Rainy Day Vandal

Font Of The Day #8 – 12th June 2017 – Rainy Day Vandal

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
Hangin’ around
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.

Sicero

Font Of The Day #7 – 11th June 2017 – Sicero

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.

Morrissey – Everyday Is Like Sunday

Music video by Morrissey performing Everyday Is Like Sunday. (P) 2010 The copyright in this audiovisual recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd

Willy Wonka

Font Of The Day #6 – 10th June 2017 – Willy Wonka

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.

Fifty Five

Font Of The Day #5 – 9th June 2017 – Fifty Five

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!

FF Tisa Pro

Font Of The Day #4 – 8th June 2017 – FF Tisa Pro

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

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?

Quiet Streets

Font Of The Day #2 – 6th June 2017 – Quiet Streets

Font Of The Day #2 – 6th June 2017 – Quiet Streets

Today’s Font Of The Day is Quiet Streets by Darrell Flood, found at dafont.com.  It has a cinematic feel to it, with its tall and elegant form.  Even though it is a sans-serif font, it is still intricately defined.  Today’s #FOTD is free for personal use, but the creator has a link for donations on the site, and I’d encourage you to send something their way.  I’ve given $1 or $2 to creators previously – it doesn’t have to be a fortune.  A commercial licence is available for a minimum fee of $20.

It also goes to show that good design doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and that we consumers can directly support designers, all thanks to the Internet.  Keep your eyes peeled for tomorrow’s Font Of The Day – if you follow me on Twitter you’ll be notified as soon as a new #FOTD post is published.

Lobster

Font Of The Day #1 – 5th June 2017 – Lobster

Font Of The Day #1 – 5th June 2017 – Lobster

Lobster is my favourite font – you may have noticed this, due to my copious usage of it on this site!  I know that it’s not the nicest font to read, and so I’ve restricted its use to headings.  The font used for the body text on all pages is Slabo 27px – I was looking for something “traditional” but readable, and also just slightly different from what’s available in Word or OpenOffice Writer.  Anyway, back to the Font Of The Day, Lobster.  Some people absolutely detest this font, but I have a fondness for its loopy, stylised script.  It’s the sort of typeface I’d like to see on a T-shirt, or on the packaging of a sugary foodstuff.  It is the font of fairytales, candy and slogans, and it is glorious.

Let me tell you some more about Font Of The Day: every day I will blog about a selected typeface that I find interesting.  Some of these will be sponsored posts, and some will be free.  You can find out more by clicking on the image accompanying each post, as these contain links that will take you to the site where I discovered the font.  Lobster is a free font, by Impallari Type, available on Google Fonts (click the image on the right to go there).  I’ll try to vary the genre and licensing categories of my recommended fonts, so that there will be something for everyone.  You can also find more beautiful fonts on my Pinterest board, Just My Type.

The other thing about the Lobster font is that whenever I select it from my word processor’s drop-down menu, I get the ‘Rock Lobster’ song from Family Guy stuck in my head.  And now, so do you – you’re welcome!

OLD MONEY

OLD MONEY

The Conservative press are currently doing everything they can to pander to the irrational beliefs of the Brexiters. This week’s hilarious piece of rose-tinted nonsense is the possibility of bringing back Imperial weights and measures for consumer transactions. In spite of the fact that we no longer buy all of our food from local shops where…

FEMINIST CATFIGHT: TRANS* RIGHTS VS. MALE PRIVILEGE

FEMINIST CATFIGHT: TRANS* RIGHTS VS. MALE PRIVILEGE

Meow! Controversial “debates” abound this week with the argument (mainly from radical feminists) that trans women can’t be “real” women because they experienced male privilege while growing up. First off, this is a complete non-argument; it’s like saying I can’t identify as disabled because I was healthy up until my teens, or because I had a…

MY FEMINISM WILL BE INTERSECTIONAL, OR IT WILL BE…

MY FEMINISM WILL BE INTERSECTIONAL, OR IT WILL BE…

BULLSHIT. That’s right, if it ain’t inclusive, then it ain’t equal. Intersectional feminism strives for equality for all genders, recognising that while gender oppression is a huge factor in an unequal society, it is also more complicated than that alone. There are numerous other influences that are oppressive in their own way, or that combine…

THE REGRESSIVE LEFT FALLACY

Here we are with another example of skeptics making thinking errors that they’d pick up on if someone else did it. However this is a bit more than just a failure of logic – it’s also a distortion of the original term. While words can and do change meaning, it doesn’t mean that we can appropriate a phrase and twist it to mean whatever we feel like. We get all pissy when “deniers” are referred to as “skeptics”, so let’s not be hypocrites as well, eh?

