Thursday, June 26, 2008

Two Cool Things Totally Unrelated to the NY Bar Exam

1. This website! It was profiled in this NY Times article: "Down with Helvetica: Design Your Own Font." On it, you can design your own fonts FOR FREE! Oh man, my inner amateur graphic designer is overwhelmed by the sheer possibilities. True: The best day of my working career was the day that Dean Hansen let me and Natalie, the other secretary, spend the afternoon picking new fonts from a CD for our desktop publishing responsibilities. I've only begun tinkering around on fontstruct, but you can bet your favorite dollar that I'm going to be working towards a font specially designed and hand-constructed for the Stanford Second Ward's sacrament meeting program. Oh man. Oh. Man.

2. Turns out, learning to love truly and heartfully, even when spurred on by romantic feelings, can be tricky. My roommates and I have been talking about this, and one today pointed me to this article: Long but pertinent, I think. At least for us. My favorite part upon a first read-through:
[T]here is something attractive about the idea of being totally self-sufficient and self-contained. It seems safer and easier. If our world is self-created and self-contained, nothing seems beyond our understanding or control. Hence, many of us relate, not to other people, but to our mental images of other people. This tendency also explains, I believe, why so many people have preferred theories about the world to the world itself–have preferred, that is, to develop philosophical systems rather than to step out into the real world, vast and beautiful and terrifying as it is, with all that they do not understand about it, and grow step by step in their understanding. I believe this is also one reason many people have preferred to worship a conceptual God–a God in their minds–rather than the true and living God whose voice, though it pierces to the very center, comes from outside themselves.
Parts of the article that feel salient and true to you?


Melissa said...

"Faith, like love, has had much more to do with knowing persons than with understanding concepts. It has meant learning to hear the voice and feel the personal presence of God and to trust the reality of his voice."

Sarah, Thanks for posting the link to this article. The whole piece was spot on.

ambrosia ananas said...

If I just left like a million comments, I apologize. Having word verification issues.