Macbook Ubuntu

So after a lot of teeth gnashing over the past few weeks about what to do with my macbook since I've basically abandoned OS X for Linux [1], I realized that I could probably just install Ubuntu on this hardware and be done with it. So really pretty much as soon as I had the thought I began backing things up and starting the install process. While my backup wasn't perfect (forgot the applications folder, which is pretty replaceable; and dropping in ~/Library and /Library is pretty ineffective, so there's some work there) the whole process was pretty quick.…

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Philosopher Kings

So this is totally a "just for fun" post. As you might have noticed from all the blogging I've done about rearranging computers, switching to Linux and getting a new phone, the second half of 2008 has had a lot of computer acquisitions and changes. I try to thematically name computers/partitions and hard drives, and I've been through a couple of naming schemes, but I have a new one that I kind of like: Great names in western philosophy.…

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Blog Refresh

I have a semi-long standing tradition of doing a little refresh of my blog/website during the week before new years. Obviously I didn't make it this time, but I'm starting to think that it's about time for me to do something different anyway. And because I have to think through everything beforehand on the blog, I thought I'd collect a few thoughts here. When I started tychoish.com, I was running a site at tealart.…

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Happy New Years

I'm writing you all today from OS X for the first time in months. Also, I'm writing another journal entry in honor of the weekend-like quality that the holiday has, and I'm writing it right before I post it rather than in my usual bi/tri-monthly binge writing style. Very strange. Just to comment on the experience of the new/old environment, I'm sort of distraught by how uncomfortable it feels I mean OS X is pretty, and it does a better job with the hardware than Ubuntu (more on this later) but I'm just not used to it any more, and even though I really like TextMate.…

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Na Cragga, Sweater Update

So I know that I talked earlier in the month about starting to knit a new sweater. I cast on after thanksgiving: it was a cabled sweater, my first, ambitiously chosen from Alice Starmore's "Aran Knitting" book. While I worked on it over that long weekend, I hadn't worked on it much since then. What I realized rather quickly, is not just that it was complex, but rather there was literally something different happening on every fracking stich.…

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Code Importance

I'm not a programmer, really. I mean I'm a huge geek, and I understand some pretty heavy computer-science related problems, but coding isn't what I do. This is true of a lot of computer users these days, and it wouldn't be such a big deal if I weren't such a huge geek about open source software. I suspect that most of the users of open source software these days aren't that different than me in this respect--though many are programmers, in most cases they probably don't make active use of the source code of the software they use.…

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Ideas in Science Fiction

I love Nancy Kress' blog. Just saying. If you don't read it, start. It's good stuff. She wrote the other day about her approach to developing SF stories and I wanted to explore her little hint in more depth here. First, a quote from the conclusion: The larger point here is that, in my view, SF should be more than its "idea." I am not writing about a "galactic empire" or about aliens who "lord" anything over humans.…

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