midweek update

Jun. 25th, 2009 | 09:53 am
location: New Jersey
mood: fried

A list:



  1. I dropped my cats off in springiswrath's appartment. I refered to this on the twitter as "reverse stealing." He reports that they are well.


  2. Did a bunch of crap in New Jersey, once I got here: I looked at three apartments, claimed and took a two bedroom unit, signed the lease, began getting the utilities turned on (ugg, thankfully the realitor is being really helpful and quite a mensch on the subject).


  3. I took a shower, which was the most spiritually trancendent experience I think I've had in a really long time. Wow.


  4. I've realized that I haven't had a meal in days. I often doing enjoy eating very much when I'm driving, and I rarely enjoy eating in the morning, which has combined to form a tychoish that eats a bunch of snack food (crackers and salami, crackers and cheese sticks, lemonade and applesause shooters), and is mostly disinterested in food. I think I'm going to go get a salad or some such at a supermarket if I can find one.


  5. at this point in the list, I fell asleep




Rest seems to have made a lot of things much better. I still have to deal with my lack of internet access at the appartment (dear comcast, really?) I ate last night, and that was good, but I'm looking forward to being able to really eat my own food in my own home. And you know, having running water, and all of that business. Soon.

We'll be in touch.

Cheers,

sam

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Ethnoeconomics and Emacs

May. 7th, 2009 | 10:00 am
location: St. Louis
mood: nerdy

So I realized that my text editor has a livejournal client built in and that I thus don't really have a good reason for not positng to live journal any more. It has full support for filters and moods and communities and all sorts of awesomeness. Anyway. So a journal post is in order.

I remember, once, being opposed to having more than one blog/project/online place. And I was all in favor of consolidation and using syndication tools to try and have just one stream of content. And then, I dunno, I've been working on new projects, writing a bunch, and it just seems to me like no one is interested in that much tycho/sam, and as long as I can keep on top of projects, it doesn't make a lot of sense to be so consolidated.

I've been really busy. Lots of morris dancing, lots of writing and thinking, and generally I feel like I'm in good shape. It's been a wild few months, and it's good to be moving past things and making progress on projects.

I've been writing a lot for tychoish.com about economics, hacking, business models, and co-operative business models. I'm intensely interested in this at the moment, and while I'm almost certainly not generating valuable economic theory or anything but blogging for me is always a process of exploration and experimentation, and I think that I'm beginig to stake out some ideas that will be useful to me in the comming months and years.

Sameul Delany said something (citation lost to history; likely in an interivew) about how plots/stories were always about economic class, and how effective/neccessary it is to watch the journey a character takes from one economic status at the begining to a different one in the end. I think I wrote a bit about this in a post about materalist science fiction, but the idea reains relevant.

So the thinking about economics is useful both in context of the stories that I'm (not at the moment) writing, and hope to write in the future, but also in terms of the consulting work and that I've been doing here and there in the past few months, and the kind of work that I hope to do in the future. Even though I'm not working on the fiction as I would hope to (and my soft, self imposed deadline is beinging to crunch) I have ideas on the brain. That's an amazing feeling somehow.

Anyway. Enough blathering... there are words to be written!!

Have a good day.

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It's nice to be home again

Apr. 27th, 2009 | 01:49 pm
location: home
mood: contentcontent

So I had a rather eventful weekend, and I think (hope?) that things have settled into some semblance of order. Here's the recap:

- On Friday I took my mother in for a minor medical procedure (don't worry her colon is fine.) But that took time and energy.

- On Saturday morning my mother and I went to a rummage sale at a fairly well-to-do private high school. It was amazing, and we some great stuff. Limited clothing, a tea carafe a tea pot (1.75 liters, in the Japaneese style. some books including "Paterns of Culture" and an Urusula K. LeGuin book I haven't read.)

- On Saturday afternoon I drove to Champaign-Urbana and talked for a BarCamp about some computer software that I think is really cool, and I learned from other people about some JavaScript stuff and some Agile development stuff. It was a good experience, for sure.

