The Future of Critical Futures

When I took a break from Critical Futures near the end of last year, I had intended to begin with the new year with renewed energy and vigor, but when the new year rolled around, I found myself somewhat lacking in vigor. So I've waited, and I kept waiting. And now, its the end of January, and I still haven't restarted, and I think it'll be good to talk for a moment about that.…

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Blog Redesign

I've mentioned that I'm in the process of doing a somewhat lengthy "blog redesign" project of tychoish.com. The astute among you, who don't visit via RSS, will probably notice at least a little bit of a change recently, but I think there's more in mind. While I resist the temptation to write lists in my posts, I think I'm going to give in just this once. ;) What I hope to accomplish in this redesign.…

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Ethics of Free Software

Last week as I was wrapping up a project, I found myself reading an article by Gabriella Coleman [1] about ethical systems and free software/open source development communities (pdf link). It's a great article that helped me connect a few desperate projects, and I think it also provides a very useful foothold into talking about the ideologies of free software without getting encumbered by free software's internal ideological "drama." In turn:…

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Knitting a Shawl

So I've written about current projects on this blog, and I think every knitting project that I've talked about thus far I haven't yet finished. In a year or more. Rather than disappoint, I have another post about a new knitting project, but it comes with a bit of a story. Sorry to the members of the queer-knit-list, as this will be something of an old story. In the summer of 2005 I lived in Kansas City with my grandmother.…

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On Laptoping

It's only comparatively recently that I've returned to the world of being a desktop computer user. I built my own computer when I was in high school, and it died after 3 years (or so), and I replaced that with an Mac laptop, which I updated a couple of times, but until this last fall, that was my window onto the Internet and my main academic/scholarly tool for a long time.…

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git Collaboration

I've been sort of coy about the details (because I don't want to jinx anything and there aren't many details out there), but I've decided that the novel I'm working on will probably appear as a podcast sometime late in the year. Scott Farquhar will do the reading and it'll be over on Critical Futures (and other places?) I'm excited about this, as I think it means a higher profile for my work, I've wanted to do a podcast for a long time, and it gives me something to "work towards" for this project, which had heretofore been a "so I'm writing another novel for myself because that's what I do," and that purpose is really good for my process.…

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ak! ah, dee me uhhh

This fall I visited with a bunch of my friends from college for the first time since I, you know, graduated from college. In a move that surprised just about everyone, of my core-friend group from college, I'm the only one who's not in graduate school right now. One thing I realized, however, is that I haven't exactly dropped off the face of the academic-earth. Every semester since graduation (until this one), I've been enrolled in classes and have accumulated a number of credit hours because it was fun, because I felt like I wasn't done with school.…

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