Novel Writing in November

When going to graduate school became "someday later" rather than "someday soon," one of the things I promised myself that I'd do is dedicate more of my time to fiction writing, which I always seemed to cast aside in favor of more seemingly important academic goals. Well not any more. So I have this fiction blog, which I talk about (not nearly?) enough called Critical Futures which is part of my ongoing struggle/effort to write and edit my fiction.…

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Linuxing

So I've been switching to linux right? Right. Well the machine has arrived, and I've been able to get most of the required things set up the way that I need them. The awesome window manager, my ususal compliment of software, copying over config files and what not. It's not hard, and the only thing that gave me a hickup was using Xrandr, and that was pretty quickly solved. I wrote about my editor issues last week, which are progressing slowly.…

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Editor Crisis

When I got the Linux rig, I was pretty sure that I was going to live in vim--probably mostly the console version--while I work on weaning myself off of my TextMate dependency. It's not that I don't love TextMate, or that I can't afford it, but I think Linux/open source is where I'm headed, and in the short term I think I'd like one editor for both platforms, and that means open source.…

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The Big Push

I had occasion to confess my undying appreciation for xml-rpc this weekend at Drupal Camp Chicago. I might have been a little more expressive. I also might have explained this appreciation as being a product of my general disdain for web-based interfaces. Which we have to admit is kind of awkward at a conference of web-based developers. Clearly I was being a little over the top, but it's more or less true.…

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Geek Camp

I went to Drupal Camp Chicago last week for work, and while a lot of what I did was work related--learning about Drupal and what the really hard core folks are doing with it--the camp was an emersive experience, and I couldn't help but make a few casual observations about geeks in general. They're documented and explored below, and I'll have a more technical/theoretical reflection of the experience tomorrow or the next day.…

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Sleeve Hell

So this is a knitting blog? [1] Right! A knitting blog. And I've been knitting some interesting things. In my last post about knitting, I mentioned getting unstuck. Though I'm entering a slow patch, it's clear to me that this is just a time management issue (and sleeve island issue) and not a real block. Here's where I am: I knit the collar and started the first sleeve for the Latvian Dreaming sweater.…

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Mozilla of All Trades

In my post about calendar programs a number of great readers suggested that I should try "Lightning" or "Sunbird" which are part of the Mozilla Calendar Project. Calendars from the people who bring us Firefox and Thunderbird. I didn't include these programs in my initial review for a couple of reasons. The first, is that I downloaded an early beta of Sunbird, and was (unsurprisingly) rough, and I didn't see that there was anything particularly earth-shattering.…

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