The Next Wave and Independent Media

I posted a link to an article about the professionalization of blogging in an earlier link dump post, that I've been thinking about rather a lot in recent days, and I wanted to reflect on this. The argument of the article, which I think is pretty much spot on, discusses how contemporary blogging has become this thing that that isn't just the sort of thing that "nobodies" can throw up a blog with WordPress and become an Internet sensation in fairly short order.…

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Links on Post-Publishing, Gender, and Post-Humanism

For your consideration: Paul Grahm on the Future of Publishing, which is of corse pretty darn spot on. Follow up, I guess to this link from the last link dump post. I think it's generally true to say that the "post-publishing" world is here, as most writers/content producers--or the young and successful ones at any rate--are already working in post-publishing business models. SF Signal Mind-Meld about Short Fiction Anthologies. In a lot of ways I think short fiction "anthologies" are a great thing and answer a lot of needs in publishing.…

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Links on Knitting, Emacs, Free Software, Cultural Studies, and the Future of Media

I have an absurd number of tabs open, and I'd like to present some interesting reading that I've had on my plate for a while. Nothing incredibly current, but all of it's good stuff. For your consideration: Interlaced Knitting Chart from Kim Salazar who is a master knitter/crafter. I've enjoyed her blog for years, and I keep coming back to this pattern and I'm interested in figuring out how to integrate it best into the project I'm thinking of working on next/soon.…

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On Frugality

I've been thinking, a little, recently about frugality. Cast On finished a series earlier in the summer about frugality and consumption, and I've been talking with people in a couple of different contexts who think about their own consumption habits (of meat and other comestibles, of material things, of cars and transportation, and so forth) as political acts, in one capacity or another, and I think this all deserves some more extended reflection on my part.…

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catchphrases

A number of anecdotes follow... During my junior year of College I wrote this paper with my roommate about the emergence of third-wave feminism and post-structuralism-inspired Queer Theory in Lesbian poetry. And the paper wove in and out of conceptions of "home" and "community" and while it was a rough paper to write, I learned a lot about feminism/queer things, and I learned a lot about collaboration and scholarship. Incidentally, I recently discovered that our process for this paper was very reminiscent of what Agile Software Development/Extreme Programing calls "Pair Programing.…

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five advancements

1. For many months, I've been using my Blackberry as a music player for the purpose of listening to podcasts while I walk/drive. I've recently switched to using an iPod Touch (first gen; obtained as part of a promotion) that I've been syncing (for podcasts) to my work computer (which is a mac). As nice as "convergence was," and as much as this little iPod is "overkill" for what I'm doing with it, I think this is a step in the right direction.…

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In The Public Interest

I realize that with all this blabbering I've been doing about social organizations, and politics, particularly the post on Health Care Cooperatives, some of you may have read something into my thinking that I think is very much not there. I think this resonates with the way people people read a certain kind of libertarian streak in Cory Doctorow's work, which is I think is an uncomfortable association, at least in my reading.…

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