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List of potential collateral the Greeks could offer to Finland.

Picture of Parthenon I took in late afternoon.

Image via Wikipedia

As you may have heard, Finland is asking that Greece put up some collateral for further loans. You might ask yourself, what’s a place like Greece got to offer as collateral that would please the Finns? Well we’ve got you covered.


Here are some examples of collateral that might be acceptable:

  • The Parthenon.
  • Seven or eight hours of sunlight.
  • All references to “shining Ithaca” in all printed versions of the Odyssey be changed to “shining Helsinki.”
  • “Greek Olives” be referred to as “Finnish Olives.”
  • Official recognition that Plato’s cave analogy was inspired by the Astuvansalmi rock paintings.
  • Official recognition that King Leonidas was able to hold on as long as he did at Thermopylae due to the assistance of Finnish snipers.
  • All Greek iPhones to be replaced with Nokia phones.

Clapping music

On watching this I’m aware that this is probably the most emotional performance of Steve Reich’s Clapping Music we’re ever likely to see. Maybe the most emotional performance of any of his music ever. How strange really, given that, by its nature, this performance is programmed and not a live performance.

One or Two Spaces After a Period?

My friend Andrea Gimblet recently dropped this bomb on her Facebook page: “Okay, here’s a question…One or two spaces after a period?”

I let the comment thread get sufficiently heated and filled with very interesting answers before I just couldn’t handle it anymore. I provide you with the answer below. Enjoy.

One space. It was always one space except for very specific display types (see below). I have done hand-set letterpress work and it was one space there too.

This has nothing to do with how old you are or morality. It does have everything to do with the display technology you are using. Sadly, many of the people who taught typing didn’t understand the reasoning themselves so they just passed it along. In this way, the “two spaces after a period” rule has become a bit like superstition.

Luckily for you, the inner workings of typography are a secret passion of mine.

The whole two-space thing comes from typewriters and early computer displays which used monospaced characters. When every character in a typeface is the same width it is called a monospace typeface. For example, the letter “i” on a typewriter has a long set of serifs at the bottom and the letter “m” on a typewriter looks so jammed up because typewriters use monospaced typefaces.

The trick here  is that a space following a period in typographically-capable systems is a little bit larger than a “word space” which goes between words in a sentence. Professionally typeset material and modern computer displays insert word spaces and sentence spaces automatically so you only need to hit the space bar once (or grab the “word space” piece of lead in the case of hand setting).

Typewriters and early computers that used monospaced type needed something to make up for the fact that all characters, including the spaces, were the same width. Thus, the idea of adding two word spaces at the end of a sentence.

The whole issue with using the proper kind of space is about getting an even “color” on a page of text and avoiding a “river” of spaces (spaces from one line of text lining up with a space on the line above or below). Having two word spaces results in a very noticeable “shotgun” pattern in a page of text and doubles your chances of creating a “river.”

Three important things to keep in mind:

  • If you are concerned about typography as an art, the “rivers” and “shotguns” are considered flaws and amateurish, like sour notes in a symphony.
  • If you are a reader, the extra space following a period will make it more fatiguing to read longer material. Your eye is forced to travel twice as far for every sentence–no big deal on Twitter but over the length of longer material this will be noticed.
  • Your 8th grade typing teacher was right to tell you to put two spaces after a period if he or she was teaching you on a device with monospaced output, like a typewriter.

The following is a paragraph set in a monospaced typeface using one space between words and two spaces after periods.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.  Mauris consequat quam quis urna aliquam tincidunt rutrum magna pellentesque.  Integer quam dolor, blandit non placerat non, tristique vitae eros.  Cras id leo a dolor congue gravida.  Integer mollis nibh sit amet enim cursus vitae imperdiet libero rhoncus.  Curabitur neque nisi, viverra at ultricies ultrices, lobortis non metus.  Quisque posuere aliquam dolor, non blandit lectus tincidunt luctus.  Donec in magna et nibh semper blandit ut ac eros.  Nulla nec elit sit amet dolor posuere ultrices non in justo.  Curabitur congue tristique mollis.  Aenean tincidunt metus quis nibh interdum vestibulum.  Donec eget pulvinar urna.  Donec velit tellus, porttitor ac cursus vel, euismod id nulla.  Donec ac quam porttitor lorem sagittis sodales ac vitae dolor.  Phasellus lobortis tortor eget nisl auctor accumsan pellentesque sem facilisis.  Vestibulum sit amet eros tortor.  Suspendisse potenti.  Nulla et libero nec urna sollicitudin mollis sit amet ac urna.  Duis nec tortor et ante dapibus vestibulum vitae eget purus.  Phasellus eu enim vel quam pellentesque semper.  

The following is a paragraph set in a contemporary typeface using one space between words and one space after periods.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Mauris consequat quam quis urna aliquam tincidunt rutrum magna pellentesque. Integer quam dolor, blandit non placerat non, tristique vitae eros. Cras id leo a dolor congue gravida. Integer mollis nibh sit amet enim cursus vitae imperdiet libero rhoncus. Curabitur neque nisi, viverra at ultricies ultrices, lobortis non metus. Quisque posuere aliquam dolor, non blandit lectus tincidunt luctus. Donec in magna et nibh semper blandit ut ac eros. Nulla nec elit sit amet dolor posuere ultrices non in justo. Curabitur congue tristique mollis. Aenean tincidunt metus quis nibh interdum vestibulum. Donec eget pulvinar urna. Donec velit tellus, porttitor ac cursus vel, euismod id nulla. Donec ac quam porttitor lorem sagittis sodales ac vitae dolor. Phasellus lobortis tortor eget nisl auctor accumsan pellentesque sem facilisis. Vestibulum sit amet eros tortor. Suspendisse potenti. Nulla et libero nec urna sollicitudin mollis sit amet ac urna. Duis nec tortor et ante dapibus vestibulum vitae eget purus. Phasellus eu enim vel quam pellentesque semper.

