Making Light Entries: The Master List

Below is an initial list of postings that have been active recently, to the best of my memory. I have noted caches that I have URLs for, kindly provided by people in these threads. I am digging through my own caches. If you have better caches of data, please send them to me (abi at the domain we’re on), Patrick, and Teresa (their initials at We will update this as we go.

(Why, yes, there is a spreadsheet!)

Making Light

Post No Date Title Highest Known No Latest Complete Comment Savior
April Archives (all April posts) Doctor Science
010186 Apr-27 Where do people find the time? 251 #251 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: May 02, 03:54 PM: Nick Fagerlund
010184 Apr-27 Open thread 106 11 Abi has the email notifications
010178 Apr-26 Eric Clapton, White Power enthusiast 73 #10 ::: will shetterly ::: (view all by) ::: April 26, 11:18 PM: Doctor Science
010177 Apr-26 Teresa in the Observer 54 #13 ::: Angelle ::: (view all by) ::: April 26, 10:53 PM: Doctor Science
010176 Apr-26 Feeling the Heat 26
010175 Apr-26 SFWA election results 45 #45 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: April 30, 02:51 AM: Doctor Science
010174 Apr-25 Indistinguishable from parody 186 #186 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: May 02, 06:52 PM: Doctor Science
010173 Apr-24 The Rather Difficult Font Game 123 #123 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: April 29, 06:46 AM: Doctor Science
010168 Apr-23 Live in San Francisco, it’s TNH! 18 #18 ::: pat greene ::: (view all by) ::: April 24, 06:54 PM: Doctor Science
010167 Apr-22 NBC News calls Penn for Hillary 124 #124 ::: Matthew Austern ::: (view all by) ::: April 28, 11:44 PM: Doctor Science
010157 Apr-17 Little Brother 180 #180 ::: Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) ::: (view all by) ::: April 30, 06:13 AM: Doctor Science
010154 Apr-16 Newsweek invents an alarming trend 245 #235 ::: Ginger ::: (view all by) ::: April 29, 05:02 PM: Doctor Science
010151 Apr-16 Housekeeping 7 #7 ::: paul ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 03:23 PM: Doctor Science
010146 Apr-14 Open thread 105 906 #215 ::: Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) ::: (view all by) ::: April 18, 01:48 AM: Doctor Science
010143 Apr-13 Could lead to goose-stepping 469 #150 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 02:18 AM: Doctor Science
010142 Apr-13 Bury my acorns at Wounded Knee 87 #87 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: April 21, 2008, 12:24 AM: Abi
010134 Apr-12 A book by its cover 37 #37 ::: Claire ::: (view all by) ::: April 19, 2008, 11:34 PM: Abi
010133 Apr-11 Future of Publishing, Part 5,271,009 32 #32 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2008, 09:17 AM: Abi
010129 Apr-09 Don’t Miss the Deadline 25 #25 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2008, 11:13 PM: Abi
010125 Apr-06 Heads they win; tails we lose 320 175 Carol Witt
010123 Apr-06 Some must employ the scythe 126 #126 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2008, 03:53 PM: Abi
010115 Apr-04 Pity the Times 167 #167 ::: Terry Karney ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2008, 12:22 PM: Abi
010113 Apr-04 Forty years gone 70 #70 ::: rea ::: (view all by) ::: April 08, 2008, 07:20 PM: Abi
010108 Apr-01 Amsterdam 70 #70 ::: Bill Higgins finds more spam ::: (view all by) ::: April 25, 2008, 08:48 AM: Abi
March Archives (all March posts) Doctor Science
010104 Mar-31 Deep Value 434 165 Carol Witt
010103 Mar-30 The photograph that terrorized London 204 203 Carol Witt
010097 Mar-28 Open thread 104 931 239 Carol Witt
010101 Mar-28 Divided by common errors 34 #34 ::: Edward Oleander ::: (view all by) ::: April 05, 2008, 01:39 AM: Abi
010083 Mar-20 Going to need a bigger laser 174 #174 ::: Paul A. ::: (view all by) ::: March 31, 2008, 08:08 PM: Abi
010077 Mar-18 Arthur C. Clarke, 1917-2008 177 #177 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: April 06, 2008, 08:14 PM: Abi
010069 Mar-16 Just do it 38 #38 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2008, 06:36 AM: Abi
010066 Mar-16 Literary Divination, A Parlour Game 106 #106 ::: heresiarch sees, um, spam? ::: (view all by) ::: March 26, 2008, 03:25 AM: abi
010046 Mar-13 Open thread 103 936 222 Carol Witt
010044 Mar-11 Phase one: collect underpants 265 #265 ::: Laurie ::: (view all by) ::: April 21, 2008, 08:18 AM: Abi
010028 Mar-04 Greyhawk’s flags at half-staff 253 200 Carol Witt
010025 Mar-03 Can you read this? 53 #53 ::: Robert N Stephenson ::: (view all by) ::: March 07, 2008, 08:21 PM: Abi
010012 Mar-03 All come singing 69 #69 ::: The Constructivist ::: (view all by) ::: March 21, 2008, 04:37 PM: Abi
007399 Darwin fish found 386 204
005451 Worldcongoing 326 183
009050 Abi Sutherland, on Catz 574 293


