Poems are Made out of Words

I remember having this epic fight conversation with a poet-friend from college about aesthetics and art and literature. I'm not sure exactly what brought it on, or particularly why I thought my side of the argument was in any way defensible, but it came back to me recently. So as I'm wont to do, here's a post in review of these thoughts. Act One: Poems are Just Words I think in the first iteration of the argument, I took the opinion that poems existed (mostly) to transcend the experience of the written word on the page.…

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Getting the Most from Arch Linux

Much to my surprise, my essay of a few months ago on Why Arch Linux Rocks is quickly becoming one of my most popular posts. Who would have thunk? In any case, while I've written a few additional bits here and there about using Arch, I thought it would be good to write some more concrete and practical reflections on what I've learned from Arch and hopefully someone out there will find this useful.…

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Links on the Art of Techology

I have a collection of links that I'd like to share with you. I hope you enjoy and find them as enlightening as I have. Some of these are dated but, I've been milling through them for a while and I feel like they're worth sharing. In three parts: Computer Programming and Hacking Art of Computer Programing Software Artisans Unit testing and Agile There's a long tradition of computer scientists and eminent developers thinking about their software development as an Art.…

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Email is Still Broken, but at Least People are Talking

Email is broken. I don't think the assertion really even requires an example for everyone to concur. Spam, ongoing wars over decades old standards and protocols, bacon (automatically generated email that you want), listservs, poorly written clients, and mixed expectations regarding replays, make email frustrating to deal with under the best of situations. Email is also inescapable. There's no other technology around at the moment which pushes messages out to users as effectively (every other thing is pull), provides administrators with as many tools and options, or has such ubiquitous adoption rates.…

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How I'd Like to Be Notified

In my last post on this topic I tried to avoid talking too much about the actual details of an implementation of what my ideal notification system would look like. In part because I think that the problem of staying on top of our digital (cyborg?) in a "real time" manner is something that transcends the specific method of implementation. I and many other awesome people have been thinking about this "real time" problem for a couple of years, and mostly we've thinking about things like microblogging (think twitter and identi.…

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Five. More. Things.

The latest in a fine tradition of tychoish posts... Five People I Enjoy on Twitter soliloqueer abstractnixon rickerje qunnorton tommorris and a bonus (DeleuzeGuatteri) Five Improvements to Web Browsers Enforce document structure standards on the server. Documents must be structured and organized within the constraints of a couple of conventions or else the server throws a 500 error. Locate all design and presentation on the client side, and allow designs to be fully independent of the design.…

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Doing Wikis Right

Wiki started as this weird idea that seemed to work against all odds. And then it seemed to really work. And now wiki is just a way to make and host a website without taking full responsibility for the generation of all the content. To say wiki is to say "collaboration" and "distributed authorship," in some vague handwaving way. But clearly, getting a wiki "right," is more difficult than just throwing up a wiki engine and saying "have at it people.…

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