- On Saturday night I hung out with wildflowerfever and we talked about a bunch of cool things: publishing, writing, academia and academic careers, college, literary theory, poetry, life, non-academic careers, and etc. We also watched the video-blog nerdfighter/brotherhood 2.0 which is made of awesomeness.

- On Sunday I had brunch with wildflowerfever, edgydystonic, and thunderperfect. Which was quite nice. We talked about a lot of the same stuff, and more and it was great!

- Then I drove home like a madman and Morris Danced for a little while. Our hankie tossing dance is really rough, but our show dance for the ale will rock intensely.

- Then I woke up this morning made a bunch of tea and I've been chipping away at a bunch of stuff.

It's good to be home. There's a lot on my plate and some dark clouds, I suppose, on the horizon, but I can do it. For real.

Be in touch.

(ETA: I made this post with ljupdate.el the emacs livejournal client which rocks and works supurbly)

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Cooking Adventures

Apr. 7th, 2009 | 11:47 am

I commented to someone, probably Caroline, that I found cooking to be a lot like writing fiction. You start out with a vague I dea of what you’re trying to do, some really firm building blocks (ingredients; characters/settings), some rather impressive limiting factors (time, physics, literary conventions), and a number of equally good options (narrative voice, baking, chapter organization, broiling, pacing, frying) and then you get on this roller coaster where, despite whatever training you have, and formal knowledge about how things should work, you mostly just pay attention to your gut and pray that you don’t make a huge mess of things as you’re shepherding your lunch/novel from the refrigerator/mind to your stomach/readers.

Needless to say, I rather enjoy cooking.

I have a few tendencies in cooking that determines my method: I generally like to cook a lot once, maybe twice, a week and then reheat and reconfigure whatever it is that I made again and again. So I’m a fan of soups, stir-frys, roasted veggies, vegetable/pasta salads and pestos, and things like that. I’m also prone to just cooking up, say, a lot of zuchini, and then making omlets/pasta/etc. with it throughout the week (without lots extra fuss.)

I should also add a few things. First I’m not a vegetarian, really. I don’t mind eating/cooking meat, but I do so with a lot of moderation, and while there are some vegetables that I don’t really understand the appeal of (celery? wtf. beets? feh), I’ve found that my use of meat in meals is often pretty minimal. My natural tendency, having said all this, is to eat quick things (tuna fish with mayo; noodles; etc.) rather than actually have to cook at all, but sometimes it’s good to resist this tendency.

As part of my tenure helping my grandmother out, I’ve been doing a lot of cooking, so I’ve been doing a lot of this, and I think it’s worked pretty well. Last week I was cooking. I had bought some eggplant which I wanted to roast and make a sort of eggplant/tomato/mushroom sauce to serve over rice. Roast eggplant, mix in tomato sauce, with some red peppers and mushrooms, sounds good?

Like good novels/meals, it got into the pan and decided to be something totally different. On the upside, it was amazing. Here’s a brief recipe/guideline for what I made:

Ingredients

  • Garlic, Fresh, in great quantity. Cut cloves in half.

  • 1 Can of artichoke hearts, drained and quartered.

  • 1 can of straw mushrooms, drained.

  • Some amount of beef sausage (12 oz?) sliced (optional)

  • 1 or 2 red peppers, sliced

  • 2 or 3 Zucchini, sliced

  • 1 sweet onion, chopped

  • 2 - 3 Eggplant roasted with skin and seeds removed (cut in half, spray/apply a minimal amount of olive oil, and sail for roasting, when the skin is blackened and separated peel it, remove seeds and chop the remaining eggplant.)

  • A bit of olive oil

  • Rice vinegar (though other white vinegars should work)

  • Rice (I used sushi rice, but that’s personal preference.)

Preparation

Get all of the ingredients ready. Eggplant roasting can happen earlier. Once everything starts cooking it goes pretty fast.

Begin by heating the oil with garlic and onion and sausage until they begin to brown, add zucchini and red pepper and cook until the zuchini gives sings of browning. It might take 15 minutes to get to this point.