Teresa has been looking at this and will report


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21 thoughts on “Making Light Entries: The Master List”

  1. I don’t know nuthin’ ’bout real computing, I don’t even know what was being asked, but on the outside chance I’ve performed some idiot savant miracle,

    first I went to Making Light, and yes there was a blank page.

    Next I went to and did a search for “Making Light.”

    Then I clicked on the cache [cache of as retrieved on May 1, 2008 18:41:24 GMT.] for it

    In case you think it’s important and can’t get the same result, I copied the HTML and pasted it into a WORD doc, 25pp. long.

    I’ve saved it, too. If it’s needed, let me know and we can figure our how to make the handoff.

    I really hope this helps. Oh, be sure to AV scan whatever you’re sent, just to be on the safe side.


  2. I wrote: “If it’s needed, let me know and we can figure our how to make the handoff.”

    posting blog page where you can leave message.

    also, i believe i may have an email address for you but won’t use it unless you request.

    Happy day…


  3. I have copies of every post since “Forty years gone” in my RSS reader, but none of the comments. If that’s any help, give me a shout at this email addy.

  4. We’re pretty much OK for posts. It’s the comments that we’re missing, because Google caching cuts off after a while.

    Also, if you have been commenting on older posts (like the Darwin fish post, which had a recent spate of activity), flag them so at least I know what we’re missing.

    I’m collecting a few things here and there, and will update the list soon.

  5. Mailed Open Thread 105 to Patrick at Panix. Goes up to 27 April at 12:20 AM.

    PNH’s spam traps sometimes lose my mail, so look for it. I sent it from my higgins2k at gmail dot com account.

  6. I’ve just sent a copy of Feeling the Heat that goes up to 31 comments.

  7. just to clarify what i’m looking for — because i do appear to have google caches of posts back to february 28 : all you want is comments, and only comments not already covered in the spreadsheet?
    sorry for sounding so stupid, but … i must say I also have no idea of how to send you whatever I do find. so i’ll let you know if i find something and then you can tell me.

  8. Ideally, saving the page as HTML or saving the complete page (use the File/Save menu on your browser and be expansive).

    Tell us what you’ve got, zip them, and send them to Patrick, Teresa and me.


  9. Ideally, saving the page as HTML or saving the complete page (use the File/Save menu on your browser and be expansive).

    Tell us what you’ve got, zip them, and send them to Patrick, Teresa and me.

    Do you want me to shoot you copies of the stuff I mentioned in the techie thread?

  10. let me try that again.

    Abi, you said “Tell us what you’ve got, zip them, and send them to Patrick, Teresa and me.”

    I’ve got s/i/g/n/a/l/ files, I’ve posted a list in the Techie thread. Do you want me to spam all three of you with what I have, or should I await further instructions?

  11. I’m a lurker with several ML pages open in tabs. The only one you seem to need is the complete “Deep Value”, so I’ve just saved a copy of the page with all 434 comments. I’ll try to zip and email in a few minutes. I also have 72 comments on my version of “Amsterdam” (versus 70 in the spreadsheet), but it looks like the last 4 are spam. I haven’t checked my cache yet.

