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Early in January Cyril Grey received a letter from Lord Antony Bowling. ‘My good Grey,’ it began, ‘may the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!’
catafalque /KAT-ə-fahlk/. noun. A temporary platform or tomb on which a body is laid in state for a funeral and/or procession. In Roman Catholic funerals, a coffin-shaped object draped with a pall, representing the corpse. From Italian catafalco (same meaning), from Greek kata (down or beside) + fala (scaffolding, or a wooden tower). The Medieval Latin use led to the French chafaud and échafaud (scaffold).
The Wellcome Image Awards “recognise the creators of informative, striking and technically excellent images that communicate significant aspects of healthcare and biomedical science.” In other words, some amazing art! → Wellcome Image Awards 2017 | Winners’ gallery
Fascinating to see the variety (and clusters of similarity) of scores of examples of 1984 In Covers.
Some interesting answers to the question, “What is the most disturbing book you’ve ever read and why?” What say you, Clamorites?
Futuracha is an amazing typeface, but because it is only available as EPS figures, it’s not been easily usable. So, the forthcoming Futuracha Pro font project is welcome…creating an even better face with amazing ligatures and a variety of alternates for common pairs of letters.
“Each etymology is like a magic portal into a tiny truth about history, culture, language, or the mind—a miniature eureka, a quiet a-ha, a satisfying huh, or a little story that I believe only a good word origin can tell.” → mashed radish – everyday etymology Via Reader A.
Spreadable coffee is now a thing. I’ve planted the seed in the mind of a colleague who is in Japan that he should bring some home for me.
The right explanation…and an interesting response. → Why words die.
Today at sunrise was the Aztec New Year (in Nahuatl, the Yancuic Xīhuitl, or in Spanish Año Nuevo Azteca), the first day of the year according to the Aztec Calendar, which has 360 named—and five unlucky nameless—days. Celebrations generally take place the night before and involve:
- ceremonial dancing with colorful costumes and headdresses featuring quetzal feathers
- offerings of seeds and the lighting of “ocote” or pitch-pine candles
- the burning of a flag representing the year that has passed and the perfuming of a flag for the new year
- much celebratory noise-making with seashells, fireworks and pulque, a drink made from the magüey cactus
Aimee Mann’s video, starring Bradley Whitford and Matthew Weiner, for “Patient Zero,” a song from her new album. The video is fine, but really just an excuse to emphasize that Aimee Mann has a new album out!
Meet the Rubber Man — British Pathé, 1947.