Corporate Government

I was talking to someone, probably a coworker, and I was saying something about a "government," except I slipped and said "corporation." An easy mistake, if not a common one, perhaps, and certainly somewhat telling. In this post I want to discuss a number of ideas that have been lingering about in my thoughts regarding the role of corporations on culture and technology, and the role of corporate structures on the conveyance of cultural values.…

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Common Lisp, Practically

So in the emacs session running on my laptop (13 days plus) I have a number of buffers open, a great many of which include the entirety of Practical Common Lisp thanks to emacs-w3m, which I've been working through slowly. I've written here about how I find Lisp to be intriguing and grok-able in a way that other programing languages aren't really. My exposure to lisp isn't great. I hack about with my emacs code, and I do a little bit of tweaking with the window manager that I use (written in common lisp), StumpWM, but other than that I don't actually have much experience.…

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Another One Already

Alternate titles for this post include, "Depending on When You Start Counting," and "Happy New Year." I must confess that I don't do holiday's very well. It's not that I'm a huge curmudgeon (though I probably am) or that I don't like celebrations (though I don't much.) More, I think it's that I'm mostly a homebody, and given the option, will in most cases, choose to spend any given evening at home writing and hanging out with the cats.…

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The Care and Feeding of a Writer

"Being a writer," is a strange thing. I've written about this before, but there's more here. I had a conversation with Caroline about what it means to be a writer and I thought some of the things we came up with were pretty good. I hope I've done a sufficient job of capturing what we talked about. One of the things that we emphatically agreed upon was the fact that writing, despite being something that we're all taught to do in school, as part of being "an educated person" is not something that everyone is particularly capable of.…

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Thinking Like a Web Developer

I've been reading a lot about web development in the last few weeks. I'm not exactly sure why. There are some interesting things going on in terms of the technology. Frameworks that provide for some interesting possibilities abound, and while I don't know if the web is the only future for programing, it's certainly a big part of the future of the way we interact with computers. So what are you working on developing tycho?…

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Reading Habits

I bought a Kindle. I am weak. (Note: I drafted this post early last week, and it arrived last Wednesday, and I started using it in earnest over the weekend. Nevertheless, this post is written from the perspective of my past self.) In any case, there are a number of questions that you may be asking yourself at this juncture. ZOMG That's a lot of DRM that you've signed up for.…

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Three Predictions

Ok folks, here we go. I've put the word futurism is in the title of the blog and its near the end of the calendar year, so I think it's fair that I do a little bit of wild prediction about the coming year (and some change.) Here goes: Open technology will increasingly be embedded into "closed technology" The astute among you will say, "but that is already the case:" The Motorola Razor cell phone that my grandmother has runs the Linux Kernel (I think.…

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