"Design matters" (Fred is an idiot, Part XVI)

If you ever want to know about the creation, nurture and health of online communities, ask Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden. They’ve been doing this and thinking about how it works since before the Web, and you can see the results in the community of commenters at their blog, Making Light, where I often lurk [Read More...]

Could we start again, please?

OK, let’s try that again. Reboot. Reset. Restart. Reinstall. Seek to be born again, as it were. Big news. Really big news. Very exciting news, I think, but also not terribly disruptive news if we do this right. Well, safe to say I’m 0-for-1 so far. Let me first address what the move won’t mean. [Read More...]

Weekend link dump

In response to some concerns about hospitality toward atheists and the nonreligious here at the new site I started to write about why that saddened me and why its terribly important to me, personally, that my own faith and the various faiths of my new friends here not in any way be perceived to be [Read More...]

ISO comments on comments

I’m still learning to drive the new car here in WordPress/disqus land, and there’s more flexibility to it than I’ve yet learned to navigate. So consider this an open thread on comments and the comment system here. What’s good/better with the comment system and structure? What’s bad/not working? I don’t want to lose any voices [Read More...]

Wendell Berry, Friday music game

Couple new items up on the new site: "Honoring the Mad Farmer" and "The Gate to the Genius Next Door" [Read more...]

Honoring the Mad Farmer

That picture there (by AP photographer Charles Dharapak) shows President Barack Obama presenting Wendell Berry with a 2010 National Humanities Medal on Wednesday at the White House. Wendell Berry scares me. He is a poet, novelist, essayist, farmer, husband, conservationist, radical and gentleman. He writes with an unrivaled clarity of language, clarity of thought and [Read More...]

Supreme Court strikes down key argument of same-sex marriage foes

I have two envelopes. The first is labeled, “To an Honest Man Who Argued in Good Faith and Was Truly Afraid.” The second is labeled, “To a Dishonest Man Who Has Been Lying Deliberately and Who Will Say Anything in Pursuit of Power.” I am not sure if I will need to use the first [Read More...]

New post up at new site

"Supreme Court strikes down key argument of same-sex marriage foes" [Read more...]