Month: March 2012

Are some politicians more dangerous than others?


Andrew Hacker writing in The New York Review of Books suggests We’re More Unequal Than You Think. His review encompasses four books as follows: The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good by Robert H. Frank The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics by Thomas Byrne Edsall Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others by James […]

Life in the post-apocalyptic 2012 election cycle


Super Tuesday has passed, and those in primary states who own televisions have been unable to hide from the flood of political advertising. We’ve all had discussions about Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in the two years since the Supreme Court decision. Some people think that the right of corporations to buy political ads on television must remain unhindered by any regulation. Others think that Citizens United was not about free speech but about buying […]

What fonts do you hate?


Allan Haley, Director of Words & Letters at Monotype, writes in the Interactive Annual 2012 for Communication Arts that there are four reasons typophiles despise certain typefaces: The design is overused. It’s a copy of another typeface. It’s considered poor quality. It’s just hateable. He leads in with low hanging fruit: Comic Sans. He cites several reasons for the hatred such as overuse and ubiquity. Comic Sans is also the official typeface of unprofessional relaxation. Every flyer […]

Permit deadline looms for Occupy Madison


Occupy Madison has been comfortably parked over in the 800 block of East Washington for a while. It’s in a space that was the Don Miller Subaru dealership. The winter has been one of the mildest ones on record in Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean the nights aren’t cold in a tent on a cement parking lot. Wood pallets sit below the tents, which helps to keep the tent bottom off the cold, industrialized earth. But things […]

All the warnings in the world: Companies tracking us online


The book Database Nation, which O'Reilly published in 2000, was an early call to arms for protections against the data mining of millions of citizens. Simson Garfinkel made the case that our privacy was being increasingly violated and manipulated by corporations and governments for a variety of reasons. In the post-9/11 world, his ideas spring even more to life. I used the book as a source for my master’s thesis in early 2001, which was […]

Where can you buy sheet music online?


As you might expect, the internet makes it easier than ever to find sheet music, but it’s a challenge to find the best sites. Online you can find a couple of different types of retailers. One type deals in traditional sheet music. Eble Music Store has been around since 1950 and has an incredible selection of music. They only sell sheet music, and they’ll really go out-of-the-way to find a rare piece for you. I […]