Little Goals and Big Projects

Given all of the recent changes in my life, I found myself building and rebuilding a list of things that I'd like to "in the future," sometime. The list is more than a set of mid-year "New Years Resolutions," and it's not quite as impressive as a "5 Year Plan." As a blogger with firmly ingrained habits, I feel compelled to share this list with you: Properly resume my knitting and spinning habit.…

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Methodology and Bootstrapping Intellectual Practice

Continuing from the discussion regarding intellectual practice, I've been talking with a number of people (my father in particular) about graduate school and the prospect of "bootstrapping" a scholarly practice using "new media," like blogging, and wiki making. I want to explore both my thoughts graduate school and bootstrapping with new media, and as you'd expect both of these ideas are rather intertwined. My initial gloss follows: Bootstrapping for Success The "new media," even 10 or more years on, is still quite new.…

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An Intellectual Practice

What I want, it seems to me, isn't a career--I have one of those--but to sustain intellectual life and practice. I would like to be able to ask questions, read seriously, participate in important conversations, and to write about this work and practice effectively for an audience that is invested in these discussions. This post is a follow up to my "career pathways" post. I have a blog and wiki, I can read, and my writing continues to improve.…

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Inevitable Returns

I started writing this post on Thursday, which was my actual birthday, to write a post blathering about the things I was working and about routines and forming new habits, and some changes that I've made to the site. And then I got swept into work and doing things, and the writing just never happened. Friday and the weekend were filled with family time, dancing, and my goal for this comparatively quiet Sunday afternoon is not so much to get caught up on various projects, but to get a little bit done to jump start my momentum for the week.…

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Packaging Technology Creates Value

By eliminating the artificial scarcity of software, open source software forces businesses and technology developers to think differently about their business models. There are a few ways that people have traditionally built businesses around open free and open source software. There are pros and cons to every business model, but to review the basic ideas are: Using open source software as a core and building a thin layer of proprietary technology on top of the open source core.…

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New Feeds, Habits, and Jobs

(I've been tinkering on this post all weekend, and I wanted to get it out of the door before it's next week. Here goes!) I always forget, and there's no good reason for this, how difficult it is to establish new routines and new habits. Two weeks ago, I moved for the second time this year. this week I started a new job and even though I have more free time than I did before, I'm still coming up at loose ends and I find myself wondering why I have a hard time concentrating and getting into "the grove.…

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Career Pathways

I always thought that I would go to graduate school sometime in my twenties. I ask questions that are pretty geeky and difficult to answer, I think learning and research are pretty important, and I want to talk to people about ideas, projects, and theories. There are skills I need to be able to address the questions I have and background literates that I wish I were way more familiar with.…

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