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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Arial. Times New Roman. Verdana. Luicida Sans. Tahoma. Courier. Curlz. Comic Sans.

Chances are, you know those are font names.  I grew up in a time where computers were always prevalent in my day to day life. If someone asked me to list off fonts, I could probably drop twenty names without pausing to think.  My font of choice has always been Comic Sans size 8. It’s round and soft, without the harshness of Times New Roman.  It’s small without looking text book, the way Arial looks when you size it down.  It’s not as cute as Curlz.  Not as type-face as Courier. But change the size to anything bigger, and you’ve got a problem on your hands – a completely different looking font.  It adorns invitations and flyers of all types.  It resembles a child’s handwriting.  And, apparently, is offensive to some.

Today the BBC posted an article featuring bancomicsans.com . You can read the full article here.  How do you feel? Personally, I think the husband and wife team behind the site could find a better cause to fight on behalf of.

I recently read a stat on ESPN that Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has caused over $70,000 worth of  damage in breaking bats over the years.  Although the pitch was thrown by Texas Rangers Derek Holland,Yankee’s outfielder  Brett Gardner broke a bat in the 4th inning of the ALCS game between the two teams last night. The average price for a maple baseball bat is $50.  Gardner’s 2010 annual salary was $452,000, so the bat doesn’t break anyone’s bank. 

However, the shattered bat flew across the field and smashed a TBS camera.  According to MLB Network host Greg Amsinger, cameras like the one broken cost between $60,000 – $100,000. Amazingly, the camera kept working, providing a kaleidescope-like spotlight on home plate.

It’s pretty common knowledge that trying to get an 18 – 24 year old to pick up an actual, good old-fashioned newspaper and read is near impossible. With the internet, most young people don’t feel the need or have the patience to sit down and read.  France is trying to combat that.  The French Ministry for Culture and Communication launched a program in October of last year, offering a free copy, once a week, of a daily paper to the previously mentioned age demographic.  The young adults get to pick the paper they want, and receive a copy once a week for a year. Although only 6% of the eligible age group registered, the ministry still sees the program as an exceptional success.

I would love if America instituted a program like this (although, I turned 25 in August and would now miss out).  I love reading the Sunday New York Times.  But at $6 a pop, that adds up.  While most information is available online, I usually opt to read that (although I miss out on my favorite section, Arts and Entertainment). At a cost of $15million pounds, or approximately $24 million, I don’t think America would ever go for it.

Living in America – home of the supersized french fries, 24 hr supermarkets and endless, instant forms of media, I think it is easy to forget how other countries live.  I have seen this story all over the internet today.  I was intrigued by it for two reasons.  The first is that it is a case of government censoring media.  The second was that the media being censored is pictures of Mariah Carey.  Apparently, Americans don’t mind the censorship of war.  Yahoo Trendings isn’t showing me that there is an uproar over a photo shopped picture of a fallen soldier, printed in the New York Times. But pretend to dress Mariah in something a bit less revealing? Woo. No way!

View more pictures here.  All pictures courtesy of Jezebel.com.