Evening News

My grandmother watches the evening news, which isn't particularly noteworthy except that it's not something that I do unless I'm near someone who does. I tend to get my news via the radio, and the Internet, and while the visuals are instructive, it's not something that I've had a lot of experience watching in recent years. Which is why I was surprised by how bad they've gotten in the past few years.…

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Wednesday Update

I've been writing a great deal in the past few days: blog posts, the seed content for a wiki, fiction at a somewhat impressive pace (for me). While (at press time) there are still lots of things on my plate and storms on the horizon it's very true that doing creative things, getting work done makes it considerably easier to do more creative things, and to get more work done. The stuff on my plate and the storms on the horizon in another seem less threatening.…

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Curation and Content Overload

There's a lot of content on the Internet. This as pretty much always been the case, but it's especially true these days. There's so much content that it's difficult to comprehend the amount of content on this (very small) website, let alone the content of "all the blogs" or other kinds of sites. In the early days of blogging, the largest archives included a hundred or even two hundred posts, no more than a year or two of archives, and if you read the dozen or two dozen blogs in the general network that you covered, you could be pretty sure that you were reading some significant portion of the "weblog discourse" and all the same blogs that the people writing the blogs were reading.…

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Things to Learn in Emacs

For my good (and yours), here's a list of things that I think I should know how to do in emacs, but somehow don't: Use the version control package so that I'm not constantly popping between bash (terminal) and emacs to talk to git, and I don't think that's necessary. Batch renaming with Dired. It should work, it should be simple, I've just not gotten there. File specific org-mode settings, for properties, tags, and TODO keywords.…

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Contact, Cyberculture, and Samuel Delany

I talk to people from time to time about working in cyberspace and successful new media participation. If I were a hipster, I might even say, "I do SEO," but I'm not, and I don't, really. The truth is that I don't have a good, simple, answer to the question, "How do I succeed on-line with social media." I do have a lot of ideas on the subject, as you might expect (many of which I've already written about here before.…

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knitting update

Two pieces of knitting news: 1. I've started knitting seriously on the cabled sweater I'm making. I (for various reasons) have one ball of yarn (for it) to last me the next month, which will--I hope--force me to work on other projects as well. It's going well, after a few mishaps, that I've corrected for, and while I think my heart is still in color work I do quite enjoy this sweater.…

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Links and Old Habits

So I've noticed that my impulse on these shorter blog posts (codas) that I tend to just do my normal essay thing only shorter, which is more of an old habit than it is something productive or intentional. Weird. To help break out of this bad habit, I'm going to post some links that I've collected recently. I saw a couple of articles on user experience issues that piqued my interest, perhaps they'll pique yours as well: Agile Product Desgin on Agile Development and UX Practice and On Technology, User Experience and the need for Creative Technologists.…

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