austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Like a bunch of busy bees, floating pollen on the breeze

One lingering bit from my dream of a Robin Williams sitcom which didn't fit in earlier: one thing that really caught my eye in the scene I had was a glimpse of a news stand and the student newspaper for this unidentifiable college. The, surely daily, paper was named The The The, which somehow feels like a name that has to have been used out there. I could even picture how it got that name: early in the planning meetings for the paper everyone agreed the paper should be The Something, and when eight hours later no two people agreed on what, the guy destined to be the first news editor when he wasn't elected humor editor called out The The. And at that point it was weird and funny enough for everyone to insist. The Official Treasurer resisted most strongly, but finally accepted putting it down as a temporary measure to get out of the question already. And then when trying to explain it to the student government Finance Committee she had to explain it was ``the The The'', and the Finance Committee shrugged and put down the budget item like that and that was just an even better name. I don't know why I have this ornate backstory for such a trivial issue.

But in my mind the design of the newspaper's name as shown on the front page was reasonably clever, even if all the words were in lowercase (but blue). The initial, serving-as-preposition The was in the largest Courier-style font centered on the left quarter. A large photograph teasing the main article bleeds out to the top of the page, separating that first word from the remaining extra-preposition-and-object Thes, which are also in lowercase blue Courier-class fonts. The trouble is the layout wouldn't work for any paper less wide than a broadsheet, and I don't mean the pretentious tabloids currently passing themselves off as broadsheets. I mean a real broadsheet, the kind that spreads wide enough to carry small cargo ships. Still, at least my graphic design daemon is running on all thrusters. In fact, there's a web design project I've been meaning to work on for which this could do very nicely, if I could insist on having the browser window be just as wide as my computer's screen is, and that everyone have screens just as wide as mine. Of course, insisting on browser window widths is only six percent less annoying than working up some scheme where you make a window pop open despite all the ``no pop-ups ever'' options that everybody selects. It's hard to both like specific designs and want to be a courteous web master.

Trivia: French King Louis XVI had assembled in 1788 the Cahiérs de doléances, the complaints of the masses. 128 regional cahiérs, 32 nobility cahiérs, and 18 clergical cahiérs called for the reform of the system of weights and measures. Source: The Measure Of All Things, Ken Alder.

Currently Reading: A Mathematician Plays The Stock Market, John Allan Paulos.


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