Year: 2006

1000 Lire Found

In December I bought a used vertical file cabinet at a thrift store for ten dollars. What a find! It was literally an answer to a prayer (the filing cabinets we looked at other places were $75 and up). The bottom of the drawers were lined with Chicago Tribune newspapers from 1997 (rather fitting seeing …

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mmmmhmmmm looks like a herd of animals, and one of them is sticking its head out to see what’s going on.

World’s largest prime number on three reams of paper

CNN reports that the new largest prime number was discovered on January 4, 2006. It is 9.1 million digits long. (thanks Tom for the link) If you were to print this number out on 8.5×11″ sheets of paper, one-sided with 0.5″ margins at 11-point helvetica, it would take 1,556 sheets of paper. That’s just over …

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KERN sweatshirt and LEADING pants

There’s this clever “KERN” sweatshirt being sold on You unzip the sweatshirt to demonstrate how kerning works. neat. I want to make a shirt that says “LEADING” and pants that also say “LEADING.” To demonstrate how leading works, you just drop your pants. (thanks to Tom for finding this link and posting it on …

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The key to health is variety

Metra conductors are on their feet all day long. Yet the majority of them are quite… thick. How is that? They walk and walk all day long. They should be in prime shape, right? It’s because they are doing the same routine over and over. Your body becomes accustomed to it. Plus, it’s just nice …

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