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fonts - Here's some interesting things happening in the world of fonts.

(1) First up is a review of all the different Star Wars fonts through the years by Yves Peters.

* Star Wars fonts: https://www.fontshop.com/content/star-wars-may-the-fonts-be-with-you
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(2) In transportation, the much praised Cleaview font which was all set to modernize and improve road signage in the US and many other countries is suddenly and surprisingly being tossed out by US DoT, reverting back to the old (and ugly) Highway Gothic of the 1940s. Clearview certainly seems superior, except that it had a costly license. In other timely news, Red Hat has released an open source font Overpass which is a full font designed to match Highway Gothic.

* News of Clearview: http://www.citylab.com/commute/2016/01/official-united-states-highway-sign-font-clearview/427068/

* About Clearview: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearview_(typeface)

* Overpass font: http://overpassfont.org/

(3) And for folks in Canada preparing for their 150 year anniversary in 2017, you now have a new National Font, Canada 150, that includes all the letterforms needed for the official languages English and French, as well as all the the Canadian Aborigional glyphs. This font is an updated version of the Mesmerize by Raymond Larabie.

* About: http://qz.com/574312/canadas-official-new-united-font-was-designed-to-include-aboriginal-languages/

* Canada 150: http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1445028439342

#fonts #Clearview #Overpass

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firefox - For users of Firefox take note that tab groups are going away in the next release. Tab groups, that brick-wall-like icon at the very upper right of the Firefox window, are used by people like me to help organize things when you have many dozens or even hundreds of separate tabs open.

There are replacements, as add-ons, but you need to be aware of exactly what will happen before the next Firefox update. Follow the link below.

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Games - After more than ten years of silence a new version of Nethack has finally been released! Though this is mainly an internal code restructuring and modernization release, it does have a few minor changes and it promises to be just the beginning of a hopefully reinvigorated development phase. I especially appreciate all the new in-game tributes to the late Terry Pratchett.

#nethack

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Books - For fans of the late Sir Terry Pratchett his last ever Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown, is now available in the U.S., and the U.K. last week.  If you have never read any of the Discworld books, add it to your list now (my recommended first book might be Going Postal). Terry fortunately left behind a large set of his wonderful creations.  Also, Discworld aside, his last book coauthored by Stephen Baxter, The Long Utopia, was released in June.  That four-book series is also a wonderful inventive read for fans of more harder science fiction.

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Photos - I attempted to take some photos of the Perseid meteor showers, and although I did see perhaps a dozen I never caught them in camera. But I did capture the trails of a couple jets, complete with their blinking lights making stitch-like patterns in the long exposures.
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photos - Some of my favorite Independence Day Fireworks taken from a very soggy field down by the Ohio River in the town of Moscow, Ohio.  Congratulations U.S.A.
#fireworks #july4th  
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2015 Independence Day Fireworks
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Robots - If you haven't heard yet the big DARPA Robotics Challenge took place and the South Korean team won.  This year's challenge was inspired by the events that took place at the Fukushima nuclear power plant and the inability for humans to enter to do something as simple as closing a valve.  So the contest this year was to make robots that could operate in a human-like environment; opening doors, closing valves, using hand-held power tools and such.  The winning team's design was unique in that it could not only walk, but also roll on wheels on its knees when it could, as well as twisting it's torso complete around, which made climbing stairs much easier.  The link below is full of videos and information.

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Identity theft - Esteemed security researcher Brian Krebs has published an extremely informative article about placing a security freeze on your credit records and why you probably want to do that. He also explains how it is different, and much more effective, than the more popular credit monitoring services.  Identity theft is rampant, is only going to get worse and more widespread, and can easily ruin your life; so you should at least read this if not even follow his advice.
#identitytheft   #creditreport  

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photos - I found this nest with five cardinal chicks in a bush.  They do not have the beautiful red plumage of their parents yet, but they can chirp quite loudly, when awake.
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Amiga - Everyone has heard of the great early computer wars, when Microsoft and IBM and Apple were fighting to shape the future.  But there was another set of computer wars, just as meaningful, that has fallen into obscurity.   Few people today remember or have even heard of the Amiga, a computer so groundbreaking that it actually delivered the future, way before those other big guys ever did. Fewer still have heard about the story behind it, with players like Atari and Commodore. Though lost in a dim corner of history nearly every modern computer carries a bit of Amiga's spirit within. Thankfully, writer Jimmy Maher has published an excellent series of articles, and a book, retelling that history and that other set of wars to shape the future ... our now.
#Amiga
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