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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sunspots 627

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:

Christianity: Benjamin L. Corey argues that a Christian pacifist, and/or a Christian who refuses to use a gun on others, is not, therefore, a coward.

FiveThirtyEight reports on a study that says that as much as 25% of the US population may be atheists, although most of them don't identify themselves as such.

Christianity Today analyzes the influence of theologian Reinhold Niebuhr on James Comey, the recently fired head of the FBI, and on other prominent public figures.

Computing: Pro Publica reports that some Trump properties, including Mar-a-Lago, used by the President and other important figures, have networks that could easily be hacked. Wired has more on this.

Open Broadcaster Software is a free tool for recording and live streaming video.

The Conversation argues that banning laptops on airplanes would do little to increase security.

Listverse discusses the origin of 10 fonts currently in use.

Politics: Scientific American reports that the Republican governors of Vermont and Massachusetts are seriously concerned about the current and future effects of global warming, and are urging the Trump administration to continue trying to slow it down.

FiveThirtyEight gives a thorough analysis of the likelihood of President Trump being removed from office by the Congress.

Science: The History Blog reports on a fossil Nodosaur.

Scientific American reports that plants may be able to hear.

Scientific American also reports on an apple-picking robot. (With video)

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FancyHorse said...

I read an interesting book about fonts a couple of years ago. It opened my eyes to see the letters that I had been taking for granted.
Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

It took me awhile to read the FiveThirtyEight article, and I still don't know any more than I did. :-D It seems unlikely that he will refrain from committing even more serious errors than he already has, though, so I would guess that it will happen eventually.

Martin LaBar said...

Thank you.

I've been interested in fonts/typefaces for years (I even created three of them) but I'm no expert.

Yes, the FiveThirtyEight article is long, and thorough. It does not come to any real conclusion, because there's not enough data to study impeachment statistically, and because, as you indicate, we don't know what Mr. Trump might do (or not do) in the future.

FancyHorse said...

Which fonts/typefaces did you create?

Martin LaBar said...

One each based on the handwriting of our two daughters, and another one, Hex Nut.

See here if interested:

FancyHorse said...

Interesting! I can see why you named it Hex Nut. ;-)

Martin LaBar said...

Yes. It's not especially pretty, but it does have lots of hexagons.