The Advertising Bubble

Before I started to write this article I heard two pieces of news. First, that the economy of Latvia had failed as part of the ongoing depression. Second, that the American Government was going to provide subsidies to hedge funds (!) to promote a revival of the financial services industry. The mind boggles, to very different degrees at both of these stories. Like this whole depression, it seems clear that the core issue is that economies based on inauthentic exchange of value are prone to failure: the act of moving money from hither to thither doesn't create value, even though paper values rise.…

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Pace Changing

Dear Readers, I'm both really excited and really scared of this change that I'm going to announce in this post. From my journal entry, you can probably tell that I've been busy and having something of a rough time. I'm coping, and I'm not writing this as a plea of any sort, just it's been... interesting. I've been sort of distracted, and running back and forth between my home town and where my grandmother is (3.…

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Agile Writing

Lets put this in the category of "tycho writing about software development in an attempt to draw a conclusion beyond software development." Often I find this to be an annoying impulse as, software can be meaningful in and of itself and it's practices aren't always incredibly relevant. On the other hand, most of my work is (at least theoretically) not software, so I find myself doing this kind of thing more than I'd really like.…

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The Emacs Alert

So I get a Google alert in my RSS reader for "emacs," this way when anyone mentions that operating system text editor on the Internet, I know. I did it, initially, as a gimmick. The interesting thing, is that it's been really interesting. In the grand scheme of things, I'm pretty new to emacs so I'm like a sponge for new information. I've learned, chiefly, about emacs-fu, which is a delightful little blog.…

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Scripting on the Internet

I recently read the anti-web manifesto, which I found refreshing. If you haven't read it, go do so. If your too lazy to read it, the gist is that we're trying to get the web to do too much (ie. run applications, pixel-perfect layouts) and that quality browsers can't exist, because what we use the web for these days is beyond the scope of what the web was intended to do.…

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Journal Entry

Ok, I've not done a "journal" post n a while, and I think one is long due. It's been a wild week (or two) in the life of tycho, and I think without the opportunity to parse through some recent events: 1. I've been ferrying back between home and my grandmother's about twice a week for, what seems like a few weeks. Everything is fine, and she's doing very well (and reading the blog again!…

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Wordpress Limitations

Wordpress is great software, and I've been a user for many years. Many years. It used to be called "b2" and I used it then as well. There are a lot of more powerful content management systems, a lot of systems that are much more flexible than wordpress these days, and often I get the feeling that other platforms attempt to define themselves in contrast to wordpress. In the larger sense, this post is an attempt to resist this temptation while also exploring the limitations of wordpress.…

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