Alarm Clock and Sleep Management

I got a new alarm clock this week. Well new to me, at any rate. It's one of those nifty ones that can wake you up with music from an iPod (and charge it all at the same time). Truth is that, I've not even had a clock in my bedroom for a number of months: I tend to wake pretty early on my own/with cats, my coworkers aren't in my timezone anyway, and I unplugged my old alarm clock because I needed the outlet, and never got around to plugging it back in.…

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Linux Emergence

Here's a little bit about emergence/systems theory and open source, as promised in my `change process <http://tychoish.com/posts/theories-of-change>`_ post a while back. I was reading this article about linux and complexity theory last week, which I think is a pretty good frame for any discussion of open source and linux from a systems approach. There are a few things that I had issue with. First, the article is 3+ years old, and so it doesn't have the benefit of seeing what's happened with ubuntu linux, netbooks, the AGPL, rails and web 2.…

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book progress

All of the outlines for the novel length projects I start, have a space at about the three-quarters point that says "overflow area to catch up before the end". I always have a couple of scenes that float between chapters, and having a place before the end where I can sort of take a deep breath and get things lined up perfectly for the climax and end is a good thing.…

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Ex-Mac

The Linux switch continues pretty well. There's not a lot new to report, except that I've not really used my mac very much in a week, and while I could easily set things back up and roll right along with it, there'd be a lot of stuff to sync with when I get back to it, and I don't have any really compelling reason to do that for day-to-day tasks. Lets go through and see how things have shaken out:…

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Theories of Change

Things change. People change. Societies change. You might not be able to get social scientists and cultural theorists to agree on very much, but the fact that change happens is pretty easy to stomach. The difficulty come in when we start to think about how things change. What follows is a review of the competing approaches to what I'm calling "theories of change," I hope this helps me (and you!) organize some thoughts.…

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Coda's Back!

I just upgraded tychoish today to the new, "WordPress 2.7" which has a great new user interface that I really like. We're finally getting back to b2/cafelog and wordpress 1.5 ground. Heh. Anyway. I'm going to be reviving this little mini-blog on the right hand side of the site. The rule this time? All posts written off the cuff and nothing with paragraph breaks. Sounds like a plan? I thought so.…

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Blackberry

Lets start with the facts: I got a blackberry at the end of last week. It's one of the new "BlackBerry Bold" devices. Which means GSM/HSDPA/etc from ATT. Which is a great improvement from the sucky (but surprisingly functional) flip phone that I've had for the last 2.5-3 years from Sprint. This is the first phone that I've had that has: an Internet connection, a messaging plan, and a reliable connection (sorry sprint).…

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