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Calculated Monospace Redux [Font Specimen]

Who knew professional font specimens could be so easy?

I recently finished designing my font using FontStruct, and decided it would be appropriate to add a professional font specimen.  I turned to wikipedia for ideas, and found that they all looked the same.  It turns out the specimen were generated using the technologies contained in Font Specimen Creator - specifically, ImageMagick.

I downloaded Cygwin (Bash for Windows), installed ImageMagick for Cygwin, and borrowed the script from the Font Specimen Creator website to get me started.  Some color choices, nudging, and text input, and I was finished!  I've shared my script for your convenience.

convert -size 396x486 xc:'#E9E5CD' -font 'font.ttf' -pointsize 25 -draw 'fill #83c8eb rectangle 0,486 486,300' -fill '#415475' -annotate +20+38 'Calculated Monospace Redux' -fill black -pointsize 50 -annotate +20+115 "Aa Ee Rr" -font 'font.ttf' -annotate +20+180 "Bb Gg Jj" -font 'font.ttf' -fill '#415475' -pointsize 60 -annotate +140+270 'Waffles' -fill white -pointsize 50 -annotate +100+466 "0123456789" -pointsize 150 -annotate +300+190 "A" -fill black -pointsize 40 -annotate +20+350 "abcdefghijklm" -annotate +20+395 "nopqrstuvwxyz" specimen.png

Introducing: The Fixed Calendar!

I stumbled upon the concept of "fixed calendars" a few weeks ago, and found the concept fascinating.  Fixed calendars remain the same (almost) every year.  There's no need to purchase a new calendar every month.  My favourite pre-existing fixed calendar was Symmetry010. (You can read about it here.)  However, like most calendar proposals, it lacks duality.

Obviously, I need to be able to use both revised and Gregorian dates in order to effectively communicate with my traditionalist friends.  Using the same month names in both systems would cause confusion in this setting.  My calendar solves this problem.  Instead of using the traditional Gregorian month names, I used Latin number prefixes.  This not only corrects the wrong prefixes of some Gregorian months, but creates a very formal and easily understood month system.

Like the Symmetry010 system, there is a leap week every 5 or 6 years.  This week is separated from Dozenary, and resides in it's own "mini-month".  This leap week usually keeps days within 3 days of the standard Gregorian calendar, so the seasons are barely shifted around.

Some benefits of this calendar include the fixed positioning of all holidays and birthdays.  Remember those random holidays that occur "every second Tuesday of November"?  They're gone.  If it's the same calendar every year, there's no need to remember holidays like that.  They happen on the same day, every year, forever.

Physics Comic?

I figured I'd take a stab at comic making today, here's what I came up with.

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