As I mentioned in part 1, I’ve been thinking a lot about the name of things. It started when working on the book and trying to sort out exactly when it is appropriate to give a pattern a new name and when more appropriate to call it a tangleation of an existing tangle. There was a discussion about it among CZTs recently about but I don’t think we reached a consensus.
I started thinking about names more philosophically when I heard this quote from Dr. Who:
My name, my real name, that is not the point. The name I chose is, “the Doctor.” The name you choose, it’s like a promise you make.
It made me wonder about naming tangles, but first I present Birdie in her cosplay.
From upper left: Birdie as Professor River Song. (Don’t you love her sketch?) Later that day: Donna Noble. Going from a curly blonde to a straight-haired redhead, to which I said, “Really?? why?” (Am I too old, or just not a big enough fangirl?) Then Femme 10. (I think she looks even better than David Tennant.) And finally at the beginning of the day as the Mach 8 sonic screwdriver, before the painful shoes went on and before 8 hours of not being able to move her head or shoulders.
Below, she is standing with the other winners of the costume competition, looking a bit worse for the wear. She won most creative. As the guy sitting behind me said, “That’s fresh!” And then later, “Who dresses up like a screwdriver?” As we always say, “She is an original thinker.”
So how does this apply to Zentangle?
First let me say that I am interested in starting a discussion, but not in getting anyone upset. (To which Birdie replied, “I don’t think you can have a really good discussion without upsetting some people.”) These are just my opinions and I realize there are others out there and I’d really like to hear what you think.
Now for tangle patterns. I present:
If we named people the way we named tangles, I believe I would have to rename Birdie at least 4 times this weekend!
We need names to identify tangles just like we need names to identify people. But, is it really necessary to name each and every tangleation with a unique name? I’d just as soon have a single name for a tangle and its tangleations. I would call emingle the “a square version of tortuca.” For that matter, I’d call chillon the “half-done bales.” I think it is easier to not have to remember so many names. Sonya, on the other hand, thinks it is easier to name them all so it is easier to talk about them.
Also, have you ever heard or used the phrase, “just a tangleation”? As if a tangleation is somehow a second-class citizen. Really, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Why does it seem more prestigious to come up with a new tangle than it does a new tangleation?
So, what do you think? Please share. Enquiring minds want to know…