Upcoming

I just wanted to pop in out of lecture mode (sigh) and give a brief sort of "meta report," of what I'm working on, where I am in life, and what my plans are for the blog are in the next little bit. First off, as next Monday is a national holiday (whew) and I'm going to be out of town doing family stuff for the long weekend, I'm not going to have a `Critical Futures <http://criticalfutures.…

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The Things That Make Me Weak and Strange

I read Cory Doctorow's recent story on the new tor.com site, "The Things that Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away." and it left a funny taste in my mouth. The story is well told, and I read a lot of Cory's stories and listen to his podcast and so forth, and as a result I'm pretty familiar with the kinds of issues that he's writing about, because I've heard him talk about a lot.…

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Writing Gay Characters

On a recent I Should Be Writing episode Mur Lafferty got a question about writing gay characters. One of the replies to that response (so we're a couple degree's out,) made a suggestion along the lines of "write characters who are interesting first and gay second," I think the actual wording used the phrase "just happen to be gay." Mur handled this deftly, but I think it's worthwhile to add some more to this.…

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On Drupal and Product Design

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. I caught wind of this twitter the other day that encapsulated perfectly the kind of fear I have about getting cornered (by someone else, or my intention) into making a "community site" that seems to beg for drupal. For the not-as-geeky among you, feel free to skip to the end where I hope to extrapolate on the larger lessons about audience and technology users.…

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American History

I present you with something I discovered whilst working on my current project at work: Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution barred from office anyone who had violated their oath to protect the Constitution by serving in the Confederacy. That prohibition included Davis. In 1978, pursuant to authority granted to Congress under the same section of the Amendment, Congress posthumously removed the ban on Davis with a two-thirds vote of each house and President Jimmy Carter signed it.…

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V-Neck Shaping

In my last post about the latvian dreaming project (rav-link), I explained how to get from the cast on, to the gussets. Given that I've finally gotten past this, I have another post in this series for you. If you're doing this shoulders the way I am (dropped), with square armholes with underarm gussets, do what I'm doing. If you're interested in doing something with shaped armholes or a yoke, I can write something up along those lines (and probably will,) but some prodding on your part might be in order.…

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Story Development Process

In debates between writers who outline voraciously and writers who "just write" and think that outlining kills the energy of a project, I usually come down on the side of the outliners. If I make an outline, even if I don't hold myself to it closely, I tend to be more focused and run into fewer snags than if I fly by the seat of my pants. Except... Except that I'm horrible about outlining characters and to a lesser extent settings.…

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