The title of this piece is the first line of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29, which is analysed in detail here.
As with all topics discussed openly on the internet, the Thin Privilege argument has descended into a battle in which a side must be picked. You’re either pro-fat or pro-skinny, and there’s no middle ground. Well… That’s not strictly true, but there’s not much room for nuance.
The Conservative Party Conference was in Manchester last week, and plenty of people were unhappy about it. This isn’t a huge surprise as they’re lagging behind in the polls, social problems are rife, and the government is single-mindedly pushing through a disastrous exit from the European Union – a move that will leave the UK worse off on just about every metric.
Earlier this year, I attended a recovery program for survivors of domestic violence. The abuse had taken place more than 10 years previously, and it had haunted me ever since. The first time around, I tried to seek help, but I was let down by all the agencies that I sought help from: my doctor, social workers, the police.
Michael Gove is often misquoted as having said that “people have had enough of experts”, although some commentators have dug out the actual quote and presented it in its original context, which makes a nice change: “People have had enough of experts from organisations with acronyms saying that they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong.”
I was 22 when I received my first dick pic, before I even knew it was a thing. It was sent to me by a married man I was seeing back then (yes, do judge me on this one – he was a total jerk and my standards have improved tenfold since then), and I wasn’t sure what to think at the time.
Well, yes, there are women who abuse men. This well-known fact is brought to our attention whenever violence against women is discussed, just so the men don’t feel left out (nothing to do with derailing the original conversation, of course.) But we also know that there are far fewer women that abuse men, than there are men who abuse women.
Do you know when there’s a fashionable idea going around, but there’s something that feels a bit “off” with it? I spend a lot of time in skeptical and atheist circles, and there is always some real-world issue reduced to a vague abstraction, to be resolved with “logic.”
There have been a number of high-profile cases involving end-of-life care, and the “right-to-die” (or to live). Medical professionals are bound in their duty by their training and the law, and must do what is in the patient’s best interests. Unfortunately the relatives of the patient are not always willing to accept the medical verdict, and we run into conflict.
Lately, there has been a lot of coverage of the ludicrous claims made by Goop, the “modern lifestyle brand” owned by Gwyneth Paltrow. A few weeks previous, it was the preserve of a particular niche of the market, but now we all know about it due to an incisive blog by Dr. Jen Gunter, an OB-GYN devoted to promoting evidence-based health care, you know, the kind that actually works.
Finally, we actually have a government in Westminster. Sure, it’s not the greatest option, but the Conservative-DUP amalgam is the best we could hope for in the present circumstances. It’s been something of a worry to commentators across the political spectrum, as the DUP are extremely socially conservative, and Northern Irish politics, in general, are held back by religious influences.
Font Of The Day #14 – 18th June 2017 – Roster
It’s the weekend, and a great opportunity for a drive in the countryside. Get away from it all with Roster, a strong brush script family of two weights, caps and a set of ornaments. Roster is great for any kind of display use from advertising to packaging and online branding. Roster is clear and legible even in smaller sizes and works for longer texts too, but is at its best when used for shorter sentences or even just for one or two word display or logo use.
Roster is equipped with plenty of Ligatures and Contextual alternates that are automatically activated as long as you keep Standard Ligatures feature on. These features help to maintain the flow and add on some variation when writing with Roster. If you need more than that there are at least three Alternates for each basic character: click on Swash, Stylistic or Titling Alternates in any OpenType savvy program or check out for even more alternates from the Glyph Palette.
Font Of The Day #13 – 17th June 2017 – Kinescope
Today’s font is rich and velvety, and dripping on to the page. A sexy script typeface, based on the hand-lettered titles in Fleischer Brothers’ Superman cartoon series, Kinescope has a real 1940s feel to it. How might you use it? A user guide is included to help you get what you need from the font, and to inspire you. This font is sponsored, but a bargain at £22 from MyFonts.com (designer Mark Simonson). That’s All, Folks!
Font Of The Day #12 – 16th June 2017 – Liquorstore
It’s the end of the working week, and let’s face it, we could probably do with a drink. Today’s font has just what you need! Liquorstore is a large and loud font in a traditional style, based on old liquor store signage and Cold War propaganda posters. There are five variants available, or you can buy each version separately. It was designed by Chank Diesel, and is a sponsored font from MyFonts.com.
Font Of The Day #11 – 15th June 2017 – RM Serifancy
It’s a Throwback Thursday, and it’s a Freebie Thursday! Today’s font of the day is a WildWest / Circus themed typeface, and it’s completely free, even for commercial use! It’s called RM Serifancy, designed by user p2pnut. I found it at 1001fonts.com. I love this font so much that I’m looking for an excuse to create a sign – just so that I can emblazon it across it in 12-inch-high letters! A statement piece, if ever I saw one.
