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Making Light

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

Published: 2017-08-16T05:51:46-05:00


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...

Defense in depth


I'm strongly suspecting that New Year's is going to be a time of listicles and advocacy. Everyone's going to be...

And ever morne and may


As 2016 draws to a close, many of us are looking on it as a year of loss, not just...

Arouse us noble


Out of this darkness, let the unmeasured sword Rising from sleep to execute or crown Rest on our shoulders,...

Texts, 2016


Luke 2:1-14, Anglo-Saxon (via): Soþlice on þam dagum wæs geworden gebod fram þam casere Augusto, þæt eall ymbehwyrft wære tomearcod....