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



Published: 2017-06-11T18:39:44-05:00

 



Open Thread 218

2017-06-11T18:39:44-05:00

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



Mosaic face

2017-06-11T17:17:17-05:00

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



Open Thread 217

2017-03-20T09:17:52-05:00

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



Wealth, risk, and power

2017-03-14T13:56:47-05:00

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



Making Conversation

2017-03-13T20:50:43-05:00

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

2017-03-08T03:32:59-05:00

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?

2017-02-01T12:53:31-05:00

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

2017-01-27T03:34:37-05:00

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

2017-01-03T17:51:17-05:00

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



Defense in depth

2016-12-30T07:33:26-05:00

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

2016-12-28T12:58:40-05:00

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



Arouse us noble

2016-12-26T14:46:11-05:00

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



Texts, 2016

2016-12-25T06:28:27-05:00

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



Rogue One SPOILER thread

2016-12-19T08:14:58-05:00

We know the context here. Somewhere else, the simple story is about to begin: the brave farmboy with secret gifts,...



Taking it back

2016-12-10T10:29:26-05:00

Save me from a villainous imagination; Deliver me from my friends. — Barenaked Ladies, "Take it Back" CW: references to...