Evolving Beer Styles [Link]
Evolving Beer Styles [Link]

Beervana links to the latest GABF beer styles guide. The styles are only going to continue to get more complicated. I did find this bit interesting:

Each style description is purposefully written independently of any reference to another beer style. Furthermore, as much as it is possible, beer character is not described in terms of ingredients or process. These guidelines attempt to emphasize final evaluation of the product and try not to judge or regulate the formulation or manner in which it was brewed, except in special circumstances that clearly define a style.
blog  Link  Zymurgy 
13 hours ago
Image Manipulation Tutorials
Image Manipulation Tutorials

Patrick Welker is producing a wonderful series of tutorials over at RocketINK.

I particularly like how he walks through the installation of the various packages in detail, adding in troubleshooting tips along the way.

The goal of downloading all these binaries is to have a versatile collection that exactly mimics what ImageOptim and ImageAlpha do and bring it to the command-line for easier scripting and macro building.

ImageOptim and ImageAlpha are great (I use them every day), but they mostly just simplify the command line tools. The RocketINK tutorials are worth the time.
blog  Mac 
13 hours ago
Respect for the Audience
Respect for the Audience

If you're reading Macstories in an RSS reader, you'll probably want to switch to reading it on the web site.

There are very few sites that respect their audience as much as Macstories. The redesign demonstrates that perfectly. There's one ad. There's not a bunch of additional "what's hot!" side bar garbage. It's just a nice place to read. You know a site that cares enough to be readable also cares enough to not re-write someone else's tutorial for page-view boosts. Federico is one of the few people that always gets my immediate attention. He's earned it.
blog  Web 
14 hours ago
Keyboard Control Episode 2: 1Password for Mac
Keyboard Control Episode 2: 1Password for Mac

Sure, ⌘+\ in 1Password will fill a login for the current web browser page. Sometimes auto-fill doesn't work so well and I just want to copy the password out.

⌥+⌘+\ to open the 1Password mini menubar search. Search for an entry and use the up and down arrow keys to select a record.

Right arrow into the record and then tab to move between fields. Hit return on the field to copy it. You can also use the up and down arrows to move between fields in the detail view instead of tab. The left arrow will collapse the detail view.

1Password 4.3 brings additional keyboard commands for the mini menubar too.

⌘+O to anchor the mini detail view

⌘+E to edit a record in the mini detail view

⌘+S to save the changes

⌘+. to cancel edits

Now that 1Password also makes secure notes available in the mini browser, search is even more important to me. I have a lot of secure notes. I wish it searched the contents of the notes though.

More tips on the Agilebits Web site
blog  Mac 
22 hours ago
Donate to EFF | Electronic Frontier Foundation
You know who needs more money for buying those congressmen and shifting the dung chute?
security  from twitter
yesterday
Contacting Congress
Probably worth more time than tweets:
politics  Privacy  from twitter
yesterday
Gatekeeping of Women [Link]
Gatekeeping of Women [Link]

Greg Rucka on the phenomenon of boys attempting to own nerd culture and punishing girls for partaking:

And that sets me on a burn, anyway, but I’m running hot because, you see, I am the father of a daughter, and she is my light, and she shines, and I want for her every-fucking-thing she desires, and I want those things for her earned, not given; I want for her the reward of effort. I want for her inclusion. I want for her validation. I want for her a world that recognizes her worth as a human being.

He continues with some great conclusions from a dad and a king geek:

What in the name of everlovingfuck is the matter with you? Are you simply stupid? Are you just ignorant? Are you broken? Newsflash: you are owed NOTHING. Not a thing. Not a goddamn thing. This fandom, that fandom, guess what? It doesn’t belong to you.

Absolutely.

Here's my theory. Some nerds want to feel superior to anyone. They choose targets that they think they can gang-up against in numbers significant enough to shield themselves. They aren't going to get through a day at school wearing shirts that make fun of the wrestling team. So they make crap like that shirt and titter between themselves secure in the knowledge that they risked nothing to feel superior.

If you feel the need to punch at all, at least punch up you losers.

Greg Rucka
blog  Link  Humanity 
yesterday
Keyboard Control Episode 1: TextExpander for Mac
Keyboard Control Episode 1: TextExpander for Mac

TextExpander is great but it becomes less useful as the library of snippets grows beyond my memory to recall them all. Fortunately TextExpander for Mac has two very useful keyboard shortcuts for finding snippets when I most need them.

