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Bullet Sunday 137

Posted on Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Dave!It's yet another Bullet Sunday on Monday extravaganza! A happy belated Father's Day to everybody.

• Bedridden. Yesterday I finally got around to doing what I should have done when I wrecked my back last week... I stayed in bed all day in an attempt to let it heal up a bit. This was a last resort, because I'm so buried in work that I can't see daylight, but I think it was worth it. I managed to get some sleep, and this morning was the first time I haven't woken up in agony. If only I could get paid for staying in bed all day.

• Finger. While my ankle and head are back to normal, my finger will be messed up for at least two months. According to Google, the only treatment is to keep it in a splint at all times so that it can heal straight. Luckily, the human brain can adapt to new situations fairly quickly. I'm typing at almost full-speed because my middle and pinky fingers have taken over the keys my mangled finger used to type. About the only time I feel handicapped is when I write or draw because the splint gets in the way. I've ordered a "new & improved" splint which is smaller and more hi-tech, so hopefully that will help. I'm tired of people thinking I'm "special" when I try to sign my name.

• Alice. The first images from Tim Burton's live-action adaptation of Alice in Wonderland are burning up the internet, and with good reason... they look amazing. Rich and vibrant with a kind of dark and twisted slant, I can only hope that this is indicative of how Burton is approaching the material, because it's genius...

Depp Mad Hatter plus Carter Red Queen


• Typographical. Knowing my interest in Scotland, my dad let me borrow his copy of Scotland by Magnus Magnusson. The book itself is a pretty good read, but every time I pick it up I want to toss it in a wood-chipper. Can you guess why?

Scotland Book Cover

It's the idiotic lettering in the book title! This is Magnusson's master work on "SCOTLAND," but the title reads more like "SC O TL  A  ND" because whomever is responsible for the design of the cover doesn't know how to kern type...

Scotland Book Cover

What a shame. Just ten seconds of futzing to even out the spacing gives a much easier read with Scotland AS ONE WORD...

Revised Scotland Book Cover

Tragic disrespect for type is all around us, and it drives me bat-shit insane. The latest travesty is the re-branding of Microsoft's "Live Search" to the even more stupidly-named "bing." Ultimately, I don't give a crap what Microsoft wants to call it... but there's nothing so compelling about their search engine that's going to have me switch from saying "Google That Shit!" to "Bing That Shit!" (or whatever). No... what pisses me off is that whomever designed the logo decided to stretch it out to ridiculous lengths...

Totally Shitty Bing Logo

The grotesque distortion of the letterforms looks absurd. A good take on the horror of it all can be found over at Brand New.


Lastly, because everybody needs a boost (but mostly because Brian Papa told me to), I'm passing along a new site to check out called CheerUpNation...


And now I suppose I'd better get up so I can get ready for work. Fun and excitement await...


  1. Mik says:

    I guessed the problem with the book without scrolling down, soon as I saw the image it looked off.

  2. Oh I just blogged about Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter. I want to watch this movie. Tim Burton is a genius. 🙂

  3. Avitable says:

    I love when designers get all nerdy upset about fonts. James does the same thing.

  4. Hilly says:

    Oh delicious! Carter and Depp in another film together! Le swoon. I just saw the images this morning and it looks so stunning….I can’t wait to see it.

    Also, I am glad you spent the day in bed resting. I like it when you take care of yourself, mister. 🙂

  5. delmer says:

    Driving down I-71 from Columbus there’s (or there used to be) a big Canopie Warehouse or some such business. Sticking off the building they had a huge canopie striped in such a way that each letter of CANOPIES was in a different color along the front edge. Due to the design of the coloring it read more like CAN O PIES. CAN was all shades or red, PIES was all shades of green, the O was yellow.

    Or something similar. You know how I am about details.

  6. christie says:

    Alice in Wonderland has an amazing cast so far. I can’t wait 🙂

    Glad you got some rest and hope the finger heals straight!

  7. whitenoise says:

    I never would have noticed the type until you pointed it out. OTOH, I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard “nice landing” and mentally catalogued the numerous errors.

  8. whall says:

    Cheer up, bing!

  9. brian P says:

    Probably you’ve heard what BING stands for: But It’s Not Google…I believe it was Seth Godin who said that.

    Hope you’re feeling better!

    And thanks for the shout-out!

  10. Finn says:

    Is it bad that I was disappointed that the “Finger” entry wasn’t about what I thought it was going to be about?

  11. John says:

    Kerning. Word. : )

  12. martymankins says:

    I have yet to Bing something. The site has come up on my system a few times, but so far, I’m attached to Google for my searches. Someday, I’ll give it a try and see what all the fuss is about.

  13. A Lewis says:

    Both the finger AND the back? Man, you’re falling apart…like me! Life is good, eh??

  14. beth says:

    I love it that I am not the only kerning fool out there. No one understands me….

  15. You could get paid to stay in bed all day… if you were a ho.

    Just sayin’…

  16. Dave2 says:

    How much money can a ho with a bad back make? 😛

  17. Foo says:

    Don’t even get me started on fonts. Two words – Holiday Inn – Who the fuck signed off on that new logo?

  18. Sybil Law says:

    I am so glad to hear you’re taking it easy, if only for one day!

    The pictures from the movie are stunning.
    And bad typeface makes me bonkers, too! Just never knew the name for it! 🙂

  19. Yes, the bing logo sucks. It looks a bit better inverse, though, with white lettering on a dark surface…like with their daily images.

  20. Göran says:

    That´s a serious case of un-kerning 🙂

  21. Sorata says:

    The power of kerning people, USE KERNING!!!!!!!!

  22. heather says:

    fairly new hear didn’t know of your interest in scotland – have a trip planned in august to edinburgh – any not so touristy spots that are must sees?

  23. I didn’t even know Burton was making Alice In Wonderland. Amazing pics those.

  24. mike says:

    You ever considered making a new dust jacket for Scotland to qwell your rage and prolong the books shelf life?

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