Month: July 2008

More marvels of machine translation

Google Blogoscoped has translated several Garfield strips into Chinese and back again using Google Translate. Here’s the text, in case the strip is hard to read at this…

Fonts for sale at the Museum of Printing

If you’re anywhere around North Andover, MA, you might want to check these out. The sale runs through August 28. .

Special offer: preview the Museum of Folly

If you are at all interested in the current arts scene, I’m sure you have heard a lot about about the imminent opening of the Museum of Folly;…

Where’s that accent from?

Here’s a fun little game from Language Trainers Group. Listen to people read a passage from “If” by Rudyard Kipling, than guess where they are from. I scored…

Tom’s Book of Days

A little self-promotion here, tinged with a bit of nostalgia for the early days of the web. Blog.rightreading.com readers might not have chanced upon my Book of Days,…

How I always say it: this hole is quite fine good!

Machine translation: there’s nothing like it. Enjoy this short video with babelfished dialogue.

World’s largest publishers

Some time ago I wrote about consolidation in publishing and the challenges facing independent book publishers. One result of this consolidation has been the transfer of ownership from…

Two more tough words to spell

I wrote yesterday about a word that was misspelled by thirteen out of fourteen experienced editors. Here are two words from the test that were each missed by…

A hard word to spell

It means “to dry; to preserve by drying.” I’m hiring a temporary replacement editor for a colleague who will be out several months on a medical leave. I…

Beatrix Potter rarities

The resourceful Mr. Peacay of BibliOdyssey has collected a set of Beatrix Potter illustrations from archives at Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses. It’s an excellent set; shown is…

Reader sues over translations

The reader, Bradley LaShawn Fowler, is suing two Bible publishers (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan), alleging that the translators erroneously rendered a passage resulting in a false suggestion that…

Big columns at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC

Huge, aren’t they? See them at the National Building Museum. Kind of a random post, but I’m on the road and don’t have a lot of time for…

Ghost type: borated talcum toilet powder

I’m not sure how the advertiser managed to put this copy on a nearly sheer cliff high above the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers near Harper’s…

Poor, poorer, porous

Some pretty porous copy on this text panel about porous paving at the National Botanical Gardens near the capitol building in Washington, DC. (Official, nonpartisan, federal government-approved typos.)…

Ghost type: coal tar products

Rightreading has been on the road for a while, and mostly without an internet connection. I’ve encountered some interesting ghost type on my travels, such as this example…

Copyright flow chart

The law firm of Bromberg and Sunstein has an unusually handy flow chart of U.S. copyright duration on their website. Speaking of copyright, the flow chart bears a…

Helvetica clip

Here’s a short section from the documentary Helvetica, by Gary Hustwit. This section features a brief interview with Erik Spiekermann.

Low vibrancy

Here’s a Photoshop tutorial that “uses two adjustment layers to lower the vibrancy of the photo while preserving some colors.” Well, fine, but why go to that trouble?…