In the TextExpander preference pane, select the "Hotkeys" setting and enable the Suggest Matching Abbreviations and the Search Snippets keyboard shortcuts.

The Search Snippets shortcut opens the TextExpander menu bar search field. Typing immediately displays snippets with matching text in the description, shortcut or snippet. Select one and hit return to expand it.

The Suggest Matching Abbreviations function is nice when you think you remember the short string but aren't quite sure. It automatically executes a search with the typed string under the cursor. This is also a fast way to expand a snippet without typing the entire shortcut out.

As you will notice, there are several other "Hotkey" actions for TextExpander, but these are the two I use most and they sure do make a difference.
blog  Mac 
2 days ago
Creating Colors in Spectrum for Mac and iOS
Creating Colors in Spectrum for Mac and iOS

Color palettes can be hard for tasteless amateur like myself. Luckily technology continues to make me look better than I am. Spectrum is an iOS and Mac app for generating and syncing color palettes and I think it's great.

There are two primary ways to get started with creating a new color palette. First there is the Harmony system where you decide on the number of colors and then adjust them across a color wheel. The Harmony system is a great way to get started without knowing much about color theory. Complimentary colors are automatically generated based on one of several presets.

The second way is to generate a palette from a photo. This works on Mac and iOS equally well and I thought it was an impressive tool. The palettes always seemed to be complimentary, regardless of the range of colors in the photo.

Here's an example. I took this photo:

Spectrum generated this color palette:

The color and brightness of each swatch can be adjusted independently, but there's also an option to visualize the entire palette at several brightness levels at once.

Keeping track of all of these color palettes is easy in Spectrum. The name is editable and palettes support multiple tags. Search works across both the title and tags.

Spectrum comes with a few palettes to get started but it's so easy to create additional examples, I easily generated a couple dozen of very nice swatch collections.

Spectrum provides several options for sharing and exporting color palettes but my favorite feature is the option to color the color code in various formats.

The Mac and iOS versions support iCloud syncing. When the syncing works, it's very convenient. Collections with titles and tags are synced from Mac to iOS and back again. However, I found it unreliable.

If you need (or want) to generate collections of complimentary color schemes, I highly recommend Spectrum for both Mac and iOS. It's so easy you can even work while enjoying a beer.

And still end up with some good looking results.

Spectrum for iOS is very cheap at $1 but they make up the difference on the Mac where it is $20. For $21 it's a good deal to have an excellent tool on every device.

Spectrum for Mac | MAS | $20

Spectrum for iOS | Universal | $1
blog  Mac  iOS  Design 
8 days ago
El BJ [Link]
El BJ [Link]

Looking for a podcast? Like childish humor? This episode of Stop Podcasting Yourself is damn good.

It's Scott Simpson for almost 2 hours. There's nothing more to say.

El BJ was my favorite president too.
blog  Link  Humor 
9 days ago
Inside Clinkle [Link]
Inside Clinkle [Link]

An interesting story from Business Insider that reads like a slow-motion bus crash.

Startups are supposed to fire fast, and in Clinkle’s case, it had quickly become apparent that hiring a sales team without a product to sell didn’t make sense. Some fired employees say they understand that now, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t sting.

The entire way through I was thinking "how could they not see this coming". But then I realized how inexperienced most of the employees were and thought about the naiveté of working in my 20's. I guess that's one advantage of hiring college grads. They are still idealistic.

I tend to disagree when they describe the excesses of the CEO. This bit totally sounds like Brett Terpstra:

At one point, multiple sources say, Duplan considered installing a motion detector system on his desk, so he could wave his hand rather than call out to his assistant to let her know he needed something. A source close to the company denies this.

