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Social Media Writing

Guest Blog #3

First published at Many-to-Many now archived at the Wayback Machine Years ago, long before the web, I was involved with a Usenet group surrounding the POSC data effort. I remember getting into a conversation with one of the folks about the inevitability of disagreements. His belief was that people naturally were cooperative and will argue […]

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Writing

Shaped by the Audience

When introducing the audience as a key component of weblog writing, Steve wrote: We’re not writing an account of our lives just as a record of our lives, we’re trying to say something about our lives, and that can’t be done if we stick only to ‘facts’: the facts that will speak to me about my […]

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Just Shelley Writing

When Truth Conceals, Lies Reveal

So many excellent comments associated with my previous writing, Shadow Talk, as well as exceptional writing in other weblogs such as Jonathon’s, Dorothea’s, Aquarionics, Elaine’s, Laura’s, and (soon to be) Chris’s. I only wish I could do justice to the debates because there’s a rich story unfolding among all the different views, but I’m not sure I’m the one to tell it. […]

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Just Shelley Writing

Death of a Moth

Years ago I worked in a large modern building with dark grey glass doors and windows. One morning when I was out smoking, I noticed a bright spot on the wall next to the door: a white moth, with soft, furry body and silvery antennae. It was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen—delicate […]

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Programming Languages Technology Writing

The Parable of the Languages

Archived at Wayback Machine, including original comments If programming languages could speak, really speak, not just crunch bytes and stream bits, they would have much to say that is both wise and profound. After all, the original programmers were philosophers, and programming languages were philosopher tools… In Babble Meadow, in the twilight hours between day […]