Specific Rhythms

One part of finding momentum and working to dedicate a bit of energy to some projects that I've been neglecting for a while. I've written a bit about finding the rhythm of my current routine, I've not written about what I'm actually doing. I hope this isn't too boring for words. Since the end of July, I've chosen to undertake a 2 hour each-way commute. Thankfully it's all by rail, so the thought is that while I might not have a lot of time at home, I have more than enough time to get work done, of any sort, on the train.…

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Infrastructure and Place

I've been playing around with writing a story or a few stories about transpiration infrastructure, I spend a lot of time on trains. And I in a part of the world where there's a lot of transportation infrastructure, but most of it is nearly 100 years old. So while it's nice that there are trains, it's also apparent that the trains are designed to serve a reality which is radically different from the one that people today occupy.…

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Art Work

I've written between 100 and 300 words on this novel that I've been working on for two and a half years, for the past two weeks. After too many months of writing much less than this, and I'm pretty sure that it's been much longer since I've been able to write this regularly (regardless of length) on a fiction project. This feels amazing, and for the first time in forever, I feel like a real writer.…

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Updates: Tech Writing and Wiki Gardening

Yesterday, I posted over at Critical Futures the second of, an apparent, series of four posts on dexy. Dexy is cool because it's a pretty nifty tool for doing documentation in a new and potentially very powerful manner. While I think playing around with Dexy is cool and important (and I'm having fun tinkering a little, seeing the world in a slightly different way and then running away to absorb and re-assess) it's also very important to think about the reasons why tools like Dexy are incredibly important.…

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Dexy and Literate Documentation

See "Why The World Is Ready For Dexy" for the lead into this post. The short version: most tools for building documentation are substandard, and most attempts at "fixing documentation processes" are flawed. But there's this new project called "Dexy" that is doing something that is pretty exciting. Basically, Dexy is a text filtering framework, you write documentation, code samples, and code, and then you tell Dexy how to stitch everything together, and bingo.…

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Make All Novella

(Note: I was going through some old files earlier this week and found a couple of old posts that never made it into the live site. This is one of them. I've done a little bit of polishing around the edges, but this is as much a post for historical interest as is a reflection of the contemporary state of my thought.) When I decided to publish my novella Knowing Mars, I decided that I wanted to use my existing publication system and that I wanted to automate the process of generating of all the necessary versions that made it possible to keep my original files in sync, without needing to duplicate effort.…

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Link Storm

I have a bunch of links that have been hanging around too long, that I'd like to share with you, so here they are. Enjoy! Distrust Simplicity is a great short form blog, that I'm really liking. The Singularity Summit is a cyborg/futurist event that a reader wrote me a note about a rather long time ago. If you're interested in the singularity and issues and ideas related to that. Hypo a literate programing (with org-babel) based asset management system for game development.…

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