On the Purpose and Utility of Critique and Politics

This post grows out of a sort of smoldering rant that I've been having for a while now. As I sit here at one of these synthetic moments when I'm trying to figure out how past interests and experiences build up to the future--how do the things that I loved so much in college affect life/me now?--the purpose of social/literary theory ("philosophy with a cause,") is one of these things.…

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Long Hands

So I have a confession to make. I'm not writing longhand very much at all. Actually its insignificant the amount that I'm writing things out longhand any more. I was struck by this fact the other day, when, after a day where I felt like I didn't get anything done, I opened a notebook and did some project planning/review on a sheet of paper. And I realized that my fountain pen was empty.…

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Getting git

Backstory: For the past year I've been using source control management software to manage and version all of my text files (which is where I do all of my writing, and most of my "real work.") I started out using subversion, which is a good piece of software under some circumstances. This post is about my transition to a different system, that system, and a look at how my production is impacted by this switch.…

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Doing IRC right

A couple of weeks ago (wow, it's been a couple of weeks!), a new twitter-like service called identi.ca started up. It's open source, and incorporates a lot of "duh" features that twitter doesn't yet have, so I'm a fan in general, but I think it's doomed to fail ultimately because it doesn't have the community that twitter has--yet, and I don't think that it will, ever. With another new 140-character micro blogging service I had a series of conversations with bear about these kids of sites, the social niche that they occupy and the technology that's behind them.…

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Look Up

Trailing Edge, the story that I'm writing (and that I posted the first part of on Monday to kick of Critical Futures) is at least nominally a space opera. [1] It's funny then, that after about a month of active writing on the project, I've begun writing the first part of the story that occurs in space. and I've written a respectable amount in this world so far. Now it'll be a while before this gets to CF, as I have a lot of stuff that I want to get to first, and I'm going to try and post a number of different stories.…

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Blog Fiction Resources

As I am, apparently, entering into a new blogging niche, I've been trying to get the word out about Critical Futures and looking around at the field. Here's a link dump with what I've found, if you're interested. Space Haggis - Great name and it has an interactive element which I think is really clever, though it's not my piece of cake, I can totally see why this project is so popular.…

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A Find

There's a Catholic church not very far from our house, that has a very good rummage sale every year. Actually there are, I think at least three Catholic churches that are closer, but thats a geographical quirk, and is neither here nor there. So, of course, we went. We have the theory, that for the best rummage sale experience, go to rummage sales in neighborhoods where the mean household income is greater than your household income.…

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