Fans Font Friday 3 – Klackin

Klackin Fans™, that is!

Klackin Fans are awesome, rude, queer-themed fans with awesome, rude, queer-themed phrases on them (plus the odd 420 or political one) in mostly garish colors and with terrible font choices and kerning. They beg to be seen by huge crowds at a bar or festival, but that’s not possible anymore in most places. They’d be great for a big Zoom call though, particularly if everyone had one and was snapping and fluttering it in unison/harmony to mutually-chosen music. If you do this, send me the link!

 

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Fur and Feathers Not-Font Not-Friday-Either

The human world is going to hell—if it’s not there already—but our animals still need us. No fonts today. Long post.

TL;DR 

  • Walking your dogs and petting your cats (and other critters) helps both them and you
  • I miss my kitty “socializing” at the SF SPCA
  • The Fear Free® training program was helpful for me

Aces and Eights, peaceful for once

From the soothing effect of watching fish in a tank to the warm wiggliness of a guinea pig to the calming reaction to petting a dog or cat, and then the frisson of sensation as the cat bites you, animals provide an important presence of unconditional love in many of our lives. And they inspire us to give them unconditional love back. Right now we need them, and they need us, more than ever. With many of us staying home from work or school, if we can, pets are receiving an unexpected but welcome bonanza of attention.

In San Francisco, we’ve been under “shelter in place” orders since Tuesday, March 17; just a few days but it feels longer. Taking breaks from worrying about the terrible and undoubtedly soon-to-be-worse pandemic apocalypse, shortage of PPE for our beleaguered medical staff and first responders, governmental clusterfuck of inaction and bad information—where was I, right, taking breaks—to pet and play with our animals can help reduce our considerable stress, and enhance the bond between us and them. Animals pick up on our stress too, so you can reassure them with petting, exercise and (occasional) treats.

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Foam Slime Font Friday – Late Valentine’s Day Edition

Yes, today is oops, six days ago was Valentine’s Day, the American holiday compelling those with partners to give expensive pink and red gifts to their sweetheart(s). Also in the offing: chocolates, flowers, lavish diamond jewelry, marriage proposals. Obligatory! Compulsory! And of course if one does not have a partner(s), one is a failure as a human being, a disappointment, a loser. Hang your head in shame!

Here’s something fun to do that might take your mind off the madness:

Valentine’s Day Foam Slime Recipe

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Looove cards for my husband – Feb. 2, 2017

Yes, I know, it’s disgusting, the sappy. But he’s great, and I’m a designer, so it was inevitable.


Below is a selection of the holiday, Valentine’s Day, anniversary and other cards and gifts I’ve given him over the years.


Red handmade paper wrapper, 5.5″ x 5.5″, containing folded origami paper—silver- and gold-speckled cream outside, red inside—which opens to reveal white card with demon skeleton cat with red heart in thought bubble. Tiny text reads, “meow! happy valentine’s day 2020 to richard from nicola.”

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Flying Font Friday 2

From My Modern Met.com.

Also see my post Flying Font  Friday 1, about airport signage.

Alphabet on Butterfly Wings

Norwegian nature photographer Kjell Bloch Sandved has devoted his photographic career to capturing the beauty of the world we live in and along the way, amassed a collection of butterfly and moth images with interesting patterns on their wings. Sanved’s keen eye took notice of the spectacular shapes the natural designs came in, recognizing their resemblance to letters of the alphabet. As a result, he formed the Butterfly Alphabet.

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Feline Font Friday 1 (in memory of Lucy)

Eleven years ago tomorrow, on September 28, I lost my beautiful sweet Lucy Cat. She was skittish and terrified when I first got her, hiding under the bed and only emerging at night to eat. I decided to take on gentling her as a project, but that soon turned into just loving her up. She eventually graduated to merely prickly, but with an increasing supply of love returned to me. I had her for 11 years and by about half that time, she had softened enough that she would play with other people, and even let them pet her. I was devastated when she died. I know, I know, everyone feels this way about their “best kitty ever,” but Lucy was mine.

On her favorite pompom “nest”

In Lucy’s honor, therefore, I have the distinct pleasure of presenting Neko Font, a DIY word creation site that takes any letters(s) you type in and converts them to kitty-shaped furriness! It was created in Japan (“neko” is the Japanese word for cat) but I have the English-language site selected; other languages are available via the menu at the top.

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Looove cards to my husband – update July 10, 2020

Bound Valentine’s Day booklet, 3″ x 2″. Design, text, illustration, production. “Everything the bunnies say is true | in all the world the one I choose is you | You’re the star I’ve hitched my wagon to | And all my kittens are belong to you. | Happy Valentine’s Day, Sweetie!”

Yes, I know, it’s disgusting, the sappy. But he’s great, and I’m a designer, so it was inevitable.


Below is a selection of the Valentine’s Day, anniversary, holiday and other cards and gifts I’ve given him over the years. I should note that neither cats nor rabbits know how to spell “anniversary.”


“Happy Anniverserary” flip book card with kissing cats.


Red handmade paper wrapper, 5.5″ x 5.5″, containing folded origami paper—silver- and gold-speckled cream outside, red inside—which opens to reveal white card with demon skeleton cat with red heart in thought bubble. Tiny text reads, “meow! happy valentine’s day 2020 to richard from nicola.”

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