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Six Variations On The Theme Of “Goodbye”

Fear not, ye who read these words, I'm not going anywhere. I was trying to think of a hook to hang some sort of varied mix of music videos on, for a post, when the Pogues' Sally MacLennane popped up in my music player. It struck me, as I did the bouncy, head-bobbing, arm waving dance common to all who sit in chairs as they listen to music, that I've seen and heard playlists devoted to all sorts of weird and strange themes; from death to birth, from love to hate, but never to "goodbye." So I made one.

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You could falsify the big bang,
You could prove past the slightest shadow of doubt
That evolution never occurs—
Drop Darwin and Einstein down the spout.
I'd laud you for your achievement.
I'd thank you for exposing those bad ideas,
But unless you provide me with evidence,
Your Designer's still wishful thinking, my dear.
If you think that proving me wrong
Means you win, then your logic is sadly at fault.
There's no limit on numbers of runners
And no race is ere won by default.

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The Gift Of Free Will

"But He allowed suffering, so that we might have the free will to choose to sin or not…!"

Oh, puhlease! Give it a rest. What did this ladybird know of sin, that it should suffer so?

What use free will which can't be used?
If it's given, but its use earns eternal abuse?
Hobson's choice—no choice at all:
"I give you freedom—but use it, you'll fall
Into damnation, eternal perdition."

A gift is no gift, if wrapped in conditions.

Daz


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Embedding Custom Fonts In A Web page

Last night I ended my article on web-safe cursive fonts, saying that I'd post today explaining how to embed a custom font in a web page, such that all readers could see it, regardless of whether they have the font installed on their machine or not.

First though, a digression.

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I Am Become SQUEAK!, Destroyer Of Rodents

I will put that article about embedding fonts up, later, I promise. But first, Gentle Reader, I have some sad news to impart.

My faithful old Microsoft mouse, which has been with me for nigh-on ten years, passed away earlier today. It had been in somewhat fading health for some time, and I had lately had to reverse the button-settings, as the left button had become prone to sending false double-click signals. What finally pushed my faithful old desk-rodent over the brink, though, was the mug of coffee I spilt on it, this afternoon.

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Quite a while ago, a friend asked me if I could point them to a list of web-safe cursive fonts. Which should've been an easy ask, right? Couple o' minutes with Google, mail 'em a link or two, to pages displaying handy lists of same; job done. Erm, nope!

But before we go any further, let's just define, for the uninitiated, what the hell my friend's horribly geeky-looking question meant.

A cursive font is, quite simply, a font which looks like handwriting. And at this point, the only one I can name, and be just-about one hundred percent certain that you will be able to take a look at as an example is the dreaded Comic Sans MS. Well, I say "one hundred percent." If you're reading this on Windows there is, according to this list [link broken: see, instead, the table at the end of this post], a 99.6% chance that you've just read the name of The Font Which Should Ne'er Be Seen in the relevant type-face. On a Mac, it's a 95.7% chance, and on Linux, 68.4%. (That's before the installation of any office software or other such programs which almost certainly install it, along with many other fonts additional to those shipped with the OS.) Which brings us neatly to what I mean by "web-safe."

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The Homeopathic Anti-Homeopathy Rant

I tried to write a poem, you see,
All about homeopathy.
It dripped with snark and all that stuff
But it wasn't nearly strong enough.
(I wanted it good, so you can't refute it.)
"I know," I thought. "I'll dilute it!" (more…)

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