🎞 The Fifth Estate (2013)

Watched The Fifth Estate from DreamWorks
Directed by Bill Condon. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Carice van Houten, Alicia Vikander. A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.

More interesting than I would have suspected. I’m not sure how close the portrayal comes to the original person, but it’s interesting to have a “personality” to put with the person. The best part of the movie is the portrayal of the ranges of reactions to the concept of WikiLeaks and its mission. I could have done with better treatment of some of the “coding” portions of the film which were generally not done very well–I say this having seen it on television with a rewind button at my disposal as well.

Not something I would jump to see again soon in the future.

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📗 Read pages 5-28 of Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary

📗 Read pages 5-28, Chapter 1: Ramona’s Great Day, of Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary (Scholastic Book Services, , ISBN: 0-590-04493-1)

I too want to know how Mike Mulligan went to the bathroom when he was digging a hole all day. It was apparently a cultural touchstone by this time after its publication in 1939.

I wonder if Boing Boing got the name of their site from Susan’s curls in this book?

“Dawnzer lee light” reminds me of the similar concept “with liberty and just a straw.”

My favorite has to be Ramona staying in her seat because she thought she was going to get a present.

📕 Read pages 220-356 of Just My Type: A Book about Fonts by Simon Garfield

📖 Read pages 220-356 of Just My Type: A Book about Fonts by Simon Garfield (Gotham Books, , ISBN: 978-1592406524)

Highlights, Quotes, & Marginalia

Chapter 16: Pirates and Clones

But type designers were more like apple growers cultivating unique fruit without protective fences; whenever someone stole them, they could argue that apples were the result of the sun and rain and God’s own fair intervention.

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… and font-editing software such as Fontographer.

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Might be worth playing around with this program?
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A recent example concerned Segoe, created by Monotype and licensed to Microsoft, which bears a close relationship to Frutiger. Their common usage is different (Segoe for screen display at small sizes, Frutiger for signage), …

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Chapter 17: The Clamour from the Past

There are hundreds of small presses in the Uk, Europe and the United States. One of the newest is White’s Books, which in the spring of 2010 had just eight titles in its list, …

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I’m curious to look at some of these.
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Your choice may often come down to “Has it got a small caps italic?” So few of them do.

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Ha! I have in fact actually made this very decision before.
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There is another rare feature that places his [White’s] books among the remnants of a type museum–the setting of a catchword at the bottom of the right-hand page.

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I did always appreciate this vestige of publishing.
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Sabon

Sabon was developed in the early 1960s for a group of German printers who were grumbling about the lack of a ‘harmonized’ or uniform font that would look the same whether set by hand or on a Monotype or Linotype machine. They were quite specific about the sort of font that might fit the bill, rejecting the modern and fashionable in favour of solid sixteenth-century tradition–something modeled on Garamond and Granjon. They also wanted the new font to be five percent narrower than their existing Monotype Garamond, in order to save space and money.

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Chapter 18: Breaking the Rules

Here are the rules as [Paul] Felton considers God intended them:

  1. Thou shalt not apply more than three typefaces in a document.
  2. Thou shalt lay headlines large and at the top of the page.
  3. Thou shalt employ no other type size than 8pt to 10pt for body copy.
  4. Remember that a typeface that is not legible is not truly a typeface.
  5. Honour thy kerning, so that white space becomes visually equalized between characters.
  6. Thou shalt lay stress discreetly upon elements within text.
  7. Thou shalt not use only capitals when setting vast body copy.
  8. Thou shalt always align letters and words on a baseline.
  9. Thou shalt use flush-left, ragged-right type alignment.
  10. Thou shalt not make lines too short or too long.
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Quick synopsis of Felton’s book The Ten Commandments of Typography / Type Heresy
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Or this observation on digital type from the design critic Paul Hayden Duensing: ‘Digitizing [the seventeenth-century typeface] Janson is like playing Bach on synthesizer.’

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… type was like painting and architecture: an elitism prevailed, and what you produced was only half the story, and what you said about it counted just as much.

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But he [Sebastian Carter] also championed the not-such-a-great-job, the pieces of design and printing that didn’t turn out to be beautiful or clear, merely interesting. He illustrated his talk with some items that were ‘pretty cruddy’, and suggested that these too had a place in our world. ‘I would not want to live in a world of exclusively good design at the bus-ticket level,’ he said.

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delivered mid-October 2004 Beatrice Warde Memorial Lecture at the St. Bride Institute
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Thus armed, ‘the designers of tomorrow will not look back; we give them the chance to fail abjectly and completely; they’re all in the typographic gutter and some of them are looking at their scars.’ The result, of course, would bring forth more failure, but also types of originality and brilliance.

