catchphrases

A number of anecdotes follow... During my junior year of College I wrote this paper with my roommate about the emergence of third-wave feminism and post-structuralism-inspired Queer Theory in Lesbian poetry. And the paper wove in and out of conceptions of "home" and "community" and while it was a rough paper to write, I learned a lot about feminism/queer things, and I learned a lot about collaboration and scholarship. Incidentally, I recently discovered that our process for this paper was very reminiscent of what Agile Software Development/Extreme Programing calls "Pair Programing.…

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five advancements

1. For many months, I've been using my Blackberry as a music player for the purpose of listening to podcasts while I walk/drive. I've recently switched to using an iPod Touch (first gen; obtained as part of a promotion) that I've been syncing (for podcasts) to my work computer (which is a mac). As nice as "convergence was," and as much as this little iPod is "overkill" for what I'm doing with it, I think this is a step in the right direction.…

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In The Public Interest

I realize that with all this blabbering I've been doing about social organizations, and politics, particularly the post on Health Care Cooperatives, some of you may have read something into my thinking that I think is very much not there. I think this resonates with the way people people read a certain kind of libertarian streak in Cory Doctorow's work, which is I think is an uncomfortable association, at least in my reading.…

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microsoft reconsidered

I've been thinking about Microsoft recently, and thinking about how the trajectory of Microsoft fits in with the trajectory of information technology in general. A lot of people in the free software world are very anti-Microsoft, given some of the agregious anti-competitive activites they use, and general crappiness of their software. And while I agree that MS is no great gift to computing, it's always seemed to me that they're johnny-come-lately to the non-free software world (comparatively speaking AT&T and the telecom industry has done way more to limit and obstruct software and digital freedom than microsoft, I'm thinking.…

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the day wikipedia obsoleted itself

Remember how, in 2006 and 2007 there was a lot of debate over wikipedia's accuracy and process, and people though about creating alternate encyclopedias that relied on "expert contributors?" And then, somehow, that just died off and we never hear about those kinds of projects and of concerns anymore? The biggest news regarding wikipedia recently has been with regards to a somewhat subtle change in their licensing terms, which is really sort of minor and not even particularly interesting even for people who are into licensing stuff.…

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Five By Five

Five Things I Could do to Make My Cats Happier 1. Have fewer hobbies that involve non-feline-objects on my lap (knitting, reading, writing/laptop). Be at home Sleep More. Grow More Appendages. Get a roommate/spouse. Five Books I Would like to Read in the Next Month Iain M. Banks' Consider Phebas The New Space Opera 2 Anthology Tad Williams' Otherland Giles Deleuze's Difference and Repetition (ha!) Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Police Man's Union Five Elements of My Daily Ritual That I'd like to Improve Wake Time Lunch Preparation (the night before?…

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Praxis and Transformational Economics

Here's another one for the "economics" collection of posts that I've been working on for a while. Way back when, I started this series by thinking about Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy and by the model of economic development presented in the final two books. In short economic activity is organized around ~150 person co-operatives that people "buy into," and then work for as long as the co-op exists or until they sell their spot so that they can work on a different project/co-op.…

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