Free software

Happy 2022: Points for systems resonance

2021 was a year of polarization and increased impacts by digitalization on culture. This post presents ‘points of resonance’ (Dartur 2020) to inspire transitions towards improvement at this time of continued change in the so-called knowledge age.

The code and codex of the commons

This post is an homage to an excellent essay by Bastien Guerry who raises ethical questions about how to map out the digital commons.

Emacsconf2021: Dialogic learning how to learn through the Emacs tool

I can think of very few contexts in this hurried ‘great reset’ (to assume the urgency of Schwab & Malleret 2020) where we have the reflective/reflexive privilege to focus on the meaning/ethos of our digital tools. Such an opportunity is thanks to the EmacsConf2021 organizers and support team.

FOSS as polyphonic, interrelational traces

It is on all of us to decide how it is that we are working with and using tech in 2021 as even the smallest decision has a cumulative effect. … Which ideology are we supporting through our software use/contributions and why?

EmacsConf2021: A few talks I can't wait to watch

I won’t be including all of the talks I will be watching here but those that are aligned with topics I cover on this blog. I tried to keep this short – !

EmacsConf2021: Emacs as design pattern learning

I will be giving a talk at this year’s EmacsConf2021 that was an indirect exercise in considering the new wave of programming that is upon us.

A back-to-school/GTD Emacs journey

This post is a beginner’s continued journey to Emacs (mostly org-mode) and discusses: programming as a journey, Beamer for PDF control, mind map tools (metaphors for programmers!), using org-capture to plug-and-play, using Websters, advanced table export, and a little more.

Free Software and philosophy

This paper explores the threat of the erasure of knowledge, which Stiegler (2018) sees as characteristic of the Anthropocene, and which is understood in this paper as an educational concern with respect to our shared understanding and use of digital tools. The problem of the ‘bringing forth’ of knowledge is related to Heideggerian (1977 [1949]) poeisis. But where Heidegger lacked the courage to act, Stiegler raised the question of how to act and live care-fully, through neganthropic pharmakon as provisional treatment in the disautomatization of individual and collective production and consumption.

Org-mode is local - even in LaTeX exports!

Universalism, and universal teaching, can become a reality… if someone is willing to do the ‘extra’ work.

Free lunches and the burden of responsibility

This post explores the fun and difficulties of trying to use a computer responsibly as a non-techie but appreciator of the computer art.
“It is easy to use a computer. This is fortunate, because everybody’s going to have to learn. It is not so easy to use a computer wisely. This is unfortunate, because everybody’s going to have to learn.” – Michael Chrichton