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Dot the I’s - Or Rather, Don’t

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fi ligature (left) vs. no ligature (middle and right) Being accustomed to common ligatures in print and ebooks, I cannot unsee this. In particular cases as shown on the right — where the arc of the “f” badly clashes with the dot of the “i” and results in a very unfortunate overlap of the two letters — spring to my eye and make me wonder if there is some kind of dirt or bug on the screen. »

Delicate strokes

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Modern e-reader devices come with several fonts pre-installed, some of them exclusives, e.g. Bookerly or Ember on Amazon kindle devices, Nickel and Kakugo on Kobo, while some are available in the public domain1, such as the Tolino pre-installed fonts Vollkorn or Bitter. »


Terry Hall - Home

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On Heavy Rotation This album was on heavy rotation in my cd player back when it was released, and it is again now. Of course, I came across Terry Hall via The Specials. »

The Valuation Paradox

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The puzzle in economic theory is why private cryptocurrencies have any value at all. — The seven deadly paradoxes of cryptocurrency, Bank Underground There was this one question I mulled about from when I first became aware of Bitcoin and other crypto currencies, and that was how the price for Bitcoin or any other crypto currency was set. »

Positive Vibration on Twitter

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If you are a music enthusiast and need more positive vibes in your Twitter feed, I highly recommend to add Eric Alper 🎧 on Twitter to your Following list. »

Back to the Future of Web Blog Directories

·802 words·4 mins #Recently™, I came across the relatively new project It immediately reminded me of the golden age of web directories such as Lycos, Yahoo! or DMOZ. As the author writes »

Pidgey is Back

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Back in the summer of ‘69 2016, when Pokémon GO launched, Pidgey was sitting at every corner. In flocks. You could not not catch Pidgey. Along with Caterpie, Weedle and Rattata, Pidgey was used as a vehicle for speeding up leveling, due to the low evolution cost of just 12 candies1, and the abundance of spawns. »