Monthly Archives: October 2010

TypeKit

WordPress advertises a new affiliated app called “TypeKit”, which claims to be “the easiest way to use real fonts on the web.” It’s a subscription-based service but the basic version is free when you provide your name, email, site URL. 
So I signed up and checked out their fonts. Neat. They give you a HUGE slew of them, replete w/a demonstration sample sentence to show how it will look. And not just the typical top-down list of typefaces you see in Microsoft Word. TypeKit has super-current ones with slick names, as well as cursive and that sort of thing. I suppose it’s a spin-off on the popularity of Google Transliterate, which is indeed a very cool service (You can type a sentence and have it converted into any language typescript of any language and then copy and paste the resulting typescript – even Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, etc.). 
The nerds who started this venture are former Googleites, and, TypeKit.com/about says the same four-guy crew were behind Measure Map, which was bought by Google and absorbed into Google Analytics. It says the dudes (Jeffrey Veen, Bryan Mason, Greg Veen, and Ryan Carver) are incorporated under the Title Small Batch Inc. and were “the core of the team who led” the recent rehash of Google Analytics, which has proved to be hugely successful (and, admittedly, very useful for high-traffic web sites)
You’re prompted by WordPress for an ID provided to you when you sign up for TypeKit and this is automatically embedded via Javascript into your WordPress “Pages”. Then, the TypeKit icon appears on the WordPress Dashboard under “Appearance”. And you can see that you’re linked up and can import fonts.
So I guess they gain access to your WordPress account, but that’s the price you pay, risk you take. But you need to investigate claims and gimmicks thoroughly before signing on; that’s my M.O. when it comes to this stuff – esp. something as valuable to me as my blogs.
One thing: I was perusing the features and saw that there’s a little check-box (defaulted, unless you uncheck it) for “Google Analytics”. 
Nothing’s free! 
I’m guessing Google gets to leverage that extremely powerful application – Google Analytics – to <i>interface<i> with WordPress. So if you don’t take the time to “uncheck” the check-box, Google will be running their Analytics on <i>your<i> WordPress blog(s)! Hey now! Snap diddly-doo, how convenient. But this might also be how Smart Batch, Inc. gets some of their dough (smart!) – via Google and this little “in” on the zillions of WordPress blogs and WordPress-generated sites on the Web.
I like WordPress. It’s great. I’ve used it for years. It’s attractive, easy to use, and reliable (though slow). But I can’t complain. It beats Google Blogger/Blogspot by a long-shot. And the hassle of registering a domain name, doing manual FTP-uploads, or hand-coding Hypertext-Markup, which is a pain on the arse.
It is cool that so many smart folks are out there doing this stuff to make my blog not look so mundane. I recall posting maybe more than a few complaints in my posts about the lack of versatility w/ WordPress “Themes” and the inability to change any CSS on your blog (without a paid upgrade). Even TRY to mess around with the HTML in one of our posts and you’ll be punished unremittingly. (Try it.)
With TypeKit you can customize font to apply to stuff like body text, headers, sidebars, links, so to make your pages and posts look more unique. This has always been the problem with WordPress. So many people use so few of the Themes (I use PressRow, which may well be the most popular) that you can tell a WordPress-generated blog simply by the font and formatting. I always thought that was lame. 
So this is a step in the right direction, I’d say. But there’s always the fine print.

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“A Prophecy”

 

 

 


Anyone read The Road by Cormac McCarthy? Did he glean any inspiration from this, William Blake’s 1793 poem about the American Revolution?


 

The strong voice ceas’d; for a terrible blast swept over the heaving sea:
The eastern cloud rent: on his cliffs stood Albion’s wrathful Prince,
A dragon form, clashing his scales: at midnight he arose,
And flam’d red meteors round the land of Albion beneath;
His voice, his locks, his awful shoulders, and his glowing eyes
Appear to the Americans upon the cloudy night.

Solemn heave the Atlantic waves between the gloomy nations,
Swelling, belching from its deeps red clouds and raging fires.
Albion is sick! America faints! Enrag’d the Zenith grew.
As human blood shooting its veins all round the orbèd heaven,
Red rose the clouds from the Atlantic in vast wheels of blood,
And in the red clouds rose a Wonder o’er the Atlantic sea —
Intense! naked! a Human fire, fierce glowing, as the wedge
Of iron heated in the furnace; his terrible limbs were fire,
With myriads of cloudy terrors, banners dark, and towers
Surrounded: heat but not light went thro’ the murky atmosphere.

