job and updates

Deep Breath. I have news for you all which I hope will explain my absence for the past 10 or 15 days. Actually I'm surprised that it's only been 10 or 15 days, as it feels so much longer. Anyway, enough suspense: I've accepted a position with Linode to work on (primarily) a really cool technical writing project. You can see the announcement here. This is really awesome because: It's a job.…

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the evil corporations

I've been writing for weeks and weeks about co-ops, authentic exchange and commerce, the practice of openness and business models, and other related topics. Between the crashing economy, my ongoing contemplation of open source, and a new project that I'm almost ready to announce, thinking about the substance of economies and the power of economies to define other aspect of our social experience has seemed really appealing. And it has been.…

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the future of universities

One element that has been largely missing from my ongoing rambling analysis of economies, corporations, co-ops, and institutions has been higher education and universities. Of course Universities are institutions, and function in many ways like large corporations, but, nostalgia notwithstanding, I don't think it's really possible to exempt Universities or dismiss them from this conversation. Oh, and, there was this rather interesting--but remarkably mundane--article that I clipped recently about that addressed where universities are "going" in the next decade or two.…

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dweebishness of linux users

I ran across this smear piece with regards to Ubuntu users from the perspective of a seasoned Linux user, which I think resonates both with the problem of treating your users like idiots and differently with the kerfuffle over ubuntu one, though this post is a direct sequel to neither post. The article in question makes critique (sort of) that a little bit of knowledge is a terrible thing, and that by making Linux/Unix open to a less technical swath of users, that the quality of the discourse around the linux world has taken a nose dive.…

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a short story

About a week ago, by your reading, I finished writing a short story. The fact that I was writing a short story when I should have been working on the novel is perhaps a bit distressing, but I've taken the opinion that any work on short fiction--particularly short fiction where I'm excited about the project and reasonably happy with the results--is worth what ever attention and love I can spare for it.…

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short story lenghts

I write this post as I am (theoretically) putting the finishing touches on a short story that I've written. "But shouldn't you be working on a novel?" You ask. Well yes. But this short story is related to the novel, and any time I have the overwhelming urge to write a short story, I'm prone to take it, because I'm not much of a short story writer by temperament and I think it's a good practice/skill to encourage.…

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the dark singularity

I read a pretty cool interview with Vernor Vinge, in H+ magazine, where he talked about the coming technological singularity, which I thought was really productive. I've read and participated in a lot criticism of "Singularity Theory," where people make the argument that the singularity is just a mystification on the process of normal technological development, and that all this attention to the technology distracts from "real" issues, and/or that singularity is too abstract, too distant, and will only be recognizable in retrospect.…

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