Add Eggplant, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts, cook for ~3-5 minutes, add 3/4 cup of vinegar (or more depending on how much food you’re making. You can use wine if that’s your speed.) Turn heat down slightly and simmer for 3-5 minutes.

Use your judgment, my times are really estimates/guesses.

Serve with rice and enjoy.

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Contact, Cyberculture, and Samuel Delany

Mar. 31st, 2009 | 09:48 am

I talk to people from time to time about working in cyberspace and successful new media participation. If I were a hipster, I might even say, “I do SEO,” but I’m not, and I don’t, really. The truth is that I don’t have a good, simple, answer to the question, “How do I succeed on-line with social media.” I do have a lot of ideas on the subject, as you might expect (many of which I’ve already written about here before.) The core of my approach revolves around a conviction that word of mouth–like offline–is the most effective way to promote events and products in cyber-space, with the corollary that “meatspace” connections are among the most powerful and valuable “cyberspace” resources.

During college I spent a long time reading and rereading an essay by Samuel R. Delany, called Times Square Red, Times Square Blue about the process of gentrification in Times Square and it’s affect on cross-class/cross-race social/sexual contact. The argument was that environments and geographies that promoted situations were individuals would come into contact (randomly, casually) promoted opportunity, satisfying social interaction, and interesting conversations in a way that “networking” opportunities (conferences, workshops, cocktail parties, etc.) couldn’t. In illustration of this, Delany describes situations from talking about philosophy in the pornographic theatres of the old Time Square to finding a vacuum cleaner repair service in the checkout line of the grocery store. Furthermore, “contact” between people of different classes (as was present in the pornographic theaters of the old time square,) promotes the destabilization of class-based injustices.1

Contact has been an incredibly powerful and useful concept for me in a number of different contexts, because it provides an method for affecting social change in “every day life” and in creates a notion of “politics” that’s closer to “people interacting” and further from something tied to institutions of power (”government,” etc.,) which suits my disposition. I think, largely the internet is most powerful when it promotes something closer to “contact” and further from something that resembles “networking.” And by powerful, I mean a number of things: most likely to positively affect people’s work, provide meaningful opportunities for commerce and social relationships, to develop unique cultural environments.

While there are opportunities for contact on contemporary social networking websites, they mostly specialize at helping you find people who are actually quite like you, like people you know in real life, people who are interested in the same things you’re interested in, and people who are friends with people you know in real life. That’s not contact, in the sense provided by Delany.2

There is still, I think, contact. I think microblogging (twitter/identi.ca) particularly with “track” features,3 represents (or did) a move away from “networking” to contact. The communities that form around open source projects, promote contact, as they are often interest specific, and contain members with disparate skills and backgrounds. Once upon a time, general population/topic (ie. non-project specific) IRC channels (chat rooms) were an immense source of contact for their users.4


I’m not sure what this means. I remain convinced that contact is a useful and important way of looking at social interactions. I also think it says a lot about my interests in open source. I also think that as technologies and memes in cyberspace (eg. blogs, social networking, microblogging) develop in ways that promote “contact,” and eventually become “networking” opportunities not that the latter is bad, but it is an important conceptual shift. It’s also quite likely that we’d be able to see what ideas are going to be the next big thing based on the degree to which they promote contact. There are other implications I’m sure, but I’ll leave those for another time.



Notes:
  1. I suppose this isn’t a wholly radical concept, but in any case, I think the “we need to talk to each other,” and live in integrated/diverse situations is definitely a step in the right direction. Delany’s articulation is quite useful and complete. 

  2. Indeed I’ve strayed from Delany in a couple of key directions. First his essay(s) described contact as being a uniquely urban phenomena (which I’ve totally abandoned), and secondly something that resonates with sub-cultural groups (queers, poor, etc.) In the case of the Internet, I think this works but I recognize that it’s a stretch. 