Also notable in this article is how much better Business Insider is getting. There are only two pages for the article and fewer obtrusive ads than most of the websites I visit. It's like they care. Weird.
blog  Link 
9 days ago
TurboTax Maker Linked to ‘Grassroots’ Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax Filing
TurboTax Maker Linked to ‘Grassroots’ Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax Filing
finance  mac  from twitter
10 days ago
FiveThirtyEight Apologizes On Behalf Of Controversial Climate Science Writer
Links from that last post are good too ::FiveThirtyEight Apologizes On Behalf Of Controversial Climate Science Writer
politics  Writing  from twitter
11 days ago
Objectively bad: Ezra Klein, Nate Silver, Jonathan Chait and return of the “view from nowhere” - Salon.com
Objectively bad: Ezra Klein, Nate Silver, Jonathan Chait and return of the “view from nowhere”
politics  Writing  from twitter
11 days ago
The U.S. Navy Just Announced The End Of Big Oil And No One Noticed -
Small scale but interesting. Far from practical :: The U.S. Navy Just Announced The End Of Big Oil And No One Noticed
science  from twitter
11 days ago
Two-Factor Authentication is Not Enough [Link]
Two-Factor Authentication is Not Enough [Link]

From the FastMail blog:

We discovered that Gandi received a paper email change form (pdf) claiming to be from a “Robert NORRIS” (the name which appears on our whois data), along with pictures of a passport of said “Robert NORRIS” and company registration documents also claiming to be for FastMail Pty Ltd.

Then later:

The problem we have is that we didn’t expect that the account email address could be changed without any reference to our two factors at all. Maybe nobody at Gandi realised either. That’s a security flaw – even if it doesn’t mean everything is totally broken.

First thing: This is great visibility and is one of the reasons I like FastMail

Second thing: It's scary how much importance gets placed on "classic" paper documents in the age of easy photo editing

Third thing: The carefree internet is long over. Everyone should be thinking about this stuff with everything they do. Every email, app, phone call, and file is a potential sieve of information. There is no safe haven.
blog 
13 days ago
Find Duplicate Passwords in 1Password
Find Duplicate Passwords in 1Password

A cautious person is probably going to methodically change all of their passwords on the Internet this month. It's common to reuse passwords, even though it's a bad idea. If you're in that club, start by resetting those passwords first.

If you use 1Password, it's easy to get started. You can use the built in Security Audit view in the side panel to show duplicate passwords.

I find it easier to create a new smart folder in 1Password for finding all entries for a given password.

Edit the smart folder to show all logins with a specified password. With the smart list, it's easy to launch each site and automatically login with 1Password.

It's also a good opportunity to let 1Password generate your unique passwords for you. Or, better yet, delete the accounts that you forgot about in the first place.
blog  Security 
14 days ago
Heartbleed and Certificate Authorities
Heartbleed and Certificate Authorities

The best place to start, as usual, is with Ars Technica. The take away: the private keys need to be regenerated too.

But what really caught my attention was the first two promoted comments on the Yahoo mail story. In particular this comment makes far too much sense.1 All of the old certificates (even after sites put new certs in place) can be used for man-in-the-middle impersonation.2

IMO SSL/TLS is now completely broken. The number of potential certificates that have been exploited and that could now be used for man in the middle attacks could be in the millions..... the list of black listed certificates will be in the millions and/or the number of blacklisted sub certficate authorities is probably going to be 10,000+.

Christina Warren has a very nice overview of the common sites impacted by Heartbleed. It's surprising and heartwarming that none of the major banks were compromised by this defect. Either they don't use OpenSSL or they never updated it.

I know, I know. Having comments on a site is worse than putting Mein Kampf in the footer. I still like most comments and Ars has some great stuff down there in the gutter. ↩

Funny that Bruce Schneier has the same 1 to 11 scale. The comments on his post are worth reading too. ↩
blog  Security 
14 days ago
Difficulties with Passwords [Link]
Difficulties with Passwords [Link]

As a nerd, one of the hardest things I do is to explain good password management to people that just consider them a nuisance. On the latest episode of Technical Difficulties Erik and I kick around the topic of passwords. We're partial to 1Password but there are a lot of other good tools out there. The challenge remains getting people to use any of them as intended.
blog  TechDiff  Link 
15 days ago
Royal Singing Clown [Link]
Royal Singing Clown [Link]

Disturbing and great. The video is below but the Grantland story is pretty interesting, so don't miss it.

By way of Spirit of Nine.
blog  Link  Humor 
15 days ago
Squirting moons face off in race to find alien life - space - 08 April 2014 - New Scientist
This title made me think I was having a stroke ::: Squirting moons face off in race to find alien life
science  from twitter
15 days ago
#04 apple 1999 wwdc Steve Jobs Keynote #04 - YouTube
WWDC ’99 they gave away a PowerBook every hour all week. Here’s Steve giving me one in the keynote:
apple  from twitter_favs
16 days ago
ClouDrop Updated for iOS 7
ClouDrop Updated for iOS 7

ClouDrop for iOS received a big redesign for iOS 7 and it looks harmonious with other iOS 7 apps.

