I knew in a slight way, a few years ago, an older man who lived alone on the outskirts of a village, further than I did. He lived alone and walked almost everywhere. When traveling to the store in the village to pick up groceries, he used a wheel barrow on the shoulder of the State road there and back. I called him “Wheelbarrow Man” once when my grand mother was around she didn’t like it, correcting me with his real name and title.
After he died, his sister, who I knew independently, let me have some of his things, including a typescript proposal. Having used a scanner and Microsoft Word to digitize it, I set it out below
Now, though, I live closer to work and have found something else to keep me occupied “on the blog”: The back file of the Literary Digest.
The Literary Digest was a very popular and influential newsmagazine back in the 1900s through the mid 1930s. It is really only remembered today for spectacularly botching its prediction of the 1936 presidential election. A sort of “Dewey Defeats Truman” before that other famous messup.
Fortunately for us, the issues pre-1923 have entered the Public Domain and can be freely spread around, which is what I propose to do in this new series. Here is to hoping I can make an interesting post every day out of these old stories and ads.
Everyone who has ever taken a high school or college course in chemistry, biology or kindred sciences unquestionably remembers the, sometimes lurid, always present warnings against doing things, normally, well, normal, but dangerous in a laboratory.1
While looking into the current New Zealand flag change question, I found this wannabe Gantt chart, which I think is hideous.
Here are some problems:
And worst, the layout is just plain hard to read. Time is the abscissa, but the ordinate is a bunch of categories with arrows pointing here and there.
1A. The entries on the list do not line up with the categories, making it hard to tell who is doing what.
1B. There are multiple colored arrows, complete with dashes and solids, making it hard to tell how many parallel processes there are.
The thing is mostly made in Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint (I can’t tell which exactly), which isn’t bad, but for some reason, the striped band between 2015 and 2016 is a bitmap and so looks ugly when you get close in.
The colors of the fonts are inexplicable.
“CPG” category has terrible colors and a gradient on each line for some reason!
Overuse of capitals and acronyms. These are a common problem in politiqual work though.
I request that they hire a graphic designer to fix this, or find a bored summer intern (or winter intern since they are down south) to fix this up.