On Romance

I don't read romance literature. It's not my thing, which isn't saying much: there's a lot of literature that I don't tend to consider "my thing," for one reason or another. I don't really read fantasy, or horror, and I'm even picky within science fiction. There are enough books out there and there is only so much time. At least that's what I tell myself. Nevertheless, Susan Groppi wrote a great post about coming out as a reader of romance that I found useful.…

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Knitting Resumed

So I've started knitting again. Shocking. I've not been knitting very much in recent months, because I've had less time, because I've been focusing my energy on other projects: keeping my head above water, writing, dancing, singing, etc. It's a shame too, because knitting is a great deal of fun, it's pretty rewarding, and it's something that I'm incredibly good at. I suppose at one point there were a lot of knitters who read this blog, but I suspect many of them don't so much any more.…

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Phone Torched

I mentioned in a recent update post, that I had recently gotten a new cell phone, which given who I am and how I interact with technology means that I've been thinking about things like the shifting role of cell phones in the world, the way we actually use mobile technology, the ways that the technology has failed to live up to our expectations, and of course some thoughts on the current state of the "smart-phone" market.…

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Running Multiple Emacs Daemons on a Single System

Surely I'm not the only person who's wanted to run multiple distinct instances of the emacs daemon at once. Here's the use case: I use one laptop, but I work on a number of very distinct projects many of which involve having a number of different buffers open, most of which don't overlap with each other at all. This wouldn't be a huge problem except that I've easily gotten up to two hundred buffers open at once.…

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Sing the Shapes

I wrote a bit about sacred harp singing for a few months about a year ago, when I was really starting to get into it, and then I mostly stopped. I've had a few singing related experiences recently that I think are worth recounting, even if they're a bit disjointed. So I'll just hop in and hope that it adds up to something in the end. Also, if you're not familiar with Sacred Harp Singing, I'm sorry if there isn't a lot of sub tittling.…

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Key Git Concepts

Git is a very... different kind of software. It's explicitly designed against the paradigm for other programs like it (version control/source management) and to make maters worse most of it's innovations and eccentricities are very difficult to create metaphors and analogies around. This is likely because it takes a non-proscriptive approach to workflow (you can work with your collaborators in any way that makes sense for you) and more importantly it lets people do away with linearity.…

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It's A Great Time To Be Alive

... when you're a tycho. I've not been blogging very much. There were even two weeks where I totally forgot to post anything to the blog. I'm not sure if there's been a hiatus of that length at any other point in the last three years. Strange, but not bad. I've been writing--not as much as I'd like, but enough--but nothing has really managed to filter through to the blog. Seems, then, like a good time for a general "what the hell have you been up to and what are you working on post?…

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