Universal Typeface Experiment

BIC, the pen company, has come up with an interesting way to create a typeface:

On this microsite people enter their handwriting and a specially developed algorithm calculates the average and merges them into one ever-changing, always evolving font.

This is a pretty cool idea, however, I don’t see a way to download and use the typeface. I hope they allow it at some point in the future.

Remembering Don Zimmer

Tom Verducci in Sports Illustrated, reminds us of the incredible baseball life that Don Zimmer led:

Zimmer met Babe Ruth (in 1947), was a teammate of Jackie Robinson (1954-56) and played for Casey Stengel (1962). He was in uniform for some of the most iconic teams in history: the team that lost the most games (’62 Mets) and the team, including postseason play, that won the most games (’98 Yankees). He was in uniform for the only World Series championship for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1955), one of the most famous World Series home runs (Carlton Fisk’s shot in 1975), one of the most famous regular season home runs (Bucky Dent in 1978), the Pine Tar Game (1983), the first night game at Wrigley Field (1988), the first game in Rockies history (1993), and all three perfect games thrown at Yankee Stadium (Don Larsen, David Wells and David Cone).

He’s like the Forrest Gump of baseball.

50 Cent’s first pitch was the worst ever

The Washington Post gives us an infographic that shows that 50 Cent’s first pitch at the May 25th Mets game may have been the worst first pitch ever.

Among other entertainers, Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian both embarrassed themselves far less than 50 Cent. Snoop Dogg pretty much nailed it in 2012. Tara the Hero Cat delivered the ball right over home plate, although she had assistance from her owner.

Fictional and extinct figures (mascots, mostly) also made it closer to the strike zone than 50 Cent. A lack of functional arms didn’t stop T-Rex from outperforming the rapper.

Did he not practice before hand? At the very least, he should have asked for a do-over.

O.J. caught stealing, again

O.J. Simpson was caught stealing cookies from his prison cafeteria.

Fox News reported that guards caught the 66-year-old with a stash of cookies — oatmeal — beneath his shirt, as he walked from the cafeteria to his cell.

“O.J. just stood there with a goofy grin on his face as the guard kept digging inside his shirt and throwing the cookies on the floor,” the source said, first to the National Enquirer.

This is NOT an Onion story. However, it is sourced from the National Enquirer and Fox News…so, you know.

Also, can someone check on Cookie Monster? Is he OK? I hope he’s sticking to milk cause OJ will kill ya.

Why does beer foam when you tap the bottle top?

You know that thing where if you tap the top of someone else’s bottle of beer with the bottom of your bottle, their beer foams all over the place? Yeah, scientists have figured out why that happens.

After a sudden bump against a bottle’s mouth, back and forth movement of compression and expansion waves will cause bubbles to appear and quickly collapse.

The team’s investigation of beer bottle-fluid interactions demonstrated that the cavitation-induced break-up of larger ‘mother’ bubbles creates clouds of very small carbonic gas ‘daughter bubbles’ which grow and expand much faster than the larger mother-bubbles from which they split. The rapid expansion of these daughter bubbles gives the foam buoyancy.

Again, I am glad that scientists are spending their time doing important work.

Great Tailed Grackle

May 10, 2014 at 9:00am • 2 comments

Great Tailed Grackle

Why we yawn

Researchers from the University of Vienna, Austria, and the Nova Southeastern University and SUNY College at Oneonta may have discovered why we yawn, and why it may be contagious.

While most research on contagious yawning emphasizes the influence of interpersonal and emotional-cognitive variables on its expression, this report adds to accumulating research suggesting that the underlying mechanism for yawning, both spontaneous and contagious forms, is involved in regulating brain temperature. In turn, the cooling of the brain functions to improve arousal and mental efficiency. The authors of this study suggest that the spreading of this behavior via contagious yawning could therefore function to enhance overall group vigilance.

It’s currently 4:40am and I’ve been yawning like crazy. I tend to think that has more to being tired than warm, but what do I know?


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Richard Gere gets his “street Oscar”

Richard Gere, while playing a homeless man wandering the streets outside of Grand Central Terminal, received a bag of food from a kind stranger.

“I saw him. He looked like a natural homeless guy. He didn’t seem like he was acting. He was an excellent homeless man,” said Mizan Rahman, 44, who sells newspapers on Park Avenue near East 42nd Street.

A similar incident happened to Andre Royo on the streets of Baltimore while filming The Wire

Once, a man pressed a package of heroin into the hands of Andre Royo, the actor who plays the sympathetic junkie and police informant Bubbles, saying, “Man, you need a fix more than I do.” Royo refers to that moment as his “street Oscar.”

and to Sir Ian McKellen

The 70-year-old actor is rehearsing Waiting For Godot in Melbourne, Australia, and was sitting in his tramp costume having a break when a passer-by gave him an Australian dollar.

Update: The Post has identified the woman who gave Gere some food…she’s a tourist from France, of course.

Headlines that can’t be used

“Heds Will Roll” is a Tumblr of headlines that editors wrote that can’t be used.

With headlines like

Hey, Hey, We Were Monkeys!

A story about a scientific breakthrough concerning evolution and DNA


Do the Reich Thing

An article about the lessons Japan can learn from Germany in overcoming its World War II legacy


St. John’s Erection a Miracle

A former copy editor at Pacific Stars and Stripes writes:

This hed never made it into the paper but it was a big hit on the copy desk. It also fit the one-deck, three-column space perfectly.

The story was about how the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York was still in the process of being built (in 1984) and had been continuously been worked on.

how could I not add this to my daily reading?