Steve Lovelace

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The Rule of Tincture in Modern Design

Heraldry is the art and study of coats of arms, seals and banners. It’s the medieval equivalent of graphic design, and as someone interested in both history and design, I’ve always found it fascinating....

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5 Things I Hate About Facebook

After years of rapid growth and bullish optimism, Facebook is having a bit of a rough patch. The stock has been on a downslide ever since its (overvalued) IPO, and a lot of current...

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Lost Letters: Modern Spelling Reforms

Over the centuries, many spelling reforms have tried to add new letters to the alphabet. Given that the Emperor Claudius couldn’t pull this off, you might think that no new letters have been added...

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Ode to This Old House

I’ve been a fan of This Old House since I was a little kid. I liked it do much that my grandpa suggested I go into heating and cooking. Unfortunately, I couldn’t hammer a...

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The Future of Stand-Up Comedy

The Internet is killing stand-up comedy. Not comedy in general: just stand-up. Thanks to smart phone video cameras, YouTube and Twitter, it’s getting harder for comedians to hone their skills. This is especially true...

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Lost Letters: Old English Letters

In previous installments of this series, we’ve looked at letters of the alphabet made and lost in the days of ancient Greece and Rome. Now let’s look at some of the Old English Letters...

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Lost Letters: The Claudian Letters

Last week, we looked at some of the letters dropped from the Greek Alphabet — letters that never even made it into Latin. This week, we’ll look at the Claudian Letters, three new letters...

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Lilliput, Excel and Arabic Numerals

Our numbers are backwards. I’m talking about the Arabic Numerals we use everyday. I realized it one day while using Microsoft Excel. Type any letter into a blank spreadsheet, and it will align to...