Half Million

So soon, probably during the end of this post or somewhere in tomorrow's post, I'm going to pass the half-million word mark on tychoish.com. This is a bit inflated because I incorporated the posts from tealart a couple of years ago, and some of that material includes quotes and links that I don't think should count toward the site's word count odometer. But there you have it, and in any case this is a milestone, that's worth commemorating.…

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Tightening Outlines

I've always been a really big fan of outlining and structured writing, particularly for long form stuff. I suspect anyone who has ever argued with me about writing, or written in collaboration with me is probably nodding in understanding (or yelling "that's an understatement" and flipping the bird to the monitor). This probably explains my interest in things like LaTeX and Markdown, and the reason that wiki's have been frustrating for me, and the reason that I can pull my distractable attention span together enough to be able write long form projects.…

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Conversations

I had an odd experience as a writer a few weeks ago. I found myself writing "copy" rather than my more comfortable "blog post," "essay," or "fiction story" and I learned a great deal from the experience. Mostly, "never be a copy writer if you can help it," but I learned something about my other writing in the process: basically I write conversations. This makes sense on a number of levels.…

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The Future of Critical Futures

When I took a break from Critical Futures near the end of last year, I had intended to begin with the new year with renewed energy and vigor, but when the new year rolled around, I found myself somewhat lacking in vigor. So I've waited, and I kept waiting. And now, its the end of January, and I still haven't restarted, and I think it'll be good to talk for a moment about that.…

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Blog Redesign

I've mentioned that I'm in the process of doing a somewhat lengthy "blog redesign" project of tychoish.com. The astute among you, who don't visit via RSS, will probably notice at least a little bit of a change recently, but I think there's more in mind. While I resist the temptation to write lists in my posts, I think I'm going to give in just this once. ;) What I hope to accomplish in this redesign.…

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Ethics of Free Software

Last week as I was wrapping up a project, I found myself reading an article by Gabriella Coleman [1] about ethical systems and free software/open source development communities (pdf link). It's a great article that helped me connect a few desperate projects, and I think it also provides a very useful foothold into talking about the ideologies of free software without getting encumbered by free software's internal ideological "drama." In turn:…

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Knitting a Shawl

So I've written about current projects on this blog, and I think every knitting project that I've talked about thus far I haven't yet finished. In a year or more. Rather than disappoint, I have another post about a new knitting project, but it comes with a bit of a story. Sorry to the members of the queer-knit-list, as this will be something of an old story. In the summer of 2005 I lived in Kansas City with my grandmother.…

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