Whiteness and Diversity

This post is a follow up to my earlier post on diversity and representation In short, while I think it's great that we're beginning to talk and write about race and representation in our fiction and field, I think we [1] need to expand our analysis of whiteness. Whiteness in Science Fiction I'm still working on figuring out what this means, and I'm sorry that I haven't developed my thinking sufficiently to be more clear on this.…

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Technical Writing Fiction

On Outer Alliance Podcast #8, David Levine talked about having worked as a technical writer for some 15 years and then said something to the effect of "It's a point of great personal pride that I've never put a bulleted list in a piece of fiction." I laughed out loud. Perhaps frightening a woman walking her dog nearby. In most ways, the kind of writing that I do for work, API references, tutorials, administration overviews, best-practice descriptions, is very different from the kinds of things I write away from work, or at least I like to think so.…

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Xen and KVM: Failing Differently Together

When I bought what is now my primary laptop, I had intended to use the extra flexibility to learn the prevailing (industrial-grade) virtualization technology. While that project would have been edifying on its own, I also hoped to use the extra flexibility to some more consistent testing and development work. This project spurned a xen laptop project, but the truth is that Xen is incredibly difficult to get working, and eventually the "new laptop" just became the "every day laptop," and I let go of the laptop Xen project.…

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Erstwhile Programmer

This is the story of how I occasionally realize I exist on the continuum of "programmers," rather than just being an eccentric sort of writer type. Contents Evidence download-mail ikiwiki-tasklist Common Lisp Weenie Conclusion Evidence download-mail I have this somewhat peculiar method of downloading email that I think works great. A few weeks ago, however, I was trying to compress things in "hot storage," and realized that I had a problem.…

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Ikiwiki Tasklist Update

I added a few lines to a script that I use to build my task list, and for the first time ever, I opened a file with code in it, added a feature, tested it, and it worked. Here's the code with enough context so it makes sense (explained later if you don't want to spend the time parsing it:) ARG=`echo "$@" | sed -r 's/\s*\-[c|p|s]\s*//g'` WIKI_DIR="`echo $ARG | cut -d " " -f 1`" if [ "`echo $ARG | cut -d " " -f 2 | grep -c /`" = 1 ]; then TODO_PAGE="`echo $ARG | cut -d " " -f 2`" elif [ "`echo $ARG | cut -d " " -f 2 | grep -c $EXT`" = 1 ]; then TODO_PAGE="$WIKI_DIR/`echo $ARG | cut -d " " -f 2`" else TODO_PAGE="$WIKI_DIR/`echo $ARG | cut -d " " -f 2`.…

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Representation and Race Futurism

I had an item on my list of blog posts to write for a couple of years to write something reflecting on "RaceFail," and finally a gave up, because I didn't want to write a book, I didn't know what to say, and I was more interested in the actual discourse itself than finding the "side of right," in a conversation that was both way too simple and way too complex all at once.…

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The Future of File Organization and Security

I was having a conversation with a (now former) coworker (a while ago) about the future of shared file systems, unstructured organization and management, and access control. What follows are a collection of notes and thoughts on the subject that have stuck with me. Let's start with some general assumptions, premises, ideas: File system hierarchies are dead or dying. To have a useful file system hierarchy the following qualities are essential:…

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