Site Revisions

I've been tweaking the site for a few weeks off and on. Busy schedule and what not. A while back I made a list of things that needed to change: updated links, clearer sidebar, better system for the "mini blog" (coda), and different interior page designs, and every few weeks I've gone through and changed something, until now, when I think I've done enough to warrant a small post about these changes.…

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Todo List Bloat

I'm working on a longer post on the topic, but the past few days have seen me spend a bit of extra attention trying to develop some way of doing a "fact file" inside of emacs. Basically what I need is some way of storing information (links, quotes, text) along with bibliogrpahic information (where I got it, when I accessed it) and some sort of meta-data (tags, categories, search index) so that I can find things again.…

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from the trenches

I knew I said that I'd post coda things now that I'm going to bi-weekly essays, and today would be the first day of the new order and I've failed. Alas. Today was spent going glaring at my outline and waiting in doctor's waiting rooms. I did read a really great article from Kristine Kathryn Rusch about recessions, short fiction, and it was pretty inspiring. Go read, and then read some more.…

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The Advertising Bubble

Before I started to write this article I heard two pieces of news. First, that the economy of Latvia had failed as part of the ongoing depression. Second, that the American Government was going to provide subsidies to hedge funds (!) to promote a revival of the financial services industry. The mind boggles, to very different degrees at both of these stories. Like this whole depression, it seems clear that the core issue is that economies based on inauthentic exchange of value are prone to failure: the act of moving money from hither to thither doesn't create value, even though paper values rise.…

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Pace Changing

Dear Readers, I'm both really excited and really scared of this change that I'm going to announce in this post. From my journal entry, you can probably tell that I've been busy and having something of a rough time. I'm coping, and I'm not writing this as a plea of any sort, just it's been... interesting. I've been sort of distracted, and running back and forth between my home town and where my grandmother is (3.…

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Agile Writing

Lets put this in the category of "tycho writing about software development in an attempt to draw a conclusion beyond software development." Often I find this to be an annoying impulse as, software can be meaningful in and of itself and it's practices aren't always incredibly relevant. On the other hand, most of my work is (at least theoretically) not software, so I find myself doing this kind of thing more than I'd really like.…

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The Emacs Alert

So I get a Google alert in my RSS reader for "emacs," this way when anyone mentions that operating system text editor on the Internet, I know. I did it, initially, as a gimmick. The interesting thing, is that it's been really interesting. In the grand scheme of things, I'm pretty new to emacs so I'm like a sponge for new information. I've learned, chiefly, about emacs-fu, which is a delightful little blog.…

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