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It starts out pretty nuts, and then part 2 goes straight to plaid.
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I was playing around with Google’s Web Font Directory and found some great fonts. I really like IM Fell English and IM Fell DW Pica, both originally designed by John Fell in the 1600′s and digitized by Igino Marini.
The Fell Types took their name from John Fell, a Bishop of Oxford in the seventeenth-century. Not only he created an unique collection of printing types but he started one of the most important adventures in the history of typography. You will find here a non-exhaustive history and a modern digitalization of some of them.
Here is a sample of the IM Fell English web font:
I think these will be perfect when we add text mode to the IA bookreader!
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I love this shot of the Transamerica Pyramid:
And this one of the Bay Bridge toll plaza:
Wendy MacNoughton draws the San Francisco Public Library, In Its Own Words:
You know, Blade Runner was set in 2019.. that is only eight years away!
Chanda Mama Door Ke is a children’s song from the 1955 movie Vachan
When you have kids, apparently your sense of style goes out the window and mail order companies from Kentucky decide that now you are smack dab in their target demo. This is some serious 1950s Sears Roebuck bullshit right here. We got a whole fucking catalog full of this crap. Just look at this disaster:
OK, I admit it. I would so buy this family pajama clusterfuck if they just included some puppy dog pjs for Zara.
Amazing auto-biographical sculpture made with 100,000 toothpicks over thirty five years:
Ravi likes the Electric Car song by They Might Be Giants. Cute paper-cutout video too!
During the 1800′s, letters were sometimes writing using cross-writing to save paper. The Boston Public Library has been scanning letters written by Abolitionists prior to the American Civil War. Here is an example of a letter that shows two levels of cross-writing. However, it is written with a cursive slant so that the ascenders and descenders seem to form additional diagonal layers:
In 1890, Lewis Carrol wrote a booklet titled Eight or nine wise words about letter-writing where he warned against cross-writing:
My ninth Rule. When you get to the end of a note-sheet, and find you have more to say, take another piece of paper — a whole sheet, or a scrap, as the case may demand: but, whatever you do, don’t cross! Remember the old proverb ‘Cross-writing makes cross reading‘. “The old proverb?” you say, en-quiringly. “How old?” Well, not so very ancient, I must confess. In fact, I’m afraid I invented it while writing this paragraph! Still, you know, ‘old’ is a comparative term. I think you would be quite justified in addressing a chicken, just out of the shell, as ” Old boy ! “, when compared with another chicken, that was only half-out!
Boing Boing has an excellent post on the Birth of the Illuminati, which traces the Illuminati conspiracy theory back to a book called Proofs of a Conspiracy against all the Religions and Governments of Europe, published in 1797.
Here is a scan of Proofs of a Conspiracy, scanned from the John Adams Library by the Internet Archive:
A look at the editing work needed to keep sampleswap.org running. 120 minutes compressed down to 2.5: