Web Frameworks

I'm not a web developer. I write the content for (a couple) of websites, and I'm a fairly competent systems administrator. Every once and a while someone will need a website, or I'll need my site to do something new that I haven't needed to do before and I'll hack something together, but for the most part, I try and keep my head out of web development. Indeed, I often think that designing applications to run in the web browser is the wrong solution to most technological problems.…

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Deleuze and the Utility of Materialism

(ETA: On second thought, perhaps this essay should have been called "Materialism and the Utility of Deleuze," but both work.) Here's the second part in my (re)contemplation of Deleuzian theory. Here's part one. Everything is a machine. Celestial machines, the stars or rainbows in the sky, alpine machines--all of them connected to those of [the] body. [...] There is no such thing as either man or nature now, only a process that produces the one within the other and couples the machines together.…

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Perhaps Someday We'll Call This Deleuzian

I would say that Anti-Oedipus (may its authors forgive me) is a book of ethics, the first book of ethics to be written in France in quite a long time (perhaps that explains why its success was not limited to a particular "readership:" being anti-oedipal has become a life style, a way of thinking and living.) How does one keep from being fascist, even (especially) when one believes oneself to be a revolutionary militant?…

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We'll Always Have Debian

I know I just wrote a long piece about Arch Linux and for most things I've pretty much switched to Arch Linux as my primary, day to day, distribution. In fact, when an Arch Linux issue comes up at work my coworkers call me first. And I suppose it's well earned. But if you were to ask me what my favorite Linux distribution project was, I'd probably say Debian as often as not.…

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Poems are Made out of Words

I remember having this epic fight conversation with a poet-friend from college about aesthetics and art and literature. I'm not sure exactly what brought it on, or particularly why I thought my side of the argument was in any way defensible, but it came back to me recently. So as I'm wont to do, here's a post in review of these thoughts. Act One: Poems are Just Words I think in the first iteration of the argument, I took the opinion that poems existed (mostly) to transcend the experience of the written word on the page.…

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Getting the Most from Arch Linux

Much to my surprise, my essay of a few months ago on Why Arch Linux Rocks is quickly becoming one of my most popular posts. Who would have thunk? In any case, while I've written a few additional bits here and there about using Arch, I thought it would be good to write some more concrete and practical reflections on what I've learned from Arch and hopefully someone out there will find this useful.…

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Links on the Art of Techology

I have a collection of links that I'd like to share with you. I hope you enjoy and find them as enlightening as I have. Some of these are dated but, I've been milling through them for a while and I feel like they're worth sharing. In three parts: Computer Programming and Hacking Art of Computer Programing Software Artisans Unit testing and Agile There's a long tradition of computer scientists and eminent developers thinking about their software development as an Art.…

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