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Twitter unAuth – The Web Scrape API

Twitter has been scaling down access to its API for some time now. But last night, it turned off unauthorized API requests entirely, breaking an armada of web widgets that didn’t route users through the awkward workflow of authentication. If you’re anything like me, you find the notion of requiring a login for data that […]

A very famous commercial—though you could be forgiven for mistaking it with Steven P. Jobs comments on Apple’s earnings call yesterday.

Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people, with one will, one resolve, one cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death and we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail!

I was sent this by a law student today. It’s a good resource, especially for the world of law (perhaps best evidenced by the number of states requiring long legal documents to be written in sans-serif fonts) but the author plays fast and loose on quite a few points—though it’s mostly sorted in the (default hidden) comments. It did raise my eyebrows that the Font Bureau-designer-turned-civil-litigator who wrote it refers readers almost exclusively to the sales pages of some very pricy, licensed-to-the-hilt fonts from major typography firms—including Font Bureau. Sidestepping the potential conflict of interest, I think the site’s mission would be much better fulfilled by linking to a typeface’s Wikipedia entry instead of its foundry’s sales copy, and by pointing out that many older faces have excellent open-source versions—free to use and distribute, even on web text.  It’s also disappointing that he gives no technical advice to lawyers (not the most computer-savvy folks in the world, after all) on how to install new fonts on their machines. Maybe if you go out and spend $200 on a font family they send a guy to your office to dump it into your fonts folder for you—I don’t know, and frankly, I have no intention of finding out. 

Typography for Lawyers

Web Fonts: The Shallow Hal Effect Last week, I got in (or rather, lost) an Internet fight with Merli

Web Fonts: The Shallow Hal Effect Last week, I got in (or rather, lost) an Internet fight with Merlin Mann. He talked up the virtues of his lovely new typeface. I decided to be a jackass and mocked him for spending $200 on what is essentially a free font.   It was a ludicrous allegation […]

gumplr: (thedailywhat:Techno Tuesday) COSMO! FontForge is really buggy/crashy on OS X (X11, really)

gumplr: (thedailywhat:Techno Tuesday) COSMO! FontForge is really buggy/crashy on OS X (X11, really) at its current stage of development. That said, as far as my tinkerings can tell me, designing a font is really, really hard. Tiny alterations on node handles can, in fact, create letters that are utterly crazy looking.

Didn’t go so well?

Can you believe Wikipedia didn’t have a reset button icon? Unreal. [displayed in this poorly-w

Can you believe Wikipedia didn’t have a reset button icon? Unreal. [displayed in this poorly-written article]

Now let’s see how long this stays up. Not that I expect it to come down, but Wikipedes are an

Bank of America ATM. Your deposits and tax dollars went into buying that nonfunctional ATM OS. Seems

mattmcinerney: I just submitted my latest typeface, Raleway, for voting on The League of Moveable Ty

mattmcinerney: I just submitted my latest typeface, Raleway, for voting on The League of Moveable Type’s Typelog, so click through and vote Raleway is an elegant sans-serif typeface, designed in a single thin weight. It is a display face that features both old style and lining numerals, as well as a stylistic alternate inspired by […]