December 15th, 2006


Rats in the News (and Other Stories)

"Rats on a Plane" Dept:
80 rats escaped on plane. Passengers on a domestic Saudi airline flight were alarmed when the rats escaped from their carrier and began scurrying around the plane. The BBC says they were mice, but has a picture of rats next to the article. I guess what they say is true... all murines look alike. (Thanks to harlequeen for the link.)

"Prince of War and Peace" Dept:
The "Left Behind" series of books has spawned a videogame called Eternal Forces which centers around either converting non-believers to Christianity or shooting them. This has resulted in a number of groups (Christian and/or political) protesting Wal-Mart for carrying the game. In a similar vein, I spotted this CNN Opinion piece calling for Christians to not be political tools and to pay attention to their religions teachings and peacably respect other people, of all the wacky things! I never expected that I'd be agreeing with Jim Bakker's son.

"Good News, Everyone!" Dept:
In case you haven't heard, Futurama is being revived by Comedy Central. They're going to be producing at least 13 new episodes with the original cast. So what's new? Here's a great interview with David X. Cohen, the producer, about the upcoming episodes. All glory to the Hypnotoad!

"Headlines Heads Above the Rest" Dept:
World's tallest man saves two dolphins. You just can't make up headlines that good! And the story pretty much lives up to the headline, too.

"A Little Christmas Spirit" Dept:
A self-appointed Santa's spreading the Christmas spirit, as he has been for years, by randomly handing $100 bills to strangers. Also, since I've been in a spacey mood recently, here's a recorded Christmas greeting[ogg] from nearly 40 years ago. "Good night, Good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth."
Sly: Arms Crossed

Seeking Book Recommendations

I'd like to find a book about typeface design. Ideally, it would talk about the elements of letterforms, why they are constructed in different ways, and what effect this has on the overall font.

What I'm not especially interested in is typography (which, confusingly, sounds like it should be typeface study -- it's actually about composition using movable type). There seem to be dozens of books on graphic and layout design but very few that focus in on deconstructing typeface glyphs. Surely there's a textbook on it somewhere?

This book, 'Type Specific' by Charlotte Rivers, seems the best candidate so far. Has anyone read it? Can anyone offer better suggestions?

C'mon... I know I've got font geeks on my friends list. Help!