getting emacs daemon to work right

In the latest/forthcoming version of GNU Emacs there exists a daemon mode. The intent is to make it easier to run in one instance of emacs, and rather than starting new instances, you can run everything in one instance. Less overhead on your system, and everyone's happy. Without daemon mode, you can still run in server mode and get nearly the same effect, but you end up with one emacs frame that's the "host," which means, if you're dumb and close it (or it's running inside of another process which crashes.…

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After the Siege

I listened to the podcast of "After The Siege," a novella by Cory Doctorow, the other week (I've been driving cross country and walking a lot, I'm going through a lot of audio.) It was really cool and I thought it would be good to post a few notes. (For those of you who want to skip right to the podcast, here's the link, but I'd get the files straight from cory's podcast).…

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Handling Data

Data, information, in the digital context is really important. Perhaps the most important thing. It's a shame then, I think, that we're, on the whole, so bad at managing data and organizing information so that it is useful to us in the future. I keep starting to write posts on the topic with clever lead-ins, and within a hundred words I realize that I've bitten off more than I can chew.…

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the debate over eBooks

I read something a few weeks ago (the problem with being slow to process things from blogs that post regularly), about digital ebook readers and the future of digital books. I guess my thoughts are best summed up in a couple of points, basically that electronic texts will succeed as they: develop unique and presentation methods (hardware and software), and as the commerce/distribution models become more transparent. 1. Words on screens don't work like words on paper.…

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In Favor of Group Blogs and Efforts

I wrote in "The Advertising Bubble" that one of the ways to more effectively monetize content and "do better on the Internet," was to combine efforts with other content producers. The key thought here is that, people only have so much time, and cooperation can allow you and your fellow content producers to pool resources, readers' attention, and business strategies. I've also thought of this post as the "just because Wordpress, can be installed in a handful of minutes doesn't mean you should," post.…

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Critical Futures Futures and Curation Futures

I posted a new story on Critical Futures today. It's another one from the Knowing Mars novella that I wrote a year ago and that I had been posting previously. After a much too long break from posting fiction, I've decided that I have enough brain space to work through some projects there and bring it back to life. While I think my first six months was an unparalleled learning experience, I think a different strategy is in order.…

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meta writing

At the risk of sounding vague (or overly polite) I had the chance to read/hear a few writers describe the mechanics of their work recently. To clarify, by writers I mean "fiction writers," and by mechanics, I mean how the story happens (character, plot, narrative, conflict, development) rather than things about process (how writing happens) or business (how to live/publish). This was, as you might imagine, kind of awkward because the people who write the stories aren't the best judges of what actually happens.…

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