@sadiavt, microblogging

(my friend, sadia asked me a question on twitter that I couldn't answer in 140 characters, so escalated it to email, and she said that I should post it to the blog, and who am I to refuse a request like that?) I really like the open-source/federated microblogging site "identi.ca" which runs on the laconica platform. It's good stuff, but the user base isn't quite there (either on the site, or in the federated network.…

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On Pseudonymity

I've written before about why I use a pseudonym and about the importance of naming, but there one aspect of this whole "being tycho" thing that I've never really articulated, mostly because I think they're hard to explain. And then the entry sat in an open window on my desktop for the better part of a week. Let this be a lesson to you. Don't write the introduction to a paragraph that ends with "hard to explain" and then let the post fester for 5 days.…

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Micro Jabbering

Today was the first day that my regular blog post/essay didn't get crossposted to my livejournal. This is one of the cool things that I can do now that I've redone tychoish.com. So LJ-land if you want to read about a really cool linux/open source thing click the above link. In other news, I've been toying around with identi.ca which is the flagship of an open source federated twitter clone called laconica.…

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Awesome Window Manager

Aside from doing semi-perverse things with my email retrieval system, one of my most recent technical/digital obsessions has been with a X11-based window manager called awesome. It's a tiling window manager, and it's designed to decrease reliance on the mouse for most computer interaction/system navigation purposes. Unless you're in the choir, your first question is probably "What's a tiling window manager?" Basically the idea is that awesome takes your entire screen and divides all of it into windows that are a lot like the windows that OS X, Windows, GNOME, and KDE users are the same.…

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Udder Cream

I generally am not a fan hand lotions as they tend to make my hands feel all greasy, and I'd prefer chapped hands to feeling oily. I discovered Udder Cream the other day. I guess we've had a tub of it around for a while, but given my aforementioned aversion, I've not been keen on trying it. I did, and I like it, as it's sort of "fast acting," and not particularly oily.…

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Elsewhere

So, while it might seem like all I do on the interent is write wordy personal narratives or lengthy informal essays, I do in fact visit other websites and participate in other discussions. Here are a few recent tycho sightings and other bits of news (related to this site): Most obviously, we have a new design and a new sub-blog, coda. I initially described it as a long-form twitter site. And it is.…

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Gender and Bodies

I'm editing a story for `Critical Futures <http://criticalfutures.com/>`_ this week, and I'm re-encountering an old problem with this novella. There are some characters without specified genders, it's important to their characterization, and I'm pretty wed to it, though I did slip up and use some he/she in the first drafts, which I've since edited out. Interestingly, or maybe not, the real effect of doing this is that the characters don't really relate to each other's bodies.…

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