Inevitable Returns

I started writing this post on Thursday, which was my actual birthday, to write a post blathering about the things I was working and about routines and forming new habits, and some changes that I've made to the site. And then I got swept into work and doing things, and the writing just never happened. Friday and the weekend were filled with family time, dancing, and my goal for this comparatively quiet Sunday afternoon is not so much to get caught up on various projects, but to get a little bit done to jump start my momentum for the week.…

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Packaging Technology Creates Value

By eliminating the artificial scarcity of software, open source software forces businesses and technology developers to think differently about their business models. There are a few ways that people have traditionally built businesses around open free and open source software. There are pros and cons to every business model, but to review the basic ideas are: Using open source software as a core and building a thin layer of proprietary technology on top of the open source core.…

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New Feeds, Habits, and Jobs

(I've been tinkering on this post all weekend, and I wanted to get it out of the door before it's next week. Here goes!) I always forget, and there's no good reason for this, how difficult it is to establish new routines and new habits. Two weeks ago, I moved for the second time this year. this week I started a new job and even though I have more free time than I did before, I'm still coming up at loose ends and I find myself wondering why I have a hard time concentrating and getting into "the grove.…

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Career Pathways

I always thought that I would go to graduate school sometime in my twenties. I ask questions that are pretty geeky and difficult to answer, I think learning and research are pretty important, and I want to talk to people about ideas, projects, and theories. There are skills I need to be able to address the questions I have and background literates that I wish I were way more familiar with.…

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Moving the Furinture

A few weeks ago we moved the furniture around. The biggest objective was to get some desk space setup in a more usable fashion. I find myself doing this a couple times a year. It's easy for me to get in the habit of having everything a certain way without realizing that the chair I like to sit on is always in the sun during the mornings when I like to write, or that I never put the dishes away, because the cabinets were arranged backwards.…

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The Week that Was

This has been a strange week. It's strange, but not terribly surprising, that given a comparative expanse of free time with not a lot to do except write, that every little thing I've meant to do for a while but have been putting off suddenly came up and required all of my attention. This isn't to say that I've spent all of my time doing chores and running errands. I'm actually taking this as proof in favor of my general theory that writing and other avocational pursuits ought to be habitual and ongoing rather than the focus of occasional binges.…

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Poetry Has a Purpose

I was reading an Ian M. Banks novel, `The Use of Weapons <>`_, and there's a scene where the main character reports on having spent a few years "trying to become a poet." And we get this very idyllic tale of him surrounding himself with beauty and simplicity. It didn't work for the character and I suspect it wouldn't work for you. This reminds me of a post I wrote some time ago that made the argument that poems are made of words rather than images or some sort of spiritually inspired emotional state.…

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