Monthly Archives: April 2014

“Big Questions” – An exquisite literary feast that reads like a literal dream

My review of Anders Nilsen’s epic-scaled postmodern comic fable, Big Questions, is up on WINK: The day my mail carrier plopped a review copy of this hefty, gorgeous tome inside my screen door (I have an uncanny ability to discern this faint but happy sound from anywhere in the house), I immediately cracked it open […]

My Annual Parade o’ Peeps

I miss many things about being the Editorial Director for Maker Media. One of these would be the annual Peeps round-up I did on the MAKE website every year. No, seriously. I have something of an unhealthy fascination with these unholy food-colored, sugar-coated marshmallow death wads. And by the number of bizarre things that people […]

My First Wink Books Review!

Woo-hoo! My first WINK review is live. So thrilled to be involved in this project. For my first book, I reviewed the amazing Cartographies of Time, by Anthony Grafton and Daniel Rosenberg: Cartographies of Time is literally groovy. As you hold it in your hands, the horizontal corrugations in the cover boards constantly and literally […]

The “Jargon Watch” Terms That Stuck with Me

For Borg Like Me, I thought it would be fun to look through the entire corpus of my 12 years of editing Wired’s “Jargon Watch” column and identify the terms that actually become a part of my everyday vocabulary. Here are 23 terms that I still use on a fairly regular basis. Backgrounding: The practice […]

Modeling Tips Roundup on MAKE

I bumped into this piece on MAKE today while looking something up and thought it was worth sharing — a decent little forgotten gem for anyone who enjoys any kind of scale modeling, tabletop game modeling, and the like.

What Others Are Saying About “Gareth’s Tips on Sucks-Less Writing”

“…[L]oaded with excellent advice for writers. I’ve learned a great deal about writing and editing from Gareth. He’s a terrific writer and a terrific teacher.” – Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing “…[A] handy guide for writers of all kinds… There is a lot of advice floating around…Gareth’s Tips brings together some of the best.” – Roy […]

My Research Residency on the Maker Movement

I started my Provisions Library Research Residency at George Mason University yesterday. For the next 3 weeks, I’ll be researching the maker movement. Is it really a “movement”? What does that mean, exactly? How large is its reach? What areas of education, technology, business, local community, and the culture at large is it touching, and […]