November 2009


  • WP Cumulus is a Wordpress plugin that creates a Flash-based tag cloud (demo).


Helsingin Sanomat adopts new type

Helsingin Sanomat is launching (in Finnish) some changes on Monday. Aside from the changes to the paper’s organization and section, the biggest change will be in the typefaces used. The new types, The AntiquaHS and QuaText, have been designed by Lucas de Groot, the man behind Calibri and Consolas.

Conspicuously missing is the big change that everyone’s been waiting for: switching from a broadsheet to a tabloid format.

I wish I could take a look at the revised paper, but I guess that’ll have to wait until I visit Finland next time.

Ilya
  • Kernest. A rather awkward-looking alternative for Typekit?
  • Kaltura.org. An open source video community.
  • Baseline Magazine. I'd like to take a look at this typography magazine.
  • Underscore.js. "Provides 50-odd functions that support both the usual functional suspects: map, select, invoke — as well as more specialized helpers: function binding, javascript templating, deep equality testing, and so on. It delegates to built-in functions, if present, so JavaScript 1.6 compliant browsers will use the native implementations of forEach, map, filter, every, some and indexOf."

My friend the sudoku master

I sent my friend this sudoku puzzle, billed as the world’s hardest. I didn’t tell him where I got it from, figuring I’d reveal it once he was stumped.

Today he sent me back the solution. When I asked him how he’d found it, he said he solved the first half while sitting on the toilet, and the second half amidst work. It’d taken him just 30 minutes!

Update: Well, one of sharper eyed friends noticed that the puzzle illustrating the USA Today story isn’t the one the story’s about. Shame on me for not reading the fine text. This takes the oomph out of the whole thing.

Ilya


Flooring using double bitwise not

An interesting tidbit from Thomas Fuchs’ Extreme Javascript Performance:

~~(1 * 12.5) is faster than parseInt(12.5).

The ~~ is a double bitwise not, and the multiplication by one forces a string into a float.

Via Janne’s Delicious stream.

Ilya

DHL paid my VAT

To my online shoe shopping experience, I’ll add that I received a letter from DHL today, notifying me that they’d paid my VAT, and that I’d need to pay them back. The bill is straightforward, and the administrative fee they added on top of the VAT is reasonable (£1.25).

(In Finland, your package either gets stopped at the customs, where you pay VAT on pick-up, or it doesn’t.)

So, when comparing overseas prices online, this also should be taken into account.

Ilya
  • etiolate, v.tr.
    1. Botany. To cause (a plant) to develop without chlorophyll by preventing exposure to sunlight.
      1. To cause to appear pale and sickly: a face that was etiolated from years in prison.
      2. To make weak by stunting the growth or development of.
  • NY Times: The Trolls Among Us.



  • acrostic, n.
    1. A poem or series of lines in which certain letters, usually the first in each line, form a name, motto, or message when read in sequence.
    2. See word square.

Arial vs. Helvetica quiz

So you think you can tell Arial from Helvetica?. I got 18/20. There’s one which is really hard, and one that I just don’t see.

Ilya
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