleges, Libraries, Schools, Students, etc.
M Military/War Damage
N Nature: Scenics, Trees, etc. (always by location - see maps and section
O Orders of Entomology and Flora, also Bacteria and other Microorganisms
P People in a multitude of situations (sometimes by location)
T Technology: Flight, Computers, Environment, Power, Ships, etc. (air/nautical
U Universe: Space, Rockets, Astrophysics, the Planets (by location), etc.
V Vehicles: Cars, Trains, Trucks, Buses, etc. (terrestrial transportation)
W Words & Graphics: Titles, Charts, Backgrounds
The second letter is called the "Subset Homing Letter". This letter
allows us to home in on a specific aspect of the major categories. In the
C and N categories this homing letter is location specific (see section
The third letter is called the "Subject Specifier" which concisely
delineates a particular subject matter of a given category. Always in the
C and N categories, and sometimes in the F and P categories, this third
letter is location specific (see category listings).
The use of these three letters gives us the possibility of 17,576 combinations.
More than enough to create simple and fluid connectivity of mind to reality.
(See the Fluid Logic category listings).
III. DEFINING THE USE OF LETTERS FOR LOCATION
In the C and N series only, the second letter (Subset Homing Letter) is
dictated by geographical location. The beginning letters of the alphabet
- A through K are used for all locations outside the United States. The
remaining letters L through Z are reserved for locations within the United
States. (ed. note: One can change any of these letters, into any of the
alphanumeric combinations,- into one's own personal interpretation - of
the ways of constructing the Universe - into its constituent components
of understanding,- and thus (and possibly ultimately) into a coherent communication
of knowing that very well may be the essence of Knowledge).
Sometimes in the F and P category series, the third letter (Subject Specifier)
will also use this sequence for location, though in these situations the
letters C (for Canada), and L thru Z (for the United States) are all condensed
into the letter N for North America. The definitions for these letters are
A Asia: Broken into the major countries and regions of this continent
B Latin America: Broken into the major countries and regions of South and
C Canada: Broken into select provinces and territories of this country and
D Oceana: Broken into countries, continents, and island groups of the South
E Europe: Broken into the countries and regions of this continent
F Africa: Broken into the countries of this continent
G North Asia, Eastern Europe, and Russia: Broken into the major countries
I West Indies: Broken into the major countries and island groups of the
J Far Eastern Europe
L Lake States
M Midwest States
N Northwest States including Alaska
O Atlantic Ocean States
P Pacific Ocean
S Southwest States
The second letter in the maps and the corresponding category listings, are
derived from this sequence. Note the close relationship in both the second
and third letters between the C and N series.
The images that are filed according to their location are selected by the
boundaries that exist(ed) at the time the image is taken. The Fluid Logic
definition starts with post WWII boundaries and varies according to the
boundary changes that tend to occur with the dynamic political realities
that are in constant flux.
Fluid Logic necessarily recognizes the sovereignty of all occupied nations
as it is apparent that language and cultural bonds are much stronger, truer,
and long-lasting than any de jure political boundary.
IV. SLIDE CODING PROCEDURES (for Physical Slides)
1. Take film to a lab for developing. When boxes of slides return from lab,
keep all slides in the same boxes they are packaged in.
2. On a light table, go through each box separately and edit out slides
to be thrown out and throw them out.*
3. Return the remainder of the good slides to their box and determine the
date and place each slide was taken according to slide numbers. Waterite
this information on the outside of box. (See Diagram A).*
4. Again, taking each box separately, stamp dates onto each slide. Then,
orient each slide into the correct horizontal or vertical viewing positions
onto one stack, and stamp the place (using the appropriate Place Stamps)
where each slide was taken according to instructions on outside of box.
Date stamps are oriented the same whether the image is horizontal or vertical,
place stamps are oriented according to whether image is horizontal or vertical.
(See diagram B). After stamping the date and place on each slide, return
all slides back into box in slide numerical order.
5. Now put all boxes in chronological order.
6. Starting with the earliest date, begin to carefully cull through the
boxes and put each slide into stacks of corresponding categories as determined
by photographer. (All slides should be in chronological order, and separated
into their categorical matrix ready for code stamping).*
7. Taking one category at a time, locate the categories last volume and
find the first available slot in the volume (the "END" tag). Stamp
your new slides to be filed accordingly with the next sequence of file numbers,
and correctly oriented to the horizontal or vertical format. (See diagram
C and section V - a).
8. Put slides in archival sheets starting from left to right. Make sure
each page is coded according to diagrams D & E.
9. Now put the pages into a one-inch three ring binder. There are 15 pages
to a binder, each binder is called a volume. At this time the slides are
ready to be cross referenced if so desired. (See diagram F).
* (Steps 2, 3 and 6 must be done by the photographer or a knowledgeable
assistant, all other steps can be done by an assistant).
a) You may want to have a customized stamp produced that consists of these
elements in a single line- Three bands of the Alphabet - a space - a permanent
V - two numeric bands 0 thru 9 - a space - a permanent P - two numeric bands
0 thru 9 - a space - a permanent # symbol - and two more numeric bands 0
Here is an example of a code that a single slide might be stamped with:
CEI V1 P5 #17. If we dissect the constituent elements of this code it will
read as follows: Cities-Europe-Italy--Volume 1--Page 5--(slot) Number 17.
This slide now has it's own unique locating and identifying code.
b) Label outside of volumes clearly according to the three letter category
code and volume number.
c) Each full one inch binder (a complete Volume) contains 15 pages of 19
slides per page (top right hand slot is left open for an identifying page
tag). Slides are numbered left to right. (See diagram D). Each volume contains
a total count of 285-35mm slides.
d) The upper right hand slot of the slide page has no slide in it so that
each page can be clearly labeled on a card tag that will slip into that
slot with the three letter category code, volume, and page number. (See
diagram D and E).
e) A card tag that has "END" Wateritten on it, along with the
appropriate three letter code category (called the "END" tag)
will slip into the first empty slot after the last slide in the entire category,
or onto the first slot of the new page if the last slide occupies slot #19.
(See diagram E).
f) Keep in mind that the use of ordinary non-archival labeling stickers
on the slides and/or slide mounts will deteriorate the image over time because
of the chemicals used in the binding agents.
g) It is recommended that the slide storage pages purchased do not contain
polyvinyl chlorides (PVC's) as they may deteriorate the image over time.
h) In order to obtain maximum efficiency it is recommended that all procedures
be strictly adhered to, and that the system be maintained consistently and
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