Sex Writing

I've had "write post about writing/read sexuality" on my todo list for too long and I wanted to make the general note before it got too stale. In a lot of way's this is in response to Nora's post on magic district and I think something else that I can't trace down the reference to. Basically I saw a couple of things where non-normative sexualities (more promiscuous, more casual, more queer) were underplayed or criticized fiction because of concerns (real or other wise) that the non-norm sexuality would be distracting or feel "Ham handed.…

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Mobile Emacs

I have a confession. I last week (briefly) considered getting a Nokia N810 so that I could sync and use org-mode when I was away from my computer/laptop. The N800/810 is a small tablet that runs a Debian based operating system, which means it could run emacs, and I could write little clickable scripts that could do all of the syncing and awesomeness that I've grown accustomed to. Then I realized how absurd this is, and cast it aside.…

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Database Powered Websites

For the last, call it 8 years, having a website, dynamically generated with most of the content pulled on (nearly) every reload from a database. MySQL or PostgreSQL, or some such. It's a great model, in a lot of ways, because it represents the (near) ultimate separation of content and display, it means that static pages don't have to be generated whenever you generate new content. Dynamic, database driven websites were going to the future, and I think history has proven this argument.…

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Microblogging Aggregation

When Jaiku gave microbloggers (ie users of services like identi.ca twitter, etc.) the ability to aggregate their content onto Jaiku from blogs, flickr, delicious, and of course twitter as well, I noted that it wouldn't take much for the Jaiku to become a ghost town, where no one would have to actually create new content or read in order for new content to filter through the site. While syndication allows people to do some really amazing things with content, without filtering, context, and moderation it's really easy to become overwhelmed.…

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Fact File Code

In my post about my fact file I said that I was going to "try things out and see how it goes" before I posted code to see how things work in the system. Well, I think things are pretty stable (I haven't tweaked much), so I'm going to post my remember template, for the system described in that post. (setq org-remember-templates '(("data" ?d "* %^{Title} %^g \n :PROPERTIES:\n :date: %^t\n :cit e-key: %^{cite-key}\n :link: %^{link}\n :END:\n\n %x %?…

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Cooking Adventures

I commented to someone, probably Caroline, that I found cooking to be a lot like writing fiction. You start out with a vague I dea of what you're trying to do, some really firm building blocks (ingredients; characters/settings), some rather impressive limiting factors (time, physics, literary conventions), and a number of equally good options (narrative voice, baking, chapter organization, broiling, pacing, frying) and then you get on this roller coaster where, despite whatever training you have, and formal knowledge about how things should work, you mostly just pay attention to your gut and pray that you don't make a huge mess of things as you're shepherding your lunch/novel from the refrigerator/mind to your stomach/readers.…

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A Jekylled Weekend

So I was hoping to write you this morning from a brand new blogging system powered by jekyll that I did a little bit of tweeking on. Unfortunatly, all the pieces aren't all in place, yet. So tychoish is still a wordpress event still on wordpress. The highlights: It seems to have not worked, because it's notion of categories isn't a bit more firm than my own notion of categories (ie.…

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