Theories of Change

Things change. People change. Societies change. You might not be able to get social scientists and cultural theorists to agree on very much, but the fact that change happens is pretty easy to stomach. The difficulty come in when we start to think about how things change. What follows is a review of the competing approaches to what I'm calling "theories of change," I hope this helps me (and you!) organize some thoughts.…

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Coda's Back!

I just upgraded tychoish today to the new, "WordPress 2.7" which has a great new user interface that I really like. We're finally getting back to b2/cafelog and wordpress 1.5 ground. Heh. Anyway. I'm going to be reviving this little mini-blog on the right hand side of the site. The rule this time? All posts written off the cuff and nothing with paragraph breaks. Sounds like a plan? I thought so.…

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Blackberry

Lets start with the facts: I got a blackberry at the end of last week. It's one of the new "BlackBerry Bold" devices. Which means GSM/HSDPA/etc from ATT. Which is a great improvement from the sucky (but surprisingly functional) flip phone that I've had for the last 2.5-3 years from Sprint. This is the first phone that I've had that has: an Internet connection, a messaging plan, and a reliable connection (sorry sprint).…

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Knitting Cables With Alice

I'm knitting again! I seem to do these posts every now and then. In any case, one of my mom's friends from knitting camp came for a post-thanksgiving visit, and really kick started my winter knitting projects. I'd been lagging on some older projects for far too long, and having an excuse to sit around and knit was a really good thing. I got to the end of the first sleeve avove the cuff of the latvian dreaming sweater, and started a new sweater.…

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Technical Progress

We tend to tell (and think of) our histories as progress narratives. That is "things sucked, we changed them and now they're getting better." Taken to the next level, progress narratives force us to think about the future in terms of "how much better things are going to be," as a required part of the progress narrative itself. On the one hand, there have been a number of rather dark moments in our past; on the other, in a lot of ways the present is really as much of an elaboration on the past as it is a progression.…

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Tablet Modality

I've been using my new computer a fair piece yesterday and today, and I've even gotten my dad using the computer recently (long story) and it's going really well, and the speed that I've been able to get it setup and adjusted has been really amazing. (Is there anyone else in St. Louis MO, USA who wants to switch to linux and needs a little bit of encouragement?) I'm also remarkably close to getting all the way switched to linux.…

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Linux UI Tweaking

I've written here a little about the problems I have with the options for user interfaces in linux, and while for me Awesome goes a long way toward s fixing these issues, particularly/even on smaller screens, but I continue to think that paying more attention to user interface issues will be a very good thing for the platform. This new laptop is the second linux install I've done recently (third if you count the VM on my mac, and fourth if you count the multiple attempts it took me to get my desktop to working order) and the expereince has--I hoped granted me some useful perspective on some UI concerns.…

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