The Odd Cyborg Out

I said to my office mate this week, "I'm switching to zsh," and I believe he said something to the effect of "oh dear, what's next." I should back up. I'm something of an odd duck when it comes to the way I use computers. I'm a geek, even in the context of my coworkers who are (also) huge geeks. I'm the only one who uses emacs. We're an OS X shop (for the desktop, at least) but I run Arch Linux inside of a virtual machine.…

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Breaking up with the Web

I really don't want to use the web anymore. This should come as no great surprise to most of you, but I think it's worth pondering a bit, particularly because like all "breaking ups," it's a bit difficult. To recap, the reasons for the break up: The software we use to browse the web is awkward and difficult to use efficiently. I'm talking here about things like Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.…

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Interview with Scott Farquhar

Today's installment in the interview series is Scott Farquhar. Rather than spend a long time blathering about it, let me just get on with it. Shall we? Who are you? What do you? Who are any of us, really? Right now I don't seem to be doing much but working at my old house and getting it ready to rent. But what I hope to go back to doing after I'm done is the main project of my Royalty Free Music podcast.…

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My Phone is Smarter Than Your's

I got a Blackberry last December. I blogged about it then, but I haven't really talked much about it. There's been a bunch of hubbub recently about the iPhone finally getting Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) support, and this has spurned some thought on my part about smartphones and mobile technology, and all that jazz. It's a big space in the technology world, and most of the time I just ignore all of it, because I don't much care about it.…

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Writing in the Moment

I've been, perhaps without good reason, trying to establish a tie between the (for lack of a better term) critical writings I've been doing here, and the kinds of things I try to accomplish in my creative work. I think my contact with and involvement in the Outer Alliance is probably responsible for this bit of introspection, but blame isn't really required. I'm a very political kinda of guy, right? I mean, I think about things very politically, I think there's a lot of worth in thinking about how class, economics, and power dynamics (probably in that orders of priority.…

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Space is Really Big

My first year seminar in college was all about Colonizing Mars, and it was built around the Mars Trilogy (which I've been writing about rather a lot these past few weeks, but I must admit that my first encounter here was not as fruitful.) Even though I spent most (all?) of my college years away from the science fiction world (long story, sorry BSFFA), the whole idea of space travel and colonization has been a fascinating problem.…

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Interview with Ted Jackson

Who are you? What do you? I'm a grad student at Washington University until the end of this school year when I will have hopefully finished and defended my dissertation on Hermann Hesse. In general, I'm really interested in modernism specifically, but I'll take an intellectual stab at about anything written from 1890 to the present. Despite being a humanist, I'm a bit of a computer geek: I'm writing my dissertation in LaTeX and a religious Lifehacker reader.…

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