“Strong and stable” has been repeated over and over during the last two months, since UK Prime Minister Theresa May called a General Election on 18th April. But what does that mean? We have been asking the same question of “Brexit means Brexit” and we still don’t have an answer.
Font Of The Day #10 – 14th June 2017 – Geogrotesque
Don’t be fooled by the name – Geogrotesque is a classy and modern font. Its smooth, clean nature makes it suitable for high-impact slogans and longform text alike. It’s a sans-serif font available in 14 styles and 7 weights. It was created by Emtype Foundry, and I found it at MyFonts.com. This is a sponsored post, so if you like it you’ll need to splash the cash for expert design. Click the image on the right to go to the download page.
Font Of The Day #9 – 13th June 2017 – SP Caffeine
After the shock of Monday, let us herald the arrival of Tuesday with caffeine. SP Caffeine to be specific. It’s a 100% free font from Sizzleprint, via dafont.com. Click on the image on the right for more information and to download it. And pour yourself a hot mug of coffee while you’re at it.
Font Of The Day #8 – 12th June 2017 – Rainy Day Vandal
“Talkin’ to myself and feelin’ old
Sometimes I’d like to quit
Nothin’ ever seems to fit
Nothin’ to do but frown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down”
-The Carpenters, Rainy Days & Mondays
One of the terms I learnt during my GCSE English Literature was that of the “pathetic fallacy”, the attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things or animals, especially in art and literature (Source: Wikipedia). We were taught this with particular reference to the weather, and that’s what I’ve since associated with the term. Well, who likes Mondays? This font, Rainy Day Vandal, by KC Fonts, is available free for personal use. Just click on the image on the right to go to the download page.
Font Of The Day #7 – 11th June 2017 – Sicero
I don’t know if it’s just me, but Sundays have a bit of a stale feeling about them. It could be a leftover from my childhood, when Sundays were as boring as hell. We had to go to church, and all the shops were shut. And we had a roast dinner and then jam sandwiches at teatime. Even on the days when it was worth going into town, it was like stepping back in time. Today’s font captures that feeling nicely, with its pretty quaintness. It’s called Sicero, designed by Konstantine Studio. It’s a sponsored one, but very reasonably priced. You can download it from MyFonts.com for the small sum of £13.99.
There’s always time for a bit of Morrissey, and here is my gift to you! Every Day is like Sunday; pathetic fallacy indeed.
Music video by Morrissey performing Everyday Is Like Sunday. (P) 2010 The copyright in this audiovisual recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd
Font Of The Day #6 – 10th June 2017 – Willy Wonka
It’s the weekend! And it’s time for a silly font! Willy Wonka was created by Sharkshock, and you can find it on dafont.com. It’s free for personal use, although you can donate to them via the site. I always encourage users to do this – often you can acquire some incredible design work at a bargain price, and you’re ensuring that artists get paid for their work. Credit where credit’s due, I say. Click on the image on the right to go to the download page.
Font Of The Day #5 – 9th June 2017 – Fifty Five
Oooh, fancy! And 100% free for personal and commercial use! Today’s Font Of The Day is Fifty Five by Mike Hill, which I sourced from dafont.com. You can acquire a copy of this Art Deco style typeface by clicking on the link in the image on the right. It’s an All Caps font, easy to read, and suitable for all manner of arty projects. Enjoy!
Font Of The Day #4 – 8th June 2017 – FF Tisa Pro
Prior to today, I’d showcased some fantastical and funky fonts. But sometimes, you just need a formal or “traditional” typeface for something a bit more serious. FF Tisa Pro is a serif font that would be great for longer pieces of text, from CVs to creative writing. As you can see from the graphic, it’s a versatile and flexible font with many variants available. FF Tisa Pro is a product of FontFont, and can be yours for the princely sum of £449. One of our more lavish recommendations, for sure, but you get what you pay for. Something a little different, but sensible enough to be used in abundance.
Font Of The Day #3 – 7th June 2017 – Preta
Today’s featured font is a sponsored one, and it’s a beauty. Loopy, large and lovely; bubbling with joy. Preta was created by Lian Types, and I found it at MyFonts.com. It’s certainly an interesting typeface, good for drawing the viewer in. Admittedly, a part of this is due to the difficulty in reading it, so I wouldn’t recommend it for anything other than headlines or slogans – although there are some variants that at slightly more linear, such as the Ao Sol or Small variants. It’s more than just a font, it is a work of art.
You should definitely read the font bio for this typeface. This was the idea the designer wanted to convey: “Preta, Portuguese for a very pure kind of black, has its name very related to its concept: I wanted to make the fattest/darkest script ever.” I think they did a pretty good job of that, what about you?