the future of content

I finally listened to John Gruber and Merlin Mann's podcast of their talk at the 2009 SXSWi conference, on "how to succeed at blogging/the Internet" and this, in combination with my ongoing discussion with enkerli about the future of journalism, and an article about gawker media has promoted a series of loosely connected thoughts: Newspapers are dead, dead, dead. This isn't particularly ground breaking news, but I think it's interesting to make note of this fact because of this corollary:…

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Midwest Morris Ale Round Up

I wrote a post about the 2008 midwest morris ale as a series of vignettes of great moments and memories from that ale. This year I don't have quite the same kinds of stories, or new stories, really: /home/tychoish/websites/tychoish.com/_drafts/ ~/writing/ - There was a killer cool ad-hoc set of "Queen's Delight," (Bucknell) my ongoing favorite dance. I handpicked the set, after the organized portion of tour ended, and we did well.…

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knitting progress ahoy

I have knitting progress to report. In thee parts. 1. I have finished my second Pi shawl of the year. The first I completed in March for my grandmother. The second, I completed a couple of weeks ago, and while it was a shawl created without goal (or particular purpose) it is an accomplishment of some note. I have yet to block the shawl, but, as I'm not sure where it's supposed to end up, I'm in no rush.…

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canonical freedom and ubuntu one

Recently, Canonical Ltd., the company which sponsors the Ubuntu family of GNU/Linux distributions recently announced the UbuntuOne service, which is at it's core a service that allows users to synchronize files between multiple Ubuntu-based machines. Having your files sync between multiple machines is a huge feature, and the truth is that there aren't really good solutions that accomplish this task, for any operating system. At the same time there's been a lot of hubbub in the community over this release.…

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file system databases

Joe has remarked that he finds it ironic that--in this blog--I sing the praises of using emacs and storing one's data in plain text files, largely as part of a crusade against databases. I also am an ardent supporter of his haven project, which is basically a database project. While I don't think this is that contradictory, I do understand how one could make that inference, so I think it might be wise to address this issue explicitly.…

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notes from the fast

Several notes to with regards to information fast that I'm undertaking. And because this is the internet and this is my blog... Well here goes: I had initially suspected that the cause of my ailment was the special thinkpad-track point driver that deals with scrolling didn't get updated when I upgraded to jaunty. This turns out to not be the case, as I had a freeze (again in firefox) just moving around with the arrow keys.…

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adventures in systems administration

I'm beginning to write this in the evening after a long day of system administration work. For birthday (though, really, it's been on my todo list for a long time), I ordered and set up a server from these fine folks to serve as the technological hub of my activities. While I've been quite fond of those fine folks for quite a long time, there was a growing list of things that I always wished worked better with dreamhost, and it was finally starting to limit the kinds of projects I could undertake in.…

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