Collaborative Technology

I agreed to work on an article for a friend about the collaborative technology "stuff" that I've been thinking about for a long time. I don't have an archive that covers this subject, but perhaps I should, because I think I've written about the technology that allows people to make things with other people a number of times, though I have yet to pull together these ideas into some sort of coherent post or essay.…

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Saved Searches and Notmuch Organization

I've been toying around with the Notmuch Email Client which is a nifty piece of software that provides a very minimalist and powerful email system that's inspired by the organizational model of Gmail. Mind you, I don't think I've quite gotten it. Notmuch says, basically, build searches (e.g. "views") to filter your email so you can process your email in the manner that makes the most sense to you, without needing to worry about organizing and sorting email.…

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Gear Mongering

At the end of the day (or even the beginning,) I'm just another geek, and despite all of the incredibly (I'd like to think at least) reasoned ways I think about the way I use technology, I occasionally get an old fashioned hankering for something new. We've all had them. Perhaps my saving graces are that I do occasionally need new things (computers wear out, cellphones are replaced, needs change), and the fact that I'm both incredibly frugal and task oriented (rational?…

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Creating Useful Archives

I've done a little tweaking to the archives for dialectical futurism recently, including creating a new archive for science fiction and writing and being who I am this has inspired a little of thought regarding the state and use of archives of blogs. The latest iteration of this blog has avoided the now common practice of having large endless lists of posts organized by publication month or by haphazardly assigned category and tag systems.…

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In Favor of Simple Software

I've spent a little bit of time addressing some organizational and workflow angst in the past few weeks, and one thing I'd been focusing on had been to update and fine tune my emacs (text editor) and irssi (irc/chat) configuration. Part of my goal had been to use irssi-xmpp to move all of my chat/synchronous communication into one program; unfortunately I've not been able to get irssi-xmpp to build and function in a fully stable way.…

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Focus and Context Switching

This post is inspired by Cory Doctorow's Inventory about the technology he uses for his work and ongoing personal angst and gadget lust. For the past six months or so I collapsed my entire computing existence into one, single, computer. It's a nifty Thinkpad x200, a small laptop with just the right balance of usable screen space, sufficient computing power, and great build quality. And when I say "everything," I mean it.…

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Fan Fiction is Criticism

Thanks to `Shaun Duke <http://skiffyandfanty.wordpress.com>`_ for inspiring this little rant. I must confess that I'm mostly uninvolved in the world of fan fiction these days, though I have traveled in "fanish" circles at various points in my past. It's not because I don't think fans have interesting things to say about literature and media, or that I don't think what's happening in fandom important and fascinating. No, I'm mostly withdrawn because I have too much on my plate and participating in fandom doesn't really contribute to the specific goals I have at this moment.…

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