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November 27, 2003

Helvetica or Arial?


Edouard Hoffman and Max Miedinger conceived Helvetica type in 50s in Switzerland (Helvetica is the ancient Latin name for Switzerland). Helvetica swept through the design world in the 60s and became synonymous with modern and progressive attitudes. Arial is a loose adaptation of Grotesque type redrawn to match the proportions and weight of Helvetica. Arial has spread very fast through the typographic world and illustrates the power of Microsoft's influence. In Helvetica vs. Arial game you can kill a few minutes and take out your frustrations on Microsoft's Arial. Here you can also read an informative article or play a quiz.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:24 PM | Design |

November 23, 2003

Che Shirin!


Che Shirin (How Sweet in Persian) and Che Guevara (How Tasty in Persian)!
There is an interesting article about Shirin Ebadi in openDemocracy.net
Shirin Ebadi and Iran?s women: in the vanguard of change

Posted by mehrdad at 12:30 PM | Look-alikes |

November 20, 2003

Why Iraq needs Linux

Plea from the Iraqi Linux user group:
"With the new situation in Iraq, copyright has returned, and companies are willing to enforce infringed rights for unauthorized software usage."
Click here to read more

Posted by mehrdad at 08:56 PM | Technology |

November 19, 2003

Kyoto treaty up in smoke


Since last night protestors have gathered in London to voice their anger over Bush?s policies on war and his refusal to ratify the Kyoto Treaty.
Here you can watch highlights of Bush's visit by BBC.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:18 PM | Politics 2003 |

November 18, 2003

Bush in London

Bush is staying at Buckingham Palace and I am sure he will get on well with the Queen, as both are head of states because of their dads and neither of them were elected!
Check the interactive guide of the visit here.

Posted by mehrdad at 05:30 PM | Politics 2003 |

November 07, 2003

Slingshot vs Cornershot

This is the picture of a new rifle 'Cornershot' made by an Israeli company that can shoot around corners. The weapon allows a soldier to remain behind cover with only the barrel of the rifle exposed.


And here is the Palestinian answer to it - Slingshot Camera:


Posted by mehrdad at 09:49 PM | Politics 2003 |

November 03, 2003



On Saturday we went to Ladbroke Grove and walked around the impressive Trellick Tower - a grade II listed building designed by Erno Goldfinger. Goldfinger?s own modern house at 2 Willow Road in Hampstead is now a museum. Legend has it that his neighbour Ian Fleming did not like either Goldfinger or his modern taste. Fleming took his revenge by naming the chief villain in his book "Goldfinger" after him.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:02 PM | Architecture |

November 02, 2003

Kill Bill


Have you noticed the similarity between Uma Thurman in Kill Bill and the Linux mascot?

Posted by mehrdad at 10:37 AM | Look-alikes |