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Colin McMillen
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"To American ears", yes that's my point.

There is nothing that sounds like a K in Bach.
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Amazing.
 
And here we are... a quick time lapse video of a small dungeon map I drew today.

I'll be honest... I can watch the cross-hatching part ALL DAY LONG. It hypnotizes me and sends me to a happy place.
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"I have had so many conversations or email exchanges with students in the last few years wherein I anger them by indicating that simply saying, "This is my opinion" does not preclude a connected statement from being dead wrong. It still baffles me that some feel those four words somehow give them carte blanche to spout batshit oratory or prose."
You may think that something is "just your opinion", but often you're just wrong.
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I'm totally rooting for the American Cult of Ignorance to finally show those cocky elitist intellectuals that real truth is what you know in your heart and not what you think with your head.
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Congrats to the team :)
 
A few days old, but mega props to my colleague in math who coached the US team to victory in the math olympiad, and to the members of the team.  I hope this convinces the next few years of students they can accomplish this too. :)
The last time the U.S. won the international math tournament, Bill Clinton was president and Ace of Base was top of the pop charts.
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One of my university professors, Adrian Ocneanu, was an individual gold medalist for Romania in the 1974 IMO.  He said in our class (around 1990?) that he thought there were some structural issues that caused US teams to have trouble with the Olympiad.

In particular, his take was that most of the lower-tier US math competition spectrum was mostly a different sort of fundamental challenge:  here are a large number of hard problems, and a relatively short period of time to work; see how much you can solve.  The Olympiad, in contrast, is three very complex problems, two days; a different style of work entirely, in his view.

https://www.imo-official.org/participant_r.aspx?id=10281 -- yow!
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Dammit. Dammit dammit dammit. Motorola has jumped on the "flagship phone is a huge hulking monster" bandwagon (5.7"). They had the only decent Android phone that wasn't a phablet :(

I'm hoping the Sony Z4 Compact is a real thing that happens; if not, I will love my ancient Moto X until it dies and then hope against hope that anyone other than Apple is making a hand-sized phone that's not awful.
Motorola just announced the latest version of its flagship Moto X, which is now called the Moto X Style. It looks a lot like last year's Moto X, but it comes with a bigger, higher resolution...
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My 1st gen Moto X was also having battery life problems, so I factory reset it, and added only my personal account, did not encrypt it, and battery life improved dramatically. I did run into a problem with cellular data, so if you go this route, hit me up for details. I plan to try encrypting the phone and adding my corp account, to see whether these destroy battery life.
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I also strongly endorse Trump's campaign, but mostly for entertainment value.
 
How much money did Chris Christie pay this guy to endorse Trump do you think?

#kimjongdumbforprez  
As Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign lurches from one controversy to another, the real estate mogul on Friday gained the support of a widely-recognized celebrity with experience in international diplomacy: NBA hall-of-famer Dennis Rodman.
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When did I slip sideways into experiencing a dimension of reality which is a satirical pastiche of sanity?
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Why do all memes look so similar? There are a few very good reasons.
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The article glosses over the path from being acquired by Monotype to being shipped with Windows and included as one of the core Web fonts. Certainly of that fontset, it's the obvious choice, for all the reasons mentioned.

If it weren't for that, the much maligned (http://www.todayandtomorrow.net/2009/04/19/art-directors-against-futura-extra-bold-condensed/)
Futura Extra Bold Condensed (the Nike "just do it" font) would be another fine choice.
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Awww!! Look at that fluffeh face!! (^^,)

#squee #fluffeh #fox #puppeh  
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Dear +The Economist, I am cancelling my subscription of two years because I no longer read news on a desktop computer, and the typeface used in your Android app is utterly atrocious.

If you want my business again, please either:
1) Give me the option of selecting a different font, including at least one choice from the set of perfectly-legible Android system fonts, such as Droid Serif.
2) Hire a typeface designer who can create a digital serif font that isn't utterly awful at every one of your 5 possible font sizes. Ideally, someone who's heard of the words "kerning" and "aliasing".
3) If you can't do either of the above, at least give a sans-serif font option, which is less likely to be tragic.

The attached album shows closeups of 3 words from a single screen of your latest issue, zoomed in 4x but not interpolated (i.e. if you click each image to look at the full-size images, it's what the pixels actually look like on my device; they've not been altered in any way). This is the default font size used by body text in your app, but the same issues are apparent at any of the 5 font sizes included in the app.

The thinness of the right side of the capital "U" in "Unlike" is completely unacceptable. All capital U's look like this.

In "investment", the "stm" is kerned very nicely, but the "v" is floating out in the middle of nowhere, as are both "e"s. As an added bonus, the lower bit of the "e" looks like it's hovering a pixels above rest of the baseline, since the thickest (darkest, non-aliased) part is a pixel above the non-aliased bits of the serifs. Every single glyph with a rounded bottom exhibits this problem.

In "will", the width of the serif at the bottom of "i" is half as wide as the serifs at the bottom of each "l". This look might be nice and subtle in your print magazine, in which the i-serif might be just a tiny bit thinner than the l-serif, but in a digital medium, it looks very clunky and inconsistent to have half your serifs be twice as heavy as the others.

These are far from the only problems with your typography -- just a small sample from a single paragraph of a single page. And I am not typography expert, but I know just a little bit, and your Android app reviews are full of people complaining that the text is ugly, and this is exactly what they mean.

I hope this helps.
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I'm disappointed that I can't 1) subscribe as a Kindle subscriber and 2) read articles on their website in any way without paying for a second subscription.
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    Ph.D. Computer Science, 2003 - 2009
  • University of Minnesota
    B.S. Computer Science, 1999 - 2003
  • Robbinsdale Cooper High School
    1995 - 1999
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