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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Upcoming

I just wanted to pop in out of lecture mode (sigh) and give a brief sort of "meta report," of what I'm working on, where I am in life, and what my plans are for the blog are in the next little bit. First off, as next Monday is a national holiday (whew) and I'm going to be out of town doing family stuff for the long weekend, I'm not going to have a `Critical Futures <http://criticalfutures.…

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The Things That Make Me Weak and Strange

I read Cory Doctorow's recent story on the new tor.com site, "The Things that Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away." and it left a funny taste in my mouth. The story is well told, and I read a lot of Cory's stories and listen to his podcast and so forth, and as a result I'm pretty familiar with the kinds of issues that he's writing about, because I've heard him talk about a lot.…

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Writing Gay Characters

On a recent I Should Be Writing episode Mur Lafferty got a question about writing gay characters. One of the replies to that response (so we're a couple degree's out,) made a suggestion along the lines of "write characters who are interesting first and gay second," I think the actual wording used the phrase "just happen to be gay." Mur handled this deftly, but I think it's worthwhile to add some more to this.…

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