Of Dialectical Futurism

A while back, lets say, in August or so [1], I redid the design of this site and added a new subtitle: "Dialectical Futurism." The dweeby, philosophy geek in me really enjoys this, just as an idea. As it's sat at the top of the page, I've also thought more and more that the subtitle is actually a pretty good summary of what I'm trying to accomplish here. This post is an attempt to do two things:…

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Comfort Cheese

I, rather innocently, posted something to identi.ca / twitter / Facebook. The canonical text is: signs you've spent too much time in the upper midwest: sometimes when stressed, you impulse buy cheese I spent three years in Wisconsin--southern Wisconsin--for college. Ever since then I've related to cheese differently. So here's what happened: I was shopping, Mostly minding my own business when I passed the cheese display. Not the fancy cheese display, you know, but the one next to the designer coffee creamers, and the pre-made baking doughs.…

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Building the Argument

I was talking to my grandmother (Hi!) last week, as I do most weeks, and we discussed the blog. She's been a regular reader of the site for many years, and lately, we've enjoyed digging a little deeper into some of the things that I've written about here. She said, I think of the Owning Bits, and I agree, that it sort of seemed that I was building something... more.…

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I Am a Writer

It's a weird thing, this "being a writer" stuff. I'm sure I've written about this here to some extent. As a kid, I think--at least I tell myself now--that I wanted to be a writer. There was something about writing that mystified me and challenged me and had me totally entranced. I had a hell of a time with writing in high school, enough that I really shied away from formal training as a writer in college in almost entirely.…

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technology task list

Thought I've gotten away from it a bit in recent months, tychoish has a long history of being an outlook of lists of various things. While I'm not sure I want to post all of my lists for everyone to point and laugh at, the following might be worth exploring. This is a list of things I need to get worked out with my new computer, with technology in general. I post it both because I need an excuse to do a little brainstorming, and because it might be nice to get a little feedback from you all.…

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On Publishing

I've been thinking about publishing and the publishing industry of late. I'm sure some of it is related to my wanting of a kindle and my resulting thoughts on consolidation, and maybe some small measure of it has to do with the fact that sometimes it easier to think about publishing and the future of publishing than it is to think about ones own creative projects. So be it. First, "what is there to think about?…

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Owning Bits

Some First Principals: It is difficult, and likely impossible to technologically restrict the duplication and redistribution of digital resources. In other-words, digitally accessible resources will never be scarce. Creators of content (music, literature, software) should be reimbursed for their work, and there should be business models that support these kinds of pursuits. In other words people should be compensated for the creation of content in a viable and sustainable manner. Information probably does want to be free.…

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