Multiple Computers and Singular Systems

Here's another episode in my "work workstation" series of posts about setting up my new computer for work, and related thoughts on evolving computer setups. First, some history: My tendency and leading desire is to make my working environment as consistent as possible. For a long time I was a one-laptop, kind of guy. I had a PowerBook, it did everything just the way I wanted it to, and when ever I needed to do something digitally, I had my computer with me, and I didn't have to worry about other people's computers being configured wrong.…

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My Workstation Choices

I've been talking in fairly abstract terms about this new workstation that I've been setting up, and about how this fits into the general ethos of my existing hardware setup, but I think, it's probably the right time to interject and clarify some of the choices and base-assumptions that I've made during this process. My current systems (hardware): A moderately powered dual-monitor workstation (ubuntu-from-Dell, circa October 2008) that's running Ubuntu for the moment (probably move to arch or Debian in the next few months.…

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Fa Sol La

I've developed a new recreational activity. As if I needed another one. I did a little shape note singing at the Morris Dance gathering, as I usually do, but this year something clicked. I'm not sure exactly what it was: I'd been singing a lot that weekend and my ears were used to listening to and picking out harmonies, my voice was a bit tired (and thus a more comfortable bass), I was sitting directly behind an incredibly powerful base.…

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New Workstation Trials

Rather than bore you with minutia of my move (eg. shit, I need to get a shower curtain; why is all my toilet paper on the moving truck; I'm getting really sick of sitting on the floor while I wait for the moving truck) I thought I'd talk a little bit about something that seems to occupy a bunch of my thinking these days: how I'm setting up my work-desktop computer.…

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Org Mode Pitfalls

I'm writing this post for all of the wrong reasons. I've had this "write a post about pitfalls of org-mode," on my org-agenda for weeks, with a list of "ways I'm not doing things right in org-mode." One of those pitfalls, the main one in fact, was "you're living too much in the agenda view, and not thinking of your org-files as working documents and outlines onto themselves." And because I'm living too much in the agenda view, I'm writing a post (that I need to write, but have been hesitant to write for a while) mostly to get it off my todo list.…

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things I hate about the internet

In light of my otherwise fried state of mind, I would like to present a list of things that I dislike. Because I'm snarky like that. HTML emails. I've yet to send or receive an email that really requires rich text formatting provided by HTML emails. While multi-part emails (which send multiple copies of the same email in rich and plain text) are a good thing, it's a huge pain in the ass to get an email (particularly a long email) three times, just for the pleasure.…

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how helvetica changed my life

I watched the Helvetica movie a few weeks back and I wanted to say, friends, it changed my world. For those of you haven't heard about Helvetica, which I suspect covers most of you (however, I suspect more of you have heard/seen this movie than the general public, because I think you all are just that cook. at any rate,) it's a documentary that covers design, typography, modernism, post-modernism, and contemporary trends in art/design, all vis a vis the now-52-year-old typeface "Helvetica" which had a profound impact on the last half-century of visual culture.…

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