Audioboo seems to be a Twitter for podcasts, but at least on the latter a poor choice of words can easily be forgiven and it seems to take more than a single 140 character tweet to eliminate any ambiguity and clarify the true stupidity of a point. By contrast, listen to the unbelievably shortsighted recommendation in this 3 minute Lightroom & Aperture Tip podcast. The presenter, who should really have remained anonymous, only “sees nothing wrong” in lots of small catalogues because he hasn't looked too deeply and doesn't see it as fragmenting control of his pictures. I'm not against having more than one catalogue, and a “work in progress” catalogue can be a good workflow providing you consistently move its contents over to your master catalogue when they're finished. But setting an arbitrary number like 10,000 items on a catalogue (evidence, please), or even having a new one for each shoot, and worse still, leaving the catalogues in this way? To take this BridgeThink to an extreme, maybe we should have one catalogue per picture, and then there'd be no risk whatsoever of over-10,000 item databases going “dicky”. But rather like I wouldn't tell my Jamaican neighbour what should go in her curried goat, and she wouldn't pay attention if I did (not least because I'm largely-vegetarian), maybe that recommendation should only be for Aperture?
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