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This sounds to me like statistical mechanics at work in design. Many will be in the median, some will be three signma out and either be truly great or out of the game altogether. The question is how to encourage more at the higher end, knowing that evolution is a very strong selector. In fact what does the distribution over a few generations look like with evolution in play? How strong is it?
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Peace

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Why wasn’t this used in it’s actual face like the other examples? Was it not available? Or too expensive for one word?
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‘Where is the language of protest now?’ he asks. ‘We have been led to believe that culture was only there as a financial opportunity.’

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Quote from Neville Brody
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The key, Brody said, in a strange echo of Morison, was ‘to change a newspaper entirely, but to make sure no one noticed. […] When we first showed it to focus groups they didn’t notice it had changed, but when we told them it had changed, they hated it.’

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Sounds like America’s racial culture in the last 60 years. The question is did they hate it because they’d been lied to and it was a psychological effect after-the-fact when they obviously otherwise didn’t know?
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Buffalo and Popaganda

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again, no exemplars of these faces
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The Interrobang

the @ […] may be almost as old as the ampersand. It had been associated with trade for many centuries, known as amphora or jar, a unit of measurement. Most countries have their own term for it, often linked to food (in Hebrew it is shtrudl, meaning strudel, in Czech it is zavinac or rollmop herring) or to cute animals (Affenschwanz or monkey’s tail in German, snabel-a, meaning “the letter a, with a trunk,” in Danish, sobaka or dog in Russian), or to both (escargot in French).

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Chapter 19: The Serif of Liverpool

… and we were sucha funny family, a little bit Alan Bennett.

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Who is Bennett? Curious cultural reference that doesn’t play in the US…
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Chapter 20: Fox, Gloves

Rather than ten letters of each new typeface showing in Handgloves and the rest of the alphabet shown beneath it, each font now comes with words unique to its character, style and possible use.

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Kind of similar to the quirkiness of paint chip color names, somewhat useful, but meant to help sales too…
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Coles introduced me to Chris Hamamoto, who had a long list of Handgloves alternatives on his computer. Anyone in the office could add to it,
butthere were certain guidelines:

The key letters, in order of importance, are: g, a, s, e. Then there is: l, o, I. And of lesser importance but still helpful: d (or b), h, m (or n), u, v.

Verbs or generic nouns are preferable because they don’t describe the font (like adjectives) or confuse the sample word with a font name (like proper nouns).

Avoid tandem repeating letters unless showing off alternatives.

Use one word, as spaces can get too large and distracting at display sizes.

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This could actually be a rather interesting information theory problem.
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Chapter 21: The Worst Fonts in the World

‘Real men don’t set Souvenir,’ wrote the type scholar Frank Romano in the early 1990’s, […] ‘Souvenir is a font fatale … We could send Souvenir to Mars, but there are international treaties on pollution in outer space … remember, friends don’t let friends set Souvenir,’

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Souvenir bold evokes 1970’s porn and Souvenir Light evokes the Love Story movie poster, romance novels, and maybe the poster for Flowers in the Attic for me.
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Chapter 22: Just My Type

… you can fire up one of a number of software programs — TypeTool, FontLab Studio and Fontographer are the most popular — and begin your quest.

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I want to look at how these work.
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He [Mathew Carter] replied, ‘Some aspects get easier. But if you’re doing a good job you should feel that it gets harder. If you think it’s getting easier, you ought to look out. I think it means you’re getting lazy.’

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Carter on whether computers have made the life of a type designer any easier.
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In 1968 the influential graphic design review The Penrose Annual asked exactly the same things: ‘Aren’t we done yet? Why do we need all these new fonts such as … Helvetica?’
The answer, than and now, is the same. Because the world and its contents are continually changing. We need to express ourselves in new ways.

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‘There are only thirty-two notes on a tenor saxophone, and surely to god they’ve all been played by now.’

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Matthew Carter on Why New Typefaces?
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… there is a lavish app called TypeDrawing, which takes even the plainest fonts to exciting new heights; it may be the tool that teaches children about type–the modern version of the John Bull printing kit.

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…a set of Type Trumps–the designer’s version of the kids’ card game, with each font card rated for legibility, weight and special power.

