Camp Report #1

Knitting camp. Where to start. This is an analogy that will only make sense to the morris dancers in the audience, but it's sort of like an ale, with more yarn and less dancing (of course) and much less singing. It's the lack of singing that I find most disconcerting actually. This is the session that has history, out of all the sessions of this camp. There are a few people who have been coming for 35 years, and many people who have been coming for way more than 20 years.…

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Of Email Filtering

Email is a beast. While I would say that I don't--at the moment--get a huge amount of email, I get enough that if I didn't have a system in place for dealing with the email, it would be completely useless. I've not written about it here, but I have spent some time over the past few weeks working out how to replace a good but faltering system with a much more robust set up.…

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The Plan

Hey friends! So I might have mentioned that I'm going to knitting camp at the end of the week. A long drive on Thursday leaving far to early in the morning. Followed by four whole days of intensive knitting, and then a drive back. As a result the blog schedule will be a bit--disrupted. Last year when I was at camp I posted a fair piece, and I suspect that I'll want to opportunity to recount camp stories a bit as they happen.…

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On the Purpose and Utility of Critique and Politics

This post grows out of a sort of smoldering rant that I've been having for a while now. As I sit here at one of these synthetic moments when I'm trying to figure out how past interests and experiences build up to the future--how do the things that I loved so much in college affect life/me now?--the purpose of social/literary theory ("philosophy with a cause,") is one of these things.…

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Long Hands

So I have a confession to make. I'm not writing longhand very much at all. Actually its insignificant the amount that I'm writing things out longhand any more. I was struck by this fact the other day, when, after a day where I felt like I didn't get anything done, I opened a notebook and did some project planning/review on a sheet of paper. And I realized that my fountain pen was empty.…

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Getting git

Backstory: For the past year I've been using source control management software to manage and version all of my text files (which is where I do all of my writing, and most of my "real work.") I started out using subversion, which is a good piece of software under some circumstances. This post is about my transition to a different system, that system, and a look at how my production is impacted by this switch.…

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Doing IRC right

A couple of weeks ago (wow, it's been a couple of weeks!), a new twitter-like service called identi.ca started up. It's open source, and incorporates a lot of "duh" features that twitter doesn't yet have, so I'm a fan in general, but I think it's doomed to fail ultimately because it doesn't have the community that twitter has--yet, and I don't think that it will, ever. With another new 140-character micro blogging service I had a series of conversations with bear about these kids of sites, the social niche that they occupy and the technology that's behind them.…

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