Whispers


See No Evil
April 12, 2010, 12:00 pm
Filed under: The Known world

Ghost Whisperer

I’m the one who rarely sits in front of a TV. There are yet a few programs I follow up with when I am free. Ghost Whisperer is one of them. After watching the previous episode (See No Evil – Season 5, Episode 2), I told myself, “I have to blog about this”. For an obvious reason that it was creepy & outdated.

There were some great things about this episode, and there were some not-so-great things too. I’m going to start with the good.

Creepy! The idea of stitching your eyes and mouth shut–let alone having aged Puritans do it with no anesthesia–is just creepy. The idea that we were seeing through Melinda’s (Jennifer Love Hewitt) eyes that were sewn shut, just gives me the heebie jeebies.

And it’s not over. While the introduction of a third party who started a chain letter was a little bit of a cheap trick at first, we’ve discovered that there really is a Sally Stitch, and she’s haunting a poor girl with cancer. Well, a poor girl who has one creepy doll and one sinister look, she’s not one I would want to interrogate about ghosts.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to seeing this develop in the next week or so. The episodes of Ghost Whisperer where creepiness is the strength, tend to be my favorite. Plus, I wonder if we’ll get to see the young Aiden (Melinda’s son) interact with Julia. We didn’t really get to see him do much in this episode; instead, we got idle chatter about whether Aiden’s dreams are the ones that Melinda’s been seeing.

My only complaint about the episode, though, was that it seemed outdated. I mean, email chain letters? That’s so 1990s. I feel like the time to feel threatened by an email chain letter came and went ten years ago. Now we’re so immune to seeing them that, the delete or spam button is second nature.

For this generation, we would see ourselves discussing about mystery podcasts or viral videos. That’s what people of this era would really take note of.

So it pretty much bugged me that this was the main focal point of the episode. I could see it belonging to the first season, but now? Especially when this was five years later from the season finale? If anything, the five-year gap allows for the little bit of technological inconsistencies, like the fact that the email chain letter can update the list of terrible events while sitting in your inbox. I don’t know if you’ve noticed this yet, but emails don’t tend to refresh information. Websites yes, emails no.

I don’t know, but it just seemed like a rookie episode. I just couldn’t get past the email chain letter all episode. This explains my reason to blog regarding the episode.

Anyway, good setup for next week. And I’m looking forward to discovering the mystery of Sally Stitch. Why is she stitched up? Has she done something wrong? Who is her target? Who does she want to hurt? And who hurt her?

What do you think?

Photo Courtesy of TV Fanatic
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Wallet friendly ways to print documents
April 8, 2010, 4:33 pm
Filed under: The Known world, The Unknown world

I believe my recent research study at work on how to save printer ink will be informative for all who love to print documents.

Though we are headed towards an era of paperless offices and colleges where all the information would be in strict digital format, the pace is quite slow. That ink-sucking printer is still an indispensable part of our home and office because we are frequently required to print documents on paper.

Since ink is still the most expensive component in the print workflow, we can reduce printing costs of documents if we can figure out ways that will decrease the consumption of ink while printing. And I found some great ways. For instance, when printing a document in Microsoft Word, we can switch to “Draft output” and the toner will last much longer. 🙂

Use a Font with Holes

An interesting option to help us save ink is Ecofont. Ecofont is like the popular Arial font but it has these little holes punched in the letters. These holes aren’t really visible in the printed document (that uses standard font sizes like 11px) but will save money as no ink is required when printing these dots.

Ecofont is available for download on both Windows and Mac platforms. It may not be a good idea to use Ecofont in client communication or formal reports for school but we can definitely consider using this font for personal or internal use.

Font with Holes

Printing Web Pages with Custom Fonts

If we are printing web pages, I highly recommend Readability – this is a bookmarklet that will not only remove images, ads and other clutter from web pages but will also replace the font that was originally used in the formatting of that page.

Readability can sometimes remove sections from web pages that we would like to see in the print version. If that’s also a problem for you, check out PrintWhatYouLike.com – this is also a printing bookmarklet but it gives you complete control over the page layout including the font family that is used for rendering that page. Since they are bookmarklets and not an add-on, they should work in all browsers including the latest Google Chrome and Safari. It works like magic in my Firefox. Do visit the bookmarklets’ websites to know more.

Bookmarklet

Original

Formatted

The article above was formatted using Readability. Both the above bookmarklets require a live internet connection to work. If you are looking for an alternative that will work offline, check out Green Print – they have a free version for Windows though the Mac edition costs a few bucks.

Which is the Best Font for Printing Documents?

Now consider the third scenario. Lets have a document – say some presentation handouts – that we want to print without sacrificing readability.

Fonts like Arial, Times News Roman, Courier, Helvetica, etc. are generally available on every machine but which one among them is the most economic typeface when it comes to printing?

Which font is suitable?

Matt Robinson recently conducted a fairly unique study to determine the ink usage of these different typefaces. They used ballpoint pens to hand draw the same text at the same size but using different fonts and here’s the result.

Garamond followed by Courier turned out to be the most economic fonts of them all while Impact and Comic Sans consumed the maximum ink. My favourite Calibri font should be similar to Helvetica. This is definitely not a “scientific study” but I hope you still get the idea. 🙂

P.S: Most Harry Potter books are set in 12pt Adobe Garamond.