times is the new courier

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt
This week at work our proprietary software got an overhaul. The changes are all for the better, all to make our jobs easier but man, they take some getting used to.One of the main ‘upgrades’ was to a basic client-specific form that we print out for every job that we do. Some fields were changed, some removed and the ‘notes’ at the bottom are now in Courier New (it looks like 10pt) – they used to be in Arial.

Now, moving from a sans-serif font to serif is kind of a step backwards since Courier seems so primitive and bland. To quote the geeks in JPod by Douglas Coupland: “Documents are thirty four percent more boring when presented in the courier font.” [jPod] [Coupland]

I decided to Google around and see if I could come up with some interesting Courier arguments. I came across this article from 2004: “As of February 1, 2004, the standard typeface for all official State Department correspondence is to be set in New Times Roman 14, reported the Associated Press.” [AIGA] I was immediately sucked into this analytical and completely geeky discussion/debate and it made me laugh. This is exactly what I was looking for.

I continued the font-discussion-search and came across another article/post about the influence of fonts: “…be mindful of your target audience when you’re marking up a document, whether it’s a university essay or a commercial website. You never know just how loudly a font speaks.” [secret lives of fonts]

On that note, I’m thinking of changing my blog’s font. John suggested I do it a while back when I originally re-did my theme. Thoughts?

that's me in the corner

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt
We just finished watching Rockstar [msn] and I thought I’d take a look-see on the website and perhaps maybe vote for someone like a good little reality tv junkie. After the fancy little tattoo-looking site loads, I click on my fave performer of the night and up pops a message box with a request for authentication.

You’ll find these on forms all over the internet, from Ticketmaster to Blogger commenting, basically to make sure a real person is entering the information.

Now, is it just me or are some of these codes getting pretty tricky to replicate? Please don’t laugh :p. I always forget to capitalize, always wonder if that squiggle could be a Y or C or something… and before you know it, I’ve locked myself out of the process due to too many incorrect attempts.

I suppose I should follow a little more closely, wear some glasses or just pay better attention. meh. I’m a real person. they should know that.

black holes & revelations

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt
This just arrived in my inbox:

You have just been selected as a winner in our Dose.ca Muse contest. As one of our lucky winners, you’ll be getting an exclusive prize pack from the boys at Muse, including their entire discography, new album Blackholes and Revelations, and an autographed poster!

Seriously, I’ve won my share of contests lately including two CBC Studio One Book Club meet n’ greets/readings with David Suzuki and then with Douglas Coupland [books]. Most recently (yesterday) a prize pack from the Vancouver Canucks Op-Ed [604]

I forget what else I’ve won recently but I’m sure John can remember. I guess people are right, you can’t win if you don’t enter – I went on a contest-entering kick a lil while ago and I suppose it paid off.

I’m not usually a really lucky person. I never win the lotto or big fancy raffles, and it’s not like my entire life is all peachy and rosey. So I’m not sure what’s up lately. Whatever it is though, it’s pretty freakin cool.

UPDATE: Announced on the Dose site as well [dose.ca]


Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

i just saw a commercial on tv (on mute, since we’re listening to tunes) and mike holmes was hockin’ the product. as you may or may not know, john and i are total mike holmes fans [audihertz].

i immediately told john about what i just saw so he hit google, looking for the commercial – he then found the blog of the other dude in the commercial. too funny. [snacks for wexler]

laura’s been going nuts with her new cam [lolo]. i decided tonight (while sitting here geeking out, drinking pale ale and listening to tunes) that i would take some pics for my flickr page [flickr]. laura and john always manage to take the worst pics of me, yet my crappy 15 dollar labtec webcam always manages to produce some pretty decent product. i dunno man, this monday’s not so bad after all.

who's dancing all around

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt
Laura [lolo] got a camera.

I posted a new metblogs post [met].

Hasek is going back to the Red Wings [vcoe], Buffalo has a new hamster logo [fixthelogo] and I won a cool prize for sponsoring the Vancouver Canucks Op-Ed in the Blogathon [vcoe].

There’s a long weekend coming up [bc day].

It’s rainy. It’s Monday.

But things are looking up.

she likes using her brain

Add a Comment by Rebecca Bollwitt
Starting at 10 am Saturday (until 2pm today) John and I were joined by my 6 year old niece, Alexis, for ‘super-fun-cool hanging out with your aunt n’ uncle’ weekend.

We ran errands, went out for brunch, coloured, played cards, went for a swim, watched movies, had dinner and went to the fireworks.

Now, to a 6 year old the fireworks are extraordinarily fantastic. She liked the purple and pink ones, of course. The only BAD part was the waiting. We got to our viewing location at 9:30pm so the half-hour leading up to the show was a bit trying. Her mother joined us in the evening and suggested she “people watch” to pass the time, but she didn’t buy it. We attempted a game of ‘I Spy’, sipped hot chocolate, and before she knew it it was time for the main event.

After we picked her mom up from work today, we said our goodbyes and had them drop us off in Stanley Park.

For the next 2 hours John and I went off the beaten path to record a soundseeing podcast. Muddy shoes, cuts, scrapes, hair full of bugs, we’re home now and waiting for Laura to come take us on a dinner date. Another great weekend in the city – and I’m completely ready for a nap. Check out some of my pics from this afternoon [flickr] and the podcast will be out later this week via RadioZoom [radiozoom]