BUGS= frustration (a story with a moral)

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Oct 22 2011 12:05 AM | Locked

Okay, I am more than a little frustrated. I'm trying to do a nice, simple project: allocate the 12 major feasts of a Byzantine or Slavic iconstasis/liturgical year across the life of Christ. Here's how it goes:

1. I know I can't build a timeline as I would in L3 so I build a note file.[Note I still have to build a timeline in other software to include in a handout ... but that wouldn't be found in Logos 4 searches.]

2. I know I can't build a table in a note so I use the nifty new indent feature to put the 12 feasts under an appropriate header.

3. I use the nifty new color selection for the icons to make the entry icons match the color scheme of the table from which I am building my notes. [Yes, the table was already built for a blog but that doesn't integrate it with Logos content.] I even set the right defaults.

4. I add my first (actually my first two) entries using the "add note" function which, of course, ignores the default I'd just set.

5. I navigate to the correct entry (G. The Annunciation)  in Gospel Parallels (Throckmorton), select the entry and add a note by selection. But, oh, the resources doesn't have enough margin for the icon - visually displeasing but not a real problem.

6. So I go merrily on my way through 3 entries

7. I reach my first entry that appears in multiple synoptic books - after all getting them marked is one aim of this endeavor. I now get a new way to shoe-horn the note icon in - move the text down a line ... well, at least a piece of the text:

8. So I go merrily down my way all the way through Pentecost. Then rather than add the last 2, I go back to the first feast to add references.

9. I open a search (entire library, even) and enter the common name "Nativity of the Theotokos" and find 2 entries - my note and one book. So is it "nativity of the virgin Mary?" "birth of Mary"? Oh yes, if I want the alternative names to show I have to enter them myself in the topics.logos wiki and wait to see if they get moved to the Logos Controlled Vocabulary ... a very slow process, indeed.

10. Ah, I guess correctly: it is Birth of Mary or Descent of Mary that finds the topic entry and the article in the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary. Life is good - I'm there in a single click Oops, that is for the lost apocryphal book "Birth of Mary". There was no disambiguation of the topic to get me to the event.

11. But I am an intrepid researcher. I skip past the topics section to the library section. I expand The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary and there at the very top is the key to the information I am seeking:

12. With a single click I am opened to the right location in the Bible Dictionary ... a click away from success ... except the Bible Dictionary isn't linked to Protevangelium of James.

13. So I open my Library tab ... oops, can't use that to search for books within anthologies.

14. So I open a Search to search NT apocrypha ... oops, I didn't make that collection.

15. I return to my library tab ... enter "apocrypha", select the more familiar title. Open it and find exactly the story and reference I was looking for to fill the 1st cell of the 3rd row of the table I'm building as a series of notes.

And all I want to do is finish up this table for a Bible study class:

PS. The iconostasis I am explaining is in an exotic location Hawk Run, PA in an old Byzantine Catholic Church.

Wish me luck with the Moravian Holy Week Readings, the Orthodox 12 Gospels or the OT stories of a Jesse tree. In fact, I'm starting to dread even the covenants.

Moral: When you get frustrated with Logos remember others get frustrated too.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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Eleanor Emmott | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 25 2011 12:30 PM | Locked

I have read your story.  

I have meditated on the wisdom in the moral.

My head hurts a little...

and my sympathy for you is great.

Um... good luck?

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