  12. Earlier I posted Google Reader for blog posts, but it also works for comments (as long as someone, somewhere decided to track them in Google Reader). They can be seen at links such as the following, where ######.xml indicates the post number and n=# is the number of comments to show (I chose an arbitrarily high one):

    There were a few that weren’t tracked at all, and the order isn’t necessarily right, but it’s pretty comprehensive. I gathered all the xml files and uploaded them to my web site in a zipped folder.

  13. I’m subscribed to a few threads via Google Reader, so I don’t think I have cached pages, but I have the text of the comments themselves. I might have some of the more recent comments (I see 187 on Little Brother; 105 on Theresa in the Observer, etc.) Please let me know via email if there’s something I can do to help.

  14. Well, I saved a Google cache of my own comments from 09.27.06 to 04.28.08, but I’m set up so that the browser cache on my PC is wiped every time I exit the browser.

  15. I’ve had some luck on the older posts by checking the Internet Archive.

    Darwin Fish post to Comment #223

    Worldcongoing Post to Comment #326

    I can’t get to the IA cache of “Abi Sutherland on Catz” but the URL is

  16. As it happens, I made a new comment on “Grease Monkey” last night — nothing it would be too hard to reconstruct, just a note that Tim Eldred is putting new material up on the book’s site.

  17. If anyone wants to get ambitious, here’s a list of names of ML posters who I have _not_ yet collected.

    (Note: If your name isn’t on this list, don’t assume that I _do_ have it.)

    A. J. Luxton
    Adam Ek
    Adrian Smith
    Alter S. Reiss
    Andrew Plotkin
    Andy Brazil
    Anna the Piper
    Arwel Parry
    Ben Morris
    beth meacham
    Connie H.
    Dena Shunra
    Doctor Science
    don delny

    Earl Cooley III
    Edward Oleander
    Evan Simpson
    Francis D
    Garrett Fitzgerald
    Glenn Hauman
    Greg London
    Ingvar M
    j h woodyatt
    Jason McIntosh
    Jen Roth
    Jennifer Barber
    Jo Walton
    Joe Eaton
    Joel Polowin
    John L
    John Chu
    John Thornton
    Julie L.
    Kate Nepveu
    Ken Houghton
    Ken MacLeod
    Kevin Riggle
    Kimberley Verburg
    Kip W
    Lawrence Watt-Evans
    Leah Miller
    Leva Cygnet
    Lizzy L
    Madeline F
    Marie Brennan
    Mark D.
    Marna Nightingale
    Martin Wisse
    Mary Dell
    Matt Austern
    Matt McIrvin
    Matt Stevens
    Matthew Austern
    Max Kaehn
    Michael I
    Michael Walsh
    Michael Roberts
    Michael Weholt

    Mycroft W
    Nancy Lebovitz
    Naomi Libicki
    NC Hanger
    Neil Willcox
    Niall McAuley
    Nick Caldeorn
    Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little
    pat greene
    Paul A.
    Pedantic Peasant
    Per Chr. J.
    R. M. Koske
    Ralph Giles
    Randolph Fritz
    Richard Klin
    Rob Hansen
    Russell Letson
    Scott Taylor
    Scott H
    Scott Janssens
    Soon Lee
    Stephen Frug
    Steve Taylor
    Steve Buchheit
    Summer Storms
    Susan Kitchens
    Tazistan Jen
    Tim O’Brien
    Tony Zbaraschuk
    will shetterly

  18. At this point, I’m having trouble figuring out what names still need to be googled for comments… perhaps an updatable list somewhere? Specifically, it would be really nice to have “last update” entries for the member-to-google lists, and for the global “fixing the threads” lists above.

  19. More specifically, it would be nice to have a list of names with “have their comments up to foo/bar/08”, and perhaps a separate list “names that need scanning”. Nice, but iduno how practical….

  20. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: The MSN search cache appears to be current and complete. I have tried several lookups and have found entries in the hundreds up to April 30th. That includes several on the chart. 906 comments in Open Thread 105, all there. USE MSN SEARCH.

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