Type News is a new website from Rob Keller, featuring an aggregation of news, photos and tweets related to typography. He and his wife have also unveiled their new foundry, Mota Italic. Help Rob repay his student loans and get some great fonts for your generosity.
Pictorial Webster’s features over four hundred original woodcut and copper engravings from 19th century editions of the Merriam-Webster dictionary. The fine press edition features a letterpress interior, leather binding and a hand-tooled cover. A trade edition of the book is now available from Chronicle Books.
This video offers a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of the book. You get a good sense of what’s involved with production and the amount of effort that goes into it.
Confessions of an Opium-Seeker chronicles Nick Tosches’ attempt to find an opium den in the age of quick-fixes and connoisseur culture. I need to read some more of his work, the writing style sucked me into the article.
Look at the Birdie is a previously unpublished short story from Kurt Vonnegut which will appear in his new book.
An awesome infographic on 50 years of space exploration from National Geographic, although they’re using a kludgey flash viewport. Check out the full size version while it lasts.
Update: If you like that one, check out this visualization of the various mars missions.
Ever wondered what’s in your cup of coffee? The best part of wakin’ up is 3,5 dicaffeoylquinic acid in your cup.
â€œDid you ever hear the word â€˜derivativesâ€™?â€ he said. â€œDo you think our guys could have invented, say, credit default swaps? Give me a break! They couldnâ€™t have done the math.â€
A Hamburger Today presents their guide to hamburger and cheeseburger styles. In other news, there were records set for the world’s largest cheeseburger, as well as the greatest number of simultaneous heart-attacks in one location.