0590: "Papyrus"

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0590: "Papyrus"

Postby fwlbg » Fri May 29, 2009 4:00 am UTC

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http://xkcd.com/590/

Alt-Text:"I secretly, deep in my guilty heart, like Papyrus and don't care if it's overused. [Cue hate mail in beautifully-kerned Helvetica.]"

(Sorry, first time I didn't realise it was a small "p" in the image link.)
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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby Walter.Horvath » Fri May 29, 2009 4:01 am UTC

Meh. Not the funniest... :(

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby SocialSceneRepairman » Fri May 29, 2009 4:03 am UTC

"At least it's not Comic Sans."

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby glasnt » Fri May 29, 2009 4:04 am UTC

At least it's not Curlz MT

Or Comic Sans *shudder*

Then again, it'd be awesome to get a card in Wingdings. Cryptographers eat your heart out!

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby adhair » Fri May 29, 2009 4:08 am UTC

I was immediately reminded of http://xkcd.com/311/

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby ComputerAnalysis » Fri May 29, 2009 4:10 am UTC

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby Storm » Fri May 29, 2009 4:10 am UTC

At least it wasn't comic sans - seriously. I know some of my friends are going to see this and then life will imitate xkcd. Thanks Randall. It is so amusingly true though.
On another note I can't kern my post!

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby fwlbg » Fri May 29, 2009 4:10 am UTC

glasnt wrote:At least it's not Curlz MT

Or Comic Sans *shudder*

Then again, it'd be awesome to get a card in Wingdings. Cryptographers eat your heart out!

Courier New>All fonts.

End of story.

Well, apart from the fact that it is subjective and open to debate, end of story. (Reminds me of the comic about Math teachers giving their students absolute impartial truths, which I can't seem to find a link to.)

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby sje46 » Fri May 29, 2009 4:12 am UTC

glasnt wrote:Or Comic Sans *shudder*
Did someone say comic sans?
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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby Loyal2NES » Fri May 29, 2009 4:14 am UTC

At first I thought the comic was talking about the Egyptian paper instead of the font.

I'm partial to Eurostile myself.

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby muteKi » Fri May 29, 2009 4:15 am UTC

I'm rather fond of the Papyrus font myself. (But yeah, Comic Sans is pretty worthless.)

My favorite font? I dunno, Wide Latin, perhaps.


Not my favorite comic, as I wasn't even sure that it was about a font at first. For some reason I read it without the capital letter p and assumed that it was referring to the type of paper itself, which naturally confused me a lot.
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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby Belgarion » Fri May 29, 2009 4:15 am UTC

Finally, something I can post in!

Used to love this font, don't know why exactly it would cause problems, but oh well. Not extremely "laugh out loud" funny, but I liked it, so I guess that's good enough for me!
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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby glasnt » Fri May 29, 2009 4:17 am UTC

fwlbg wrote:Courier New>All fonts.

Droid Sans Mono is better.


COMIC SANS.. THE BOLDEST OF THE ALLLL!!!
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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby Netsnipe » Fri May 29, 2009 4:20 am UTC

In the much the same way we geeks scoff at unrealistic computer "hacking" scenes in most movies today, you have to feel for this poor typographer who can't help but noticing anachronistic font usage in movies.

http://www.ms-studio.com/typecasting.html
http://www.marksimonson.com/category/So ... pecasting/
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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby Meng Bomin » Fri May 29, 2009 4:21 am UTC

I'm not too fond of Helvetica...it's not terrible, but I have to think that it's popularity among typography geeks stems from its legacy, not necessarily the font itself.

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby joee » Fri May 29, 2009 4:24 am UTC

Hi glasnt!

I liked this comic. I liken it to someone trying to write me a code-y card and forgetting all the semicolons or getting the tabspace wrong (4 spaces to a tab, dammit!).
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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby joee » Fri May 29, 2009 4:25 am UTC

ComputerAnalysis: report, and one of the admins will delete it for you.
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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby miggit999 » Fri May 29, 2009 4:25 am UTC

Storm wrote:At least it wasn't comic sans - seriously.


In some of my classes back in middle school, we were required to use comic sans on essays. I still hate it.

And now I'm seeing Papyrus everywhere, freaky. :shock:
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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby Walter.Horvath » Fri May 29, 2009 4:26 am UTC

Loyal2NES wrote:At first I thought the comic was talking about the Egyptian paper instead of the font.


I feel you... I was wondering why cryptographers wouldn't like papyrus, and why he put such in quotes...

Default fonts are always the best ( my heart goes out to the one on MS Word 2007, dunno how to spell it and don't run Windows anymore :( )

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby ComputerAnalysis » Fri May 29, 2009 4:27 am UTC

Thanks

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby masher » Fri May 29, 2009 4:35 am UTC

Storm wrote:At least it wasn't comic sans


But seriously, what other fonts are available that have "a" written as:
a.GIF
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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby brainfreeze215 » Fri May 29, 2009 4:37 am UTC

I so agree!!! I used papyrus once for some goofy project about 7 years ago, ever since then I have noticed it EVERYWHERE.

