Leadership in Distributed Social Networks

Let us understand "social networks," to mean networks of people interacting in a common group or substrate rather than the phenomena that exists on a certain class of websites (like Facebook): we can think of this as the "conventional sense" of the term. As I watch Anonymous, the 'hacktivist" group, to say nothing of the movements in Egypt and Tunisia, I'm fascinated by the way that such an ad hoc group can appear to be organized and coherent on the outside without appearing to have real leadership.…

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Breaks and Dodging Writer's Block

Over the past few weeks, I have developed (redeveloped?) the habit of pushing through a few hundred words of fiction writing a day on the train. If nothing else, this means I get a few pages done a day. I sometimes wish that I were able to write more, writing something is better than nothing, and I'm within a chapter and some change of the end of this beast, so I'll take it.…

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Progress Reports

I wish there was a good way, in the context of a blog post or some other convenient digital media, to regularly say: "I've done some things, you may be interested in them," and "I'd like to do some things, here are some notes of what I think I'd like to be working on in the next little bit." I've yet to find a good way to get in the habit of writing this kind of post.…

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Talk Proposals

At POSSCON there were a lot of talks, most of which did little to interest me. I don't think this was the fault of the conference: I'm a weirdo. I tend to be developer-grade geeky, but am still not a developer and I wasn't otherwise representative of the general audience. By the end, I was starting to think that the thing most people talk about at conferences isn't very cutting edge.…

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Mutt Sucks Less

I use a mail client called mutt. The quality of this software may largely explain my opinion this post on the continued relevance of email I think mutt warrants a bit of extra attention for two reasons. First, because I think there are enough people out there who don't use mutt who could and perhaps should, and I'd like to do a little encouraging; and second,like all fundamentally wonderful pieces of software, mutt can teach us something important about what makes technology great and pleasurable to use.…

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Desks and Stationary Mobility

This is a post about mobile technology in an unconventional sense. I think I'm probably an extreme "mobile" technology user: I ride a lot commuter rail and use my laptop extensively on the train. Then, I work on a laptop all day. In the evening, I often do at least a little additional work, again on the same laptop. There is, after all, always writing (like this post!) to fill any remaining free time.…

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Long Live the Tycho Wiki

I realized that I made a lot of changes to the way my websites were arranged and worked recently, and I thought that it would be good to write a few about the hottest new thing, and my rationale for messing everything up. Again. Basically, I took the CriticalFutures.com site, and turned it into the posts section here, moving a bunch of content back to tychoish.com that used to be here.…

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