Things That Aren’t Around/Will Not Be Around Anymore, Plus Friday News Chum

userpic=dr-georgeToday’s lunchtime news chum post is mostly about things that either aren’t around anymore, or are going away. But, as it is Friday, there are a few “clearing the links” items at the end….

In other items:

  • Brain Food. I meant to post this with yesterday’s post, but the link was a work. Evidently, eating too much fructose can make it harder to think. According to research by UCLA biology professor Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, binging on soda, candy and sugary snacks for as little as six weeks may reduce brain function. The study, which was conducted on rats, is the first to show that a diet high in fructose slows the brain, which hampers memory and learning. The article fails to note they wanted to conduct the experiment on UCLA students, but they couldn’t find a control group.
  • Junk Food. Things that make you go “huh?”: Pepsi-Cola and Chicken flavored Potato Chips.
  • Thinks You Need to Know. Did you ever wonder why . . . – – – . . . (better known as “SOS”) became an international emergency code? Wonder no more.

And lastly, I wrote about the updated UC logo earlier this week. Well, it has been suspended from use.


Thursday Morning News Chum

  • From the “Obligatory News Department”: Women bites dog. After all, they always say that if a dog bites a man it isn’t news, but if a man bites the dog…
  • From the “A Font of Knowledge” Department: It appears typefaces are in the news again, in particular, Obama’s used of Gotham, which has garnered articles in the Los Angeles Times as well as Newsweek and the New York Times. Evidently Obama’s team has made very conscious decisions about the message conveyed by fonts. Obama uses Gotham, a warm and friendly font based off of Port Authority bus terminal signage. Hillary? She uses New Baskerville, commonly used by book publishers, law firms and universities. McCain uses Sans-Serif Optima. Me? I used to use Georgia all the time, but recently I’ve been using something called Nimrod.
  • From the “It’s Just a Fad” Department: At least some reports are believing that going Gluten-Free is just today’s fad diet. As someone who lives with two celiacs, and knows the effects on many more, I think it is more than a fad: I think our overly processed diets today have let more people to have the reaction, just as more folks have asthema and other sensitivity problems.

And now the tea has cooled to drinkable, and it’s off to my document.


Being Obsessive About Road Signs

Those who used to travel in misc.transport.road circles know well the fights that road afficianados get into over their BGS. There was a large debate when button copy was supplanted by reflectorized signs. There is always a large debate about California never washing their older signs. The latest debate is over something called “Clearview”.

Clearview”, for those not in the road scholar world, is an emerging font being used to replace Highway Gothic on most road signs. It is believed to be easier to read, although some feel it is fugly. The New York Times has an excellent article today about Clearview, how it came about, and its supposed advantage. Well worth the reading if you are into either fonts or roads.

[Crossposted to cahwyguy and roadgeeks]