Fact File Code

In my post about my fact file I said that I was going to "try things out and see how it goes" before I posted code to see how things work in the system. Well, I think things are pretty stable (I haven't tweaked much), so I'm going to post my remember template, for the system described in that post. (setq org-remember-templates '(("data" ?d "* %^{Title} %^g \n :PROPERTIES:\n :date: %^t\n :cit e-key: %^{cite-key}\n :link: %^{link}\n :END:\n\n %x %?…

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Cooking Adventures

I commented to someone, probably Caroline, that I found cooking to be a lot like writing fiction. You start out with a vague I dea of what you're trying to do, some really firm building blocks (ingredients; characters/settings), some rather impressive limiting factors (time, physics, literary conventions), and a number of equally good options (narrative voice, baking, chapter organization, broiling, pacing, frying) and then you get on this roller coaster where, despite whatever training you have, and formal knowledge about how things should work, you mostly just pay attention to your gut and pray that you don't make a huge mess of things as you're shepherding your lunch/novel from the refrigerator/mind to your stomach/readers.…

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A Jekylled Weekend

So I was hoping to write you this morning from a brand new blogging system powered by jekyll that I did a little bit of tweeking on. Unfortunatly, all the pieces aren't all in place, yet. So tychoish is still a wordpress event still on wordpress. The highlights: It seems to have not worked, because it's notion of categories isn't a bit more firm than my own notion of categories (ie.…

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Evening News

My grandmother watches the evening news, which isn't particularly noteworthy except that it's not something that I do unless I'm near someone who does. I tend to get my news via the radio, and the Internet, and while the visuals are instructive, it's not something that I've had a lot of experience watching in recent years. Which is why I was surprised by how bad they've gotten in the past few years.…

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Wednesday Update

I've been writing a great deal in the past few days: blog posts, the seed content for a wiki, fiction at a somewhat impressive pace (for me). While (at press time) there are still lots of things on my plate and storms on the horizon it's very true that doing creative things, getting work done makes it considerably easier to do more creative things, and to get more work done. The stuff on my plate and the storms on the horizon in another seem less threatening.…

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Curation and Content Overload

There's a lot of content on the Internet. This as pretty much always been the case, but it's especially true these days. There's so much content that it's difficult to comprehend the amount of content on this (very small) website, let alone the content of "all the blogs" or other kinds of sites. In the early days of blogging, the largest archives included a hundred or even two hundred posts, no more than a year or two of archives, and if you read the dozen or two dozen blogs in the general network that you covered, you could be pretty sure that you were reading some significant portion of the "weblog discourse" and all the same blogs that the people writing the blogs were reading.…

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Things to Learn in Emacs

For my good (and yours), here's a list of things that I think I should know how to do in emacs, but somehow don't: Use the version control package so that I'm not constantly popping between bash (terminal) and emacs to talk to git, and I don't think that's necessary. Batch renaming with Dired. It should work, it should be simple, I've just not gotten there. File specific org-mode settings, for properties, tags, and TODO keywords.…

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