So Anyway… The West Wing

I really like The West Wing.  Yes, now that it’s over, it’s fairly easy to punch holes into it.  But wow, what great writing.

I always enjoyed the tension between Danny ConCannon and C.J. Craig.  Low and behold, I’m watching the film Stripes (because that shit is funny), and who do I recognize in the scene?  The scene where some pleeb fires a mortar rocket at the observation deck where Sgt. Hulka is standing?  Yep.  Danny ConCannon.

 

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So anyway… Brian Epstein

So anyway,

I’m daydreaming the other day, thinking about the Beatles.  Who was their first manager? Immediately the name Buddy Ebsen  pops into my mind.  I know of course that this is incorrect.  Still, I let this montage of silliness take it’s course.

Yep.  Jed Clampett is now the founder of a british invasion pop music group.  Weeeeell doggie!

I will let your own mind fill in the blanks.  For the record: I did come up with Brian Epstein shortly after.  Not near as funny.  ~TH~

A Minimum Of Quality

Let me start by saying; I understand the adage, “You get what you pay for”.   I found this difficult to believe yesterday, when I began to research the purchase of a new attache style briefcase.  Searching on the interwebs, I sought a decent case that wouldn’t break the bank.  I was disappointed to discover that even as I climbed up into the “premium” cases, the reviews were less than stellar.

This may be in part because the attache style has given way to the leather shoulder bag, messenger style.  Those are fine, I have several.  What I need at the moment though, is more like a portable office, with most of what I need already in place when I open my case.  Assuming I keep the thing organized, I should be able to open it flat and begin working.  With a top loading case, I’m always pulling stuff out, digging around, then stuffing all my stuff back in- rarely in an organized fashion.

Many of the reviews for attache style cases focused on if it was “real leather”, or how impressive the case looked.  I don’t give a rat’s a$$ about those things.  I just don’t want the thing coming apart on me; which apparently, many of them do.  Crappy glued construction, and crappy stitching.

I know that my father’s old briefcase is tucked away somewhere in this house.  If I ever find it, I’ll post a review of that critter.  Now that was how you put together an attache case.  *End Rant*

 

Yes, I Like Typewriters

Yes, I like typewriters.  Recently I have backed off of my own use of the words ‘love’ and ‘hate’ in regard to experiences, devices and people.  Unless I truly do hate… or love them.  After all, I don’t hate certain politicians who occasionally sit in the oval office.  Suffice it to say, they may not be my ‘cup of tea’.

This short narrative however, brings home why I love typewriters.  Oops!

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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2012/06/ray-bradbury-and-the-dime-at-a-time-typewriter-of-fahrenheit-451.html

21st Century Letter Writing

So, here I find myself writing more letters than Jefferson ever did.  OK, well, maybe just the same number of letters that Jefferson did.

Possibly fewer.

Regardless, some bait for this behavior has been dangled by our very own United States Postal Service for decades.  Small wonder.  They were basically the only game in town.

**** WARNING: PHILATELY AHEAD! ****

Not wishing to be “Booooooooooor-ing!”,  I now purchase unused postage stamps online fer cheap.  Yep, ya gotta lik em.  Here we have a series of stamps I recently purchased.

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You will note that in order to actually use the stamps, you must tear great works of art asunder.  So instead, you become… a collector.  Whoops.

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Rest assured, I will be tearing these out and using them to send missives to my scattered friends.  This last bastion of the Federal Government’s good deeds shall not go down without a fight.  Shove yer Eeeeee-mail!  ~TH~

Fontana

Making Book

I didn’t realize there was a typeface called Fontana; I just thought it was a paperback imprint of Collins’.

However here it is, and HarperCollins historical website celebrating their 200th anniversary tells us about it in these terms :

“In 1936, Collins became the first major publishing house to create its own font. The publisher hired printer and typographer Dr. Hans Mardersteig to prepare a report on the business in which he included suggestions on design. As a result, Collins had him design a typeface that would create a unique visual identity for the company.

Building on the classic fonts of eighteenth-century Glasgow publishers Robert and Andrew Foulis, Mardersteig developed Collins’s iconic typeface: Fontana. It was used by Collins for three decades before the company released rights to the font.

After Collins developed the Fontana font, more company-specific fonts followed, including Lexicon, Fedra, Nexus (designed by Martin Majoor), Fresco, and Sansa…

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