My favorite part of museums these days are the visible storage units. My favorite part of natural history museums are old-fashioned drawers filled with air-tight cases. I want to know more about the history and practice of storing/preserving art objects, paintings, sculpture, textiles, etc. What books/websites should I be reading to find out more? The more weirdly medium specific and detailed the better. Strange anecdotes very much welcome.
After reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance some time ago I started being interested into motocycles. So I was wondering if anyone could recommend me some websites or resources where I could find more information on them. Both to learn about the actual motorcycles that are being sold and information in general. Also, can anyone identify this bike for me? [more inside]
Where can I find a good introduction to best practices for cataloging a newly fledged popular culture document archive? [more inside]
What's with my Netflix Canada selection? [more inside]
Short of going there myself, what would be the best way to collect, in the UK, a sample of customer magazines and catalogues from other countries? [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the name of a company from which I received a catalogue sometime back in 1996-1999. They sold adventure/retro clothing/gear in sort of a J. Peterman style, but the catalogue presentation was more Orvis-y. The clothes/merchandise could also be compared to Abercrombie and Fitch from when it was an expedition/outdoor outfitter and not aimed at teens. I remember one catalogue had a picture of an classic open car and they were participating/sponsoring in some sort of road rally or driving journey re-creation. [more inside]
Personal Library Filter: Over the last couple of years, I've been helping an elderly couple with their massive book collection. After a lot of searching, I ended up finding BookCAT which seemed to be great. But these people really want to have lots of print-outs. (The husband does not use the computer at all.) BookCAT is way too complicated for even me in this regard. What else is there? [more inside]
I have about a thousand books and a burning desire to reorganize them. [more inside]
A piece of art given me some years ago might be of historical interest. How do I get in touch with someone who might want to take a picture of it, or catalogue it, or whatever? [more inside]
Is there any good, free UNIX/Linux software you can suggest for keeping a searchable index of removable media? [more inside]
I've been searching for a couple of years for a print of Barnett Newman's painting "Abraham," but no amount of Googling has helped. Does anybody know where I could buy a print of the painting or a catalogue that contains a good reproduction? The painting appears on page 4 of this pdf
What is the iconic (or just "your favorite") dead-tree product catalog (listing of merchandise for mail-order sale) for your hobby, industry, or trade? [more inside]
I need to photograph some items to be sold online. I want the pix to look as professional as possible and would appreciate any tips you may have re composition, framing, lighting etc. How do I get the glossy mag look for this stuff? [more inside]
I work in a (university) residential college and we have an archive of digital photos of College events that is growing exponentially. What software can I use to catalogue/store all these photos? [more inside]
Is there a smart way of indexing/cataloging my offline media? This has been partially asked before (I can't work out how to establish a link in here) - but the links that were in the post (diskbase), were mostly dead (and I didn't like 'Cathy' much). There is of course more inside. [more inside]
I need to catalogue my non-profit's library of books and videos. We want it to be accessible for students and faculty to easily see what we own and what is currently available for borrowing. I have been looking at LibraryThing, and am pretty impressed, but I can't see a way to incorporate our films, to give each item an id number, or to mark what is currently borrowed or available. Are there ways for me to do this, or would another site/software be better?
How can I find old ikea catalogs? [more inside]
I've got a directory filled with the digital photos I and friends have taken over some eight years. It's a disorganised mess with no coherent, standardised naming format. I'd like to: -remove duplicates -sort, rename or place in folders images based on EXIF data or content I'm on Mac OS X but could possibly gain access to a Windows box if necessary. Any ideas?