Sunday, November 19, 2006

What I asked for, not what I wanted

I have a website devoted to true type fonts, called Fontage. I've been updating my bookstore with some additional books on typefaces, typography, and type designers.

In trying to find some good books on the history of typeface design, or on those who design typefaces, I used the search terms "type designer." I got such gems as "Death to Diabetes: The Six Stages of Type 2 Diabetes," "The 16 Personality Types, Descriptions for Self-Discovery," and this charmer, "Cocaine, Marijuana, Designer Drugs." Each of these books had the word "designer" or "type" somewhere in the caption, and the other word somewhere in the text of the book. Not quite what I wanted.

I sent email off to Amazon, recommending that one of the options to "Narrow the Search" be to limit the search to words in the title or caption of the object. If eBay can do it, Amazon surely must.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Three Laws of Thermodynamics and Those Who Think They Can Beat Them

**Three Laws of Thermodynamics:
1) You can't win
2) You can't break even
3) You can't get out of the game.

Those who think they can beat them:
1) Capitalism says you can win.
2) Socialism says you can break even
3) Mysticism says you can get out of the game.

**See Quote by C.P. Snow

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Dancing and Singing

I was reading other blogs and came across one from a young lady who claimed she couldn't dance. As I started to write a comment on her blog, I thought I'd add it to mine, as well.

I'm mumble-mumble years old, I've taken several years of dance lessons, and I'm perfectly happy dancing the waltz to rumba music. Drove my dance instructor nuts. I think my instructor once had me dancing the tango to swing music just to see if I would have a problem. Not a one. Rhythm? What's that?

My beloved other half says that I'm only allowed to sing in showers because people are supposed to sing off key in showers. And I am one of the few people who lip-syncs to karaoke, because I am not allowed to sing at all.