Thursday, May 27, 2010

Something of "No Nevermind"

Though the title has little to do with this post, I like the phrase.

As to the something that’s not important, I got a response to a Freedom of Information Act request today from a federal agency. It’s been some time since I’ve had any dealings with an agency; but, it’s nice to see that some things don’t change.

The feds, though they’ve started using computers instead of typewriters, still use a Pica typeface. They’ve managed to duplicate the somewhat faded look of a letter done on a typewriter that will need a new ribbon soon. They do not use line justification, nor do they indent paragraphs. Most nostalgic, instead of typing the date on the letter, they have a little stamp, one of those things with separate rollers for date and month and year (in that order, not like the rest of us with month, date and year). The date is always a little off-line and has a different typeface than the month and year. They are using recycled paper now, the watermark says so.

That’s it, you may resume surfing, or if pressed, get back to work.

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