Contact, Cyberculture, and Samuel Delany

I talk to people from time to time about working in cyberspace and successful new media participation. If I were a hipster, I might even say, "I do SEO," but I'm not, and I don't, really. The truth is that I don't have a good, simple, answer to the question, "How do I succeed on-line with social media." I do have a lot of ideas on the subject, as you might expect (many of which I've already written about here before.…

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knitting update

Two pieces of knitting news: 1. I've started knitting seriously on the cabled sweater I'm making. I (for various reasons) have one ball of yarn (for it) to last me the next month, which will--I hope--force me to work on other projects as well. It's going well, after a few mishaps, that I've corrected for, and while I think my heart is still in color work I do quite enjoy this sweater.…

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Links and Old Habits

So I've noticed that my impulse on these shorter blog posts (codas) that I tend to just do my normal essay thing only shorter, which is more of an old habit than it is something productive or intentional. Weird. To help break out of this bad habit, I'm going to post some links that I've collected recently. I saw a couple of articles on user experience issues that piqued my interest, perhaps they'll pique yours as well: Agile Product Desgin on Agile Development and UX Practice and On Technology, User Experience and the need for Creative Technologists.…

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getting emacs daemon to work right

In the latest/forthcoming version of GNU Emacs there exists a daemon mode. The intent is to make it easier to run in one instance of emacs, and rather than starting new instances, you can run everything in one instance. Less overhead on your system, and everyone's happy. Without daemon mode, you can still run in server mode and get nearly the same effect, but you end up with one emacs frame that's the "host," which means, if you're dumb and close it (or it's running inside of another process which crashes.…

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After the Siege

I listened to the podcast of "After The Siege," a novella by Cory Doctorow, the other week (I've been driving cross country and walking a lot, I'm going through a lot of audio.) It was really cool and I thought it would be good to post a few notes. (For those of you who want to skip right to the podcast, here's the link, but I'd get the files straight from cory's podcast).…

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Handling Data

Data, information, in the digital context is really important. Perhaps the most important thing. It's a shame then, I think, that we're, on the whole, so bad at managing data and organizing information so that it is useful to us in the future. I keep starting to write posts on the topic with clever lead-ins, and within a hundred words I realize that I've bitten off more than I can chew.…

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the debate over eBooks

I read something a few weeks ago (the problem with being slow to process things from blogs that post regularly), about digital ebook readers and the future of digital books. I guess my thoughts are best summed up in a couple of points, basically that electronic texts will succeed as they: develop unique and presentation methods (hardware and software), and as the commerce/distribution models become more transparent. 1. Words on screens don't work like words on paper.…

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