Thinking about Git

A collection of thoughts about git. I caught news, somewhat late in the game, about a project called "Flashbake" which is a tool to make git use-able for non-programmers to take advantage of git without needing to bother too much with thinking about how to use git. (Which is needed because git is incredibly complex). I think this (and tools like and derived from this) is really cool, and a train of thought that I think we'd really benefit from enjoying.…

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The State of the Discourse

This isn't a fully formed thought yet, but I was wondering what the status of discussion and commenting is on the web these days. Clearly microblogging like Twitter and Identi.ca produces a powerful platform for conversations and I think what's coming with xmpp (innovative interfaces for group chats, etc.) furthers the potential for conversation online. At the same time, I'm wondering what the status of conversations are "older" media like blog comments.…

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On Knitting Lace

When I packed to come live with my grandmother for an extended stay, I didn't give a lot of thought to my knitting. I packed some, the usual ongoing projects and whatever yarn was attached to them, and that was about it. I'm at a point in all of my knitting where I've made serious progress (but haven't completed) on a number (2? 3? big projects). My hope, by not packing too much yarn, was that I would be able to make some serious progress on all of my projects without being tempted by the sweater (which is my wont).…

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Open Source Words

I'm working on laying the seed content for a new wiki that I hope to launch in a few weeks. I want the wiki to be a free text/open source, and I have been giving some thought to the best way to accomplish this. This is, as it turns out, is pretty hard to accomplish: open source software licences are designed (not surprisingly) for software, and while Creative Commons Licences are great, I don't think they support community authorship in a way that matches with my ideals/gaols.…

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More on the Writing Habit

I wrote a lot yesterday. I write a lot most days to be honest. Though I'm not often successful at this, my usual plan of attack is to spend a chunk of time in the morning writing on fiction projects, (after some sort of warm up like a blog post or a few email) before I graduate onto other projects. Often this doesn't work: I have other commitments in the morning, I get sucked into emacs or website hacking, "the best laid plans of mice and men," as it were.…

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Browser Survey

Long story, short punch line. I was developing a website the other day, and I realized that I had to do some compatibility testing with other browsers. While I have a webkit-based browser lying around for these purposes I had to turn to BroswerShots to see what the site looked like in certain windows only browsers. this lead me on something of a little mystery hunt. I did some checking on my stats and I found that a majority of the visitors to this site are firefox/mozilla (gecko users) and there's a sizable minority that uses Webkit browsers (Safari/Chrome/Etc.…

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fully jekylled

I write you from the future! I, as predicted, made the switch over between the wordpress powered version of tychoish.com and the jekyll powered version of my site. I'm quite pleased with this development. Basically it works by taking a repository of posts with all the content from my site and then compiles a website of static pages whenever I trigger an update. Though it hasn't worked flawlessly, I'm pretty pleased with how this has worked out, and as I clean things up and get to using the system a bit more I'll write up a post regarding jekyll, but I want to get used to it some more.…

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