Grasping For Straws

At the time of writing, I've been going through a rough spot in my (day-to-day) travels and have had some trouble focusing on writing things. I suspect it will pass, but as I've been going through my todo list and my brain for things to write about, in the mean time I've noted something of a pattern in the way that I lead in my blog posts. Even though I read something a few years ago that said, basically, the way to be successful at blogging is to write your posts like newspaper articles: strong lead, details to follow, everything but elaboration in the first paragraph.…

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happy mayday

Happy May Day Folks! Chances are when you're reading this I've already been to dance the sun up this year (so if the sun's up, you're welcome). In honor of this, I present to you a Morris Dance Video that I quite enjoy. Notice a few things: Mixed set. Looks great. All you nay sayers who think "Morris should be danced in single-sex teams?" Wrong. Morris need not be done to English tunes.…

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Lamenting Project Xanadu

I've been reading this is stevenf.com recently, and I have to say that it's among my favorite current blogs (by people I don't know). Geeky, but it doesn't revolve around code snippets, simple, and minimal but in all of the right ways. And a bunch of fun. Anyway he posted an article a while ago that got me thinking called, "it's my xanadu," go ahead read it and then come back.…

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reading trust

As I was reviewing the note I posted on my reading progress, realized that there was yet another piece of my effort to read more/better that I failed to cover there, but it's substantive enough to merit it's own post. The issue? Trust. I was having a conversation with H. the other day, about reading and how we often find texts difficult to read when it seems like other people have a much easier time reading.…

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pass the quark

Overheard at a Sunday dinner with the family: `momtron <http://www.twitter.com/momtron>`_: Could you get the Quark [for my potato]. tycho looks quizzical. `momtron <http://www.twitter.com/momtron>`_: In the fridge. `dadtron <http://www.twitter.com/dadtron>`_: It's a yogurt cheese. tycho: right. I was about to say... They're awfully small, and besides, they're all over the place. `dadtron <http://www.twitter.com/dadtron>`_: Maybe. `momtron <http://www.twitter.com/momtron>`_ *sighs*…

Words Worth

Sorry for the puny title. I was thinking about the value of writing, and of "literature," in our world. Lets call it another post in my sporadic ongoing series of amateur theoretical economics posts. Or something. The overriding theme of this series has centered on thinking about ways to build business models in a way that represents an authentic (and sustainable) concept of the generation of wealth. Basically, to recognize that wealth is created through the exchange of goods and services which themselves have physical costs, rather than through the exchange of money.…

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reading progress

I finished reading Jonathan Strahan's The Starry Rift Anthology the other day. This was the first anthology that I read from cover to cover (I'm trying to get more into short stories). I've read other anthologies in bits and pieces, and the odd short here and there, but with this book, I thought, that I needed to add a bit of breadth, and I respect Strahan's work a lot, so I gave it a go.…

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