My Phone is Smarter Than Your's

I got a Blackberry last December. I blogged about it then, but I haven't really talked much about it. There's been a bunch of hubbub recently about the iPhone finally getting Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) support, and this has spurned some thought on my part about smartphones and mobile technology, and all that jazz. It's a big space in the technology world, and most of the time I just ignore all of it, because I don't much care about it.…

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Writing in the Moment

I've been, perhaps without good reason, trying to establish a tie between the (for lack of a better term) critical writings I've been doing here, and the kinds of things I try to accomplish in my creative work. I think my contact with and involvement in the Outer Alliance is probably responsible for this bit of introspection, but blame isn't really required. I'm a very political kinda of guy, right? I mean, I think about things very politically, I think there's a lot of worth in thinking about how class, economics, and power dynamics (probably in that orders of priority.…

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Space is Really Big

My first year seminar in college was all about Colonizing Mars, and it was built around the Mars Trilogy (which I've been writing about rather a lot these past few weeks, but I must admit that my first encounter here was not as fruitful.) Even though I spent most (all?) of my college years away from the science fiction world (long story, sorry BSFFA), the whole idea of space travel and colonization has been a fascinating problem.…

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Interview with Ted Jackson

Who are you? What do you? I'm a grad student at Washington University until the end of this school year when I will have hopefully finished and defended my dissertation on Hermann Hesse. In general, I'm really interested in modernism specifically, but I'll take an intellectual stab at about anything written from 1890 to the present. Despite being a humanist, I'm a bit of a computer geek: I'm writing my dissertation in LaTeX and a religious Lifehacker reader.…

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shaped notes

I think that I seem to have acquired a new hobby. I've known about shape note sining for years and years. The Weavers did a few songs on some albums that I remember from when I was a kid. [1] And Cordelia's Dad (with Tim Erickson) came through town when I was kid and they sang a few Shape Note songs. [2] And the Morris Dancing gathering I attend has a lot of singing and a number of really awesome singers (many of whom, I think, read this blog, so hi folks.…

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five fiction ideas

From the file of "things I would like to be writing if I had more time." Please, if you're inclined or would like to use one of these ideas for the basis of a story, please feel free to. A distributed space opera I've been telling very tight space opera stories for a while now. Stories set within the next 1000 or so years that revolve around our sun, where the civilization shares much of our cultural background.…

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Interview, Rich Russell

I had this idea a few weeks ago, that to break things up during a particularly hectic part of my life--finishing a book, traveling, singing, and so forth--that I'd talk to some of the cool people I know on the Internet and elsewhere, and conduct a little interview series where I'd get to introduce you to some of the really interesting people that I've met in my travels thusfar, and ask them some questions about what they do, what they're interested in and up to in the world.…

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