  3. Once upon a time, you could receive (via IM) twitter updates for any keyword, even if you didn’t follow the people who sent the tweets. This means that all of a microblogging can have a conversation with each other, and circumvent the isolating aspects of “social networking” constructs. 

  4. By general population/topic I mean non-technical (largely) channels, such as rooms for fandom (fans of science fiction; and pop culture) rather than “working” or customer support channels. Though people would be drawn for a host of reasons, discussions seemed fairly random, and my sense is that (if my experience can be generalized from) that some pretty powerful friendships/connections were developed in these contexts. 

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Critical Futures Futures and Curation Futures

Mar. 25th, 2009 | 10:59 pm

I posted a new story on Critical Futures today. It’s another one from the Knowing Mars novella that I wrote a year ago and that I had been posting previously. After a much too long break from posting fiction, I’ve decided that I have enough brain space to work through some projects there and bring it back to life. While I think my first six months was an unparalleled learning experience, I think a different strategy is in order.

My goal/intention is to slip into a Monday/Thursday schedule, of posting 400-600 words rather than the every work-day of 200-400 words. The word counts are mostly for my own thoughts and less of a hard guideline. It’s also helpful, because I think, that even if I run out of my backlog, which seems pretty likely to happen pretty soon. I feel like I could probably write the requisite 800-1200 words on Saturday/Sunday morning along with my non-fiction essays, no matter what my life is looking like. I’m not sure what the future will hold, or what exactly is going to happen with my fiction, but it’s going to be there.

One of my background projects, however (and I’ll write about the theory here in an essay,) is generate a few “curatorial” pages for critical futures (and I suppose for tychoish as well). Basically I want to give people an easier “in” to the stories that I post on the web. This includes more creative templates and some hand-compiled guide pages, and as websites become home to more and more information my thought is that curation is the only real solution to this, and that, in that, it’s really the next big thing for content. But that’s another thought for another time…

Check out the new Critical Futures story, “Knowing Mars,

Thanks for reading, and do tell your friends/submit fiction if that’s your thing.

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Writers that Changed My World

Mar. 19th, 2009 | 09:25 am

I saw a meme, I from lesboprof, that listed 25 authors that were influential to her. It was fun for me to read, because there was some overlap with what my list would be and because she’s (presumably) a feminist-studies type as well. I thought I’d give it a stab, though in typical tychoish fashion, this is going to be really eclectic. Also, because it’s a meme, please feel free to comment and join in.

  1. Samuel R. Delany - Delany was probably the single most cited author during my college career, and was my root back into science fiction after college. Good stuff, because it combines feminist/queer/race theory interests with science fiction.

  2. Kim Stanley Robinson - My “intro to college” class was built around Robinson’s “Mars Trilogy.” While I put the books out of mind for many years, I’ve recently come back to them, and am surprised how much my own “Mars stories” draw on Robinson’s influence to varying degrees. His work is Masterful and I quite enjoy it.

  3. Gayle S. Rubin - Rubin’s essay “Thinking Sex,” really defined my interest in queer studies and queer theory, and remains terribly important to my world view.

  4. Melissa Scott - I read the “Silence Leigh” trillogy when I was in high school (twice!), and it rocked my world, seriously rocked my world. I’ve read two of her other books more recently, and was similarly influenced by them. Good stuff.

  5. Anne Lamott - Contemporary/mainstream fiction isn’t often my thing, nor are (particularly) memoirs; however, I find Anne Lamont’s fiction (and non-fiction) quite powerful. Someone got me Bird by Bird as a gift, and I ate it up (again, during high school). I’ve since read more of her work, and I’m particularly fond of All New People.

  6. Issac Asimov - I read the Foundation series twice in high school and it was amazing. There’s so much more Asimov out there, and while I’m not on a huge project to “read the SF canon,” every time I come across an Asimov story it often succeeds at being really awesome.