The “regressive left” was coined by Maajid Nawaz in his 2012 memoir “Radical: My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening“, describing ‘”well-meaning liberals and ideologically driven leftists” in the United Kingdom who naïvely and ‘ignorantly pandered to” Islamists and helped Islamist ideology to gain acceptance.’  It is related to another of his phrases “the racism of low expectations“, which refers to the application of lower moral standards to people within minorities, based on the notion that they are unable to take criticism or adopt universal standards of morality, due to their being backward or uncivilised.

However, this phrase is really doing the rounds on the internet at the moment, applied to anyone who is prepared to step outside of their comfort zone and find common ground with those who are different.  A significant part of the problem is hostility to religious folk, something written about here, by Hayley Is A Ghost.  And the atheist community’s favourite example of such “loony left” behaviour is the Goldsmith’s LGBT Society’s support of the University’s Islamic Society.

Here’s a summary of what happened:

The SU’s Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society invited Maryam Namazie to give a presentation.  Some members of the Islamic Society were unhappy about this and attended the talk with the intention of interrupting her and preventing her from speaking.  With SUs being what they are, and student bodies being willing to support the oppressed, reports of what happened were misrepresented as the event being discriminatory to Muslims, and many people were outraged about it (which would have been a fair response if that was what actually happened).  Other student societies who campaign for social justice stood in solidarity with the Islamic Society, because they saw an alignment of principles.  And this is where it started to go really, really wrong.

Now, the LGBT & Feminist Societies aren’t populated by idiots.  These are educated, if idealistic, young adults standing up for human rights in spite of the knowledge that Islam isn’t totally OK with women and The Gays.  It was the problem of perceived oppression that was the issue.  It’s something that many of us would do if we believed that people were being unjustly treated, even if we don’t personally share all the values of the group we seek to assist.

In keeping with their behaviour at Namazie’s talk, the Islamic Society then behaved in a not-entirely-honourable fashion:

Tweet by Goldsmiths Islamic Society's then-president
Oh dear.

Tweets by Goldsmiths Islamic Society's then-president
#cringe

It was rather amusing to see this clash of cultures played out in the Twittersphere, but I never thought of it as anything more than an awkward misjudgement of the character of others.  The LGBT and Feminist Societies acted in good faith, and perhaps naively, expected others to do so as well.  Anyone with half a brain knows that #notallmuslims are like this, and it should have just ended as an unfortunate incident that hopefully teaches us to be more aware of others’ motivations.  But no!  Never ones to miss an anti-theist bandwagon, it really captured the imagination of the skeptical movement, and not to be discriminatory in their nature, they then aimed their mockery at SUs as well as Islam – in particular any of the left-leaning societies (this is a weird thing, most skeptics I know are left-of-centre, yet right-wing ideas are very popular if they push the right buttons.  Maybe we’re not sceptical enough).

One thing I heard was that they were like “turkeys voting for Christmas”, and that Skeptical Trump Card, The Regressive Left (booooooooooooooooooooo!).  Well, at the time, I felt quite off about it, but it wasn’t clear enough in my mind to articulate my opposition to it.  But the popularity of this idea grew, and it got more tiresome with every minute.  And so, here’s some commentary from the recent #womensmarch:

I wonder how much this person cares about women’s rights on days they can’t point out a contradiction?

 

It featured heavily on my timeline, and, well, I’m not one to let these things slide:

The Regressive Left strikes again!
Of course I had to weigh in. Friends don’t let friends make dumbass mistakes like this.
This person, commenting elsewhere, summed up how I feel about the whole debacle:

I decided to educate myself on the identity of woman in the picture, with the US flag headscarf. Her name is Munira Ahmed, and she intended the image to demonstrate that she, as a Muslim, is as American as anyone else.  And it’s an important point: Muslims are as diverse as just about any population you can think of.  The caricature of Muslims perpetuated by the New Atheist Movement is horribly simplistic and creates division.  We can’t say with any integrity that we will not support those women who look different from us, or those who are oppressed by our country’s actions.  And what about Muslim women who do feel oppressed by the headscarf?  Do we support them, but only as long as they take it off when in our presence?  Of course it is possible to hold both beliefs: that Muslims are human beings who we should care about, and that the headscarf can be a tool of female oppression.  That doesn’t seem so regressive to me.