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A few weeks ago (when I finally got my room wired up at my new apartment), I booted up my Linux box and started updating Debian. When the dust settled this morning, my font settings had reverted themselves... leaving me with the ugly-beyond-description font families Kochi and Sazanami as the default for Chinese/Japanese characters.

Whose idea was it to have a two-year-old come up with fonts?!! I guess you get what you pay for, since they're open source.

I immediately set out to find something better and decided that, much as I dislike Microsoft typography in general, their Asian fonts are actually pretty decent, so I quickly installed them to save my computer from typographical horror.
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I upgraded to Office 2007 at work this morning and noticed that it uses the new Vista fonts for all its menu and text. My first thought was, "huh, that's kind of neat, they've decided to anti-alias everything and use a reputable font (Frutiger) as their default."

... except then I went looking for Frutiger on my machine and it wasn't there. Instead, there were these two other fonts called Segoe and Segoe UI that bear an uncanny resemblance to Frutiger. Microsoft has done it again--they've ripped off another reputable typeface and replaced it with a sad substitute from Monotype.
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Newman's Own just lost major coolness points (!) with me. The letters on their Alphabet Cookies are carved in none other than Arial.

... says Ian, who merrily munches away at the cookies.... damn you Newman's Own!!!
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Three weeks from today (April 11), I'm going to a screening of Helvetica at MassArt. Is anyone else interested in coming along?

From the event description:
Helvetica will begin at 6pm with a reception in MassArt's Godine Gallery and continue at 7pm with a screening in the Pozen Center for Interrelated Media. After the film, join us for a Q&A with director Gary Huswit and designer Matthew Carter.

from the Helvetica website: "Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives." The Boston premier will be produced by Eventworks at MassArt on April 11.

Tickets are $10 ($11 online via PayPal), but the Eventworks blog says they're half-gone already and only holding a limited number at the door.
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My dear little heart broke when I saw this photograph of the craigslist office in the Metro on the way to work this morning. Does anyone else wince when they see it? If you do, don't visit the "valet parking" sign at the Hotel@MIT either (next to the University Park Star Market).


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