Future Knitting Project Ideas

So, once upon a time I had an idea for a knitting column were I'd write about a sweater, giving a brief description of a style, relevant techniques, and a construction method, but no pattern per se. Because I don't follow patterns so much as elaborate on ideas, and I think it would be fun to read and a good inspiration for people who are comfortable making sweaters but what more ideas/fodder for the design process, which seems particularly relevant as many people who have started knitting in the last few years are becoming more and more proficient.…

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You Can't Hack your Way to Freedom

Subtitle: Or, Why Open Source isn't about Freedom. There is a major segment of the open source/free software movement that believes that open source is important because having non-proprietary software is a key to individual liberation and freedom. While this "camp" has done a lot for the open source movement, and in some respects they're right: an educated user can deal with his own bugs, tweak the code, and verify that the software is secure.…

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Knitting Update

I've hinted in the last couple of weeks that I've been knitting more. While usually the summer heat doesn't deter me from knitting very much, between the extra-time writing, working a lot, and the heat I hadn't knit much since the spring. While I've certainly been more obsessed with knitting in the past, I think I'm back. Though I stopped/slowed my knitting progress for several months, I still had unfinished projects and stash/project plans.…

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Git Mail

"So basically, what I'm doing is, sorting the email on the server in a git repository, and then pushing and pulling to that as needed, or just working their over ssh." I explained "So what you're saying, is that you've basically reinvented IMAP," Chris said. "Yeah, pretty much, except that this works," I said. "If you say so." I do say so. So this is what it comes down to:…

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Book Recommendations

Sorry about the posting confusion this week. I'll be out on Monday here and on Critical Futures, but everything will be back to normal on Tuesday. This is a post that I've been working on for a while, and I'm not sure that it's done but I'm fresh out of ideas for more book recommendations. But then, this is a blog, and there's a comment form for a reason, so if I've been remiss and forgotten something important, please do remind me.…

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Writing and Research

Ed: I so I totally meant to post this on Monday instead of `this post <http://tychoish.com/posts/upcoming/>`_, but the wires got crossed, and Monday's post got out early. Sorry. --ty The one thing that really undermines my argument against preemptive rewriting is the fact that I'm a compulsive outliner, at least for some things. Since I'm currently in the "planning a new story/project" phase [1] I've been thinking about the outlining process a bit.…

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10 Shell Tips

10 pearls of collected wisdom for the aspiring terminal/console/command line user. This assumes UNIX but little actual command line experience. 1. Customize your your .bash_profile or .bashrc files and continue to tweak this file as you learn more about how you use the shell. I even have a line in my profile that makes it easier for me to edit this page. 2. Never open files unless you have too. tools like less, more, cat, and grep should be enough to keep you going for most routine checks.…

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