I had a fantasy football draft last night. My buddy who had first pick had been texting me the previous day to proclaim his league dominance. Needless to say, I was surprised not to see him in the draft room. When I texted him to get his ass in the draft because he had first pick, he responded, “I would dude but I’ve got a sweet line on some fridges.” So instead of drafting, he was appliance shopping.
“The Irish have always been stereotyped as drunks that fight…and sometimes that makes us so mad that all we wanna do is get drunk and punch someone.’”—The Black Donnellys (via kbels) (via yourfavoriteredhead)
“In Chicago you feel the pressure of infinite surrounding plains; it’s a city that fills the land; even the lake, enclosing one side, allow no escape. From time to time, at the end of a long ride by tramway, train, or elevated railroad, the buildings thin out, and it seems that the city is finally going to expire. Then it springs up again, even more vigorously; you’ve merely reached an old border, with new neighbourhoods built beyond. And beyond that there’s is yet another belt, and another farther on. But it’s not only these exorbitant dimensions that give Chicago its density. Los Angeles is vast but porous. This town is made of a thick dough, without leavening. More than any city in the world, it reeks of humanity, and this is what makes its atmosphere so stilfing and tragic. Neither nature nor the past can penetrate it, but in the absence of the picturesque, it possesses a dark poetry.”—Simone De Beauvoir (America Day by Day) (via callmemellowyellow)
“I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses. All of us. Didn’t your father ever tell you that? Didn’t he?”—
“I was looking for a place that would challenge me academically, but I also wanted to feel bad about masturbating. At Notre Dame, I got both.”—So proud of my alma mater, GQ’s 15th Douchiest College. (via meaghano)
“Fox News host Glenn Beck has lost over 30 sponsors since he called President Obama a racist. And the latest sponsor that he just lost is Clorox bleach. That’s amazing. Even a company whose sole purpose is to make things whiter thinks Glenn Beck has gone too far.”—
IKEA abandons ~50 years of Futura and Century Schoolbook for Verdana. In an interview with Swedish design magazine CAP&DESIGN [translation here] the reason for the change is to be able to use the same font in all countries, including Asian countries. Also they want to be able to give the same visual impression both in print and the web.
I’ve never been a fan of Verdana, a typeface commissioned by Microsoft in 1996 for on-screen readability. Sure, Gruber uses it tastefully, but at anything larger than 11pt, it feels to me a bit squat and dopey. Friendly and readable, but a little bit simple, in the way you’d say a person is simple, but only behind his back. A good listener, but not much of a talker. I guess what I’m trying to say is I want a typeface to take control of a situation. Smack me around a little and tell me what’s wrong with my body, then sell me a TV stand and make me assemble it myself without any tools or clothes, all the while throwing meatballs and lingonberry at my problem areas.