Georgia is most credible font

Interesting finding:

We all know that we are influenced in many, many ways — many of which we remain blissfully unaware of. Could fonts be one of them?

Renaud had written 52 essays in total. Eleven were set in Times New Roman, 18 in Trebuchet MS, and the remaining 23 in Georgia. The Times New Roman papers earned an average grade of A-, but the Trebuchet papers could only muster a B-.

And the Georgia essays? A solid A.

Source: New York Times

Most of us in college has been told to use Times News Roman though.

A new blog design – Dialectical subtlety

I updated my blog layout. Things are pretty messy in the past. The colors did not look right, the links aren’t working and I lost interest.

Theme: Dialectical subtlety

The key focuses of this theme are elegance, readability and simplicity.

ijustrealized Dialectical subtlet wordpress theme 1

Some powerful WordPress features – such as previous post links, categories and trackback information – are sort of removed or made less obvious. Tags are preferred over categories too, it is also the main method to sort the posts. Continue reading “A new blog design – Dialectical subtlety”

I like Django’s design philosophy

I was just looking at Django’s design philosophies and I agree on many of their points. It made me start to rethink the many mistakes that I made in coding. I often build things that are not loosely-coupled enough and when it comes to extending, things are a total mess. And I got used to working alone and I tend to get lazy and start to use the IF ternary operator (the question mark and colon) which is really messy.

  • Loose coupling
  • Less code – less code usually means less bugs for me.
  • Explicit is better than implicit – I don’t mind writing more code if it makes things clearer. The hardest thing about CakePHP is that it does quite a lot of behind the scenes things and I don’t really know what’s going on. CakePHP actually does a lot of automation for you and it’s harder for beginners to start understanding them.
  • Don’t repeat yourself (DRY) – Of course, of course.
  • Encourage best practices – Python forces you to indent things a particular way. Indentation is part of their code syntax. It would seem restrictive to begin with but it turns out to be some sort of bonus feature for me.

Continue reading “I like Django’s design philosophy”

BBC and Firefox 3 redesigned

It appears that BBC has undergone a redesign. It looks much cleaner now and I am still trying to figure out where to start. Previously BBC tries to push more information to the user. Today’s BBC tries to get the user to learn about what’s available and let them choose the content for themselves. It’s kinda a slightly refreshing approach to online news which often confuse me with too much pieces of news in one page. Try minimizing everything. I sort of feel happier seeing no information than some information, hahaa…

And also, Firefox 3’s new interface has gotten better. Ars did is a good write-up on what’s coming up. Honestly, I don’t like their back and front buttons. It looks almost hideous.

By the way Ars is one of the best websites to read about interfaces I notice. They don’t just take a bunch of screenshots that throw it online, Ars crops it nicely so you don’t have to move from page to page clicking and clicking. It’s a good effort.

Hat tip: citizen geek

Blogging is addictive again

I own another blog and I haven’t been updating much there. I have about erm 1700 posts there. But many are YouTube videos and it’s getting a little sick. Plus I made a lot of mistakes there that perhaps I’ll speak out one day. The blog contains memories good and bad. This is perhaps a new start.

And it starts with 2.5 WordPress. Very slick and pretty version of WordPress, I find myself fondling the buttons to more often now. It’s amazing how an interface change could get me excited again.

We always need facelifts, don’t we? These little changes re-motivates us. Even if you have a spouse, you would want little changes. Maybe simple changes like:

  • He or she brought you to the movies again after 10 years.
  • Dress up specially for an occasion you thought no longer mattered – read anniversary.
  • Start talking to your friends instead of pretending to be invisible.
  • Erm, dye some hair? I don’t know.

Many things can re-ignite interest. The same with blogging. And the same applies to work, school and life. Work can be addictive. School can be addictive. And lastly, life should be addictive.

justrealized.com was once registered

Interestingly, I’m not the first one to want to register the domain name justrealized.com. Back in the 2000s, justrealized.com was actually register. It was then deleted on December 29, 2005 according to eXpiresoft.

Who would actually want such a long domain name I thought. I wasn’t even in a hurry to register it, figuring out no one probably would think of this name. And you know before I hit the ‘Checkout’ button at GoDaddy, I was still thinking really hard if this is the right choice. The next moment, my right index finger click the mouse button by itself. Wasn’t me!

I spend a good part of my time setting things up, putting on a half-assed theme that can only impress a three-year-old. I am trying to find ways to increase productivity in web development. My computer is facing the classic case where more is needn’t necessarily good and lesser could’ve just been a hell lot better.

I just realized I am going out of point. I shall add a new post with a new subject to remain relevant.