Knitting Cables With Alice

I'm knitting again! I seem to do these posts every now and then. In any case, one of my mom's friends from knitting camp came for a post-thanksgiving visit, and really kick started my winter knitting projects. I'd been lagging on some older projects for far too long, and having an excuse to sit around and knit was a really good thing. I got to the end of the first sleeve avove the cuff of the latvian dreaming sweater, and started a new sweater.…

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Technical Progress

We tend to tell (and think of) our histories as progress narratives. That is "things sucked, we changed them and now they're getting better." Taken to the next level, progress narratives force us to think about the future in terms of "how much better things are going to be," as a required part of the progress narrative itself. On the one hand, there have been a number of rather dark moments in our past; on the other, in a lot of ways the present is really as much of an elaboration on the past as it is a progression.…

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Tablet Modality

I've been using my new computer a fair piece yesterday and today, and I've even gotten my dad using the computer recently (long story) and it's going really well, and the speed that I've been able to get it setup and adjusted has been really amazing. (Is there anyone else in St. Louis MO, USA who wants to switch to linux and needs a little bit of encouragement?) I'm also remarkably close to getting all the way switched to linux.…

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Linux UI Tweaking

I've written here a little about the problems I have with the options for user interfaces in linux, and while for me Awesome goes a long way toward s fixing these issues, particularly/even on smaller screens, but I continue to think that paying more attention to user interface issues will be a very good thing for the platform. This new laptop is the second linux install I've done recently (third if you count the VM on my mac, and fourth if you count the multiple attempts it took me to get my desktop to working order) and the expereince has--I hoped granted me some useful perspective on some UI concerns.…

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Awesome Internationalization

This is a post that reflects on international character of the community around the `Awesome Window Manager <http://awesome.naquadah.org>`_, though it takes a while to get to that. There's this theory of blog post writing that says you should write like newspaper articles and front load your arguments. Save this editorial note, this post is an epic failure at this formula. Apologies. It will come as a surprise to no one that I am not only an avid user of open source software but also a keen observer of the open source community.…

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Bandwagon and Habits

Ok, so I know it isn't November anymore, and I should shut up about writing already, but it's a good change of pace, and I have one little point to make/explore that makes sense to talk about post-nano. It's about the habit of writing. And I think it can be applied to all sorts of creative work. A lot of people think that NaNo is all about "a big push," and getting past the internal editor and so forth, but even more importantly it teaches a valuable lesson about the power of momentum.…

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Tablet Adventure

So, after all my talk the other week about netbooks and such things, I broke down and got a new computer. Which wasn't exactly needful, but it's quite nice, and I think it'll feature rather heavily in m posts this week. Sorry if this is too far afield for some. I hope suspect that it'll make sense in the end. Rather than wait until one of the other computers in the house died, (which would call forth my macbook in as part of the obsolescence cycle), I got a used ThinkPad x41 tablet on ebay (from a local vendor).…

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