OK, this is one of the geekier RT posts, so some of you (you know who you are...and so do I) might want to go have a nice glass of orange juice instead of spending time here. I mean, you don't have to, but don't say you weren't warned.
- So you think you're a font expert? Try your hand at this quiz, then, and let us know the results. Helvetica vs. Arial. Sounds simple, doesn't it? (I got 18 out of 20.)
- I've always been of the opinion that The Hobbit was a better book than any of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and I've been secretly miffed that Peter Jackson didn't film it before LOTR. But he's rectifying that situation now, along with Guillermo del Toro, and given the advances in CG effects, the wait might be well worth it. Anyway, however obsessed I might be with things Hobbitian, I'm a mere pretender compared to the author of this article, who has a very specific and thorough list of criteria to which the casting of Bilbo Baggins must adhere. Must adhere. And, apparently, Toby Maguire need not apply.
- If you've had trouble keeping up with who's doing what in the NBC Night Time Talk Show Fiasco, I think this will clear things up about as much as they need to be cleared up.
The Japanese are usually pretty good at these things, but I think they fumbled the ball a bit on Conan's coiffure. Perhaps they figure a guy who is 6' 4" tall doesn't need elevated hair.
- I would love to have any one of these lamps on my desk. I'm particularly drawn to the symmetry of this one.
- Earlier in the week I linked to the blog of Sandy Earl, who is attempting to become the first female to complete the Race Across America (RAAM) on a recumbent. Well, let's crank up the cycling oddity knob another notch and take note of Martin Krieg who wants to ride a backwards Penny Farthing (an old-fashioned high-wheeler with the small wheel in the front) across the USA (as a part of the 2010 Mayors' Ride). I've never ridden a high-wheeler, but the thought of pedaling a single-speed, direct drive bike over mountain passes gives me the willies, as does the idea of riding the cycling equivalent of a high profile vehicle across the windy Central Plains states.