In the sea which was once an ocean, in the water once green, our pasts call out in a whisper.

Of One’s Own

At Midnight Breakfast, we are trying to build something independent and as universally accessible as possible.

“American Homeowner”

So I’ve been asking myself, where are the safe spaces? Where can we make homes that protect ourselves against this kind of abuse?

Thinking about the math education blogosphere

I want streams I can jump into and splash around, where people aren’t focused on the nature of water or how it’s flowing.

I’m confused.

I want to admit something that I wish more people would admit.

Writing in Public

Who will bring back some of the open dialog that was part and parcel to the kind of web that I recall fondly?

No se Aceptan Devoluciones

This is a story we know: two young people afraid of commitment are forced together and find love.

But Instructions has something else up its sleeve.

A New Attempt

I’ll write and publish when the mood strikes, and about whatever.


One day we catch ourselves in the mirror and realize we aren’t the same as we once were: we have changed.


It’s an exciting way for a relationship to start: one of the partners able only to nod and write little bits in a notebook, the other doing his best to make out what he can of her personality.

Super 8

This movie is about a bunch of awesome middle school kids living in a boring town in Ohio in 1979.

Midnight in Paris

The movie achieves a wonderful story about living in the present, while not dismissing nostalgia entirely.

Searching for Understanding

People have shaped, sometimes by design, sometimes by accident, a world in which he must find a way to operate.

Living with the Web

I consider myself lucky to say that I generally feel like a productive contributor to the web, and a productive person in general.

How Many Spaces After the Period?

When you publish, use one space. Not two.

Managing Change

“Nevan, I’ve lived in a different world.”

Roundup No. 5

Easy A, letter-writing, Rebecca’s new blog, David Foster Wallace on the need for good communicators, Jan Tschichold’s 1928 text The New Typography is still relevant.

Roundup No. 4

Liberal arts education, Justice Stephen Breyer talks to Charlie Rose, Hrant Papazian and Nina Stössinger shine some light on Armenian type and lettering.

Roundup No. 3

The social sciences, Sarah Palin, remembering 9/11, putting your inner and outer monsters in perspective, H&FJ’s Forza, Roger Black on web fonts.

Roundup No. 2

Miscellaneous thoughts on education, The Bent Quill Players’ production of Susanna Centlivre’s The Busybody, a special appearance by Ray Bradbury, art-directed essays on the web.

Roundup No. 1

Scala’s cover of “Creep”, Kurt Vonnegut talks to Albion College, catching up on David Foster Wallace, reminders about life and laughter, Denis O’Hare on True Blood, Radiolab’s “Words”, Adobe loves Typekit.


Popular ideas can be uninteresting simply because their shared nature has shaved off all the interesting bits.


Magic is not an explanation of, but a shorthand for the unexplained or inexplicable mysteries of the world around and within us.

Making Hay

If we have learned anything about humanity over the course of, well, recorded history, isn’t it that we’re a pretty resilient bunch?

A Writing Device

I never thought that typing with two thumbs on a screen with no tactile feedback on a device that sits comfortably in the palm could feel like writing. But it does.

Modern Friendship

Of course this mass of quips and check-ins and preening and exhibition doesn’t represent or display the qualities of deeply connected friendship. (How could it?)

Thoughts on “Avatar”

“Without going into too much detail, can I get an enormous budget to use motion capture on some actors’ faces and digitally turn them into, well, blue kitties?”

A Pause to Take in Surroundings

Malls and movie theatres and even airports are so full of things that, simply put, overwhelm and confound.

David Pogue on Cleaning Up the Clutter Online

The best way to tackle the readability of the web isn’t by trying to automatically reformat it (although it’s a good stop-gap).

John Kricfalusi’s Review of Meatballs

I often find myself settling for the little things in a movie that make it good, rather than expecting something more, maybe in order to seem less like a cynic and an asshole.

The Guts of a New Machine

Think about what you’re making, respect the user and the reader, and make informed decisions along the way to the best of your ability.


I’ve been trying Kernest out for a few days now, and have found the experience very pleasant all around.

Exclusive! Sarah Palin Interview

Sadie Lou’s own Rebecca Rubenstein lands an exclusive debate-day interview with Sarah Palin.

Making Complicated Machines

The alphabet of computer language is as simple as they come, with two figures: 1 and 0, known as bits, which typically correspond to high and low voltage electronic pulses. From such a simple base, however, complex functionality can be achieved.

Some Thoughts on Choice and Reason

“What choice did you make here?”