pass the quark

Overheard at a Sunday dinner with the family: `momtron <http://www.twitter.com/momtron>`_: Could you get the Quark [for my potato]. tycho looks quizzical. `momtron <http://www.twitter.com/momtron>`_: In the fridge. `dadtron <http://www.twitter.com/dadtron>`_: It's a yogurt cheese. tycho: right. I was about to say... They're awfully small, and besides, they're all over the place. `dadtron <http://www.twitter.com/dadtron>`_: Maybe. `momtron <http://www.twitter.com/momtron>`_ *sighs*…

Words Worth

Sorry for the puny title. I was thinking about the value of writing, and of "literature," in our world. Lets call it another post in my sporadic ongoing series of amateur theoretical economics posts. Or something. The overriding theme of this series has centered on thinking about ways to build business models in a way that represents an authentic (and sustainable) concept of the generation of wealth. Basically, to recognize that wealth is created through the exchange of goods and services which themselves have physical costs, rather than through the exchange of money.…

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reading progress

I finished reading Jonathan Strahan's The Starry Rift Anthology the other day. This was the first anthology that I read from cover to cover (I'm trying to get more into short stories). I've read other anthologies in bits and pieces, and the odd short here and there, but with this book, I thought, that I needed to add a bit of breadth, and I respect Strahan's work a lot, so I gave it a go.…

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Futuristic Science Fiction

If you ask a science fiction writer about the future, about what they think is going to be the next big cultural or technological breakthrough they all say something like, "science fiction is about the present, dontchaknow the future just makes it easier to talk about the present without getting in trouble." While this is true, it always sounds (to me) like an attempt to force the "mainstream" to take science fiction more seriously.…

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Re-Rethinking GTD

I wrote a series of articles nearly two years ago to rethink the GTD system, which I think is worth revisiting again. Not the essays, which were from when I called the website "TealArt" (don't ask) and were before I really discovered free software and open source in a big way; but rather, I think two years out from my original article and even further out from the heart of the GTD fad, I think that it's worthwhile to explore GTD again.…

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question, wool alternatives

New feature, I guess. I got a knitting question on ravelry, and I'm going to answer it here. I'll answer your knitting question as well if you send them to me on ravelry, or by email at garen@tychoish.com. I have been looking around on Raverly for a while now trying to find an alternative to the Jaimeson Shetland wool. I am going to be making a Fair Isle EZ cardigan but cant tolerate 100% wool.…

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An Open Letter to the Jekyll Community

Hey folks, Having spent a few hours (heh) going through my blog and converting and modifying it for jekyll, I think it would be appropriate to list some general directions for improvement of the software. Jekyll is pretty good and it's certainly more than usable, but I think there is enough room for improvement, and some additional features that would be rather interesting to explore. Because I think it's really easy for us to all develop our own forks and work in relative isolation, I worry that there's limited space to have a conversation about how to best improve the platform.…

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