The Old Man and the Gamepad

Well, it’s happened — I’m now a gamer. Thank you, pandemic! Look what you’ve made me do.

But seriously, it’s good news — it’s really just another experience in fiction. Last year I wrote about how I just drove around the world of GTA V. But then I played it — to completion! And now I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time in 15th century Italy, thanks to Assassin’s Creed.

Read: The Old Man and the Gamepad (or listen to me read it, if you wish!)

What Is Your Favorite Font?


“What Is Your Favorite Font?”

If you were to ask this question to a hundred people, my guess is that you’d get a response that actually names a font.  Times Roman, Comic Sans, Helvetica, Arial, etc.  Chris Hardwick, the host of The Nerdist, posed this question to Bill Gates on his podcast a few days ago.

His answer: TrueType.  Gates then proceeded to describe the technical concept behind TrueType, something about using all three primary components of color (red, green, blue) to produce the best looking (“anti-aliased”) letters.  The TrueType standard was developed by Apple and Microsoft, and my initial reaction was, “Way to dodge the question and pump up your old company, Bill.”

And then I realized something — Gates wasn’t dodging anything.  TrueType really is his favorite font!  After this interview, looks like The Nerdist finally lives up to its name.