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On the Subject of Notes

Sometimes it’s important to be extremely fussy about otherwise inconsequential things. There’s a reason why people fight over the proper pronunciation of már ‘habitation in Quenya (the m takes on an mb sound), pirates versus ninjas, and the proper placement of footnotes. It’s not that any of these particularly matter, but when pronounced, understood, or typeset correctly, such miscellanea greatly enrich the world. And it...

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LibreGraphics Magazine – Issue 1.3

LibreGraphics Magazine – Issue 1.3

LibreGraphics magazine is one of those bold things that the open source world needs more of. It’s designed as a catalyst for discussion and, more importantly, a showcase of what can be accomplished with open source software. In the graphic arts world, a sizable number of graphic design users have this idea that the only software worth using is a suite of proprietary (and extremely expensive) tools. For that reason, one of the stated goals...

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Visual Thinking, Explained

In the Open Source Writing book, I’ve got a section of Visual Thinking. While I’m hardly an expert, the way we perceive and understand the world is a serious interest of mine an I read everything I can find on the subject. This morning, while I was fact checking a few things for the book, I came across this video by Tom Wujek. In it, he talks about the neuroscience of understanding and how the brain understands the world of ideas....

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LibreGraphics Magazine and Conference

LibreGraphics Magazine and Conference

You know that obsession I’ve got with awesome stuff and the compulsion to share it? Well, it seems to have taken hold this morning. There are two things in the RSS feed today that simply must be shared. For these, everything – looming deadlines, familiar responsibilities, and miscellaneous addictions – can wait. The first item is a link to LibreGraphics magazine. The second is a call for proposals from a conference of the same...

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Camp KDE and Writing Tools

Camp KDE and Writing Tools

Next Monday, I’m going to be giving a talk entitled “Writing and Publishing With Open Source Tools” at Camp KDE, the annual KDE conference for North America. For those interested in attending, the talk happens at 12:15 pm at the Hotel Kabuki, in San Francisco. I’m really excited about the talk and I think it’s going to be excellent. (I know, having high expectations for your own performance is the route to obscurity,...

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Touching the Face of God

Touching the Face of God

Today was the 25th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Considering that it is a major anniversary of a catastrophic event, I’ve been somewhat surprised at the response. Or, I guess I should clarify, the lack of one. A quick search on Google News shows that it is being covered, but the world seems far more focused on the happenings in Egypt and the upcoming launch of Verizon’s iPhone. While the norm for most sites was...

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Miscellaneous Stuff: Layouts, Spam, Poster PDFs, etc.

Miscellaneous Stuff: Layouts, Spam, Poster PDFs, etc.

Note: Still working on the book. Hope to be done soon.  More information will be posted when I actually finish. To the many kind people who have asked, I am still alive. Yes, I am still working on the book.  Large projects have minds of their own, and I am having a very hard time convincing this one that she should be “finished.” Every time I think I’m nearing the gate, I discover something else that needs to be done.  Writing...

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