The Ones that Stop at North Broad

There's something about public transit, particularly train systems, that seeps into the riders. Little facts that make getting around easier. "You're waiting for the R3? It's always late," they'll say, or they'll be able to tell you which stop is next by looking out the window in what looks like total blackness. Routines do that to you, I guess. I was on a train last week, not my usual evening train--which is a short turned local train that ends one stop past mine--that only has two intermediate stops before my stop, and as we were getting of the train, a group of regular shad a conversation that resembled the following.…

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Creature of Habit

I'm doing my commute somewhat differently this morning. Same wake time, same destination, and many of the same trains, but a special event necessitated a different pattern. It's amazing how much this shift has thrown me out of sync with my day. Not in a bad way, but in the way that I was sort of jittery about missing my train in a way that my normal patter has really ceased to evoke.…

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git readd and git aliases

git is a version control system that does a number of things rather "differently." By now, I suspect most people are familiar with git so I will refrain from focusing too much time here on explaining what git is or how it works. Git does things differently, and to make a long story short, git has no concept of a file rename. To be honest git doesn't have a lot of sense of individual files at all, but that's another story.…

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make all dexy

See "Why The World Is Ready For Dexy" and "Dexy and Literate Documentation" as well as the technical writing section section of the tychoish wiki for some background to this post. The brief synopsis: dexy is a new tool for handling the process of the documentation work flow between writing and publication. It takes snippets of code, and bits of documentation and passes these atomic chunks through filters to generate technical articles, manuals, and other high quality resources.…

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Rule By Community

When Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems, there was a lot of (warranted) concern for what would happen to the Open Source projects that Sun started, supported, and championed. Though the acquisition began years ago, now, I think we're still in the process of figuring out how all of this filters down. The concern, largely grows from the fact that while Sun licensed a lot of work under free and permissive terms, and was an active contributor to communities, Sun (and now Oracle) remains the ultimate owner of that work moving forward.…

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Knitting Pattern Complexity

I've been writing a series of terribly self indulgent posts about thinking about creative projects as work and about the habit and rhythm that I've been using to get work done, even under adverse circumstances. As exciting as the increased blogging and progress on fiction projects is, I'm just as excited about figuring out how to squeeze in knitting and reading time into my days. And not to overshadow the importance of figuring out how to make the best of my time, but the other major factor in my return to knitting is that I finally finished the plain sweater that I'd been working on for 7 months (or so) and got to cast on a sweater with a two-color pattern, in a nifty yarn, and a pattern that's strongly reminiscent of my favorite sweater.…

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Documentation isn't Content

See "Why The World Is Ready For Dexy" and "Dexy and Literate Documentation" as well as the technical writing section section of the tychoish wiki for some background to this post. Let's establish some basics. Content, as I think of it, in the context of new/web/digital media, is all of the stuff we read and right on the web. Documentation are those texts which supports the use and creation of technical tools, and explains technical concepts.…

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