Come to the Light

We, as a family, talk to the cats in Chez Garen. Not a lot, and not seriously, but it seems like the thing to do. Maybe we just have loud mewing cats, but it's awkward after a point to not talk to them, and they out number us and can exact retribution on our sleep schedules, so we're just playing it safe. Most of my conversations with them are along the lines of "you're pretty fuzzy there, kip/merlin/montana/nash," but other members of the household who shall remain nameless have been known to have much longer and more involved conversations with the family pets.…

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Spinning Progress

I just finished spinning the Corriedale Cross (basic plain wool) that I've been spinning for months. I had 2 pounds (900 grams) which is my standard amount, and I have 9 skeins. I think I was less that pleased with two of them, but they're fine, and all the other ones are great. I started spinning some dark brown blue faced leicester (this stuff, in fact). Wow, in a word.…

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Welcome to Coda

Sometimes the biggest jobs are the easiest. Last night I got inspired to make a sort of major change to my website: give up the "plain old blog" look and build a more intense "full featured-type" site. I thought this would be a good afternoon project for the weekend, so I made a list, mocked something up, and went to bed. And then I got up this morning and in several hours, I was able to concoct what you see here.…

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Open Source and Women's Studies

One of the best things that happened to me during college was that I discovered and got involved in the Women's and Gender Studies program at my school. Though I went to college very interested in gender and sexuality stuff I'm not sure that I ever really intended to come out of the experience with a second major in Women's Studies, but I did, and I think it was a really great thing.…

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Future Knitting Project Ideas

So, once upon a time I had an idea for a knitting column were I'd write about a sweater, giving a brief description of a style, relevant techniques, and a construction method, but no pattern per se. Because I don't follow patterns so much as elaborate on ideas, and I think it would be fun to read and a good inspiration for people who are comfortable making sweaters but what more ideas/fodder for the design process, which seems particularly relevant as many people who have started knitting in the last few years are becoming more and more proficient.…

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You Can't Hack your Way to Freedom

Subtitle: Or, Why Open Source isn't about Freedom. There is a major segment of the open source/free software movement that believes that open source is important because having non-proprietary software is a key to individual liberation and freedom. While this "camp" has done a lot for the open source movement, and in some respects they're right: an educated user can deal with his own bugs, tweak the code, and verify that the software is secure.…

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Knitting Update

I've hinted in the last couple of weeks that I've been knitting more. While usually the summer heat doesn't deter me from knitting very much, between the extra-time writing, working a lot, and the heat I hadn't knit much since the spring. While I've certainly been more obsessed with knitting in the past, I think I'm back. Though I stopped/slowed my knitting progress for several months, I still had unfinished projects and stash/project plans.…

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