Admittedly, the headline of this entry echoes the sort of e-mails I encounter in the Spam folder of my Gmail account. But, yes, you can actually make money by writing from the comforts of your home (or apartment or hobbit hole, whatever the case may be). Even though the death knell of print journalism has been sounded by many media-watchers (like Michael Gerson from The Washington Post), the rise of “new media” has arguably given writers more options to sell their wordy wares, albeit for far less pay than what more “traditional” writers typically earn. (Thus, this new model of “content creation” has emerged not without a fair bit of controversy).
Free Fonts… December 13, 2010
I’m not quite sure why people make and then give away fonts for free. But for those of us who like typography, there’s thankfully a whole bunch of these types (pun intended) making their work available for free download. I came across an interesting storehouse of designers at someplace called “moorstation.org.” Manfred Klein’s work is particularly compelling–and vast. His fonts are cataloged by year, and there seems to be about a font-a-day in each year’s archive. Klein makes his fonts free to all for all uses, though he suggests a donation to Doctors Without Borders if one uses his fonts for commercial purposes.
Open Learning on the Web December 7, 2010
If you find yourself sitting on the couch during winter break, twiddling your thumbs and wishing you were back in the classroom, you don’t have to wait until January to return to class. Instead, you can get your academic fix online: talented professors from universities spanning the globe are offering free lectures—and even entire courses—to anyone interested via the Internet. (more…)