Starting a Collaboration

Alternate Title: "How to start a collaborative writing project or die trying," Step 1: Lock yourself in your office, fire up Emacs, and write an initial draft from beginning to end yourself. Step 2: Post it on the Internet. Step 3: Encourage contributions and hands on feedback from your collaborators. Have a piece of cake. You may thing that I'm kidding, but it's true. I think there's a misconception that the way to write something with other people follows a path that might look like: having a meeting to establish the common goals and an outline of what needs to get said, and then another meeting to divide up who is going to write want, and then people go back and write their little parts, and then you mash them all up and everyone rewrites their part till it meshes with the other parts, and then you pray it says what you need it to say, and doesn't need further revising--except it sort of dose, so you repeat the whole process over again, to revise the text, except with editing instead of writing.…

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End User RSS

I'm very close to declaring feed reader bankruptcy. And not just simple "I don't think I'll ever catch up with my backlog," but rather that I'll pull out of the whole RSS reading game all together. Needless to say, because of the ultimate subject matter--information collection and utilization and cultural participation on the Internet--and my own personal interests and tendencies this has provided some thinking... Here goes nothing: Problems With RSS Web 2.…

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The Blog, Next in Lisp

Here's a crazy idea: in addition to posting an RSS feed, say I start posting the content of the blog as Common Lisp code. Not, to replace any format that I currently publish in, but as an additional output option. Entries might look something like this: (tychoish:blog-post (tychoish:meta-data :title "The Blog, Next in Lisp" :author "tycho garen" :pubtime #'(format () time-t) (tychoish:blog-tags '(lisp cyborg crazy)) (tychoish:archive-collection '(programing))) (tychoish:blog-content (markdown) "Here's a crazy idea: in addition to posting an RSS feed, say I start posting the content of the blog as Common Lisp code.…

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Corporate Government

I was talking to someone, probably a coworker, and I was saying something about a "government," except I slipped and said "corporation." An easy mistake, if not a common one, perhaps, and certainly somewhat telling. In this post I want to discuss a number of ideas that have been lingering about in my thoughts regarding the role of corporations on culture and technology, and the role of corporate structures on the conveyance of cultural values.…

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Common Lisp, Practically

So in the emacs session running on my laptop (13 days plus) I have a number of buffers open, a great many of which include the entirety of Practical Common Lisp thanks to emacs-w3m, which I've been working through slowly. I've written here about how I find Lisp to be intriguing and grok-able in a way that other programing languages aren't really. My exposure to lisp isn't great. I hack about with my emacs code, and I do a little bit of tweaking with the window manager that I use (written in common lisp), StumpWM, but other than that I don't actually have much experience.…

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Another One Already

Alternate titles for this post include, "Depending on When You Start Counting," and "Happy New Year." I must confess that I don't do holiday's very well. It's not that I'm a huge curmudgeon (though I probably am) or that I don't like celebrations (though I don't much.) More, I think it's that I'm mostly a homebody, and given the option, will in most cases, choose to spend any given evening at home writing and hanging out with the cats.…

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The Care and Feeding of a Writer

"Being a writer," is a strange thing. I've written about this before, but there's more here. I had a conversation with Caroline about what it means to be a writer and I thought some of the things we came up with were pretty good. I hope I've done a sufficient job of capturing what we talked about. One of the things that we emphatically agreed upon was the fact that writing, despite being something that we're all taught to do in school, as part of being "an educated person" is not something that everyone is particularly capable of.…

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