Futuristic Science Fiction

If you ask a science fiction writer about the future, about what they think is going to be the next big cultural or technological breakthrough they all say something like, "science fiction is about the present, dontchaknow the future just makes it easier to talk about the present without getting in trouble." While this is true, it always sounds (to me) like an attempt to force the "mainstream" to take science fiction more seriously.…

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Re-Rethinking GTD

I wrote a series of articles nearly two years ago to rethink the GTD system, which I think is worth revisiting again. Not the essays, which were from when I called the website "TealArt" (don't ask) and were before I really discovered free software and open source in a big way; but rather, I think two years out from my original article and even further out from the heart of the GTD fad, I think that it's worthwhile to explore GTD again.…

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question, wool alternatives

New feature, I guess. I got a knitting question on ravelry, and I'm going to answer it here. I'll answer your knitting question as well if you send them to me on ravelry, or by email at garen@tychoish.com. I have been looking around on Raverly for a while now trying to find an alternative to the Jaimeson Shetland wool. I am going to be making a Fair Isle EZ cardigan but cant tolerate 100% wool.…

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An Open Letter to the Jekyll Community

Hey folks, Having spent a few hours (heh) going through my blog and converting and modifying it for jekyll, I think it would be appropriate to list some general directions for improvement of the software. Jekyll is pretty good and it's certainly more than usable, but I think there is enough room for improvement, and some additional features that would be rather interesting to explore. Because I think it's really easy for us to all develop our own forks and work in relative isolation, I worry that there's limited space to have a conversation about how to best improve the platform.…

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Laptop Usage

My grandmother reminds me that she got a laptop in the late eighties, [1] it's massive by today's standards (particularly in comparison to my 12 inch thinkpad), but it had a great keyobard, and she remembers using it rather effectively. It had WordPerfect 5.1 back in the day but I think it also had StarWriter/StarOffice (which, the astute will recognize as the predecessor code-base for today's Open Office). It probably weight ten or fifteen pounds, and I think she even brought it between work and home several times a week (using a luggage cart); but this was before her days on the Internet, and like all good things this laptop has gone to the land beyond.…

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Treating Users Like Idiots

People who use free software are almost all "open source/software freedom advocates" in on sense or another. There's something empowering about the experience of using software that you control, really control, and we want to share this with others. That makes sense, not just on a "lets get the family using GNU/Linux" level, that we want to increase the user base of free software as much as possible. One of the chief recruiting concerns for communities, seems to be "lets make this piece of software more usable.…

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Do Y'all Use RSS?

I just wanted to check to see if you all use RSS, and if so I have a few questions: Is one of the primary ways you interact with content on the web? What software do you use to read feeds? (Google Reader? NetNewsWire? Lifrea? Newsbeuter? FeedGator/FeedDemon? LiveJournal?). What's your biggest pet peeve about the RSS ecosystem? (including feed readers, feed parsers, variations in feed generation/publication, under/over adoption). Thanks.…

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