a short story

About a week ago, by your reading, I finished writing a short story. The fact that I was writing a short story when I should have been working on the novel is perhaps a bit distressing, but I've taken the opinion that any work on short fiction--particularly short fiction where I'm excited about the project and reasonably happy with the results--is worth what ever attention and love I can spare for it.…

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short story lenghts

I write this post as I am (theoretically) putting the finishing touches on a short story that I've written. "But shouldn't you be working on a novel?" You ask. Well yes. But this short story is related to the novel, and any time I have the overwhelming urge to write a short story, I'm prone to take it, because I'm not much of a short story writer by temperament and I think it's a good practice/skill to encourage.…

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the dark singularity

I read a pretty cool interview with Vernor Vinge, in H+ magazine, where he talked about the coming technological singularity, which I thought was really productive. I've read and participated in a lot criticism of "Singularity Theory," where people make the argument that the singularity is just a mystification on the process of normal technological development, and that all this attention to the technology distracts from "real" issues, and/or that singularity is too abstract, too distant, and will only be recognizable in retrospect.…

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the future of content

I finally listened to John Gruber and Merlin Mann's podcast of their talk at the 2009 SXSWi conference, on "how to succeed at blogging/the Internet" and this, in combination with my ongoing discussion with enkerli about the future of journalism, and an article about gawker media has promoted a series of loosely connected thoughts: Newspapers are dead, dead, dead. This isn't particularly ground breaking news, but I think it's interesting to make note of this fact because of this corollary:…

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Midwest Morris Ale Round Up

I wrote a post about the 2008 midwest morris ale as a series of vignettes of great moments and memories from that ale. This year I don't have quite the same kinds of stories, or new stories, really: /home/tychoish/websites/tychoish.com/_drafts/ ~/writing/ - There was a killer cool ad-hoc set of "Queen's Delight," (Bucknell) my ongoing favorite dance. I handpicked the set, after the organized portion of tour ended, and we did well.…

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knitting progress ahoy

I have knitting progress to report. In thee parts. 1. I have finished my second Pi shawl of the year. The first I completed in March for my grandmother. The second, I completed a couple of weeks ago, and while it was a shawl created without goal (or particular purpose) it is an accomplishment of some note. I have yet to block the shawl, but, as I'm not sure where it's supposed to end up, I'm in no rush.…

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canonical freedom and ubuntu one

Recently, Canonical Ltd., the company which sponsors the Ubuntu family of GNU/Linux distributions recently announced the UbuntuOne service, which is at it's core a service that allows users to synchronize files between multiple Ubuntu-based machines. Having your files sync between multiple machines is a huge feature, and the truth is that there aren't really good solutions that accomplish this task, for any operating system. At the same time there's been a lot of hubbub in the community over this release.…

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