Mobile Technology 2.0

In the last six months or year (or two years) I've written a lot here, about technology open source software and related topics. In a way this was a new thing for me. I majored in Women's Studies and Psychology in college. I wrote about gender and queerness, and knitting for many years. My big thing (or one of them, at any rate) is science fiction literarture, where I'm interested in very historical/"soft" sub genres.…

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Dual Head Setup

Before I made the switch to linux, my only computer was a single macbook. Great machine, and in addition to not being able to (really) use Awesome, I was pretty frustrated by the lack of screen space. I was (and do) need to filter through lots of different kinds of documents and I felt like I was spending half my time sorting through any of the several dozen (!) windows that I kept open.…

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org system

The last time I talked about org-mode, I covered a number of my "beginner mistakes,", this time I think it'd be a bit more productive to explain how I'm actually using org-mode. For those of you playing at home this is one of those systems I talked about. I'm going to try and avoid including bits of code/lisp in this post, as I don't want to confuse "what I'm doing," with "how I'm doing it.…

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cat update

I've not posted very much about the cats in a week, and I want to remedy this. As you probably know I got two kittens at the end of May. I'd been vaguely looking for cats for a while, what with "reality" setting in around me. A friend adopted a cat who had a litter of kittens somewhat unexpectedly, and I said that I would take one. Well turns out that there was a remaining kitten that had been unclaimed, and my family has generally enjoyed getting kittens in sets before.…

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tightening outlines #2

I'm a big fan of outlines. I wrote this post about tightening outlines about my approach to making outlines better that I've been using most recently. This post, in turn is more about execution. The issue, that I think causes a lot of people to be less into outlines, is the fact that outlines sort of dreary to write from. Which is to say, that the cool thing about writing (for me at least) is the feeling I get when I immerse myself in a world and characters' and I'm able to record the feeling of that experience.…

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of the system

Systems. This is an extension of exploratory writings about information management, and related ideas. When I talk about "systems," I mean whatever technological or intellectual methods we use to store information and get work done. If you use Microsoft Outlook and Word with an Access database for citation management, that's a system, what I've hacked together for myself with git, BibTeX, emacs, LaTeX, org-mode, and Markdown is a system. There are others.…

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Integrated Writing Environment

My post about information buckets got me thinking, thanks to some other things that have filtered through my awareness in the last few weeks, about integrated development environments. See, a couple years ago, I used everything buckets like mad, they were the application of the future, the software that seemed to just scratch every itch. I don't know that I used them as general databases for everything but I did all of my writing and research-related tasks in them, and it was great.…

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