Micro Blogging Review

Most of the time when something new happens on the internet, I'm hopelessly behind the curve. I only really figured out wikis a few months ago, and I was a bit too young to get blogging out of the gate. And I was late to live journal and even then it took me years to figure out why that was so cool. But microblogging? I was totally there, I mean I wasn't there at the very beginning, but from the moment that there was any amount of steam behind twitter, I got it.…

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On Jabber/XMPP

I've posted a bit a while back about Jabber and my trials with finding a good client, and how I think that jabber is the key to making microblogging really work. As I've been dealing with these issues/ideas in greater detail, I've had some more thoughts on the subject that I think I'll collect here. First off, a subtitle and introduction to XMPP: The easiest way to understand XMPP (or jabber, which I'll use semi-interchangeably) is that it's like email: everyone can run their own server, there's a specified message metadata (like a header) that makes it possible for lots of servers to talk to each other.…

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Git Mail #3

I posted a while ago about redoing my assbackards email downloading system. I finally did it. And it works great (and runs a bunch faster). The main sacrifice is that I now have to store two copies of my email directory on my server, but disk space is cheap and git is really effective at saving disk space/transfer speed, so it's not a really big deal. It's also much more straightforward, and I'm going to post the two (2!…

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Drupal Camp Chicago

Dear Readers, I'm--or my alter-ego[^two name]--is going to be at Drupal Camp Chicago on the 24th and 25th of October, baring an unforeseen catastrophe. So this presents several possibilities: 1. You are already going to Drupal Camp Chicago and want to hang out with me or talk me into presenting something with you. To this, I say rock on. 2. You are or will happen to be in Chicago that weekend and don't give a rats ass about drupal, I'm going to be (hopefully) meeting friends from school on Saturday after the conference and I'd love to have blog people there too.…

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English Songsters

In my fair city this week and last there's been a lot of Scottish music. There's a woman who's been active in the local Scottish community (who knew?) for years, and she's a retired music teacher and she does a program each year where she brings in top notch Scottish musicians to teach in local schools. It's pretty cool, and it means that a lot of great Scottish musicians do concerts here.…

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Patterns as Stories

One of the things that "gave" in a great life-shakedown of 2008, was my interest/intention to design/publish knitting patterns. I design a lot of my own sweaters and things, I enjoy the technical and creative aspects of knitting, and I really enjoy the meditative aspects of knitting. At the same time, I've worked in a number of different yarn stores, taught knitting classes and lessons, and tried to write patterns, and each engagement with the "business" side of the craft, leaves me feeling drained and weary of wool.…

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Technical Hardware Update

So it turns out that the old laptop that I spent lots of time in the late spring fretting about updating finally gave up the ghost last week. Now the astute among you will remember that I bought a new laptop mid-summer, and you maybe wondering why I'm mentioning this. Even though the keyboard was worn out (hence my reason for upgrading), with an external keyboard that we had lying around it worked fine, so I passed it down to my mother who was in need of a newer computer for routine home tasks, where it continued to function abely.…

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