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an interesting set of “trading cards”
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Guide to highlight colors

Yellow–general highlights and highlights which don’t fit under another category below
Orange–Vocabulary word; interesting and/or rare word
Green–Reference to read
Blue–Interesting Quote
Gray–Typography Problem
Red–Example to work through

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🎞 The Founder (2016)

Watched The Founder from The Weinstein Company
Directed by John Lee Hancock. With Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini. The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into the biggest restaurant business in the world, with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.

Ray Kroc was apparently a far more complex character than I had expected he would or could be. Not that I’ve been a big fan of McDonald’s before, but I have less respect for it as a corporation now, but more respect for its true founders.

It’s an interesting quirk of fate that this film premiered on January 20, 2017 and the parallels that Kroc has with the 45th president who was inaugurated that day.

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🎞 The Imitation Game (2014)

Watched The Imitation Game from The Weinstein Company
Directed by Morten Tyldum. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech. During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.

–an interesting sentiment repeated through the film

I think this was one of the most interesting moments in the film with a very interesting double entedre:

Of course machines can’t think as people do. A machine is different from a person. Hence, they think differently. The interesting question is, just because something, uh… thinks differently from you, does that mean it’s not thinking? Well, we allow for humans to have such divergences from one another. You like strawberries, I hate ice-skating, you cry at sad films, I am allergic to pollen. What is the point of… different tastes, different… preferences, if not, to say that our brains work differently, that we think differently? And if we can say that about one another, then why can’t we say the same thing for brains… built of copper and wire, steel?

I was a bit worried that this film would miss out on one or two crucial technical details that the wider audience should be at least be made aware. It succeeded in presenting all of them, including the concept of a telegraphic “hand”.

The exertion scenes of Alan running were a bit too on-the-nose for me as a proxy for his mental effort and work, particularly given the rest of the general tenor of his character. It was an interesting cinematic and emotional trick however.

This was an incredibly well put together film. I was far more impressed than I had expected to be.

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📺 Fresh Off the Boat: S4 E6 “A League of Her Own”

Watched Fresh Off the Boat S4, E6: "A League of Her Own" from ABC
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar. With Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler. After coming out of the closet to Honey and Jessica, Nicole struggles with telling Marvin, fearful that her father will be disappointed in her. Meanwhile, Louis wants to manage the Cattleman's Ranch softball team on his own, so Jessica decides to coach the rival team from The Denim Turtle to prove that she is the superior manager. Chaos is sure to ensue when everyone gathers for the big game at the Greater Orlando Bar and Restaurant tournament.

Everyday Carry December 2017

I joined yet another silo. It’s really only for some research on posts and pages related to common topics like “What I’m using”, “What I’m Carrying”, “Everyday Carry”, etc.

I’ve seen interview sites related to some of these (and even YouTube channels) as well as individual posts, but Everyday Carry is the one of the first silos I’ve seen dedicated to the topic. It’s very male focused and people seem to carry lots of knives and tactical pens (who knew this was a category?). Their business model seems to be sales oriented including ads and Amazon affiliate links, but it’s an interesting concept with pretty solid execution. It seems to be an uber-niche version of the original incarnation of gdgt.com which this is very similar to, but gdgt eventually morphed into something else.

I will say that the visual presentation is rather stunning and intriguing, though in practice some of the mouse-overs don’t always work as well as one would expect.

There is a somewhat prurient nature to seeing what people are carrying, though this incarnation makes it overly obvious that the collections are all-too-curated. It’s definitely not the sort of bum-rush sort with potentially embarrassing video I’ve seen before on YouTube.

I’m including below an embedded version of my post which includes some of their native UI, which seems pretty slick for such a site.

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Liked Here’s the latest version of my quick-reply bookmarklet. by gRegor MorrillgRegor Morrill (gregorlove.com)
Here’s the latest version of my quick-reply bookmarklet. It lets me reply to any URL now, not just tweet URLs. Copy and paste the below as a bookmark, changing http://example.com/endpoint/?url= to your desired endpoint. javascript:(function(){var endpoint='http://example.com/endpoint/?url=';if(document.location.hostname=='twitter.com'){var container;if(!(container=document.querySelector('.selected-stream-item'))){if(!(container=document.querySelector('.permalink-tweet-container'))){alert('Could not find tweet permalink. Are you sure a specific tweet is selected?');return false;}}var in_reply_to='https://twitter.com'+container.children[0].getAttribute('data-permalink-path');window.open(endpoint+encodeURIComponent(in_reply_to));}else{var in_reply_to=document.location.href;window.open(endpoint+encodeURIComponent(in_reply_to));}}())

Thanks gRegor! This seems to work like a charm with the Post Kinds Plugin endpoints.

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