  7. Robert Heinlein - In high school I took a class where I had to read Like 12 books in 4 months (sophomore year.) It was intense and I swear the only book I finished reading for that class was Stranger in a Strange Land. It’s good. I’m not a particular Heinlein fanboy, and a lot of his material creeps me out, but

  8. Cherie Moraga - I have a copy of Cherrie Moraga’s Loving in the War Years next to my desk and it’s a book that I find incredibly powerful. Many, I think remember and cite Moraga’s work with Gloria Anzaldúa (This Bridge Called My Back) which is indeed powerful stuff, but her creative work hit me a couple of times during college, and I think I’m better for it

  9. Elizabeth Zimmerman - I knit the way I do because of Elizabeth, and I think about my knitting seriously because of Elizabeth.

  10. Meg Swansen - See above only more so.

  11. Paul Connerton - I read this little book called How Societies Remember, in this nifty seminar I took durring my last semester on historiography, which was one of the very few classes I took in college “just cause I wanted to,” and it was a great thing indeed. This book was a collecting point for a lot of the cultural identity, cultural memory ideas that guided my thinking durring the first two attempts at graduate school (long story), and much to my surprise continue to affect my thoughts

  12. Orson Scott Card - I listened to an interview with OSC last week and he said that he recomended the “Speaker for the Dead” (post-Ender’s Game trillogy) for people over age 18. I was certianly much younger than that when I plowed through all of the (at the time) existing Ender Books. I think I was 14 or so when I read all of them. In any case, big effect.

  13. James Tiptree, Jr. - I named my cat (Kip) after a character in Brightness falls from the Air. I don’t think I need to say much more than that.

  14. Cory Doctorow - A huge force in contemporary science fiction, and despite the fact that I think our politics are at least mildly divergent (and as a result I find a lot of his more political fiction frustrating), he’s a great influence.

  15. Barbara Kingsolver - I’ve not read the complete bibliography, for sure, but I read a couple of her books in high school, and do quite enjoy her writing on a stylistic level.

  16. Nancy Kress - Amazing. Kress was on my radar before college, but I’ve really started to read her work since my return to SF. I quite enjoy her blog, and I learn something about writing short fiction every time I read one of her stories.

  17. Arthur C. Clarke - I worried about picking too many canon names. It’d be like a theatre type saying “I’m really into Anouilh, Shakespeare and Johnson.” Frankly, however, I think it’s true that a lot of the–particularly science fiction–that really influenced me on this list were things that I read when I was in high school. I think it’s something more to do with “that stage,” but Clarke’s good stuff.

  18. Armisted Maupin - The Tales of the City books are an amazing thing. I spent a week one summer, sitting in a chair, where I’d get a bottle of water, some crackers, and I’d just read book after book.

  19. Irving Yalom - I have of course mentioned on this site that I majored in psychology in college. Throughout most of this period, I wasn’t particularly interested in clinical work, despite the fact that all of my classmates were. In any case, the last semester I took a class on a clinical/treatment topic, and while all of my classmates who so wanted to help other people gave reports on depression, and anxiety, and personality disorders; I gave a report on Death, Dying, and Grief, through which I discovered Yalom, and I think as a result gave one of the more uplifting reports in the class. Changed my world.

  20. Judith Butler - Not much to say, except I spent a lot of time with Butler’s work in college, and like so much of the feminist and queer stuff that I read then, has really shaped my thinking. Butter, had a great impact for better or for worse on a lot of people, an I’m one of them.

  21. David Eddings - I seem to have a thing for “books I read in high school,” particularly long series. I read one of Edding’s major sagas and it was delightful. I also enjoyed one of his non-fantasy books as well, somewhat later. I’m not a big fantasy lover, and but I do like saga’s and Eddings tells a damn good story.

  22. Ken Macleod - If I’m only half as cool as Ken Macleod when I grow up, I’ll be one happy camper.

  23. F. Scott Fitzgerald - Ok, I must confess, I read The Great Gatsby once in high school, and I’m convinced that this is the Great American Novel.

  24. Theodor Holm Nelson - He wrote a book on hypertext that you probably haven’t heard about called Literary Machines, but it’s hugely inspiring in both it’s scope and vision.

