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Comic Sans and Coffee

C is for Comic Sans
Comic sans – it is time for the debate. My observation is that this simple little font is loved or hated with a passion. There are very few in-between.  I, myself, believe there is a time and place for every font, but all evidence does suggest this font is a little overused.
Comic sans images http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=comic+sans+font&qpvt=comic+sans+font&FORM=IGRE

Comic Sans MS (or Comic Sans) is a sans –serif CASUAL script typeface. It was designed by Vincent Connare released in 1994 by Microsoft. The font was originally intended to imitate comic book lettering. It is often criticized for uses it was not intended for.

http://www.comicsanscriminal.com/
This is a great website that explains the backlash and complaints about Comic Sans. It is well-balanced and claims that every font has its time and purpose, but Comic Sans is not the universal answer.
If you just want the ban Comic Sans manifesto – you’ll find it here. http://bancomicsans.com/main/?page_id=7

 

COFFEE, KAFFEE, CAFFE, CAFE, CAFEA, QAHWA, KAPE, KAWA

Coffee beans

COFFEE

This elixir was for years the only thing that kept me going and I have found that coffee has not only quite a few legends woven around it, but also a few valid claims in the history books as well.

One of the legends centers on hyperactive sheep in Ethiopia. A shepherd by the name of Kaldi tried a few of the suspect coffee beans and became just as hyperactive as his sheep. And he liked it. Apparently the local monks called it the devil’s fruit, but the monks couldn’t resist trying it and soon found that coffee kept them awake during prayer. From there coffee simply grew in popularity. Supporting fact is the belief that coffee originally grew in Ethiopia.

Another legend comes from Arabia. An Arabian named Omar and his followers survived exile in the desert after boiling the unknown plant. They named it Mocha in honor of the nearest town. One supporting fact there is that Arabia (not the Arabia of today but the empire of yesteryears) held a firm monopoly over the coffee trade and transporting it out of Moslem nations was forbidden.

There is at least one successful coffee smuggler on record, Baba Budan, who smuggled beans into some mountains near India. One successful smuggling operation after another and coffee joined the rest of the world. Coffee became even more widely accepted after it was deemed a Christian beverage by Pope Clement VIIII in 1600.

There are many good books about coffee houses and the roles they played in history. Our factoid is that the first European coffee house opened in Italy in 1645. And then there is instant coffee invented by George Constant Louis Washington in 1909 and going strong ever since. His brand of instant coffee continued until 1961. Thanks to him, those of us desperate for a first taste don’t have to wait for the coffee to brew.

My favorite books on coffee.

UNCOMMON GROUNDS: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World – Mark Pendergrast

THE DEVIL”S CUP: A History of the World According to Coffee – Stewart Lee Allen

COFFEE and COFFEEHOUSES: The Origins of a Social Beverage in the Medieval Near East – Ralph S. Hattox

If you would like a more informed opinion about coffees and coffee types – http://www.coffeereview.com/

Coffee beans in a cup& now for the quotes on our beloved coffee…

I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee. -Flash Rosenberg

Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven. -Jessi Lane Adams

A fig for partridges and quails,
ye dainties I know nothing of ye;
But on the highest mount in Wales
Would choose in peace to drink my coffee.
-Jonathon Swift

Behind every successful woman is a substantial amount of coffee. -Stephanie Piro

In Seattle you haven’t had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it’s running. -Jeff Bezos

Coffee makes me invincible. But when the cup is empty, I return to mere mortal. -Terri Guillemets

Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

It’s amazing how the world begins to change through the eyes of a cup of coffee! -Donna A. Favors

The coffee was so strong it snarled as it lurched out of the pot. -Betty MacDonald

It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity. -Dave Barry

And then there are these anonymous gems:
C:\COFFEE.POT missing (A)bort (R)etry (F)all asleep?
COFFEE.SYS Not Found: User startup disabled.
if(pot.coffee=EMPTY) {programmer->;brain=OFF};

A morning without coffee is like sleep.

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