tightening outlines #2

I'm a big fan of outlines. I wrote this post about tightening outlines about my approach to making outlines better that I've been using most recently. This post, in turn is more about execution. The issue, that I think causes a lot of people to be less into outlines, is the fact that outlines sort of dreary to write from. Which is to say, that the cool thing about writing (for me at least) is the feeling I get when I immerse myself in a world and characters' and I'm able to record the feeling of that experience.…

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of the system

Systems. This is an extension of exploratory writings about information management, and related ideas. When I talk about "systems," I mean whatever technological or intellectual methods we use to store information and get work done. If you use Microsoft Outlook and Word with an Access database for citation management, that's a system, what I've hacked together for myself with git, BibTeX, emacs, LaTeX, org-mode, and Markdown is a system. There are others.…

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Integrated Writing Environment

My post about information buckets got me thinking, thanks to some other things that have filtered through my awareness in the last few weeks, about integrated development environments. See, a couple years ago, I used everything buckets like mad, they were the application of the future, the software that seemed to just scratch every itch. I don't know that I used them as general databases for everything but I did all of my writing and research-related tasks in them, and it was great.…

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org mode

It takes me a while to adapt to new things with the computer. While I pick things up pretty quickly, I'm aware that it takes a while for me to adapt to new ways of working with the computer. I like to settle into a system before I start changing the key bindings or writing scripts (which I always think will be more successful than they are). This seems reasonable, and is generally something that I'd recommend to other people looking to learn "cool new stuff.…

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information buckets

Alex wrote this article about "everything buckets" that got me thinking. And you know how dangerous this can be. I've been thinking about "everything buckets," as "information buckets," and I think this term is a little more apt, given how these systems work. Basically the "everything" bucket, is a program that provides a database interface on top of our files in the effort of keeping us better organized. Features common to the information bucket, genre of programs are meta data and tagging interfaces, easier/integrated editing environments, more advanced search abilities, and easier input features.…

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mcabber and IM

I've always rather enjoyed this post that I wrote about instant messaging programs. My issue is that I use IM a lot. A lot. I communicate with colleagues, friends, and frankly, if you want to get a hold of me, IM is often the best way to do this, and frankly for a lot of communications I prefer it to the phone. Nevertheless, IM clients, on the whole, are mostly pretty bad.…

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Open Source Userland

Free software and open source users/developers are a sort of evangelical bunch. I think a lot of this is because hackers what other people to use the software that they spend their time working on, and of course some of this is because of the ethical systems that pervade the free software movement. And of course we want to both expand the user base of certain pieces of software within the open source world (eg.…

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