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Wow. I am apparently a very sad individual, because my internet connection broke half an hour ago, and all I have managed to do in the intervening time is PANIC! I thought that maybe my computer was trying to get me to do some work, but that isn't working because I can't concentrate because I have no internet.

Well, I have too many windows open anyway, so perhaps I should dump the ones that are only open because I want to write about them.

BBC News: Hospital robots cut hospital pharmacy bill (article with video). Technology of the future! Very cool!

BBC News: Tech Know: BBC Micros used in retro programming class (article with video). Technology of the past! Awesome! Actually, I've been trying to tell some of the kiddies on PokeCharms what computers was like When I Was Your Age, and a lot of them just don't get it. Much as we don't get what it was like not to have a TV.

What's so wrong with Comic Sans? The BBC catches up with the BanComicSans people (with bonus Questionable Content picture, too). I am shocked and horrified and slightly amused to discover that the man who designed Comic Sans also designed my arguably favourite font, Trebuchet.

[I like the following:
Serif fonts:
Bookman Old Style, Garamond (and yes, we have been to see the original Garamond dies and matrices at the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp), Goudy Old Style, Palatino.

Sans-serif fonts:
Gill Sans, Helvetica, Johnston, Lucida Grande, New Johnston, Trebuchet, Verdana.

Specialist fonts:

  • Copperplate Gothic - an olde-worlde small caps font.

  • Andale Mono - in context: it's not a great font for everyday use, but it's one of the only monospaced fonts that I like.

  • Desdemona - gorgeous Art Deco.


I'm sure I like other fonts as well, but those are the ones I can remember easily.

Yes, I am going to buy the book Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield. It will be Richard's birthday present. I'd even heard of it before I read that article, such a font geek am I.]

BBC News: Gene linked to depression 'fixed' in mice. Scary stuff, but I'm always pleased to hear about potential new therapies.

[In case you care, my internet was down for around 50 minutes. It was TOO LONG.]

Date: 2010-10-21 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marnanel.livejournal.com
Me: I'll lend you a computer to take on the plane so you don't get too bored.
Rio: Will it have Flash installed?
Me: I think so— why?
Rio: So I can play games on websites.
Me: How are you going to get to websites?
Rio: Why?
Me: There's no net connection on a plane.
Rio: Oh. (pause) Then what good is a laptop?

Date: 2010-10-21 03:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baratron.livejournal.com
I have to say, being offline is much easier if I KNOW about it in advance. It was the whole being on my own in the house, it being too late to phone UK-friends, and the internet going down suddenly that was the problem.

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