  25. Lionel Bacon - He collected dance notes and music for Morris dancing. While it’s not the kind of thing that you read, it is the kind of thing that my team has at every practice just in case we need some sort of arbiter.

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from the trenches

Mar. 11th, 2009 | 10:42 pm

knew I said that I’d post coda things now that I’m going to bi-weekly essays, and today would be the first day of the new order and I’ve failed. Alas. Today was spent going glaring at my outline and waiting in doctor’s waiting rooms. I did read a really great article from Kristine Kathryn Rusch about recessions, short fiction, and it was pretty inspiring. Go read, and then read some more. I’ve also had some interesting twitter and identi.ca conversations about git and emacs, which keeps me entertained at least. I’ve also been trying out new RSS readers, as I’d really like something that ran locally. Canto seems to be leading the pack, but I have so many feeds at the moment that switching seems onerous, and I need something that I can sync between multiple machines, so the whole switch process gives me shivers. Maybe tomorrow. In the mean time, I think I’m ready to get back to writing actual fiction (forward progress) in a day or two, if I can get through one or two more blasted sections of this re-outline; which despite the pain, has been really good for my thinking about the book.

If you were wondering, that really is what it’s like to be in my head. And you thought that my writing was scatter brained.

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Pace Changing

Mar. 9th, 2009 | 12:46 pm

Dear Readers,

I’m both really excited and really scared of this change that I’m going to announce in this post. From my journal entry, you can probably tell that I’ve been busy and having something of a rough time. I’m coping, and I’m not writing this as a plea of any sort, just it’s been… interesting. I’ve been sort of distracted, and running back and forth between my home town and where my grandmother is (3.5 hours away) a lot, and a thousand other things.

One thing, of note is that today (by your clock) is the 9th Yarzeit of my grandfather’s death, which is hitting me a bit harder than it has in years past. Yeah. Weird. I don’t know what else to say.

In any case, I’ve done some tweaking to the site including some cool JavaScript visibility toggles. I’m still using Wordpress, because I’m still making pretty heavy use of the post scheduling, and there are other projects that demand my attention. Someday soon. My intention with the design changes is to make the content a bit more prominent and minimize menus as much as possible. Because content is important and menus are boring. (Really, I get paid to help people with the internet. Amazing.)

I’m also going to change my publishing schedule.

I’m going to post essays, in the form that you’ve grown accustomed to on Tuesday’s and Thursdays, and then, try and post something to coda once or twice a day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s. I’m reading a lot of other blogs, and I feel like I’ve gotten worse about referencing some of the really cool stuff I’ve been reading. And I’d like to concentrate on writing for other projects, getting Critical Futures (also redesigned) back on it’s feet. If you read the site via the feed coda posts and essay posts all look the same. Notifications for all posts make it onto twitter and identi.ca, and I bet that despite the change the amount of content in general is going to be about the same. It’s just a different mindset, and I think that’s what I need the most at the moment. We’ll see how it works.

I’ve also, in recent times taken to modifying the way the home page renders, so that there are only a few entries on the home page, and lists of “recent entries,” in both essay and coda categories. I might do a bit more tweaking here, but the general template with “less stuff on any given page” and links to other content, satisfies my desire for minimalism and a wealth of content. Note to self: write a post about the “blog” trope and the amount of content on pages.

That’s about all I have for you this time. Thanks for reading, and I’ll be back tomorrow with some sort of an essay.

Cheers,
tycho

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Journal Entry

Mar. 3rd, 2009 | 08:15 pm

Ok, I’ve not done a “journal” post n a while, and I think one is long due. It’s been a wild week (or two) in the life of tycho, and I think without the opportunity to parse through some recent events:

  1. I’ve been ferrying back between home and my grandmother’s about twice a week for, what seems like a few weeks. Everything is fine, and she’s doing very well (and reading the blog again! everyone say hi!), but it’s jarring if nothing else. I think I’m home for the better part of a week this time, and I’m slipping back into getting things done. Though, being home (and ready to leave) isn’t exactly restful, particularly when so many things need doing at home. So many things.

