For New Readers

This is a start page for binge-reading this blog. It was founded in 2007 (here’s some background), and as of March 2020 has 971 posts totaling ~1.8 million words. For an easier introduction, try our ebook collections and books by our contributors. If you want to sample some of our top hits before binging, try these 10:

  1. The Gervais Principle
  2. A Big Little Idea Called Legibility
  3. Weaponized Sacredness
  4. Tendrils of Mess in Our Brains
  5. The Premium Mediocre Life of Maya Millennial
  6. The Internet of Beefs
  7. The Digital Maginot Line
  8. The Blockchain Man
  9. Samuel Beckett’s Guide to Particles and Anti-Particles
  10. Artem vs. Predator

Ready to binge?

We organize our archives by 6-year-long “ages”. We are currently in the as-yet-unnamed third age of ribbonfarm, (2019-2024).

  • Here’s the 2019 roundup, the first of the unnamed new age. The year saw the introduction of the blogchain format to complement the existing longform format.
  • The previous age was the Snowflake Age (2013 -18). Here are annual roundups for 2018, 201720162015, 2014 and 2013 check out the ribbonfarm map and accompanying video editorial.
  • If you are interested in ancient archives, check out  the overview/retrospective The Rust Age of Ribbonfarm (2007-2012), page covering the first 5 years (also available in ebook form). Complete annual roundups: 20122011201020092008 and 2007.
  • If you want some reading inspiration, check out the Now Reading page, where we track what we are reading.