ClouDrop also added a clever new feature. If you store music files on CloudApp, the app looks up album cover art. This isn't something I'd use but I like seeing creativity in seemingly mundane tool like link sharing apps.

ClouDrop for CloudApp | $1.99 | Universal

There's also ClouDrop for Dropbox for $1. It's iPhone only.
blog  iOS 
16 days ago
Cloudie for CloudApp
Cloudie for CloudApp

Cloudie is a new iOS App for using the CloudApp sharing service. It's attractive and fast with an interesting design. It has all of the core CloudApp features.

$1 | iPhone
blog  iOS 
16 days ago
Promising Results
Promising Results

Derek Lowe:

So take a look at the stories you're reading on the drug: if they mention this issue, good. If they just talk about what a promising drug for breast cancer palbociclib is, then that reporter (and that news outlet) is not providing the full story.

This is why I don't waste time reading news stories about "promising results" for any technology. The problem isn't specific to pharmaceuticals, it's specific to news outlets. Everything is just a human interest story salivating for cheap clicks.

I'm generally skeptical, but any story about promising early results or breakthrough anything is almost always just dishonest writing.
blog  Science 
16 days ago
Verizon and "Relevant Mobile Advertising"
Verizon and "Relevant Mobile Advertising"

Verizon would like to monitor what you are doing with your mobile device and inject their advertising. You can opt out but it's a pain. I suggest every single customer call them. They'd love that.

Note: if you have a multi-line account, you must indicate your privacy choices with respect to each individual line.

And what are they collecting:

The information we use for this program includes the postal address we have for you and certain consumer information such as your device type and language preference, as well as demographic and interest categories obtained from other companies. This information might include your gender, age range, and interests (i.e. sports fan, frequent diner, or pet owner). In addition, we will use an anonymous, unique identifier we create when you register on our websites. This may allow an advertiser to use information they have about your visits to online websites to deliver marketing messages to mobile devices on our network. We do not share information that identifies you personally outside of Verizon as part of this program.

Cool. They don't identify you personally. Just your address, demographic info, interests and how you use the internet. Just meta data.

The only thing that surprises me about this is that they offer an opt-out. For whatever that's worth.

By way of @potatowire, the cutest sarcastic baby on the internet.
blog  Security 
16 days ago
Organizing and Disabling TextExpander Snippets
Organizing and Disabling TextExpander Snippets

This may be the single greatest improvement in the iOS TextExpander experience in years.

That's not sarcastic. There is a distinct difference between the snippets I use on my Mac and those I use on my phone. This also gets to a useful recommendation: Organize your TextExpander snippets.

I have three categories I use for snippet folders. I have global snippets organized by general function. My "Time" folder contains snippets that have to do with generating date and time text.

I also have application specific folders. Snippets for FoldingText or TaskPaper are organized together. This doesn't just make it easier to find snippets (it does) but it also makes it easy to control where they expand on the Mac. Folders can have several states: Expand Everywhere, Don't expand in specific apps (this can be one or more apps), expand only in these apps, and never expand.

Finally, I have sets of "deactivated" snippets. These are groups of snippets that are either no longer used or are in development. On the Mac I deactivate the entire group.

Now, I've added a fourth consideration. Some snippets just don't work or make sense on iOS. Snippets that execute Python and shell commands aren't functional on iOS. Now I can just deactivate the group on iOS instead of hassling with selective syncing.
blog  iOS  Mac  Tips 
17 days ago
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Fantastical for iPad
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Fantastical for iPad

Fantastical for iPad is a nice upgrade from the standard Apple calendar app and a great speed improvement over Readdle's Calendar app.1 But with all versions of Fantastical, the gestures aren't obvious and most of the utility is hidden to anyone not willing to accost their iOS screen.2 Here are some things I find useful.

Jump to Date

To jump to a specific date, tap and hold on the date in the header.

Browse by Month

If you want to scan month by month, tap and drag on the month view vertically. This scrolls the month view and jumps the week view to start on the first of each month.

Expand and Collapse Week View

Just like Fantastical for iPhone, dragging up or down at the bottom of the week view expands or contracts the week view.

