ale and notes

Hello folks! I'm going to be away from early early in the morning until late in the day on Monday, and (likely) asleep until late (for me) morning on Tuesday, following the Midwest Morris Ale that I'm participating in this weekend in Minneapolis Minnesota. The following notes are of interest: 1. I'll have my Blackberry, so if you need to get a hold of me, call, email, text, whatever. I can't promise that I'll be super responsive, but I won't go completely silent, but I'm mostly offline for the next four days and some change.…

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land, institutions, and organization

As I mentioned in my link collection post, my thinking about co-operative economics has taken a brief foray into the area of leadership and governance, both on the small scale (eg "How do we organize our project, to acomplish our goals") and on the larger scale (eg. "How do provide institutional support for the governance of our civilization"). Both are important and relevant questions, but it's all complicated of course. Also, we should probably start of with a brief interlude of what an individuals labor/work activity might look like in a post-corporate economy, and then I'll move into two interludes about leadership and government.…

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link collection

I seem to have collected a rather lot of links that I think and hope you'll find as interesting as I have. (Some of these are old, but still relevant): In the vein of my economic/political posts of late, I came across the blog of Alexandre Enkerli, a nifty anthropologist and ethnographer that I found via identi.ca. Who says microblogging doesn't have value? In anycase I have a couple of links, first a complaint against journalism, as a field, to which I'm incredibly sympathetic.…

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tycho, happy birthday

So, I feel like, in honor of the fact that today is my birthday, I'm going to write a little bit of a self centered and reflective post. Don't worry. I have a post ready for you for later today that's... of more general appeal. I feel pretty good about the way things are going these days. I still have a pretty big todo list, of course, but I don't really find myself going to bed wondering "how did it get so late and what did I do with my day?…

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free project xanadu

It's my hope that this post will combine the following ideas: 1. The concept of "General Information" As Posited Samuel Delany's 1984 novel Stars in my Pocket Like Grains of Sand. 2. The hypertext system, Project Xanadu, as described by Theodor Holm Nelson in his book Literary Machines (and elsewhere) which I've discussed on this blog recently. 3. The contemporary idea of distributed network service, as described in the Franklin Street Statement, and enacted by technologies like git, xmpp, laconi.…

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writing in org mode

With all luck, I'll have most of a draft of the short story I've been working on done by the time this goes live, but if not certainly rather soon there after. This is an exciting announcement in and of itself, but perhaps the more interesting thing is that in the process of doing this I sank into writing this story in org mode. My general M.O. for writing for the last several years has just been to write and store the files in markdown and use whatever text editor I fancy.…

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free and open terminology

As, I'm sure many of you know, language and "what we call things" in the free software/open source world is a huge thing. Some people will probably get mad for my use of the slash in the previous sentence. This post, is mostly for my own good, as an experiment (and for future reference) to see where I stand on various word-choice questions in this area. I'm going to organize the post as a series of (brief) reflections a couple of key words.…

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