exercise

No secret, I've been stressed. Readers of the blog who are friends with my parents (Hi Angie!) have even told them "wow, [tycho] looks stressed." One of the things I've been doing for a few weeks now, in part to manage this is to begin some sort of exercise regimen. There's a park not far from where I live, and I've taken to going out for an hour in the late afternoon, when my brain is tired and I can't really write anyway.…

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Fact File and Orbital Mechanics

I mentioned the other day that I was looking to build a fact file, but that I wanted to follow up on this in a bit more length. As you know and/or have probably guessed, I'm a writer, and I consume a lot of information in the pursuit of this practice. That's par for the course. The problem is figuring out a way to store collected information so that it's useful later.…

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keyboard review

A few months ago I got a Happy Hacking Keyboard because, hey, I'm a writer and a GNU/Linux guy, and I use almost entirely keyboard driven software/desktop environment a good keyboard seems like a reasonable investment.. So after a few months, what do I think? The keyboard is great. I don't miss the keys, I like having everything in reach, I like being able to have my tea close and not have to move as far for the mouse when I need it.…

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emacs blogging? me too? forward directions...

One of the things that I find a lot when I'm seraching the internet for emacs things (or, in the case of my google alert, when emacs stuff on the web finds me.) Are people writing blog posts that are along the lines of, "so I was playing around with emacs weblogger mode..." Which is pretty much what this is. I've been toying with the idea of switching to a git-based blogging platform/site generator, that would be much more slim than my current tool, which (though I love it, and recomend it to other people regularly) doesn't seem to fit my workflow particularly well.…

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Site Revisions

I've been tweaking the site for a few weeks off and on. Busy schedule and what not. A while back I made a list of things that needed to change: updated links, clearer sidebar, better system for the "mini blog" (coda), and different interior page designs, and every few weeks I've gone through and changed something, until now, when I think I've done enough to warrant a small post about these changes.…

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Todo List Bloat

I'm working on a longer post on the topic, but the past few days have seen me spend a bit of extra attention trying to develop some way of doing a "fact file" inside of emacs. Basically what I need is some way of storing information (links, quotes, text) along with bibliogrpahic information (where I got it, when I accessed it) and some sort of meta-data (tags, categories, search index) so that I can find things again.…

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from the trenches

I knew I said that I'd post coda things now that I'm going to bi-weekly essays, and today would be the first day of the new order and I've failed. Alas. Today was spent going glaring at my outline and waiting in doctor's waiting rooms. I did read a really great article from Kristine Kathryn Rusch about recessions, short fiction, and it was pretty inspiring. Go read, and then read some more.…

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