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby Fajra » Fri May 29, 2009 4:39 am UTC

I had to open up word to figure out what all these fonts looked like. Does that make me a bad person?
Personally, I like Arial.

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Fri May 29, 2009 4:45 am UTC

Fajra wrote:I had to open up word to figure out what all these fonts looked like. Does that make me a bad person?
Personally, I like Arial.
I did the same, curious how horrible this font is, but I don't seem to have it. :(
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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby guyy » Fri May 29, 2009 4:48 am UTC

This? I don't really see what's so bad about it...

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby TunezNZ » Fri May 29, 2009 4:52 am UTC

I went and checked the font, Even I shuddered.

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Postby TunezNZ » Fri May 29, 2009 4:53 am UTC

I went and checked the font, Even I shuddered.

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby Gavroche42 » Fri May 29, 2009 4:54 am UTC

Just because something is 'overused' doesn't mean people need to stop using it. This is the inverse function of doing something just because its fashionable. I remember in high school walking into the Latin class room. Five students were sitting all on the right side of the room. One of them told me, 'sit over here, we're all being non-conformists.' One student was sitting on the left side of the room. I guess she was supposed to be the 'conformist.' My mind has conveniently forgotten where I sat.

So if I stop using papyrus because people say its no longer cool to use papyrus. And if people are saying it is no longer cool to use papyrus because too many people are doing it, and it isn't cool to do something everyone else is doing. Where does that leave me? Sooner or later everyone will move to the opposite side of the room, and those still using papyrus will suddenly be the cool ones again.

And those of us who don't care whether we are cool, and just use the fonts we think look good to us...

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby Ziggy Stardust » Fri May 29, 2009 4:59 am UTC

I didn't actually realize papyrus was a faux pas. I've always liked the way it looks on documents and such, but for reports and papers I prefer Verdana or Ariel.
Geez, now I'm going to be self-conscious about my Word documents being reflections of my character. 'Baby, come back! I can change the font!'

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby atimholt » Fri May 29, 2009 5:09 am UTC

I like Dark Courier (a free download from somewhere like Xerox, Google it) and Bookman Old Style. Though I often can't tell the difference between Bookman Old Style and Book Antiqua. I eventually came to my preference of Old Style over Antiqua for its less jarring somewhat less wide capital 'O'. Plus I'm looking now, and it's got a real comma, not a sissy 'dotless' slash.
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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby Tophe » Fri May 29, 2009 5:16 am UTC

masher wrote:
Storm wrote:At least it wasn't comic sans


But seriously, what other fonts are available that have "a" written as:
a.GIF
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Century Gothic is pretty good.

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby Steve the Pocket » Fri May 29, 2009 5:17 am UTC

The thing about Comic Sans, I think, is that it falls into a sort of typographical Uncanny Valley between the precise, obviously machine-lettered fonts used in comic books and the like, and real hand lettering. I came to this conclusion during a discussion of those automated handwriting-to-font services and how their results always come out looking funny. Comic Sans is basically that kind of lettering turned into a commercial font.

Gavroche42 wrote:I remember in high school walking into the Latin class room. Five students were sitting all on the right side of the room. One of them told me, 'sit over here, we're all being non-conformists.' One student was sitting on the left side of the room. I guess she was supposed to be the 'conformist.' My mind has conveniently forgotten where I sat.

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby brakos82 » Fri May 29, 2009 5:31 am UTC

Ziggy Stardust wrote:'Baby, come back! I can change the font!'


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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby Mo6eB » Fri May 29, 2009 5:36 am UTC

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby tpcooper » Fri May 29, 2009 5:50 am UTC

The geek in me laughed, while the former print shop employee in me wanted to kill something. If I got back all of the hours of my life spent holding a business card in one hand and a book I made with EVERY FONT ON OUR COMPUTER in the other, trying to find the exact match (because customers were incapable of bringing anything in digital format), I would have at least three more college degrees.
As someone who has had to deal with that, and has written more pages of legal and policy analysis than anyone person should have to, Times New Roman is as a god to me. Easy to read, nothing fancy to it, but not plain like Arial (shudder). On a semi-related note, if you want to make a commercial printer/typography geek really get upset, use something truly hideous like Gigi, ITC Snap, Magneto, or (heaven forbid) Curlz MT.

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby raforther6i » Fri May 29, 2009 5:55 am UTC

I'm more of a Futura/Century Gothic type of man. Dunno, the roundness and geometry just looks pretty to me. :)

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby sje46 » Fri May 29, 2009 5:56 am UTC

No love for Trebuchet MS?
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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby Posi » Fri May 29, 2009 5:57 am UTC

You guys are all idiots.

Verdana is best.

Srsly you guys. What is wrong with you?

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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby sje46 » Fri May 29, 2009 6:00 am UTC

Posi wrote:You guys are all idiots.

Verdana is best.

Srsly you guys. What is wrong with you?

Verdana? What are you, some kind of virgin?!?
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Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Postby tpcooper » Fri May 29, 2009 6:02 am UTC

sje46 wrote:No love for Trebuchet MS?

Nope. When an "A" looks like a triangle, I don't bother with the rest of it. :)


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