Jump Week View from Month View

Tap on a day in month view to quickly focus on the week view for that day

Add Event to Day

Tap and hold on the day in a month view or the day header in the week view to begin creating an event for that day.

Access Reminders and Search

Slide from the left edge of the screen to reveal the reminders pane. Slide from the right edge to show the search pane.

Quick Edit from the List View

Slide from right to left on an item in the list view to delete or edit.

I really like the layout and features of Readdle's Calendar app. It provides natural language entry and some clever navigation and event markers. However, it's painfully slow to load a large calendar. It takes multiple seconds for all of the content to refresh and snap into place and that's not going to cut it. ↩

Or, you know, read the documentation. Reading documentation to use an app feels like defeat. ↩
blog  iOS  Tips 
17 days ago
Markdown Table Generator [Link]
Markdown Table Generator [Link]

A very nice web form for quickly generating Markdown, LaTeX, and HTML tables. I appreciate all of the little formatting options too. You can also import CSV data to create the table too. Well done.

By way of Rants and Rambles
blog  Link  Markdown 
18 days ago
Check Your PayPal Subscriptions
Check Your PayPal Subscriptions

You know those little subscriptions you sign-up for using PayPal? They're the one's for a few bucks that charge you periodically. Well, here's a link to show you what PayPal is hooked up with to automatically pay in your name. It also shows any that you think are setup but in typical PayPal fashion have auto-borked themselves.
blog  Security 
19 days ago
Nebulous Notes Adds TextExpander Support Back
Nebulous Notes Adds TextExpander Support Back

I wrote a few days ago that the Nebulous Notes redesign also removed TextExpander support. Well, today that comes back. You have to love developers that listen to user requests so closely and make changes so quickly.

Get Nebulous Notes on the iOS App Store for $5. It's really good.
blog  iOS 
20 days ago
Priceonomics on Susan Kare [Link]
Priceonomics on Susan Kare [Link]

What a great overview of someone that made an indelible mark on computer interfaces and user expectations.

Kare was subsequently offered a fixed-length, part-time job designing fonts and icons for the Apple Macintosh; her business card read “HI Macintosh artist.” She’d never worked on computer graphics before Apple, but quickly made strides to adjust to her new medium. “I remember I didn't really know anything about digital typography, but I got as many books on it as I could,” she recalls.

Yet the piece closes with this terrific quote:

“My philosophy has not really changed -- I really try to develop symbols that are meaningful and memorable. I started designing monochrome icons using a 32 x 32 pixel icon editor that Andy Hertzfeld created. Subsequently I've been able to take advantage of more robust tools and higher screen resolution, and also design vector images in Illustrator. But design problems are solved by thinking about context and metaphor -- not by tools.”

Just wonderful.
blog  Link  Design  Mac  Apple 
20 days ago
Portia: Webscrapping with a GUI [Link]
Portia: Webscrapping with a GUI [Link]

Portia looks like a handy tool for easily scrapping websites. It's available on Github and is expected to be available soon as a hosted service.
blog  Link 
21 days ago
Editorial Workflows for Fantastical
Editorial Workflows for Fantastical

Here's an Editorial workflow for use with TaskPaper formatted tasks. You can set a custom tag (I chose @alarm) and it will parse the attribute out to use as the reminder date for Fantastical.1

So an Editorial line like this:

- Post Fantastical workflow for Editorial @mac @alarm(thursday at 7am)

Will be sent to Fantastical as a new reminder with an alert for 7am on Thursday.

Here's one from the workflow directory that creates a link from Fantastical (or Due.app) back to the original Editorial document.

Here's another one that looks for anything resembling a date and sends that to Fantastical.

This is much nicer now that there is a native iPad version. It works with Fantastical for iPhone if that's what you have. ↩
blog  TaskPaper  Editorial 
21 days ago
Reading and Technical Difficulties [Link]
Reading and Technical Difficulties [Link]

There's no show this week but last week Erik and I discussed how we read news, books, and blogs on the last episode of Technical Difficulties. You also get a bonus photo or Erik and I enjoying a tender moment.1

As usual, the audio is really just half of the material. The show notes are where the party is.

Yup. Made me throw up a little too. ↩
blog  TechDiff  Link 
23 days ago
Podcasting about Podcasting on Pulling the String [Link]
Podcasting about Podcasting on Pulling the String [Link]

Erik, my Technical Difficulties co-host, and I were interviewed on Pulling the String with Ben Alexander. Good title. I like the analogies in the show notes too:

These guys went the other way. They built a little boat. Caught some fish. And then they burned that first boat on the shore. Then they built a new, bigger, better boat. And that does perplex me a little bit. Their dedication to craft, rather than commerce, is rare.

