PIDA

A few weeks ago, a friend told me about this IDE (integrated development environment) called PIDA, and while I'm nothing more than a casual programmer, my interest was immediately piqued. We'll call it part of my interest in how programmers work. The truth is, as a text-editor junkie, my impulse is to say "meh, IDEs are passe," but I think that's probably unfair, and in my writing IDE post I think I recognized--by analogy--their worth.…

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Systems Review

I wrote in my post on the one true system about the informal systems that we use to interface the way we interact with knowledge and information in the "real world" with the way we represent that information on our computers. Exploring these systems lay at the core of the cyborg question, but today's essay [1] is more about how our logic systems adapt as we use computers and as the kinds of information we need to store change and grow.…

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Sapir Whorf Hypothesis and Computer Programing

There's this idea in linguistic/cognitive anthropology that the limitations of linguistic possibility limit what the bounds of what we're able to think about. If we lack words for a given thing or a concept, it's really hard to even conceive what it is. I'll get to the strengths and limits of the hypothesis in a bit, but lets just say the reception of these ideas (i.e. "linguistic relativism") is somewhat mixed.…

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widely synthetic

During my middle year of college, I took a class on gender and literature where we had to write a series (10? 12?) of "journal" entries. The assignment was to write 250-300 (hard boundaries) words due by midnight on Friday during most of the weeks of the semester. And there were other rules regarding the speed or frequency you could turn them in that I don't remember, but there were notably few restrictions on what they could be about.…

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Comitting From the Bottom Up

My blog reading eyes/ears tend to perk up when I see someone writing about git as this piece of software fascinates me in a potentially unhealthy sort of way. I read a post the other day that talked a bunch about git, and centralized SCM tools like SVN and CVS, as well as the other distributed SCM bazaar. If that last sentence was greek to you, don't worry, I'm heading into a pretty general discussion.…

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org-mode snippets

I promised that I'd post some of the stuff from my .emacs file that makes my org-mode system work. Here we are. There are some basic settings that I use on all major modes that I use in emacs. Basically, I want to attach the spell checker (the minor modes, flyspell-mode and auto-fill-mode). These lines do this: (add-hook 'org-mode-hook 'turn-on-auto-fill) (add-hook 'org-mode-hook 'flyspell-mode) I also, attached ".org" as the file extension to org-mode.…

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One True System

So I've been posting about cyborg systems on tychoish, about the informal logical systems we use to interface our lives/reality/thoughts/work into digital systems to organize what we accomplish with our computers. It's a topic of some interesting to me, and I'm going to provide a simple piece of advice in this post: Try your damnedest to only use one system. For as much of your data as you possibly can.…

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