Thinking Like a Web Developer

I've been reading a lot about web development in the last few weeks. I'm not exactly sure why. There are some interesting things going on in terms of the technology. Frameworks that provide for some interesting possibilities abound, and while I don't know if the web is the only future for programing, it's certainly a big part of the future of the way we interact with computers. So what are you working on developing tycho?…

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Reading Habits

I bought a Kindle. I am weak. (Note: I drafted this post early last week, and it arrived last Wednesday, and I started using it in earnest over the weekend. Nevertheless, this post is written from the perspective of my past self.) In any case, there are a number of questions that you may be asking yourself at this juncture. ZOMG That's a lot of DRM that you've signed up for.…

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Three Predictions

Ok folks, here we go. I've put the word futurism is in the title of the blog and its near the end of the calendar year, so I think it's fair that I do a little bit of wild prediction about the coming year (and some change.) Here goes: Open technology will increasingly be embedded into "closed technology" The astute among you will say, "but that is already the case:" The Motorola Razor cell phone that my grandmother has runs the Linux Kernel (I think.…

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Web Frameworks

I'm not a web developer. I write the content for (a couple) of websites, and I'm a fairly competent systems administrator. Every once and a while someone will need a website, or I'll need my site to do something new that I haven't needed to do before and I'll hack something together, but for the most part, I try and keep my head out of web development. Indeed, I often think that designing applications to run in the web browser is the wrong solution to most technological problems.…

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Deleuze and the Utility of Materialism

(ETA: On second thought, perhaps this essay should have been called "Materialism and the Utility of Deleuze," but both work.) Here's the second part in my (re)contemplation of Deleuzian theory. Here's part one. Everything is a machine. Celestial machines, the stars or rainbows in the sky, alpine machines--all of them connected to those of [the] body. [...] There is no such thing as either man or nature now, only a process that produces the one within the other and couples the machines together.…

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Perhaps Someday We'll Call This Deleuzian

I would say that Anti-Oedipus (may its authors forgive me) is a book of ethics, the first book of ethics to be written in France in quite a long time (perhaps that explains why its success was not limited to a particular "readership:" being anti-oedipal has become a life style, a way of thinking and living.) How does one keep from being fascist, even (especially) when one believes oneself to be a revolutionary militant?…

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We'll Always Have Debian

I know I just wrote a long piece about Arch Linux and for most things I've pretty much switched to Arch Linux as my primary, day to day, distribution. In fact, when an Arch Linux issue comes up at work my coworkers call me first. And I suppose it's well earned. But if you were to ask me what my favorite Linux distribution project was, I'd probably say Debian as often as not.…

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