Here's the trick: Building boats is fun too.
blog  Link 
23 days ago
Zen and the Art of Appreciating Beer [Link]
Zen and the Art of Appreciating Beer [Link]

This article is about more than beer:

The true apex of appreciation is the ability to locate the sublime in any style (not, of course, any beer).  This means being able to pick up a glass of helles--or English mild or Belgian bière de table or even a characterful mass market lager (of which, admittedly, there are not a great number)--and find the flavors as pleasant and satisfying as when you heft a barrel-aged imperial stout.  It is possible, but not if the only flavors you can appreciate are intense.

This is embarrassingly true about beer and almost everything else. As beginner, it's easy to be attracted to the brightest and most grotesque traits of anything. Practice and experience almost always leads back to the simple but well considered. I think this goes for everything from good humor to good music. Maybe even good code. It especially goes for good beer.
blog  Zymurgy  Philosophy  Link 
23 days ago
Launchbar 6 Public Beta [Link]
Launchbar 6 Public Beta [Link]

Launchbar 6 is coming soon and they are gearing up for a public beta. Version 6 is a long time coming but I'm pretty excited to see what they do with it. There's stiff competition for keyboard navigators these days but there's also some really creative solutions. It's a good year for Mac software, that's for sure.
blog  Mac  Link 
24 days ago
My Father the Drug Lord [Link]
My Father the Drug Lord [Link]

I thought this Esquire story was compelling, not because of the extraordinary situations, but because of the painfully common and ordinary story of a father with a terrible job:

Anthony Edward Dokoupil was known for his on-the-job sanity. If he was working, he was happy and healthy, drug-free, focused, flowing, time bouncing off him. He had enough hair on his chest to float a gold chain, his belly was trim, and when he walked he swung his legs in loose semicircles, exuding a practiced magnetism, a put-on air of immortality. But this was the close of the 1984 pot season, the harshest of my father’s long career. It was October, and he was back in Miami, tired and disappointed, his body quiet, all his energies turned inward.
blog  Link  Humanity 
24 days ago
Nebulous Notes Updated for iOS 7 [Link]
Nebulous Notes Updated for iOS 7 [Link]

One of my long time favorite iOS text editors for iOS, Nebulous Notes, just received a design refresh. It's nice to see it getting updates. It's been around for over 3 years now and was my app of choice for a long time. The macro system is great and it's one of the few Dropbox-centric text editors with full text search in folders as well as search within the current open document.

While this update refreshes the design, it also kills TextExpander support, which is a huge bummer.
blog  iOS  Link 
24 days ago
Scott Hanselman's Productivity Tips [Link]
Scott Hanselman's Productivity Tips [Link]

I really enjoyed this post about Scott Hanselman's methods for productivity. It's kind of like the CliffsNotes of GTD. But, as with any "tricks", the ideas are more clever than practical for some environments:

Changing how emails are displayed in your inbox, Hanselman says, will "fundamentally change how you think about email." The change: set up a folder for emails that you're Cc'd on and a folder for emails that come directly to you. The emails automatically filtered to the "CC" folder, Hanselman says, are not important.

That sounds smart. But my experience in a large company is that only about 60% of the people I interact with know how to use email and calendars1. Many will reply-all to an old message and haphazardly add people to the CC line that are primary recipients. Sure, you could say "well then they just need to learn these lessons the hard way, by being ignored." But I'd say: "sometimes principles about email are less valuable than a good paycheck."

That's not a critical evaluation. Why expect anyone to be good at email when the tools are awful?  ↩
blog 
26 days ago
The Political Weight of Fonts [Link]
The Political Weight of Fonts [Link]

Thomas Phinney takes a logical walk through the spurious claims that changing fonts will save the US government $400M per year.

There is a different way an effectively smaller font will definitely save money: by allowing multi-​​page documents, especially long ones, to take fewer pages! So maybe it all works out—if you don’t worry about legibility.

Personally, I don't think many of the documents are even written to be read. They seem more like insurance policies: you'll read them when it's time to get a payoff.
blog  Politics  Link 
26 days ago
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