Category: Just For Fun

The History of Typography

Got five minutes? Use it to learn about the history of typography by watching this short, animated flick, brought to you by the folks at Forrest Media. From Gutenberg to desktop publishing, it’s all here. Even a cameo by Comic Sans. Fun. Informative. And, only 5 minutes. Give it whirl. Then, let us know what you...

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Graphology: What Your Handwriting Reveals About You

According to the editors of Wikipedia, graphology is the “pseudoscientific study and analysis of handwriting, especially in relation to human psychology. In the medical field, the word can be used to refer to the study of handwriting as an aid in diagnosis and tracking of diseases of the brain and nervous system.” But, in addition to spotting early signs of health challenges like high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, and Parkinson’s disease, handwriting analysis is used to detect more than 5,000 personality traits. Graphology practitioners say the size of your letters, the space you insert between words, the shapes of...

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The King of Topics: DITA XML Meets ‘Billy Jean’

By Cheri Mullins Note from Cheri: With profound apologies to Michael Jackson in memoriam, Michael Jackson fans, songwriters, lyricists, and technical communicators everywhere. “XML” (set to the Michael Jackson classic, “Billy Jean”) [1st Verse] DITA has a lovely theme Using Schemes I Don’t Mind, But What Do You Mean You Are The One? That Will Dance With The Code That We Pound Apps Say They Are The Ones That Will Dance With The Code That We Pound [2nd Verse] They Said Its Name Was XML, And It Works So Well And Every App They Devise Dreams Of Being The...

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PowerPoint It To Death

“Rapid prototyping is a key principle of successful innovation,” self-declared ‘marketoonist’ Tom Fishburne, Marketoon Studios says. “The sooner we make prototypes, the sooner we figure out what works, what doesn’t, and what to make in the next prototype.” “Yet,” Fishburne writes in his popular blog filled with comical ‘marketoons’, “marketers are quicker to PowerPoint than to prototype. We spend more time on two-by-two matrixes and venn diagrams talking about ideas than actually making ideas happen.” Read the entire post and then check out Fishburne’s Marketoon Studios. You might find marketoons are an excellent way for you to communicate your...

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Using Facebook To Scrutinize Employment Candidates? You May Not Want To Do That!

The following post originally appeared on Raganwald’s Posterous blog. We present it here because we think the content is something every business professional who has ever thought about using social media tools to scrutinize employment candidates, or for that matter, existing employees, should seriously consider before doing so. The ideas introduced by the author in this fictional account are partially based in reality — there are actually people in positions of power at organizations around the United States who are stupid enough to ask (even demand) access to Facebook login data as a condition of employment, even though it’s...

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