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More press for ‘Spellbound’…

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 10:55 pm

For those who are still interested in the documentary Spellbound and its humble origins (yes, I know, I’ve rambled on about it more than a few times, but I do have my reasons for liking it…), I transcribed an NPR piece on the film in my spare time about a week ago: “‘Spellbound’ Explores Spelling Bee Circuit”. The original clip is still streaming on NPR’s site, at least as of today; listen to it now (requires Windows Media or RealPlayer).


Still more retro game fonts

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 7:06 pm

I’ve uploaded two Super Nintendo font rips to my font page for everyone to enjoy: KongText (Donkey Kong Country) and Yoster Island (Yoshi’s Island, of course).


How do you spell ‘irony’?

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 10:55 pm

Via Google, I stumbled across an extremely interesting article from the Naples Daily News in Naples, FL explaining how, thanks to the documentary film Spellbound, spelling bees for adults have begun to gain some popularity.

Too bad the Naples News’ advertisers would never win one; for some proof, check out the selection of banner ads that I saw accompanying the article. “Anniversarys”? And the paper’s owned by Scripps-Howard, sponsor of the National Spelling Bee, at that…


More font goodness

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 7:15 pm

I’ve added yet another ’80s-era typographical fossil to my font page: behold DPComic, another DeluxePaint font that’s seen in at least one popular web comic to this day.


Downtown, everything’s waiting for you

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 10:40 pm

Wow. More bizarre Google memes: I’m the #1 hit on Google for “downtown macon ga”. I’m not sure whether I should be proud, ashamed (since it’s a post about being directionally challenged in Macon), or simply confused…


Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 9:16 pm

Wow. I just received an e-mail from Jon Medek, one of the original developers of DeluxePaint, thanking me for converting the DeluxePaint screen font to TrueType format. Now that’s quite an honor!

The text of the e-mail, for those who are interested:


Plus la meme chose

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 1:04 pm

Ooh, nifty. I’ve been Memepooled. A fitting link, too, since most of the search requests I see in my logs are for video game fonts…


But does it explain Strong Sad’s shyness?

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 7:25 pm

Two interesting links from today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The Shyness Trap — “Evidence is building that he’s right, that brain biology may explain why at least 30 percent of people are extremely shy, so introverted that many choose careers or just naturally evolve into jobs and lifestyles that suit their personalities and let them avoid situations that can literally make them squirm: like meetings, making presentations, giving speeches or just interacting with others.”

‘Toon Bros. — “Somewhere in Free Country USA, Pom-Pom is being quietly intelligent, Strong Bad is answering e-mail from his adoring fans, and Homestar Runner is doing . . . something. Probably something stupid, for all Internet users to see. This is the world of”

Solve one problem, introduce another…

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 6:48 pm

I just got a spam for one of those keychains that light up and beep if you whistle within a reasonable distance. I’ve seen these things in stores before, and honestly, I think that they’re a great idea for those of us, like myself, who are absent-minded and frequently lose such things as keychains. And I might even buy one, except for one slight problem: in my nearly 21 years on this earth, I’ve never quite been able to get the hang of whistling…

Of course, there’s also the fact that I’d probably end up losing my keychain several rooms, if not several blocks, away… but that’s another rant entirely.

Weird dreams

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 5:37 pm

Hm. I just got up from about an hour-long nap, and… ::blink:: I can’t remember everything about what I was dreaming, but I know I had been dreaming, and it was very odd.

For one thing, the dream was a recursive one, with multiple levels at that: a dream within a dream within a dream within a dream, et cetera. In each dream, I was at home, but it was a surreally different version of the house; perhaps my room was rearranged or painted a different color, or perhaps everyone was standing outside and talking in the middle of the night. I distinctly remember that in one of the levels, some of the living room furniture had been moved into the bathroom, which had been remodelled to look more like a living space, and in another, the door to my dad’s bedroom instead led outside the house (and had inexplicably been left open).


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