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One of the weaker arguments against a Capital Sharp S (ẞ) has always been, that such a new character cannot become widely accepted, because there is no easy input method for it on a regular German keyboard. But this point has now started to become moot. The keyboard maker Cherry has starter mass production of a [...]

via Ralf Herrmann: Wayfinding & Typography by Ralf Herrmann

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This is my BFA Thesis Show from 2007 focusing on Environmental Awareness. Can you imagine our planet and our way of life in fifty of hundred years from now? Consider this. We live in a profit-driven economy. Every decision is made with this question in mind: "What will bring us the most money?" Those decisions do not consider what is the best for the planet, but what is best for the economy financially. This series of work is to make you realize that if no action is taken we will create unsafe world for our children and grandchildren. The problem seems too big to feel as though our efforts will make a difference, so most of us don't even try. However, as long as put in any kind of effort with patience and persistence, you are doing exactly what you need to be doing to make a difference.

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TEDx1000Lakes - Chuck Marohn - The important difference between a road and a street

Chuck Marohn, the executive director of Strong Towns, explains the difference between a road, which is a connection to two place and a street, which is a network of activity. He stresses the importance of returning roads to towns for community and economic development. In thespirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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Your rating: None is proud to announce the final schedule for the Game/AI Conference 2011, set to take place at the CNAM in Paris on the 23rd and 24th of June. The line-up includes keynotes about the battle AI in Total War: Shotgun 2, physics-based animation in Backbreaker, and the AI director of Dark Spore. The conference also features presentations about automatic annotations in Killzone 3, and drive-oriented behaviors applied to Splinter Cell's bots, and the parametric animations of Crysis 2. Tickets are available at pre-conference rates until June 3rd, so book now!

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Steve Souders

Our favorite ex-Yahoo at-Google web performance fast-driving all-around guru Steve Souders took a look at @font-face performance recently:

There have been a number of great posts about @font-face performance issues:

* Paul Irish: Fighting the @font-face FOUT
* Stoyan Stefanov: Gzip your @font-face files
* Zoltan Hawryluk (again): More @font-face fun

This blog post summarizes Paul, Stoyan, and Zoltan’s findings plus some very important discoveries of my own.

Among these discoveries is:

* IE doesn’t render anything in the page until the font file is done downloading.
* In all major browsers, files were blocked [by font downloads].
* Busy indicators... are triggered [differently in each] browser

Steve also found that IE and Chrome didn't time out in their attempts to download a font, meaning in the case of the former that the page never displays while waiting for the font, and in the latter that the text doesn't display.

Steve's conclusions are interesting:

* Only use @font-face is you’re absolutely certain you need it.
* If you have multiple font files, consider sharding them across multiple domains.
* Don’t include unused @font-face declarations - IE will download them whether they’re used or not.
* Gzip the font files and give them a future Expires header.
* Consider lazy loading the font files, at least in IE.

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