Happy New Years

I'm writing you all today from OS X for the first time in months. Also, I'm writing another journal entry in honor of the weekend-like quality that the holiday has, and I'm writing it right before I post it rather than in my usual bi/tri-monthly binge writing style. Very strange. Just to comment on the experience of the new/old environment, I'm sort of distraught by how uncomfortable it feels I mean OS X is pretty, and it does a better job with the hardware than Ubuntu (more on this later) but I'm just not used to it any more, and even though I really like TextMate.…

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Na Cragga, Sweater Update

So I know that I talked earlier in the month about starting to knit a new sweater. I cast on after thanksgiving: it was a cabled sweater, my first, ambitiously chosen from Alice Starmore's "Aran Knitting" book. While I worked on it over that long weekend, I hadn't worked on it much since then. What I realized rather quickly, is not just that it was complex, but rather there was literally something different happening on every fracking stich.…

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Code Importance

I'm not a programmer, really. I mean I'm a huge geek, and I understand some pretty heavy computer-science related problems, but coding isn't what I do. This is true of a lot of computer users these days, and it wouldn't be such a big deal if I weren't such a huge geek about open source software. I suspect that most of the users of open source software these days aren't that different than me in this respect--though many are programmers, in most cases they probably don't make active use of the source code of the software they use.…

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Ideas in Science Fiction

I love Nancy Kress' blog. Just saying. If you don't read it, start. It's good stuff. She wrote the other day about her approach to developing SF stories and I wanted to explore her little hint in more depth here. First, a quote from the conclusion: The larger point here is that, in my view, SF should be more than its "idea." I am not writing about a "galactic empire" or about aliens who "lord" anything over humans.…

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macbook linux: deleuze and guatteri

After a long time toiling with the ThinkPad that I got (as my primary laptop) a few months back. I decided to rearrange my laptop usage. Not that the ThinkPad is a bad machine, but I felt bad because my MacBook was langishing, and I very much missed having a machine with a usable battery life. While I thought about trading the macbook for a PC laptop, it finally dawned on me that I could just linuxify it and be done with it.…

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On Not Being a Programer

This post is very much in my vein of "tycho talks about what its like to be a geek that doesn't really programmer," posts. Because I don't really fancy myself much of a programmer, I often have a hard time explaining the kinds of things that I do out side of saying "I write fiction," or "I work with web developers," or "I help people with websites," or "I write blogs about technology," which while factual in the strictest sense, is not a particularly honest capture of "what I do.…

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Is Somebody Having a Holiday on My Day Off?

I hear that some of you are celebrating today. If that's the case, good holiday to you, dear readers. If that's not the case, I hope you're not too befuddled by this very strange Thursday we seem to be having. I guess in some respects I'm celebrating. Though I often leave, the fact that no one else is working changes the way the day feels. And I'm writing today's blog post/letter this morning after having a nice fish-brunch (it's a family ritual/jewish thing) with the family.…

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