There's Always Something New to Learn

Now that I'm fairly confident in my ability to do basic Linux systems administration tasks: manage web and email servers, maintain most Linux systems, convince desktop systems that they really do want to work the way they're supposed to, I'm embarking on a new learning process. I've been playing around with "real" virtualization on my desktop, and I've been reading a bunch about systems administration topics that are generally beyond the scope of what I've dealt with until now.…

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The Old Projects Project

Before a road trip a, by now, a couple of months ago, I installed a copy of nginx on my laptop on the hope of doing some web development and working on other projects when I was in the car. For the uninitiated (you mean you don't all write technical documentation for web developers and systems administrators?!?) nginx is an incredibly powerful web server. As of June 11th, foucualt the server that hosts the Cyborg Institute and tychoish.…

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Jekyll and Automation

As this blog ambles forward, albeit haltingly, I find that the process of generating the site has become a much more complicated proposition. I suppose that's the price of success, or at least the price of verbosity. Here's the problem: I really cannot abide by dynamically generated publication systems: there are more things that can go wrong, they can be somewhat inflexible, they don't always scale very well, and it seems like horrible overkill for what I do.…

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Organize Your Thoughts More Betterly

I've been working with a reader and friend on a project to build a tool for managing information for humanities scholars and others who deal with textual data, and I've been thinking about the problem of information management a bit more seriously. Unlike numerical, or more easily categorized information data, how to take a bunch of textual information--either of your own production or a library of your own collection--is far from a solved problem.…

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The Schedule

Wow. Hello blog. I'm pretty busy. It even seems sort of cliche to complain about such things on ones blog, but I think being busy has coincided with a somewhat larger reevaluation of nearly everything. Wait, no. I'm not quitting blogging. I'm actually really proud of the Knowing Mars launch, and it feels really good to have that project "done," even if I think it needs a major revision, and I have a lot more fiction on my plate that I don't want to just "let go" like that.…

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Knowing Mars, a Novella

I don't know about this. But here it goes, anyway. I'm pleased to announce the complete publication of my novella "`Knowing Mars <http://tychogaren.com/mars/>`_" on `tychogaren.com <http://tychogaren.com/>`_. "Knowing Mars" is an important story for me. I wrote it after I graduated from college, after I didn't go to graduate school the first time, and in a lot of ways it was the project that got me started down the path of being a "real writer," post-graduation.…

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In Favor of Unpopular Technologies

This post ties together a train of thought that I started in "The Worst Technologies Always Win" and "Who Wants to be a PHP Developer" with the ideas in the "Ease and the Stack" post. Basically, I've been thinking about why the unpopular technologies, or even unpopular modes of using technologies are so appealing and seem to (disproportionately) capture my attention and imagination. I guess it would first be useful to outline a number of core values that seems to guide my taste in technologies:…

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