– William Blake (excerpt from “America: A Prophecy”)

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Disclosure revisited

People exclaim, “Disclosure is imminent, disclosure is just around the corner!”

But Disclosure has already happened for all intents and purposes. One recent example: check out the 9/27/10 National Press Club “Disclosure” Conference, broadcast live on CNN. (Clips here provided by the Project Avalon Blog.)

The United Nations already has an “Office for Outer Space Affairs” (UNOOSA). The U.K. Telegraph reports:

“Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist, is set to be tasked with co-ordinating humanity’s response if and when extraterrestrials make contact.” (Heidi Blake, The Telegraph. 26 Sept. 2010. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/8025832/UN-to-appoint-space-ambassador-to-greet-alien-visitors.html)

Stephen Hawking, when asked about this development, weighed in and is quoted in the same Telegraph article: “I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. The outcome for us would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”

What more do we need for this ever-nearing “Disclosure”? A statement from the President? White House UFO-landing? The military personnel in the above CNN clips and many, many devoted researchers and organizers who work tirelessly have, by any fair criteria, already passed over the “Disclosure” precipice.

One worries that if the public begins to push to hard for a Super Bowl halftime-show type Disclosure, then the powers that be/”the Controllers/what-have-you, will (if they haven’t already planned it) do it for us. For example, if nothing less than an E.T. landing on the White House lawn is what Disclosure-seekers require, that is not Disclosure. Such an event would be a mess of confusion because its authenticity would be highly suspect.

So stop exclaiming “Disclosure is coming; Disclosure is imminent,”, because where does it read that Disclosure depends on officialdom for legitimacy? We shouldn’t assume Disclosure to be one event — what Disclosure has become due to our secretive, obdurate government is a marathon with more than one winner. Winners keep passing the finish line, but there is not a single, solitary winner. It’s a collective effort.

– d.g.w.

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Please Post and Circulate…

A general rule: most government agencies and legislation dealing with social policy do the very <em>opposite</em> of their namesake, i.e., “Child Protective Services” (an agency not to protect but to kidnap/abduct); or, “The Patriot Act” (completely unconstitutional and therefore, ahem, <em>not</em> Patriotic).

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(Also at http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2010/10/07/oath-keepers-statement-about-video-titled-government-agents-seize-oath-keepers-new-born-from-hospital/)

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Disclosure

People are exclaiming, “Disclosure is imminent, disclosure is just around the corner!”

But Disclosure has already happened for all intents and purposes. One recent example: check out the 9/27/10 National Press Club “Disclosure” Conference, broadcast live on CNN. (Clips here provided by the Project Avalon Blog.)

The United Nations already has an “Office for Outer Space Affairs” (UNOOSA). The U.K. Telegraph reports: 

“Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist, is set to be tasked with co-ordinating humanity’s response if and when extraterrestrials make contact.” (Heidi Blake, The Telegraph. 26 Sept. 2010. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/8025832/UN-to-appoint-space-ambassador-to-greet-alien-visitors.html)

Stephen Hawking, when asked about this development, weighed in and is quoted in the same Telegraph article: “I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. The outcome for us would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”

What more do we need for this ever-nearing “Disclosure”? A statement from the President? White House UFO-landing? The military personnel in the above CNN clips and many, many devoted researchers and organizers who work tirelessly have, by any fair criteria, already passed over the  “Disclosure” precipice.

One worries that if the public begins to push to hard for a Super Bowl halftime-show type Disclosure, then the powers that be/”the Controllers/what-have-you, will (if they haven’t already planned it) do it for us. For example, if nothing less than an E.T. landing on the White House lawn is what Disclosure-seekers require, that is not Disclosure. Such an event would be a mess of confusion because its authenticity would be highly suspect.

So stop exclaiming “Disclosure is coming; Disclosure is imminent,”, because where does it read that Disclosure depends on officialdom for legitimacy? We shouldn’t assume Disclosure to be one event — what Disclosure has become due to our secretive, obdurate government is a marathon with more than one winner. Winners keep passing the finish line, but there is not a single, solitary winner. It’s a collective effort.

– d.g.w.

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