free project xanadu

It's my hope that this post will combine the following ideas: 1. The concept of "General Information" As Posited Samuel Delany's 1984 novel Stars in my Pocket Like Grains of Sand. 2. The hypertext system, Project Xanadu, as described by Theodor Holm Nelson in his book Literary Machines (and elsewhere) which I've discussed on this blog recently. 3. The contemporary idea of distributed network service, as described in the Franklin Street Statement, and enacted by technologies like git, xmpp, laconi.…

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writing in org mode

With all luck, I'll have most of a draft of the short story I've been working on done by the time this goes live, but if not certainly rather soon there after. This is an exciting announcement in and of itself, but perhaps the more interesting thing is that in the process of doing this I sank into writing this story in org mode. My general M.O. for writing for the last several years has just been to write and store the files in markdown and use whatever text editor I fancy.…

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free and open terminology

As, I'm sure many of you know, language and "what we call things" in the free software/open source world is a huge thing. Some people will probably get mad for my use of the slash in the previous sentence. This post, is mostly for my own good, as an experiment (and for future reference) to see where I stand on various word-choice questions in this area. I'm going to organize the post as a series of (brief) reflections a couple of key words.…

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glitch and web experiments

So, my laptop (where I seem to be doing most of my writing these days) seems to have developed a wee-glitch. It seems, that (somewhat randomly) the system just freezes irrevocably whilst, get this, scrolling on twitter.com. No really. I'll be minding my own business, and suddenly firefox freezes, I can't interact with the window manager, I can't kill the window server and start over, I can't switch to another virtual terminal to fix things, nada.…

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sustainable ecology

Here's another in the train of posts about economics and sustainability. I started with meditations on cooperatives, and openness and martian economics, and then business in network service. And finally, a brief thought on the state of contemporary marriage. This post takes a step back so that I can talk about what I mean by sustainability, which I think requires a bit of a sidestep into thinking about ecology and the environment.…

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database market

This post is the spiritual sequal to my (slight) diatribe against database powered websites of a few weeks ago. And a continuation of my thoughts regarding the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle. Just to add a quick subtitle: Oracle is a huge vendor of database software, and about 18 months ago (? or so) Sun acquired mySQL which is the largest and most successful open-source competitor to Oracle's products.…

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co-op marriage

A (gay) friend was talking about the ongoing drama of his parents (decades old) divorce. I said, "I don't get this whole [gay] marriage thing." "Right," he said. "I mean, whatever, but I think we need to work on convincing straight people to not get married rather than convincing states to let us get married," I said. "It'll never happen," he said. "Right, besides we'd need better Corporate law, and good luck seeing that happen," I said.…

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