Environment: Ecofont

Here’s one more way to reduce the amount of resources you use without need.

The Dutch group SPRANQ has developed MS Windows and Mac font replacements that have little holes within the normally printed areas of a font to reduce the amount of ink used. The fonts are based on Vera Sans an open source font similar to Verdana. Their tests resulted in about 20% less ink used.

Downloads are available for MS Windows XP, MS Vista and Mac OS X.

Click on the image below for the link.

link to Ecofont website

To install the font on MS Windows XP, follow these steps:

  • 1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  • 2. Type the following command, and then click OK:
  • 3. On the File menu, click Install New Font.
  • 4. In the Drives box, click the drive that contains the font that you want to add.
  • 5. In the Folders box, click the folder that contains the font that you want to add, and then click OK.
  • 6. In the List of fonts box, click the font that you want to add. To select more than one font at a time, press and hold the CTRL key while you select each font.
  • 7. Click to select the Copy Fonts To Fonts Folder check box. The new font is saved in the Windows\Fonts folder.
  • 8. Click OK.

More installation instructions and Help for other OS on the Ecofont web site.

More information:
About Ecofont

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Music: Klaus Nomi – The Cold Song

This is one of Klaus Nomi’s greatest performances. In this video, Klaus Nomi sings Purcell’s aria “The Cold Song” from his 17th century baroque opera King Arthur.

The opera’s composer Henry Purcell died in 1695 from incurable T.B. aged 36, while in 1983 Klaus Nomi sadly died as one of the first prominent victims of AIDS, aged 39.

He died about a half year after this recording was taken in Munich, Germany.

Click on the image below for the link (multimedia)

link to YouTube video

From the libretto of Purcell’s aria Cold Song:
“…What power art thou, who from below
Hast made me rise unwillingly and slow
From beds of everlasting snow
See’st thou not ( how stiff )2) and wondrous old
Far unfit to bear the bitter cold,
I ( can scarcely move or draw my breath )2)
Let me, let me freeze again to death.3)

More information:
Klaus Nomi at Wikipedia.

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Music: Requiem For A Dream

The song Lux Aeterna (Requiem For A Dream) by Clint Mansell.

Click on the image below for the link (multimedia)

link to YouTube video

More information:
Another version / variation of this great song played on the piano.

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Gadgets: Pre-chewed pencils

With these pencils you can have a really lazy day at the office – you not even need to chew on them – they are already pre-chewed.

Four (natural wood) pencils for about GBP 1.5

Click on the image below for the link

link to concentrate web shop

via: Nothing to do with Arbroath

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Music: 4AD year end features

A set of great and free tracks from British Indie Label 4AD.

Includes most of their artists from Atlas Sound to Stereolab. You can embed their player in your web site (see below) and also download the tracks.

More information:
4AD’s 2008 feature page
More 4AD tracks /(deerhunter)

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Humor: Google Trends meets Captain Obvious

Some things might be obvious, but when comparing cookies and weight on Google Trends, you’ll see that to the end of the year people seemingly care less for their weight and start looking for cookies.

Another one we’ve found is snow and ski (see below).

Click on the image below for the link

link to Google Trends

More information:
Google Trends snow and ski search.

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