Notifications and Computing Contexts

Maybe it's just be but I think notifications of events on our computers suck. On OS X there's Growl, and GNU/Linux desktops have the libnotify stuff, and I'm sure there's something on windows, but I don't think this really addresses the problem at hand. Not that the software doesn't work, becuase it mostly does what it says it's going to do. The issue, I think is that we need, or will very shortly need, much more from a notification system than anything around can handle.…

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I Didn't Write A Novel Last Month

I didn't write a novel last month. I've always been a bit of a contrarian about NaNoWriMo, the project where writers and people who don't think of themselves as writers attempt a novel writing sprint during the month of November. Well, it's a 50,000 word "novel," which is in the end a bit short for a novel and a bit too long for a novella, but we'll call it a novel for the sake of simplicity.…

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Window Sizes in Tiling Window Managers

There's an issue in tiling window managers, that I think a lot folks who are used to floating window managers never expect. I wrote a post to the Awesome listserv a while back explaining this to someone, and it seems to have struck a chord (I saw the post linked to last week). I thought I'd write a brief post here to explain what's going on in a more clear and general way.…

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Of Dialectical Futurism

A while back, lets say, in August or so [1], I redid the design of this site and added a new subtitle: "Dialectical Futurism." The dweeby, philosophy geek in me really enjoys this, just as an idea. As it's sat at the top of the page, I've also thought more and more that the subtitle is actually a pretty good summary of what I'm trying to accomplish here. This post is an attempt to do two things:…

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Comfort Cheese

I, rather innocently, posted something to identi.ca / twitter / Facebook. The canonical text is: signs you've spent too much time in the upper midwest: sometimes when stressed, you impulse buy cheese I spent three years in Wisconsin--southern Wisconsin--for college. Ever since then I've related to cheese differently. So here's what happened: I was shopping, Mostly minding my own business when I passed the cheese display. Not the fancy cheese display, you know, but the one next to the designer coffee creamers, and the pre-made baking doughs.…

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Building the Argument

I was talking to my grandmother (Hi!) last week, as I do most weeks, and we discussed the blog. She's been a regular reader of the site for many years, and lately, we've enjoyed digging a little deeper into some of the things that I've written about here. She said, I think of the Owning Bits, and I agree, that it sort of seemed that I was building something... more.…

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I Am a Writer

It's a weird thing, this "being a writer" stuff. I'm sure I've written about this here to some extent. As a kid, I think--at least I tell myself now--that I wanted to be a writer. There was something about writing that mystified me and challenged me and had me totally entranced. I had a hell of a time with writing in high school, enough that I really shied away from formal training as a writer in college in almost entirely.…

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