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Thursday, 28 April 2011
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OK friends, quiz time. What’s a beau font do-bust?

(Cue the Jeopardy tune.)

Don’t panic. You probably haven’t heard of it. In fact, I’m pretty sure my childhood girlfriends made it up.

I can so vividly recall one of them walking down the hallway of Meece Middle School repeating the phrase with gusto. “Look at that beau font do-bust,” she would say, pointing to a particularly spectacular hair style. And of course we were all envious. We wanted our hair to look like that too.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011
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I love Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are. It was one of the first books to unnerve me as a child. When the monsters “roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws,” I was chilled. The moral of the story was obscured by my fear. Are those monsters hiding in MY closet?

Friday, 15 April 2011
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There’s nothin’ like a good, reused lawn chair made of old western belts.

Why? Because it’s just cool. That someone got rid of the old, tattered cloth on a wireframe chair and had the forethought to re-weave it with leather belts just blows me away. I mean who thinks of that?

I discovered “Belted in the Backyard” this week after crafty friend Jonna, who regularly follows the blogDudeCraft, sent me the link. It just so happened that I was in the business for a little artistic inspiration, so I clicked.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011
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Bob Gibson, aka the Carvin Artist, creates beautiful decoys from the cedar on his Washington County, Kentucky farm. When KSD was tasked to develop a website to showcase Bob’s work a few years ago, one of the first challenges was how to photograph his carvings.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011
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Food Fight!, our first iPhone game, is a little over a year old now and we’ve just released an updated version with a new character in the lineup. The fast and elusive “Sherry Cherry” is a score multiplier. Hit Sherry and you double your current score. We’ve also added a pause button so you can take a break from your marathon food battles. These two additions allow much, much higher scoring.

Food Fight! was developed as a unique marketing tool for The Doolin House Inn / 2Chefs Catering. Designed to be simple to play and appealing to any age gamer, Food Fight! has done very well in the iTunes App Store with over 60,000 unique downloads world-wide, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Monday, 11 April 2011
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…that mother nature is striking back! I was driving on West Columbia street in Somerset today and spotted the above sign. I’ve seen plenty of roadway markers overtaken by Kudzu, but there didn’t seem to be anything growing up this sign post.

Thursday, 07 April 2011
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The 75th Masters Golf Tournament gets underway today, and many eyes will be on Japan’s 19 year old Ryo Ishikawa. A golf prodigy (He won his first pro tournament at age 15 and is the youngest golfer ever to reach the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings), and a household name in his home country, Ishikawa is not your ordinary teenage sports superstar. With expected earnings of over 2 million dollars in 2011, he has pledged to donate it all to Japan’s earthquake relief.

Tuesday, 05 April 2011
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Editor: “Gotham is sexier. It’s like Helvetica in a strapless dress, sprawled out on a sports car.” — Overheard in the Newsroom

Some April Fool’s jokes are funny. Others, especially those targeted at gullible font geeks, are just plain mean.

I’m partially quoting a dear friend at the end of that sentence — a fellow font geek and an excellent newspaper designer. Jackie Hack and I have just been had, and we’re not happy about it.

Sunday, 03 April 2011
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I looked it up. It’s called pareidolia. Basically, it’s the mind’s tendency to see faces in inanimate objects. I see them everywhere, and apparently, many other people do too. On burnt toast, the grills of cars, in natural rock formations, the moon, even in photographs from the surface of the planet Mars. Of course, the Mars face is a monument left by our extraterrestrial human ancestors before they fled their dying planet to colonize earth, so it doesn’t count.

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