Drupal Camp Chicago

Dear Readers, I'm--or my alter-ego[^two name]--is going to be at Drupal Camp Chicago on the 24th and 25th of October, baring an unforeseen catastrophe. So this presents several possibilities: 1. You are already going to Drupal Camp Chicago and want to hang out with me or talk me into presenting something with you. To this, I say rock on. 2. You are or will happen to be in Chicago that weekend and don't give a rats ass about drupal, I'm going to be (hopefully) meeting friends from school on Saturday after the conference and I'd love to have blog people there too.…

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English Songsters

In my fair city this week and last there's been a lot of Scottish music. There's a woman who's been active in the local Scottish community (who knew?) for years, and she's a retired music teacher and she does a program each year where she brings in top notch Scottish musicians to teach in local schools. It's pretty cool, and it means that a lot of great Scottish musicians do concerts here.…

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Patterns as Stories

One of the things that "gave" in a great life-shakedown of 2008, was my interest/intention to design/publish knitting patterns. I design a lot of my own sweaters and things, I enjoy the technical and creative aspects of knitting, and I really enjoy the meditative aspects of knitting. At the same time, I've worked in a number of different yarn stores, taught knitting classes and lessons, and tried to write patterns, and each engagement with the "business" side of the craft, leaves me feeling drained and weary of wool.…

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Technical Hardware Update

So it turns out that the old laptop that I spent lots of time in the late spring fretting about updating finally gave up the ghost last week. Now the astute among you will remember that I bought a new laptop mid-summer, and you maybe wondering why I'm mentioning this. Even though the keyboard was worn out (hence my reason for upgrading), with an external keyboard that we had lying around it worked fine, so I passed it down to my mother who was in need of a newer computer for routine home tasks, where it continued to function abely.…

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A Needed Break

Hey folks, Just a quick note. I'm going to take a two day break from posting stories to Critical Futures at the end of this week. The reasons for this are twofold. First and probably most importantly, I need a break. In the last three months, I've posted about 28,000 words of fiction (nearly all of it my own) and even though much of it has been old content that I've been editing and revising as we go, it still takes a lot of time.…

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Cloud Computing

rms, Mr. GNU Project himself, recently interviewed with the Guardian and came out against "cloud computing." While there wasn't a great "splash" on the blogs I read--no one was surprised, a lot of people disagreed respectfully, and we all went along our ways--but I think he raises an important point that we/I should discuss. rms' argument is that "cloud computing" services, like gmail, twitter, livejournal lock people into their services and force computer users to give up control of their computing and data, and that this is as bad or worse than using proprietary software.…

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Knitting Movement

So I've been talking about how close I am to getting back on the knitting game for weeks and weeks. While for the past two months I've knitted more than I had in the previous two or three months, until this last week, I still hadn't been knitting much. And then, this last week, I'm not sure what happened, but I got enough momentum on my projects that I've been able to make some real progress on projects, and with that progress my interest and enthusiasm has grown pretty significantly.…

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