This is for the wall of the room where you do your writing. Here’s the quote:
In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold;
Alike fantastic, if too new, or old:
Be not the first by whom the new are tried,
Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
- Copy this and paste it into your word processor.
- Set the layout to landscape.
- It’s poetry, so make it left aligned and the first letter of each line capitalized, if it’s not already set this way.
- Select the whole thing and make it as big as you can without messing up the line breaks, and still have a margin of a good inch.
- Change it into an old-fashioned serif font that’s easy to read. (You might need to adjust the size again to keep the line breaks from getting messed up.
- You can make the attribution line right aligned.
- Put a border around it.
Hang it proudly on your wall, and do what it says!
PS: Here’s another one from Mr. Pope that I like:
Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.
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…or fonts. I read about this a couple years back, but ran into an article the other day, and since I mentioned a new font in the previous post, I think another post on the subject is appropriate. This font, or several fonts, is for dyslexics, people who have trouble with language, especially written language. Apparently something in the brain circuitry of many people gives them trouble distinguishing forms that are similar. They tend to change the order of characters, too. Do you ever accidentally reverse a pair of letters or numbers? Dyslexics do it all the time! Here’s a list I stole from an interesting article on the subject of good fonts for dyslexics.
- Good ascenders and descenders,
b, d, f, h, k, l, t, and all capitals; g, j, p, q, y.
- b and d; p and q distinguished, not mirror images.
- Different forms for capital I, lowercase l and digit 1.
- Rounded g as in handwriting. Most liked rounded a, although perhaps some felt that it may be confused with o.
- Letter-spacing, e.g. r, n together rn should not look like m,
(‘modern’ may scan as, or sound like, ‘modem’.)
Here are pictures of two free fonts. The article tells about several others.
And, of course, I have to end with the oldest dyslexic joke in the book:
Did you hear about the dyslexic agnostic who was also an insomniac?
He used to lie awake nights wondering if there was a dog.
I’ll go to my room now…
Google just released a new font, called Noto, and I like it. Not that we don’t already have zillions of fonts, but this one is interesting because of how many languages you can use it in.
Type yourself some text in your word processor, make it big, say 36 points or even more, and look at what you wrote in something like Goudy. Then switch to Times New Roman, then look at it in Century. The letters are similar but different. Times, for example is narrower (it was designed to use in newspaper columns, which is why a letter-size page is easier to read in a wider font such as Century.)
Now look at what you wrote in something like Fraktur, if you have it.
That’s where Noto comes in. You can use Noto for almost any language you care to write in, and quite a few you are unlikely to use (such as Linear B, for goodness’ sake) and they match! I suppose this is handiest for websites that are likely to be written in more than one language, but I like the idea. A lot.
Here’s a link to an article about it. Go take a look. It’s free; maybe you’d like to download it, too. Oh! Here’s what it looks like:
By now you have probably heard the joke about the dyslexic agnostic who was also an insomniac. He would lie awake nights wondering if there was a dog. Dyslexia is the tendency to rotate, mirror, swap and reverse letters and numerals. Once in a while you might write 96 instead of 69, for example. For some people this tendency to mix up letters can be so bad it interferes with their ability to decipher written text.
I recently ran into an article about a font designed to demphasize the symmetry of our letters to make them easier to distinguish. I don’t know if the font works as intended, but the concept is interesting.
Here’s a diagram of a couple letters to give you the idea. The Scientific American article goes into greater detail, and has more pictures. Go take a look.