Update my blog.

Created with a trial version of ScreenSteps

I haven’t updated N0D3 in forever. This is a tutorial for myself. And a chance to test out ScreenSteps Pro.

Go to my blog.

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I haven’t been here in so long even remembering the URL is a challenge!

Log in.

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Username. Password. Makes sense.

Lets start by updating the blog itself!

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WP 3 is so much nicer than whatever I was running before. Nice easy auto upgrade.

Select "Add New" from the Posts part of the lefthand side nav.

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If I don’t see all those submenu items, click the main menu items and they’ll show up.

Enter a title

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Now we’re on the Add New Post page. So I can enter a title.

Insert some text

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Use all the fun buttons and stuff to insert text.

Pick a category from the righthand nav

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I only use one category per post. It’s the way I roll.

Publish it.

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Click publish. Woot! Done!

Vermont International Film Festival 2009

The VTIFF is in town this week. I caught Men Who Stare at Goats and the Vermont Filmmaker showcase (aka The Michael Fisher Film Festival).

Overall pretty fun. MESaG is as funny as you might agine given the cast and that it’s about the New Earth Army. VT filmmaker showcase had some gems including Anti Di Presence, a great trick film. Also the BHS film club had a solid entry about man’s inner dialog regarding trying to pick someone up at an art gallery. And of course, Michael’s piece, Reap, was gorgeous.

There are some Cuban films I hope to check out on Friday if I can pound through the work I currently have on my plate.

Leaving Las Vegas

Heading out of McCarran Airport to head to NYC for a couple days and then heading on home. One whirlwind week followed by another:

Big music project related to an upcoming Dogsharks cartoon, completing a film festival bumper, fleshing out an augmented reality project for a Burlington VT art show. Oh and follow up with all the awesome people I met at the Blogworld conference.

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Things that take less than 2 minutes

Getting hungry.
Image by gahlord via Flickr

Going through my email inbox in the Getting Things Done way, with a 2 minute timer. Some things you can get done in two minutes, others you can’t. Some things I thought I could do in two minutes but I was wrong.

Here’s me today:

Takes less than 2 minutes

  • starting this blog post
  • renewing a library book via the Fletcher Free Library online renewal thingie
  • quick scan of web article, turn it into a Twitter post scheduled for the future via bit.ly and cotweet.
  • sending a worthwhile web resource to my Evernote notebook.
  • Sifting an email that’s been put off and put off and put off into the right folder (it was reference and I kept thinking there was something that needed to be done with it).
  • Sending a quick note catch up with a friend for coffee.
  • Sending a quick note on a rate change to a client.
  • Checking in on a proposal that has been sent.
  • Leaving a comment on a great blog post.

Takes more than 2 minutes

  • logging in to Facebook to approve a friend request (get distracted)
  • read a web article to see if it’s worth sharing with others.
  • reviewing Howcast video and scheduling a future twitter post.
  • sending a client intake request for information.
  • Reading a great blog post.

An evening in NYC

Started out the evening in backed up traffic on the West Side Highway. We found a lucky spot to park the wagon. Dropped off packs full of drawing stuff, my uke and hard disk recorder. Walked the dog. I listened to Saint Saens’ Danse Macabre, noting each thematic change in the music for a project we’re doing next. Wr ate ravioli. Then wrote and recorded a great piece of music, probably for a piece called Grassmonster. Now it’s time to sleep. Launch a website tomorrow.

Serving Other Deck: finding information in the landscape

Double-deck elevators at Midland Square, Nagoy...
Image via Wikipedia

One of the things I’ve been thinking about lately is locational information foraging. Whether it’s a Burlington augmented reality art project or localized SEO or playing with Twitter hashtags or any other location-contextual topic/service/whathaveyou.

Today I was using Foursquare to find a place to eat in Tribeca, I’m in NYC doing some on-site work for a client. I looked at the nearby tips and found one that mentioned the 388 Greenwich building. I’ve never been in 388 but it’s close enough that I could throw rocks at it if I felt like it. The Foursquare tip mentioned a website, Serving Other Deck, which gives the complete breakdown on how a double-decker elevator system operates and how to game it both in raw gaming terms and also in terms of gaming it so you don’t damage social relations with the passengers (who you will likely be inconveniencing if you game the elevator).

It’s a fascinating read for anyone who likes systems and how systems interact with human behavior.

Saigon Bistro

I’ve been trying out the Saigon Bistro down on College Street past city hall park. It’s a new $10 entree sort of place.

Definitely prefer the place in the old north end. But having cheap eats downtown is good too.

Service is a little off kilter. Slow side of off kilter. I hope they get that worked out before winter. Service is friendly and nice though.

The salty limeade is tasty and umm salty. The dish I’ve had so far is also a little salty and oily.

Hmmm. I’ll probably stick to Asiana Noodle for my cheap eats at the Church Street Marketplace. But Saigon will provide the occasional diversion.

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