Do You Read Philosophy?

"What do you do?" "I'm a technical writer." "Do you write other stuff?" "A bit, sometimes." "Poetry?" "No Poetry." I laugh. "Fiction?" "Yeah, Some." "Do you read philosophy too?" "A bit." "Oh, good! Materalist or Idealist?" "Materialist." "Who do you read?" "I'm a bit of an unreformed Deluzian." "Deleuze wasn't a materialist." "Yeah, but he wanted to be. Really bad." "There's that. I've been reading Hegel recently." "Oh, really."…

Professional Content Generation

I'm a writer. I spend most of my day sitting in front of a computer, with an open text editing program, and I write things that hopefully--after a bit of editorial work--will be useful, enlightening, and/or entertaining as appropriate. I've been doing this since I was a teenager and frankly it never seemed to be particularly notable a skill. The fact that I came of age with the Internet a member of its native participant-driven textual culture had a profound effect, without question.…

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News, Fit to Sing

It's sometimes easy to forget all of the little things that I do during the week, and how they add up to something of note. In the moment--any moment--most things seem much smaller and much less important than they do with a little bit of perspective and when viewed out of context with coordinating achievements. So here's the highlights from last week: I gave up on the "having two sites to maintain thing," and have merged Critical Futures into the tychoish.…

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Maple Morris Review

A few weekends ago, I went to very weird get together. The week before I went to upstate New York to a festival that drew 5000 attendees. Then, I went to Washington, DC to dance with 24 or 25 other people from across the country and Canada. I think of it as "my generation," Morris dance gathering. This May marks my 10th anniversary of being a Morris dancer. I've spent most of that time, easily being twenty years away from the next-youngest Morris dancer on my team.…

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Dance Flurry, Review

I went to the Dance Flurry a couple of weeks ago (!) and I wanted to write a few notes here about the experience, and a little bit of reflection. I hope you'll spare me the indulgence. A year ago, I was pretty new to the East Coast: I didn't really know people, and while I'd been dancing for a while and I wasn't a bad dancer by any means, but I wasn't quite comfortable in my own skin in big dance events.…

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Git Sync

With the new laptop, I once again have more than one computer, and with it a need to synchronize the current state of my work. This is a crucial function, and pretty difficult to do right: I've had multiple systems before and condensed everything into one laptop because I didn't want to deal with the headache of sitting down in front of a computer and cursing the fact that the one thing that I needed to work on was stuck somewhere that I couldn't get to.…

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9 Awesome SSH Tricks

Sorry for the lame title. I was thinking the other day, about how awesome SSH is, and how it's probably one of the most crucial pieces of technology that I use every single day. Here's a list of 10 things that I think are particularly awesome and perhaps a bit off the beaten path. Update: (2011-09-19) There are some user-submitted ssh-tricks on the wiki now! Please feel free to add your favorites.…

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