The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is in town and traffic is terrible. My bus home this evening was over half an hour late. The game is tomorrow night and I expect I will be waiting a long time for my bus tomorrow too. Ugh.

So, having gotten home late and a little grumpy, I just have two fun linky things for you.

Ever wonder what it would look like if you average together everyone’s handwriting to create a font? What? You mean you have never thought about it? Well I haven’t either. The Smithsonian has an article about the project. The project is basically a big advertisement for BIC pens, but it is still kinda weirdly cool. The font is produced by an algorithm and continues to evolve as more people submit their writing. You can take a look at the font through different filters of age, gender, country, etc., as well as submit your own handwriting. Because it averages out everyone’s writing, the font is rather plain, but interesting nonetheless.

From handwriting to the CIA’s style manual (via Above the Fold). Obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the nonprofit National Security Counselors, the CIA style manual has a surprising Elements of Style feeling to it. Strunk and White would be proud. Maybe. Mental Floss also has an article on it with much more humor than the first article I linked to. And reader comments that include suggestions of phrases to add to the list of hackneyed phrases and redundant phrases. One of the things I’d like to know is whether there are CIA copyeditors who go through documents to make sure they meet style standards. Also, if there are CIA copyeditors, they must have pretty high security clearance. I’m not sure if that would be a fascinating job or a terrifying job.

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