  2. I’ve not been writing very much. All the unsettledness seems to mean that I’m a total mess. I’ve written (and semi-abandoned) lots of blog posts, which never take that much concentration usually. I’m in the middle of reoutlining the novel project and have been on hiatus with that as a result. I’m convinced that a couple of hours should be able to get me back on to track with that, and jump starting that project will help revive my flagging conentration/focus.

  3. I finished the shawl for my grandmother (I might have mentioned that) and have started working on another shawl. There’s a lot of lace in my future, but I do want to knit sweaters more/again. The good news is that I’m actually knitting stuff. So “woot!” for a project that isn’t really going by the wayside.

  4. I’m not, as I thought, going to Drupal Con. Given all of my travels and responsibilities here, it just wasn’t feasible. I’m disappointed, but I’m sure it was the right thing, as taking one of the balls out of the air lead to no small amount of relief.

  5. I’m finally reading at a pace that I find acceptable. I’ll write a post about this at some point, but I’ve finally managed to figure out a way to prioritize reading in a way that lets me get it done. My pile hasn’t started to dwindle very much, but I can imagine that I’ll be able to make progress. I’m also finally into new territory with the Robinson “Mars books” and am enjoying it. There’s something very similar about the way we approach a story that I really like, and a lot of things that he (not surprisingly) pulls off much more effectively than I am. It’s good stuff.

  6. While I switched to brewing tea loosely many months ago, these days I’m not using any fancy brew pots, opting for more traditional infusers and strainers, which seem easier to manage. I’ve discovered that I need some sort of thermos (as my 16 oz. travel mug isn’t enough for a morning out.) and I’d like to get a 40 oz tea pot with a built in strainer/doodad, but I’m good for now unless I see a deal that can’t be missed.

  7. Battlestar Galactica continues to boggle my mind in a good way. I continue to be really impressed with how the story progresses, the kind of science fiction that they’re doing, and the quality of everything. I’m, typically, a bit sad about the end, and I’ve been hording and watching in 2-3 episode chunks, but I think in the long run it’s a good thing that the show is going out on such a good note, and I think seeing (parts?) of the production team go in to do different things will be much more powerful than getting another couple of seasons of BSG as we know it now. As much as I hate to admit that.

  8. I did some things along the lines of reconfiguring my blackberry, to reprogram some of the buttons along the side, and I’ve started to use a private emaill address that I set up to take notes on the fly. I should probably begin to figure out how to do some sort of procmail filtering something or other to get these notes into something in my org-mode files. Later. In general, I’m really pleased with how the phone is working out, even if I still need to get the music/ring tone situation sorted out, but I’m lazy.

  9. I’ve been, as I can, going for long-ish walks every day. I’ll write about this, eventually, but I think it’s been really good for clearing my mind and working. It’ll also be nice to be in a little better shape before the dancing season really picks up: stamina and all. If I can convince myself that this is a habit worth keeping, and I buy tennis shoes (for the first time in… ten or 12 years, yay for boots and clogs.) I’m considering joining a gym, in hopes of being able to do weight stuff and being able to do lower impact aerobic stuff. As a skinny geek, whose been moderately active (dancing) heretofore, this whole exercise thing is quite strange and intimidating. There’s all kind of stuff that I don’t know at all. Very strange.

  10. I’m rejigging my family’s computers this week. I tried to explain what needs to be done, but failed. Basically what I need to do centers around: copying a lot of stuff off of a computer, getting ipod syncing working with linux, and then figuring out a creative solution for getting either getting the audio signal from the office, to the living room without wires, or getting the network to a computer that doesn’t have wireless. Additional challenges include: remote control of the jukebox machine player using laptops/cellphones (proto home automation), and possibilities for podcast fetching that don’t necessarily involve the ipod software (thinking about using my phone for this). Thoughts on any of these issues would be great.

Sorry for the eccentricity of this post, and my posting this week, I’m almost back on track.

Outward and Onward!

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