Oh, The Humanity!


Well thank god someone’s thinking of the children.

The more you tighten your grip, Google, the more lube will slip through your fingers.

Pfft. All the cool kids get lost in Tumblr porn K-holes where they go to one site after another without having to use Google. (Not that that I do. Totally. Ahem.)

Wait. They have porn on the internet? Does everyone know this?

Speaking of pron, Susan Rice yanks her (unofficial) nomination, indirectly blames Psychogeezer for having a Bad Attitude, doesn’t mention NRDC also having a Bad Attitude over her investments in the Keystone pipeline.

@¡Andrew!: Dodger flagged me to it a few weeks back, and then the NRDC made it official:

Susan Rice, the candidate believed to be favored by President Obama to become the next Secretary of State, holds significant investments in more than a dozen Canadian oil companies and banks that would stand to benefit from expansion of the North American tar sands industry and construction of the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline. If confirmed by the Senate, one of Rice’s first duties likely would be consideration, and potentially approval, of the controversial mega-project.

So I have to wonder whether Rice is using McCain as a smokescreen for withdrawal. Especially after Barry vociferously and repeatedly defended her honor over the Benghazi comments.

I might be reading too much into it. But it would be a classic West Wing move.

@rptrcub: I recently discovered Tumblr. Productivity is dropping.

@nojo: Wait, wait, wait, I have big investments in the Tex-Mex oil pipe. OK. I have an investment in a blanket energy fund that I’m sure has some of my widow’s mite invested in the T-M pipe. And also Koch industries. And wind farms off the MA coast. You can’t invest in funds and pick and choose. I’m sure her accountant made the investment as part of her IRA. (OK, I just made that up but you believed it, right?) All of us who live in the US are polluted at some level. OK. Tommy is pure, arising from his bath each day to anoint himself with creamy sacred essence. But he’s the only one. I’m a financial whore. I will lapdance for my retirement fund.

Still waiting on word on putative internet porn: this is a thing? Can anyone access this porn? If I were to google ‘assless chaps’ would I be presented with examples? Young men disporting themselves? Say – cowboys?

@Benedick: My IRA includes holdings in Exxon Mobil and Chevron, but them’s the breaks.

@nojo: Tar Sands Seductress!

This may be the one and only time that the RepubliKKKans’ immunity to the charms of living, adult, human females might be beneficial.

@Benedick: Some of the man-on-man action on the Tumblrs will make you question the laws of biology, physics, and acrobatics. Not that I would know, tee hee hee…

Socially responsible investing sounds good in theory, but it’s extraordinarily difficult to pull off in practice. If you look under the hood of any mutual fund–even the SRI ones–you’re bound to find something you don’t like. A lot of the SRI equity funds are heavily invested in financial companies, and we all know what that means.

@¡Andrew!: She also may have caught wind that Barry chose Kerry, and is getting out of the way so it doesn’t look like he was backing down.

Don’t know why, but I’m having a hard time taking her at her word. Too pat.

Am I beginning to see a connection among women named Rice, Stanford University, the oil industry and the office of Secretary of State?

@¡Andrew!: That’s my point. You can’t own a CD without going to the dark side.

@nojo: Or she was asked: which is the likelier option.

@Dave H: Also ‘Krispies’.

I thought instantly of my fellow font geeks mellbell, IanJ, and Mistress Cynica when I read this:

I’m Comic Sans, Asshole

@SanFranLefty: I too am a font geek. The love of my life is Palatino. It’s hard to convince me that there’s ever a good reason to use sans serif typefaces. That said, thanks for the link. It is funny.

@lynnlightfoot: Re sans serif font – I don’t hate them, they can be very useful for their clean lines. I use Arial for some of my emails for my own sake simply because my eyes get strained after hours of reading other stuff in 12 and 11 point TNR. I also use 14 or 16 point Arial, Tahoma, or Helvetica when writing letters to people with bad vision (which I do somewhat frequently at my job). I think it’s because of the lack of serifs, those fonts don’t create a lot of background noise or confusion when put in a Galileo machine (machine that scans print and reads it out loud), and it enlarges cleanly with a magnifying glass.

I love geeking out on fonts before 6:30 am!

@lynnlightfoot: Palatino is my default word processing font. I also love Eric Gill’s Perpetua. Sans serif is essential for signage–especially for transportation. If you haven’t read it, check out Just My Type, a book about fonts by Simon Garfield. Now available in paperback through the Stinque Amazon linque! He really goes into what fonts are best for what purposes.

@Mistress Cynica: I read that book at your suggestion. On the sans front, I like sans fonts and find most others too fussy.

@Mistress Cynica: I used to love Goudy, because we used it at the alumni rag and I had it on hand. Don’t have a default word-processing font any more, since I don’t do word-processing.

Geeking font? Arial. Easier to read code that way.

Oh, wait — I write Long Posts on the StinquePad. There I use the most amenable serif available, because it best captures my voice. Same reason the site uses Georgia. Although Georgia seems to suck on Windows. Not my Apple problem.

It’s extremely rare that I design a publication from scratch these days (without House Style requirements), but when I do, I take some sample text and print it out in a dozen or so candidate fonts. One of them ends up “disappearing” into the text — I find myself reading it instead of looking at it. That’s the one I use.

Well, after umpteen adjustments for size and leading…

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