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A Brief Visual Tutorial On Typefaces (via Pierrick Calvez)

Pierrick Calvez promises a five minute visual guide to the better use of typefaces.
It is very helpful.
As a special bonus it teaches the differences between the Hyphen -, the En Dash –, and the Em Dash —; along with examples of their correct use.

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A Machine That Hand Writes For You

I do so little hand writing; the items I do hand write are generally pieces that I desire to look good.
When doing so I live in fear of making mistakes.

The AxiDraw is a pen plotter that can do handle all sorts of graphics, including facsimile hand writing.


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Why You Should Read Marilynne Robinson (via Peter Adam at Gospel Coalition Australia)

Insightful introduction to the writing of Marilynne Robinson by Peter Adam at the Gospel Coalition Australia.
I’ve read Gilead and am currently winding my way through Home.

This observation of Adam’s stood out:

Because of the place and time in which they live, their lives could be described as quiet, but the narratives are sustained by intensity of observation and reflection. Simone Weil commented that in fiction evil people are interesting, and good people are boring, whereas in real life, good people are interesting and evil people are boring. Marilynne Robinson has the extraordinary gift of evoking good people as interesting in her fiction.

Read the rest of the article here.


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Care And Usage Of The Semicolon

The semicolon is an endangered species of punctuation.
This article outlines how this has occurred and provides suggestions about correct and liberal usage.
Semicolons: How To Use Them, And Why You Should
(I would have liked to use a semicolon in this post; the opportunity didn’t present itself easily.)


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The Difference Between i.e. And e.g.

Getting your abbreviations right, Mental Floss provides a tutorial on the meaning and usage of i.e. and e.g.

I.e. and e.g. are both abbreviations for Latin terms. I.e. stands for id est and means roughly “that is.” E.g. stands for exempli gratia, which means “for example.” “Great. Latin,” you’re probably thinking. “How am I supposed to remember that?”
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Avoid Zombie Nouns (Beware Of Nominalisations)

An animated video that accompanies a talk on avoiding nominalisations.