So. Tired.

I haven't written one of these journal posts in a long time and I think it's long overdue. On the whole I think things in the land of tycho have been really good of late. I'm writing, I'm learning and settling into a new computer and text editor, I'm working (perhaps not enough, but nonetheless), I'm working on an exciting academic project, life is good. But having said that it's been one hell of a week(end).…

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Stationed Conclusions

Here's another post in my NaNoWriMo series. This one is about working on new and old projects, project energy, and how projects "end." I'm not particularly of the mind that stories are ever really "done" as much as they are abandoned. I have an old writing friend who rewrites and re-imagines his stories every so often, and if you listen to him talk you'd think he's spent the better part of the last decade revising the same couple of texts.…

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Production Ready

Chris and I were talking about our Linux usage the other day, and we both came to the conclusion that for better or for worse our main production machines were Linux machines. He still has a Vista machine and I still have my MacBook, but our main desktop machines are Ubuntu boxes. I've been rolling over a few questions: around what it means for an operating system to be suitable for production, and what it means that Chris and I are both using Linux systems for our day-to-day heavy lifting.…

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Freedom in Source

There are two schools of thought on why software developers should release their projects as free/open source software. There's the thought that open source equals software freedom from large companies who might seek undo influence over your computing; then there's the opinion that open source equals the freedom to tinker and use your software as you see fit. [1] Which is a really interesting argument, I suppose, if you're living in the 1980s (or before really.…

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In Real Time

So in the past couple of weeks we've seen the proliferation of a couple new "real time services," for various kinds of data. Enjit brings real time data from friendfeed (which itself aggregates a lot of data pretty close to real time), and then there's tweet.im which finally brings something approaching real time twitter interaction back to those of us who have been begging for a real time/xmpp twitter interface for a while.…

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Wiki Completion

Insofar as it's been a loose series, this post is a continuation of my thoughts on wikis and hypertext. My leading question is "Are wiki's ever completed?" And "If so, how do we know and decide?" This is a question that I find myself wondering about a fair deal, and I think the answer--which I haven't come to a firm conclusion on--has a to do with the potentials of the wiki medium.…

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The Siege

So I said I would, in honor of NaNoWriMo, write about writing on tychoish a bit during the month of November. So here I am. I thought for the first in this occasional series, I'd touch on the project that I'm currently working on. I'm working on a long novel/novella that fits loosely into my interest series of "historiographical science fiction" stories that I've been working on for a while now.…

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