On Drupal and Product Design

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. I caught wind of this twitter the other day that encapsulated perfectly the kind of fear I have about getting cornered (by someone else, or my intention) into making a "community site" that seems to beg for drupal. For the not-as-geeky among you, feel free to skip to the end where I hope to extrapolate on the larger lessons about audience and technology users.…

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American History

I present you with something I discovered whilst working on my current project at work: Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution barred from office anyone who had violated their oath to protect the Constitution by serving in the Confederacy. That prohibition included Davis. In 1978, pursuant to authority granted to Congress under the same section of the Amendment, Congress posthumously removed the ban on Davis with a two-thirds vote of each house and President Jimmy Carter signed it.…

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V-Neck Shaping

In my last post about the latvian dreaming project (rav-link), I explained how to get from the cast on, to the gussets. Given that I've finally gotten past this, I have another post in this series for you. If you're doing this shoulders the way I am (dropped), with square armholes with underarm gussets, do what I'm doing. If you're interested in doing something with shaped armholes or a yoke, I can write something up along those lines (and probably will,) but some prodding on your part might be in order.…

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Story Development Process

In debates between writers who outline voraciously and writers who "just write" and think that outlining kills the energy of a project, I usually come down on the side of the outliners. If I make an outline, even if I don't hold myself to it closely, I tend to be more focused and run into fewer snags than if I fly by the seat of my pants. Except... Except that I'm horrible about outlining characters and to a lesser extent settings.…

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somewhat sublight

I got my hair cut last friday and while I was waiting for my turn in the chair, I did a little writing with my ipod touch, which was an experience onto itself. [1] But this is a post about what I wrote, not how I wrote it... In recognition of my need to work on a new story I began to work on developing a new story. For the past year or so I've been working in a much "harder" context than I might otherwise be prone to.…

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Wiki Questions

Though I've never asked directly about this, I have sort of hinted around the edges and thought about it a bit, so I figure, it's worth bringing up. Here's the question: You install a new wiki somewhere, and you have a blank "welcome to your wiki page." How do you go about editing these pages and developing a wiki from there? The idea behind a wiki is that it provides a quick way to edit and create web pages, without needing to know very much about HTML and associated technologies.…

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Short Fiction Goals

I have never really considered myself a short story person. I'm not really very good at writing on that scale, and for most of my life I've never been particularly good at reading that literature. In a lot of ways, I think 2008 will be/is the year that I decide if I can make a go of this "writing" thing. I mean I think it'll take longer than a year to decide if I've been successful at this writing thing, but I think in a year and some change I can decide if it's something I want to do.…

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