Player Pianos and .MP3's

Via ZDNet Australia… What do .MP3’s and Player Piano’s have in common? They’re both ways to play copies of music, right? But, under an 1899 (no, that’s not a typo) case ruling, player piano rolls don’t violate the copyright of sheet music, even though they reproduce the outcome thereof: the Read more…

How many spaces after a period?

Via Stuart Celarier who calligraphy and paleography in college and spent quite a bit of time with typography and type design. According to Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style, version 2.4 (Hartley & Marks, Publishers, 1992, 1996, 2001), page 28: 2.1.4 Use a single word space between sentences. In the Read more…

Decapitation?!

Via the WorldNet Daily News, an 26 year old American contractor, Nick Berg, was killed by beheading in Iraq recently. The video taped execution included a segment where Mr. Berg addressed the camera: “My name is Nick Berg, my father’s name is Michael, my mother’s name is Susan,” the man said on Read more…

Cutting the cord

Well, we’ve offically cut the Qwest Communications cord. What a liberating feeling! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have specific animosity towards Qwest, I just disagree with monopolies, even natural or regulated ones. Life is about choices, and being hard-wired into one provider isn’t much of a choice. Case in Read more…