The Inevitability of Open Source

I recently attended POSSCON as part of my day-job. I don't usually blog directly about this kind of stuff ("You like to keep your church and state separate," a fellow attendee said, which fits.) But, I had a number of awesome conversations with the speakers, attendees and sponsors, that may spawn a series of brief posts here. POSSCON is a regional open source convention that drew developers, leaders of informational technology departments, and IT consultants of various types.…

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Anti-Rodentia

I hate computer mice. A lot. The closest I've gotten to liking a pointing device is an acquiescence to the TrackPoint on the laptops I use. That's the little red dot in the middle of the ThinkPad keyboards. My problem with computer mice is the context switch between "typing-mode" and "mousing-mode." Moving between the modes is jarring and inefficient. I've been using StumpWM and other similar window managers for years now and as my need for the mouse decreases my irritation with needing to use a mouse increases.…

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City Infrastructure

I'm always interested in how the lessons that people learn in IT trickle down to other kinds of work and problems. This is one of the reasons that I [1] am so interested in what developers are interested in: if you want to know what's happening in the technology space, it's best to start at the top of the food chain. For this reason this article from IBM, which addresses the use of IT/Data Center management tools outside of the data center was incredibly interesting for me.…

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Do You Read Philosophy?

"What do you do?" "I'm a technical writer." "Do you write other stuff?" "A bit, sometimes." "Poetry?" "No Poetry." I laugh. "Fiction?" "Yeah, Some." "Do you read philosophy too?" "A bit." "Oh, good! Materalist or Idealist?" "Materialist." "Who do you read?" "I'm a bit of an unreformed Deluzian." "Deleuze wasn't a materialist." "Yeah, but he wanted to be. Really bad." "There's that. I've been reading Hegel recently." "Oh, really."…

Professional Content Generation

I'm a writer. I spend most of my day sitting in front of a computer, with an open text editing program, and I write things that hopefully--after a bit of editorial work--will be useful, enlightening, and/or entertaining as appropriate. I've been doing this since I was a teenager and frankly it never seemed to be particularly notable a skill. The fact that I came of age with the Internet a member of its native participant-driven textual culture had a profound effect, without question.…

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News, Fit to Sing

It's sometimes easy to forget all of the little things that I do during the week, and how they add up to something of note. In the moment--any moment--most things seem much smaller and much less important than they do with a little bit of perspective and when viewed out of context with coordinating achievements. So here's the highlights from last week: I gave up on the "having two sites to maintain thing," and have merged Critical Futures into the tychoish.…

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Maple Morris Review

A few weekends ago, I went to very weird get together. The week before I went to upstate New York to a festival that drew 5000 attendees. Then, I went to Washington, DC to dance with 24 or 25 other people from across the country and Canada. I think of it as "my generation," Morris dance gathering. This May marks my 10th anniversary of being a Morris dancer. I've spent most of that time, easily being twenty years away from the next-youngest Morris dancer on my team.…

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