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2007 May 09 — Why Now?
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Helvetica at 50

The BBC actually has an article in its magazine noting the golden anniversary of a typeface.

The comments are fun, including a number of really bad jokes, with a lot of people suddenly embarrassed that they are part of a discussion about something this trivial.

I take such things seriously as a publisher is one of my larger clients and I occasionally have to write Postscript code for him to do something for a book. Most people have heard of “Postscript fonts”, but are unaware that it is a language.

I buck the trend and use a serif typeface on this blog because I find it more readable, which is important when you wear bifocals.

I was going to specify Helvetica for this post, but I only have it as a Postscript typeface, and most people probably don’t have on their machines, so there’s no point.

May 9, 2007   4 Comments

Some Nice News

Via Melanie at Just a Bump in the Beltway: Keith Olbermann will receive the first Molly Ivins Award from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies [AAN] today.

AAN officials stated in a release that Olbermann’s show “is notable for its literate writing, fast-paced delivery, historical and pop-culture references and the host’s signature wit, all of which make ‘Countdown’ one of the most vital and colorful newscasts on the air.”

AAN plans to donate $2,000 in Olbermann’s name to the Molly Ivins Fund for Investigative Reporting at the Texas Observer, stating “Ivins remained a passionate supporter of the non-profit bi-weekly newsmagazine until her passing.”

It’s nice that there is an award named for Miss Molly, and that Keith Olbermann received it. It’s even nicer that the award includes a donation for her fund. The question is, who else is worthy?

May 9, 2007   4 Comments

Another Veto Threat

Scorpio says Bush hates the troops, but I don’t think he has ever cared about them enough to hate them.

CNN as a slightly different version of the same Associated Press report: New war funding bill unacceptable to White House

President Bush would veto any bill drafted by House Democratic leaders that would fund the Iraq war only into the summer months, his spokesman said Wednesday.

And Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a Senate committee that such short-term funding would be very disruptive and “have a huge impact” on contracts to repair and replace equipment. The Defense Department, he said, just doesn’t “have the agility to manage a two month appropriation.”

One simple question, after four years why is the Iraq conflict still being funded by “emergency” bills?

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May 9, 2007   2 Comments

Subtropical Storm Andrea?!

The Hurricane Season starts on June 1st but some people didn’t get the message. According to Jeff Masters Subtropical Storm Andrea has developed in the Atlantic off the Georgia coast.

Not enough rain is expected to help with the wild fires, and the lightning may start more.

May 9, 2007   Comments Off on Subtropical Storm Andrea?!