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Sat, Jul. 5th, 2008 06:33 am
Serious Sans


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33mhz
33mhz
The Queen of Overdub Kisses
Sat, Jul. 5th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)

Cool. I have at least something to use against people who engage in annoyingly hyperbolic "I hate comic sans" humor. It's developed into an internet megaconsensus all out of proportion to Comic Sans' supposed aesthetic sins. Trotting out stuff like this as humor is about as challenging and innovative as mashing together a bunch of monkeys, pirates, robots and ninjas and calling the resultant crap stew funny.


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thegooseking
thegooseking
Barnyard Royalty
Sat, Jul. 5th, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)

Your mistake appears to be in considering it humour.

Comic Sans hate is srs bzns.


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33mhz
33mhz
The Queen of Overdub Kisses
Sat, Jul. 5th, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)

oh how I wish this was not-humor, rather than painfully not-funny.


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thegooseking
thegooseking
Barnyard Royalty
Sat, Jul. 5th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)

Indeed, Achewood has always more poked fun at internet phenomena than joined in. One only needs to look at the 'lolcat' arc for that to be abundantly clear. Or the strip where characters from webcomics (their activities are so poorly conveyed) showed up at Ray's toilet party.


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33mhz
33mhz
The Queen of Overdub Kisses
Sat, Jul. 5th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)

I really like the Achewood guy's ear for dialog, but I took the comic sans thing as just another "humorous" overstatement about how much they hate comic sans, because it pretty much just matches the tone of existing bancomicsans junk without really exceeding it. Bancomicsans.com itself is all slightly tongue-in-cheek, but this is an example of Ha-Ha, Only Serious.


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Sun, Jul. 6th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)

Here's a list of reasons why I hate Comic Sans, not to be ironic or funny, this is me being serious/angry:
-I can't fucking stand seeing it used in serious design (I have to walk past a ritzy frozen yogurt place in Hollywood as I'm protesting certain things not related to Comic Sans)
-I can't stand when it is used in PowerPoint Presentations, especially when said Power Point Presentations are inside Mormon establishments
-I can't stand seeing Comic Sans used in every stupid fucking "caution" sign, every fucking "go away you are not wanted here in this restaurant, we have a rat infestation and they will bite your fucking head off because they ate every single warning flier that used Comic Sans in the world" etc etc
-I DO NOT EVER WANT TO SEE RAINBOW GRADIENT COMIC SANS TYPEFACE EVER AGAIN, EVER EVER EVER EVER

All would be fine if people learned NOT TO USE THE FUCKING MOST OBNOXIOUS FONT IN THE GODDAMN WORLD

I now leave you with this badly Photoshopped picture of me:


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33mhz
33mhz
The Queen of Overdub Kisses
Sun, Jul. 6th, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)

This comment was entertaining enough to win me over.


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thomascott
thomascott
Thomas Scott
Sun, Jul. 6th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)

Perhaps you should consider copyrighting that background before McCain's entourage appropriate it. ;)


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diesel_pioneer
diesel_pioneer
michael (lowercase M)
Mon, Jul. 7th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC)

I want something to use against the equally hyperbolic, twice as disturbing "I love helvetica™" megaconsensus.


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viceanglais
viceanglais
Sat, Jul. 5th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Sat, Jul. 5th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)

Lazy, my dear.


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sirwilliam
sirwilliam
William
Sat, Jul. 5th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)


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sirwilliam
sirwilliam
William
Sun, Jul. 6th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)

When I think of the Bible, which is not often, I picture it set in Fraktur.


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akabe
akabe
alin huma
Sat, Jul. 5th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)

indeed, and it's very easy to imagine who the first to use it would be assuming the idea did take off.


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thomascott
thomascott
Thomas Scott
Sun, Jul. 6th, 2008 11:19 am (UTC)

Glad someone else made this point.
I find it disturbing how these 'ethics' adopt the vernacular of religion, there seems to be an in-built assumption that some greater power must decide what is 'righteous' and what is not, that the label is implicit and that the consumer need bother no further with the troublesome business of thinking for him/herself.

http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php?/site/article/5376/


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bricology
bricology
bricology
Sat, Jul. 5th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)

Ironically, about 300 million of these "bar code readers" (cell phones) are thrown away every year, world-wide. (That's about 200,000 tons/180 million kilograms, for anyone keeping track.) Each discarded phone contains arsenic, lead, nickel, cadmium and other toxins and, of course, urea-formaldehyde (most thermo-set plastics) which, when the phones are incinerated or crushed, re-enter the environment.

Perhaps the most eco-friendly thing one can do, in this context, is to eschew cell phones. It can be done. Maybe we'll see a "slow conversation" movement that encourages people to communicate in-person, rather than through cell phones.


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viceanglais
viceanglais
Sat, Jul. 5th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Comic Sans


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33mhz
33mhz
The Queen of Overdub Kisses
Sat, Jul. 5th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Comic Sans

Bud's wife was nicknamed Curly in the mid 20th century? Must've been a real looker.


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kineticfactory
kineticfactory
this is not your sawtooth wave
Sun, Jul. 6th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
Why I reject Comic Sans

True, hating Comic Sans is about as obvious as hating George W. Bush or Paris Hilton or Coldplay. Though, beneath the herdish consensus, there are reasons to dislike this font and its cultural connotations.

First, there are the sorts of communications that Comic Sans typically finds itself used on, and the sorts of people who use it. The passive-aggressive control freak, sugar-coating their barbed missives with a layer of content-free faux-friendliness. The unfunny class/office clown. The sad-eyed guy who just wants to be liked and will latch on, limpet-like, to any show of friendliness, however token. The big-haired, overly-made-up lady who still dots her 'i's with love-hearts. And so on.

Comic Sans is a pre-measured dose of insincere friendliness, an E-number of low-grade funniness, a spam-marketed sugar-pill promising instant likeability. It is a crutch, eschewed by those who don't need it, and a dead giveaway that a communication isn't sincerely friendly, funny or likeable, but wants to be seen as such. Not to mention a curiously formalised way of being faux-informal, like blue jeans on casual Friday.


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