Neuromancer

Yesterday I posted a note about what I've been reading and about Melissa Scott's The Jazz, and in it I realized that I talked about William Gibson's Neuromancer in comparison to Melissa's book and I didn't get into my thoughts on the Gibson. Which is awkward, because it's such an important book and I didn't like it very much. Although Gibson writes very beautiful prose, I had a hard time maintaining interest in the book.…

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All the Jazz That's Fit to Print

My New Year's resolution was to make a list of all the things (particularly fiction) that I read. Not to read more, but just to keep track of it. Part of my insecurity as a writer is the fact that I don't feel particularly well read, in light of all the books that I want to read this is a particularly stark problem. Just keeping a text file with everything on the list, seemed (and is) a great way to keep track of things and provide a clearer record of what happens.…

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A Modest Proposal

tycho: So I like what I'm doing, but I think in a few years I'm going to start thinking about how to go back to school to do science studies work or anthropology. Ben: Ah, that's cool, so what do you really want to do? [implied: with your life] tycho: [Laughs] Really? Marry a couple of doctors and write and edit science fiction, I think would be pretty nice. Ben: uh.…

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Open Source Work

So I may have my beef with with the software as freedom, [1] none the less I think we can learn some pretty interesting things about freedom and politics from thinking about what open source means. In this vein recently, I've been thinking more about the economics of open source, and as I'm prone to an interest in creative business models that find interesting ways to generate income in unique and special ways.…

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SEO Nonsense

I read the following phrase on my travels this past week: "we'll just have to wait till the SEO does it's thing." This is sort of a typical phrase that gets throw around on the "commercial internet," and it wasn't out of place. Indeed, I think all the readers of the article probably understood what the author was trying to convey. But it struck me as sort of odd. Here's why:…

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Linux Switching and Editors

Ok, I have two things to ask/pose/announce, which only seems fitting after writing something about how blog posts should be more singularly focused. Figures. Part One: Switching to Linux So, I've mentioned "the great linux switching of 2008" a few times, but never really explained it. Here's a proper exploration: I'm finally begining to feel the pinch of not having a desktop computer. Don't get me wrong, I really love my laptop, and will likely still use it a lot.…

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Blogging about Ideas

This is the first post I've written in a long time that wasn't about open source/technology stuff. Not that I'm not still fascinating (or cranking out blog entries about that,) but it's fun to tred on other ground for a while. This post grows out of some very abstract thinking I've been doing inrelation work about the nature of blogging. First off there's the divide between journaling and blogging. Though the distinction is pretty clear cut, in practice the lines blur.…

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