There's a Widget for That

Perhaps part of the reason the iPad doesn't make sense for me is that I've never really used an iPhone, and at the core iPad is basically iPhone++. I opted to get a Blackberry because I wanted a device that did email right and messaging, I had/have an iPod Touch that I don't really use and the little isolated applications that don't interact well with my existing work flow and lock data in didn't really appeal to me.…

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Tumblr Killed the Tumblelog Star

A few years ago, highly citational, link/youtube video blogs came back into style again. This time rather than calling them blogs, we called them "tumblelogs." I never really got into it, though I tried, and even my original inspiration for starting tychoish.com was to do a more "tumblelog-esque" blog.It never quite worked out. Then I read this post by Michael Coté which inspired a few things: First, it got the following title to stick in my head and refuse to get out.…

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A Flurry of Contra Dance

I went to a Dance festival a few weeks ago, and wanted to collect, as I am wont to do, some thoughts on the subject. No particular order or organization. There was a sacred harp singing event at the festival, and then a group of us had a little ad hoc sacred harp session in a hallway (better acoustics) afterwords and the next day. The end result: I feel like I'm starting to really have a clue about Sacred Harp singing.…

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Simple Gifts

I suppose I should apologize for the awful relationship between the title and what I'm about to write about. Titles, particularly for blog posts should be functional and descriptive: google won't enjoy or take pleasure in your puns. Nevertheless... I've been working on something of binge of blog posts to prevent this from happening again any time soon, and I've noticed something: my posts aren't nearly as epic as they used to be.…

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Managing Management Costs

Every system that requires your attention and responsibility comes with some sort of "management cost," this includes servers that run websites and email, as well as the notes you take and--in my case--the novels you avoid writing. This post, and really the last one as well, grows out of my interest and desire to stay organized, to work effectively without spending too much time and energy thinking about organization. Except of course that I write a bunch about this sort of thing on the blog, so maybe I'm a bad example of success.…

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System Design and Organization

By day I write documentation for systems administrators, and as a result I spend a lot (perhaps too much?) time thinking about how we organize computer systems so that they can be both useful and easy to manage in the long run. "Right, so..." you say? Well indeed. Recently it's become clear to me that there are some generalizable lessons to be learned from sys-admining that might be helpful to those of us who are less organized than they'd like to be.…

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Some Future in your Science Fiction

I finished reading Kim Stanley Robinson's The Martians, on my Kindle the other day (the short review: It was great, I don't know how I felt about the poetry at the end, but I liked the collection.) and promptly began reading this month's Asimov's. The first story is an alternate history/fantastic history/I-think-there's-science-fiction-coming-but-it's-not-here-yet, piece and I can't bring myself to really read get into it. It's well written, and I even find myself delighting at the text (in a technical sense.…

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