Ribbonfarm is a longform blog devoted to unusual takes on familiar themes. What we call “refactored perception.” It is edited by Venkatesh Rao (“Venkat”) and features weekly posts by Venkat as well as a gradually changing roster of invited resident writers, who each write 4-5 loosely related pieces over the course of a year. Past residents have included Kevin Simler, Mike Travers and Drew Austin.
New readers may want to start here.
About Venkatesh Rao
His other writing includes Tempo, a book about decision-making, and two ebooks, Be Slightly Evil and The Gervais Principle. Besides ribbonfarm, his writing can be found at Aeon magazine, Information Week and Forbes. More details can be found on LinkedIn.
About the name…
The name ribbonfarm refers to the ribbon farms of 18th century Detroit — strips of lands 2-3 miles long, each with 2-300 yards along the Detroit river waterfront — that the then French governor used to resolve water disputes. I thought it was a great metaphor for a blog trying to get its thin slice of attention from the great river of eyeballs that is the Web. Here is a picture (courtesy, Detroit Public Library) of an 1818 map of Detroit that shows the ribbon farms.
About the tag-line
Experiments in refactored perceptions is a geek joke. It refers to changing how you see the world by trying to rewire the software inside your head through writing.