Scripting on the Internet

I recently read the anti-web manifesto, which I found refreshing. If you haven't read it, go do so. If your too lazy to read it, the gist is that we're trying to get the web to do too much (ie. run applications, pixel-perfect layouts) and that quality browsers can't exist, because what we use the web for these days is beyond the scope of what the web was intended to do.…

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Journal Entry

Ok, I've not done a "journal" post n a while, and I think one is long due. It's been a wild week (or two) in the life of tycho, and I think without the opportunity to parse through some recent events: 1. I've been ferrying back between home and my grandmother's about twice a week for, what seems like a few weeks. Everything is fine, and she's doing very well (and reading the blog again!…

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Wordpress Limitations

Wordpress is great software, and I've been a user for many years. Many years. It used to be called "b2" and I used it then as well. There are a lot of more powerful content management systems, a lot of systems that are much more flexible than wordpress these days, and often I get the feeling that other platforms attempt to define themselves in contrast to wordpress. In the larger sense, this post is an attempt to resist this temptation while also exploring the limitations of wordpress.…

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PIDA

A few weeks ago, a friend told me about this IDE (integrated development environment) called PIDA, and while I'm nothing more than a casual programmer, my interest was immediately piqued. We'll call it part of my interest in how programmers work. The truth is, as a text-editor junkie, my impulse is to say "meh, IDEs are passe," but I think that's probably unfair, and in my writing IDE post I think I recognized--by analogy--their worth.…

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Systems Review

I wrote in my post on the one true system about the informal systems that we use to interface the way we interact with knowledge and information in the "real world" with the way we represent that information on our computers. Exploring these systems lay at the core of the cyborg question, but today's essay [1] is more about how our logic systems adapt as we use computers and as the kinds of information we need to store change and grow.…

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Sapir Whorf Hypothesis and Computer Programing

There's this idea in linguistic/cognitive anthropology that the limitations of linguistic possibility limit what the bounds of what we're able to think about. If we lack words for a given thing or a concept, it's really hard to even conceive what it is. I'll get to the strengths and limits of the hypothesis in a bit, but lets just say the reception of these ideas (i.e. "linguistic relativism") is somewhat mixed.…

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widely synthetic

During my middle year of college, I took a class on gender and literature where we had to write a series (10? 12?) of "journal" entries. The assignment was to write 250-300 (hard boundaries) words due by midnight on Friday during most of the weeks of the semester. And there were other rules regarding the speed or frequency you could turn them in that I don't remember, but there were notably few restrictions on what they could be about.…

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