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Making Light

Language, fraud, folly, truth, history, and knitting. Et cetera.

Published: 2018-01-22T13:58:51-05:00


Open thread 220


Overheard: "You think he's cool because he's a dwarf? Or because you read about him online?" Discuss....

My grandmother's clock


I have a chiming clock in the house. It was originally my maternal grandmother's, and my mother very kindly gave...

NYC primary elections 2017


NYC primary elections are coming up next Tuesday, and there’s actually some interesting action going on in the normally dull...

"If you feel safe now, it's an illusion born of your relationship to power."


From a post by Logan Rimel, parish administrator at University Lutheran Chapel of Berkeley, Caifornia. I outsourced the sin of...

Open Thread 219


Liberalism can't defeat white supremacy. Only direct action can....

FTL, Y’all


Iron Circus Comics (Spike Trotman’s company) has just announced its next anthology project: FTL, Y’all. Imagine what would happen if...

Open Thread 218


No, English isn't uniquely vibrant or mighty or adaptable. But it really is weirder than pretty much every other language....

Mosaic face


I love the faces in Byzantine mosaics. I used to make my own Mac icons back in the 1990s, when...

Open Thread 217


Allow me to observe that bluegrass musicians will cover anything....

Wealth, risk, and power


This is a thread I wrote on Twitter, because sometimes it's easier to write about big subjects on very small...

Making Conversation


This is just to say that my recent essay collection, Making Conversation, is eligible for Best Related Work. Forgive me....

Dori Smith and Tom Negrino


Long ago in Internet time, the well-known tech writer and programmer Dori Smith, a sometime reader hereabouts, did Making Light...

Is this Open thread 216?


What is your name? What is your quest? What is your favorite color? Wait, give me some time to think....

I know what I'm needin', and I don't want to waste more time


Hey, New Yorkers (City and State)! Want health care? There’s a bill making its way through our state legislature that...

Universal Basic Income discussion thread


There are many things I am not, among them an economist, a futurologist, a historian of labor, (a person who...