Archive for March, 2008

Typographica’s favorite typefaces of 2007

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I’ve enjoyed reading some of Typographica’s favorite typefaces of 2007. I’m not sure why I find it interesting, to be honest. My favorite in their list is perhaps one of the most mundane-looking, Greta. From the review:

Greta Text manages to have a new, distinctive voice without having any characters that stick out as odd or awkward. The whole is beautifully coherent and balanced. Finally, Greta manages to look fresh without looking either austere or slick.

FriendFeed

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I don’t think I’ve mentioned FriendFeed on here before. FriendFeed lets you take all your public online activity (blog posts, pictures uploaded, google reader shared items, etc) and combine them into one feed. Then, you can view a stream of your friends’ online activities and discuss items on the site. Lifehacker has a good overview of the site, as I’m clearly not good at explaining it.

I like using FriendFeed, but unfortunately I only know a few people on the site (a lot of googlers use it, since the company consists of ex-googlers).  Most of my friends don’t seem to be very feed-friendly, for some reason.  I guess that only seems odd from inside a silicon valley bubble.  You can view my feed here, though it’s not particularly interesting at the moment.

Anyway, consider trying it out if you use a bunch of sites with feeds.

Obama’s NCAA bracket

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Obama’s NCAA bracket.

As of this writing, he and I are tied.

Political update from DMX

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

via kottke..

Apparently rapper DMX hadn’t heard of Barack Obama until the middle of this interview:

Q: Barack Obama, yeah.
A: Barack?!

Q: Barack.
A: What the fuck is a Barack?! Barack Obama. Where he from, Africa?

Q: Yeah, his dad is from Kenya.
A: Barack Obama?

Q: Yeah.
A: What the fuck?! That ain’t no fuckin’ name, yo. That ain’t that nigga’s name. You can’t be serious. Barack Obama. Get the fuck outta here.

Q: You’re telling me you haven’t heard about him before.
A: I ain’t really paying much attention.

Q: I mean, it’s pretty big if a Black…
A: Wow, Barack! The nigga’s name is Barack. Barack? Nigga named Barack Obama. What the fuck, man?! Is he serious? That ain’t his fuckin’ name. Ima tell this nigga when I see him, “Stop that bullshit. Stop that bullshit” [laughs] “That ain’t your fuckin’ name.” Your momma ain’t name you no damn Barack.

I wish there were video…

Robots!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Boston Dynamics has an awesome demo of their Big Dog robot, which is quite awesome:

I like how it responds to being kicked (plus, it’s not animal abuse!).

Obligatory Old Glory Robot Insurance post (from SNL in 1995):“I don’t even know why the scientists make them!”

Geraldine Ferraro

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

So, if you don’t have any contact with politics, here’s the recent quote of note, from Geraldine Ferraro (of the Clinton campaign):

“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position and if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is.”

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This quote has been run all over the place, and Ferraro has left the campaign, but the quote really bothers me. It’s not the race issue, but the fact that she didn’t use the subjunctive. Every time they use that quote, the error becomes more glaring..

Tracy Morgan

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Tracy Morgan’s SNL endorsement of Barack Obama is hilarious and well-written:

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The question on everyone’s mind…

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

What about a “prostitution ring” is ring-like?

firefox 3 memory usage

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

pavlov.net has a good writeup about the memory usage in firefox 3, covering the effort that went into it as well as evaluation methods and results. It’s an easy and interesting read, with pictures! With 8 tabs of fairly large pages open right now, and the browser open for a day or two, firefox is now using 175MB on my computer. :)

Stuff white people like

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

I was paging through Stuff White People Like earlier today, and it’s very insightful and entertaining. The TV shows that show up on the list are The Wire, Arrested Development, and The Daily Show/Colbert Report, which happen to be my favorite shows (and I’m snobby about them, too!).

Also, I like kitchen gadgets.