New Workstation Trials

Rather than bore you with minutia of my move (eg. shit, I need to get a shower curtain; why is all my toilet paper on the moving truck; I'm getting really sick of sitting on the floor while I wait for the moving truck) I thought I'd talk a little bit about something that seems to occupy a bunch of my thinking these days: how I'm setting up my work-desktop computer.…

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Org Mode Pitfalls

I'm writing this post for all of the wrong reasons. I've had this "write a post about pitfalls of org-mode," on my org-agenda for weeks, with a list of "ways I'm not doing things right in org-mode." One of those pitfalls, the main one in fact, was "you're living too much in the agenda view, and not thinking of your org-files as working documents and outlines onto themselves." And because I'm living too much in the agenda view, I'm writing a post (that I need to write, but have been hesitant to write for a while) mostly to get it off my todo list.…

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things I hate about the internet

In light of my otherwise fried state of mind, I would like to present a list of things that I dislike. Because I'm snarky like that. HTML emails. I've yet to send or receive an email that really requires rich text formatting provided by HTML emails. While multi-part emails (which send multiple copies of the same email in rich and plain text) are a good thing, it's a huge pain in the ass to get an email (particularly a long email) three times, just for the pleasure.…

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how helvetica changed my life

I watched the Helvetica movie a few weeks back and I wanted to say, friends, it changed my world. For those of you haven't heard about Helvetica, which I suspect covers most of you (however, I suspect more of you have heard/seen this movie than the general public, because I think you all are just that cook. at any rate,) it's a documentary that covers design, typography, modernism, post-modernism, and contemporary trends in art/design, all vis a vis the now-52-year-old typeface "Helvetica" which had a profound impact on the last half-century of visual culture.…

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on git: in two parts

A post about the distributed version control system "git" in two parts. Part One: Git Puns My identi.ca buddy madalu and frequent commenter here posted a few weeks ago the following notice: #ubuntu-one... No thanks! I'll stick with my home-brewed git + server + usb drive solution. My git repos breed like rabbits! Which basically sums up my opinion on ubuntuone. But I thought that the "my git repos breed like rabbits" was both accurate (git repositories are designed to be replicated in their entirety), and a sort of funny way to put it.…

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midweek update

Monday morning, before I left St. Louis, the trash truck or something took out the phone line behind the house. The phone line which carries the internet. Sigh. So while I've been driving and have been somewhat out of touch, by the nature of this whole process, the fact that the internet died didn't help things. Sorry for the lack of posts. The midwest (particular the northern and parts that I'm most familiar) is, on the whole, incredibly boring to drive through.…

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adventures in commerce

Because I'm moving soon (eep.) I've realized that we needed to get a new bed. See my existing bed--now, nearly ten years old--was wedged into the room in my parents house that it is currently in, with some force, and we very much doubt that said bed will ever be able to be removed, given the shape and location of the doorway. Anyway, so I went to our local furniture store the other day to scope out and price mattresses and box-springs.…

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