file system databases

Joe has remarked that he finds it ironic that--in this blog--I sing the praises of using emacs and storing one's data in plain text files, largely as part of a crusade against databases. I also am an ardent supporter of his haven project, which is basically a database project. While I don't think this is that contradictory, I do understand how one could make that inference, so I think it might be wise to address this issue explicitly.…

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notes from the fast

Several notes to with regards to information fast that I'm undertaking. And because this is the internet and this is my blog... Well here goes: I had initially suspected that the cause of my ailment was the special thinkpad-track point driver that deals with scrolling didn't get updated when I upgraded to jaunty. This turns out to not be the case, as I had a freeze (again in firefox) just moving around with the arrow keys.…

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adventures in systems administration

I'm beginning to write this in the evening after a long day of system administration work. For birthday (though, really, it's been on my todo list for a long time), I ordered and set up a server from these fine folks to serve as the technological hub of my activities. While I've been quite fond of those fine folks for quite a long time, there was a growing list of things that I always wished worked better with dreamhost, and it was finally starting to limit the kinds of projects I could undertake in.…

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ale and notes

Hello folks! I'm going to be away from early early in the morning until late in the day on Monday, and (likely) asleep until late (for me) morning on Tuesday, following the Midwest Morris Ale that I'm participating in this weekend in Minneapolis Minnesota. The following notes are of interest: 1. I'll have my Blackberry, so if you need to get a hold of me, call, email, text, whatever. I can't promise that I'll be super responsive, but I won't go completely silent, but I'm mostly offline for the next four days and some change.…

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land, institutions, and organization

As I mentioned in my link collection post, my thinking about co-operative economics has taken a brief foray into the area of leadership and governance, both on the small scale (eg "How do we organize our project, to acomplish our goals") and on the larger scale (eg. "How do provide institutional support for the governance of our civilization"). Both are important and relevant questions, but it's all complicated of course. Also, we should probably start of with a brief interlude of what an individuals labor/work activity might look like in a post-corporate economy, and then I'll move into two interludes about leadership and government.…

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link collection

I seem to have collected a rather lot of links that I think and hope you'll find as interesting as I have. (Some of these are old, but still relevant): In the vein of my economic/political posts of late, I came across the blog of Alexandre Enkerli, a nifty anthropologist and ethnographer that I found via identi.ca. Who says microblogging doesn't have value? In anycase I have a couple of links, first a complaint against journalism, as a field, to which I'm incredibly sympathetic.…

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tycho, happy birthday

So, I feel like, in honor of the fact that today is my birthday, I'm going to write a little bit of a self centered and reflective post. Don't worry. I have a post ready for you for later today that's... of more general appeal. I feel pretty good about the way things are going these days. I still have a pretty big todo list, of course, but I don't really find myself going to bed wondering "how did it get so late and what did I do with my day?…

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