In Favor of Group Blogs and Efforts

I wrote in "The Advertising Bubble" that one of the ways to more effectively monetize content and "do better on the Internet," was to combine efforts with other content producers. The key thought here is that, people only have so much time, and cooperation can allow you and your fellow content producers to pool resources, readers' attention, and business strategies. I've also thought of this post as the "just because Wordpress, can be installed in a handful of minutes doesn't mean you should," post.…

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Critical Futures Futures and Curation Futures

I posted a new story on Critical Futures today. It's another one from the Knowing Mars novella that I wrote a year ago and that I had been posting previously. After a much too long break from posting fiction, I've decided that I have enough brain space to work through some projects there and bring it back to life. While I think my first six months was an unparalleled learning experience, I think a different strategy is in order.…

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meta writing

At the risk of sounding vague (or overly polite) I had the chance to read/hear a few writers describe the mechanics of their work recently. To clarify, by writers I mean "fiction writers," and by mechanics, I mean how the story happens (character, plot, narrative, conflict, development) rather than things about process (how writing happens) or business (how to live/publish). This was, as you might imagine, kind of awkward because the people who write the stories aren't the best judges of what actually happens.…

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The Hard (GNU/Linux) Truth

Backstory: Chris is something of an Operating system junkie, and likes to play around with things. I think he's weird, but whatever. Also, he bought a netbook several months ago, and after much persistence on my part (and some epic failures of Ubuntu instalations,) he finally installed Arch Linux, and it worked amazingly well. Here's a funny (ok, mildly amusing?) conversation about his latest system plan with only minor editing for understandability and comedic value:…

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Announcements, geek stuff, guest blogging

I wrote an article for my friend Melissa Barton about how to use computers/technology more successfully and more effectively, and it went live over the weekend. I'm really happy with it, and it represents all of the things I've been working through here, except tuned for a more general audience. It's also under my given name (gasp!) as if the tycho thing wasn't confusing enough as it is. Emacs is great, and I'm a huge fan, but it's not for everyone, and for those audences, thinking about what we learn from "advanced useage" and then workind to apply that to more general use can be quite powerful.…

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Week in Preview

I watched the last episode of Battlestar Galatica, (I'd been behind several weeks) today, because I was tired of everyone else talking about it and staying away from reading things on the Internet because of it. This is a story that I've been quite fond of for quite a long time, and I was impressed with how well they wrapped it up. Really impressed. Good work indeed. I've also--and I haven't talked about this very much here, yet--been writing more seriously on my projects than I have in a good long while.…

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teapot problem

So while I'm a bit (ha!) of a tea junkie, I must confess that my tea brewing/tea pot equipment is pretty minimal. I have (had) a couple of tea pots that were obtained at church rummage sales, and I bought a small pot for afternoon/testing purposes recently, but other than that: not so much. I recently discovered that my standard pot which is a great stonewear ceramic beast has a defect in the (internal) glaze which I think means that it's ready for retirement.…

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