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  • My mind rarely works by following a discernible trail of thought. When I am forced to work my way through one, it is stressful and exhausting.

    You sound like an inductive thinker. That's how my mind works.

    • Wait, what is how your mind works? The referent in that sentence is totally ambiguous so I can’t figure out whether you are saying “we’re alike” or “we differ.”

      But yes, inductively is very much how my thinking works.

      • We're alike, except you're Croup and I'm Vandemar.

        • Hey, I'm reading that book []!

          So, well, I recognize the names. When I'm done I might even understand your reference.
          • Whereas I don’t now – and won’t soon – have any idea what chromatic is talking about. :-)

          • There are four simple ways for the observant to tell Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar apart: first, Mr. Vandemar is two and a half heads taller than Mr. Croup; second, Mr. Croup has eyes of a faded china blue, while Mr. Vandemar's eyes are brown; third, while Mr. Vandemar fashioned the rings he wears on his right hand out of the skulls of four ravens, Mr. Croup has no obvious jewelry; fourth, Mr. Croup likes words, while Mr. Vandemar is always hungry. Also, they look nothing at all alike.


  • You touched on a point I learned by studying typography. "All Caps" is harder to read because our eyes look at the overall shape of a word. Especially for things viewed from a distance, that's what you see before you can even make out the letters.

    It's ironic that people choose to use all-caps to make something more important or visible, when they may actually be making it header to read.

    I think of the road-side signs with changeable plastic letters.

    All-caps work OK to emphasis things in small does, b

    • Yes! All caps is a bad idea in many cases. It should be used ONLY for VERY short bits of text.

      However, that’s not for the reason you cite. “Bouma shape []” has been conclusively refuted. In fact, the scrambled-middle-letters myth, while making a ridiculous claim, clearly disproves that we recognise words by their shape, because if the context provides enough clues, you can read scrambled-middle-letters words without even slowing down – despite the fact that the word shape has been com