shaped notes

I think that I seem to have acquired a new hobby. I've known about shape note sining for years and years. The Weavers did a few songs on some albums that I remember from when I was a kid. [1] And Cordelia's Dad (with Tim Erickson) came through town when I was kid and they sang a few Shape Note songs. [2] And the Morris Dancing gathering I attend has a lot of singing and a number of really awesome singers (many of whom, I think, read this blog, so hi folks.…

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five fiction ideas

From the file of "things I would like to be writing if I had more time." Please, if you're inclined or would like to use one of these ideas for the basis of a story, please feel free to. A distributed space opera I've been telling very tight space opera stories for a while now. Stories set within the next 1000 or so years that revolve around our sun, where the civilization shares much of our cultural background.…

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Interview, Rich Russell

I had this idea a few weeks ago, that to break things up during a particularly hectic part of my life--finishing a book, traveling, singing, and so forth--that I'd talk to some of the cool people I know on the Internet and elsewhere, and conduct a little interview series where I'd get to introduce you to some of the really interesting people that I've met in my travels thusfar, and ask them some questions about what they do, what they're interested in and up to in the world.…

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The Next Wave and Independent Media

I posted a link to an article about the professionalization of blogging in an earlier link dump post, that I've been thinking about rather a lot in recent days, and I wanted to reflect on this. The argument of the article, which I think is pretty much spot on, discusses how contemporary blogging has become this thing that that isn't just the sort of thing that "nobodies" can throw up a blog with WordPress and become an Internet sensation in fairly short order.…

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Links on Post-Publishing, Gender, and Post-Humanism

For your consideration: Paul Grahm on the Future of Publishing, which is of corse pretty darn spot on. Follow up, I guess to this link from the last link dump post. I think it's generally true to say that the "post-publishing" world is here, as most writers/content producers--or the young and successful ones at any rate--are already working in post-publishing business models. SF Signal Mind-Meld about Short Fiction Anthologies. In a lot of ways I think short fiction "anthologies" are a great thing and answer a lot of needs in publishing.…

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Links on Knitting, Emacs, Free Software, Cultural Studies, and the Future of Media

I have an absurd number of tabs open, and I'd like to present some interesting reading that I've had on my plate for a while. Nothing incredibly current, but all of it's good stuff. For your consideration: Interlaced Knitting Chart from Kim Salazar who is a master knitter/crafter. I've enjoyed her blog for years, and I keep coming back to this pattern and I'm interested in figuring out how to integrate it best into the project I'm thinking of working on next/soon.…

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On Frugality

I've been thinking, a little, recently about frugality. Cast On finished a series earlier in the summer about frugality and consumption, and I've been talking with people in a couple of different contexts who think about their own consumption habits (of meat and other comestibles, of material things, of cars and transportation, and so forth) as political acts, in one capacity or another, and I think this all deserves some more extended reflection on my part.…

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