XEmacs is Dead. Long Live XEmacs!

  “We’re going to get lynched, aren’t we?” — Phouchg And you thought I’d given up on controversial blogs. Hah! Preamble This must be said: Jamie Zawinski is a hero. A living legend. A major powerhouse programmer who, among...

Ejacs: a JavaScript interpreter for Emacs

So! I have all these cool things I want to write about, but I broke my thumbnail. Can you tell that’s a long story? See, this summer I got excited about playing guitar again. I usually switch between all-guitar...

My Meaning and the Parrot’s

Image: Quotes A while back I read an article titled ‘My words have meaning, your parrot’s do not. Wittgenstein explains‘ and commented: For me the key message of Wittgenstein’s slogan ‘meaning is use’ is that the meaning of a...

On the Indieweb

I’m going to take Daniel Goldsmith’s excellent post Praxis and the Indieweb as a point of departure for this post. Like Goldsmith, I am a fan of the Indieweb, or at least, the concept of the Indieweb. And I’ve...

Supporting Everyday Learning

This is an unedited transcript of my workshop. There we go, so now I’m recording. That would have been interesting so welcome to the session called supporting everyday learning you probably saw the the advertisement for it so you...

Programming’s Dirtiest Little Secret

  “And as for this non-college bullshit I got two words for that: learn to fuckin’ type”— Mr. Pink This is another one I’ve wanted to write forever. Man, I’ve tried a bunch of times. No ruck. Not Rucky....

Story Time

So I’ve got all these fancy blog posts planned. More than planned, actually — they’re well underway. But it’s also been a busy couple of months, so nothing’s really ready yet. To make my schedule even worse, I kind...

Have you ever legalized marijuana?

Over the holidays I read a neat book called Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, by Dan Ariely. The book is a fascinating glimpse into several bizarre and unfortunate bugs in our mental software. These bugs...

OER and User Pay

  Thanks to Jeff Rubenstein for a thoughtful comment. I agree that the division between ‘content’ and ‘paper + ink’ isn’t always the best way to approach the discussion, and should note here that it was generated as a...

Sympathy for the Devil: Criticizing and Criticalizing the Media

These are notes taken during Shirley Steinberg’s CNIE keynote, Sympathy for the Devil: Criticizing and Criticalizing the Media:   Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil – accomplishments of the devil, listeners as audience are complicit in these accomplishments....