A Needed Break

Hey folks, Just a quick note. I'm going to take a two day break from posting stories to Critical Futures at the end of this week. The reasons for this are twofold. First and probably most importantly, I need a break. In the last three months, I've posted about 28,000 words of fiction (nearly all of it my own) and even though much of it has been old content that I've been editing and revising as we go, it still takes a lot of time.…

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Cloud Computing

rms, Mr. GNU Project himself, recently interviewed with the Guardian and came out against "cloud computing." While there wasn't a great "splash" on the blogs I read--no one was surprised, a lot of people disagreed respectfully, and we all went along our ways--but I think he raises an important point that we/I should discuss. rms' argument is that "cloud computing" services, like gmail, twitter, livejournal lock people into their services and force computer users to give up control of their computing and data, and that this is as bad or worse than using proprietary software.…

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Knitting Movement

So I've been talking about how close I am to getting back on the knitting game for weeks and weeks. While for the past two months I've knitted more than I had in the previous two or three months, until this last week, I still hadn't been knitting much. And then, this last week, I'm not sure what happened, but I got enough momentum on my projects that I've been able to make some real progress on projects, and with that progress my interest and enthusiasm has grown pretty significantly.…

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Neuromancer

Yesterday I posted a note about what I've been reading and about Melissa Scott's The Jazz, and in it I realized that I talked about William Gibson's Neuromancer in comparison to Melissa's book and I didn't get into my thoughts on the Gibson. Which is awkward, because it's such an important book and I didn't like it very much. Although Gibson writes very beautiful prose, I had a hard time maintaining interest in the book.…

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All the Jazz That's Fit to Print

My New Year's resolution was to make a list of all the things (particularly fiction) that I read. Not to read more, but just to keep track of it. Part of my insecurity as a writer is the fact that I don't feel particularly well read, in light of all the books that I want to read this is a particularly stark problem. Just keeping a text file with everything on the list, seemed (and is) a great way to keep track of things and provide a clearer record of what happens.…

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A Modest Proposal

tycho: So I like what I'm doing, but I think in a few years I'm going to start thinking about how to go back to school to do science studies work or anthropology. Ben: Ah, that's cool, so what do you really want to do? [implied: with your life] tycho: [Laughs] Really? Marry a couple of doctors and write and edit science fiction, I think would be pretty nice. Ben: uh.…

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Open Source Work

So I may have my beef with with the software as freedom, [1] none the less I think we can learn some pretty interesting things about freedom and politics from thinking about what open source means. In this vein recently, I've been thinking more about the economics of open source, and as I'm prone to an interest in creative business models that find interesting ways to generate income in unique and special ways.…

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