More on the Writing Habit

I wrote a lot yesterday. I write a lot most days to be honest. Though I'm not often successful at this, my usual plan of attack is to spend a chunk of time in the morning writing on fiction projects, (after some sort of warm up like a blog post or a few email) before I graduate onto other projects. Often this doesn't work: I have other commitments in the morning, I get sucked into emacs or website hacking, "the best laid plans of mice and men," as it were.…

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Browser Survey

Long story, short punch line. I was developing a website the other day, and I realized that I had to do some compatibility testing with other browsers. While I have a webkit-based browser lying around for these purposes I had to turn to BroswerShots to see what the site looked like in certain windows only browsers. this lead me on something of a little mystery hunt. I did some checking on my stats and I found that a majority of the visitors to this site are firefox/mozilla (gecko users) and there's a sizable minority that uses Webkit browsers (Safari/Chrome/Etc.…

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fully jekylled

I write you from the future! I, as predicted, made the switch over between the wordpress powered version of tychoish.com and the jekyll powered version of my site. I'm quite pleased with this development. Basically it works by taking a repository of posts with all the content from my site and then compiles a website of static pages whenever I trigger an update. Though it hasn't worked flawlessly, I'm pretty pleased with how this has worked out, and as I clean things up and get to using the system a bit more I'll write up a post regarding jekyll, but I want to get used to it some more.…

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Sex Writing

I've had "write post about writing/read sexuality" on my todo list for too long and I wanted to make the general note before it got too stale. In a lot of way's this is in response to Nora's post on magic district and I think something else that I can't trace down the reference to. Basically I saw a couple of things where non-normative sexualities (more promiscuous, more casual, more queer) were underplayed or criticized fiction because of concerns (real or other wise) that the non-norm sexuality would be distracting or feel "Ham handed.…

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Mobile Emacs

I have a confession. I last week (briefly) considered getting a Nokia N810 so that I could sync and use org-mode when I was away from my computer/laptop. The N800/810 is a small tablet that runs a Debian based operating system, which means it could run emacs, and I could write little clickable scripts that could do all of the syncing and awesomeness that I've grown accustomed to. Then I realized how absurd this is, and cast it aside.…

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Database Powered Websites

For the last, call it 8 years, having a website, dynamically generated with most of the content pulled on (nearly) every reload from a database. MySQL or PostgreSQL, or some such. It's a great model, in a lot of ways, because it represents the (near) ultimate separation of content and display, it means that static pages don't have to be generated whenever you generate new content. Dynamic, database driven websites were going to the future, and I think history has proven this argument.…

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Microblogging Aggregation

When Jaiku gave microbloggers (ie users of services like identi.ca twitter, etc.) the ability to aggregate their content onto Jaiku from blogs, flickr, delicious, and of course twitter as well, I noted that it wouldn't take much for the Jaiku to become a ghost town, where no one would have to actually create new content or read in order for new content to filter through the site. While syndication allows people to do some really amazing things with content, without filtering, context, and moderation it's really easy to become overwhelmed.…

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