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When Google started “suggesting” the most popular search phrases below its query box, I was creeped out. Especially when I saw what it suggests for “is Obama”. Yes, I was happier when I didn’t know what other people were typing into Google. However, the folks at HINT.fm took the opposite approach: they created an interface…

Polly Law’s Word Project is a series of mixed-media illustrations representing obscure words like dasypygal and nidifice. Though Law has exhibited her work in galleries, she hasn’t found a backer to publish them as a book. . . yet. So she’s seeking help at the entrepreneurial startup Kickstarter.com: The Word Project book will be a…

A skeleton like a poem

Delicious – and suprisingly convincing – x-ray images of animals with “skeletons” made of typography by Katerina Orlikova. Be sure to check out _Motion Picture, a running cat-like creature reminiscent of Eadweard James Muybridge’s vintage motion photography. Via Street Anatomy.

For the annals of humorous translation mistakes, this package from a digital antenna we bought last fall promises to . . . do something. I’m not sure what. For John O, who enjoys terrible advertising.

Even our fonts will betray us?

According to Christina Warren at mashable.com, the switch to allowing non-Latin alphabet characters in web domains could give scammers a brand new toolkit. That’s because browsers can’t render many non-Latin characters, and the approximations may be doppelgangers for trusted sites. Alternatively, an address in an alphabet like Cyrillic, which shares certain letterforms with the Latin…

A Wearable Library

For the bibliophile who can’t bear to leave all his or her books at home: a one-of-a-kind necklace of eleven miniature leather-bound books by TheBlackSpotBooks. Via NotCot.

Ban those generic plurals!

An excellent post from language log: I propose a voluntary ban on the use of generic plurals to express statistical differences, especially in talking to the general public about scientific results in areas with public policy implications. In other words, when we’re looking at some property P of two groups X and Y, and a…

At Home with Letterpress

“It will die, eventually, because no one will know how to do it.” But for now, a few miles from here, Firefly Press’ John Kristensen is keeping the tradition of letterpress alive, as seen in this beautiful video by Chuck Kraemer. Via NOTCOT.

When old age shall this generation waste, Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say’st, ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,–that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’ -John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn” On rereading the whole “Ode,” this…

That Had Value

I’ve posted before that I’m a big fan of Garfield Minus Garfield, the alternate reality in which Jon Arbuckle’s barely suppressed mental illness is fully revealed. Now we have Garfield: Lost In Translation, in which the dialogue is translated into Japanese and back into English. Though not as awesome as Garfield Minus Garfield, I still…