On Laptoping

It's only comparatively recently that I've returned to the world of being a desktop computer user. I built my own computer when I was in high school, and it died after 3 years (or so), and I replaced that with an Mac laptop, which I updated a couple of times, but until this last fall, that was my window onto the Internet and my main academic/scholarly tool for a long time.…

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git Collaboration

I've been sort of coy about the details (because I don't want to jinx anything and there aren't many details out there), but I've decided that the novel I'm working on will probably appear as a podcast sometime late in the year. Scott Farquhar will do the reading and it'll be over on Critical Futures (and other places?) I'm excited about this, as I think it means a higher profile for my work, I've wanted to do a podcast for a long time, and it gives me something to "work towards" for this project, which had heretofore been a "so I'm writing another novel for myself because that's what I do," and that purpose is really good for my process.…

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ak! ah, dee me uhhh

This fall I visited with a bunch of my friends from college for the first time since I, you know, graduated from college. In a move that surprised just about everyone, of my core-friend group from college, I'm the only one who's not in graduate school right now. One thing I realized, however, is that I haven't exactly dropped off the face of the academic-earth. Every semester since graduation (until this one), I've been enrolled in classes and have accumulated a number of credit hours because it was fun, because I felt like I wasn't done with school.…

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On Binge Writing

I have a tendency toward binge writing, it's true. Also, as a "professional writer," (of sorts, saying that still makes me giggle) I write a lot. Even on days when I'm feeling pretty lackluster, I probably write a total of 2,500 to 3,000 words a day, and on days when I'm feeling better I suspect the total gets closer to 5,000. It's not all productive work, always, and it's certainly not all fiction words, [1] but one of my guiding philosophies as a writer is to "keep words flowing.…

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Input Fetishes and Tool Quality

Wow, that's a title for a much more interesting post than the one I'm planning to write. Sorry folks. This post is more about the devices and technology that we use to get information out of our heads and onto paper or into computers. Last week, I was reading the Internet as I'm wont to do, and I was delving into an area that I think of as the "ubergeek" section.…

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Standards of Living

I think of this article about productivity and standards of living in the same train of thought that my best of post, even though I certainly didn't write it myself. The basic idea is that given our current levels of productivity we could have a 1948 standard of living by working only half of what we work now. The comparison between productivity and standards of living is, I think an interesting and useful way to think about work, and creative output.…

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Best of tychoish Posts

So I've wanted to put together a "best of" roll call of my posts here in the last couple of weeks/months. I write a lot of stuff for tychoish.com, tens of thousands of words a year, and while I enjoy the practice and what I write often helps me pull together ideas and thoughts in a way that I don't really get to do in any other form, most of the posts are ephemeral even for me.…

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