Roadtripping, Typefaces, and Movies

There are three terrific websites I wanted to alert you to—one before time runs out, and the others simply because they’re cool. I had some very fine luck at the Lincoln Highway Buy-Way, but need to get pictures of everything to share with you. Let’s just say: FIVE DOLLAR VINTAGE COCKTAIL DRESS. With glass beading.

Okay, back to our itty-bitty internet tour!

First of all, August means it’s Summer Under The Stars time for Turner Classic Movies. The network celebrates a different star every day of the month, giving classic film fans an opportunity to see Golden Age thespians really demonstrate their acting chops in a variety of roles. The month isn’t even half over, so you’ve plenty of time to enjoy seeing some of the very best actors and actresses in their best-known—and often more obscure—parts (an Edward G. Robinson fan, I was enthralled by Our Vines Have Tender Grapeswhich I first discovered during SUTS two years ago).

As usual, TCM has outdone themselves with the special website set up for Summer Under The Stars, too. Scrolling down each star’s day reveals tidbits about the star superimposed over period photographs of them, wrapped up with a quote from one of their films zipping around and over the star before you’re shown little letterboxes for each movie to be shown that day. It’s really well-done, and worth visiting just for that! TCM has kindly provided a PDF schedule as well.

Tomorrow is dedicated to the great James Cagney—one of my absolute favourite actors—Top 5—one I appreciate more and more with every film I see—and on the 24th, we’ll be treated to an entire day of Irene Dunne, a truly versatile and wonderfully lovely lady. I suppose I ought to have whipped up a “Watch this week!” feature; maybe I still will, just to annoy everybody.

Next up is something that is, of course, dear to my heart—roadtripping, made easier to plan with Roadtrippers.com!

Upon entering your starting and end points, Roadtrippers will guesstimate your travel time, mileage, and fuel costs (it would only cost me seventy bucks to go visit my pals in Nashville!). It does tend to keep you on the main roads, but here’s the thing—Roadtrippers will let you scope out kitschy roadside finds, scenic views, historic spots, great restaurants, nature reserves and more just by selecting what it is you’d like to see—and believe me, it’s not that hard to find all sorts of other goodies along the way once you’re off the beaten path. 

(That’s what paper maps are for, even in this age of GPS—my wheels rarely, RARELY hit the interstate.) Some of the sites are ranked (presumably by fellow Roadtrippers), and most link to official websites. You can also plot out accommodations—from your standard hotel to campgrounds, B&Bs, resorts, and wacky motels—and places to eat. Right now, the “best places” are “curated by local experts and travel writers”; I’m not sure whether or not it’ll be opened up to road-trip lovers in the future or not, but even so, there’s already a nice selection for a still-new site.

The team at Roadtrippers.com is responsive, too; after spending far too much time playing with it and setting up save-able travel itineraries and “bucket lists”, I emailed a suggestion that old cemeteries be included at some point; the response that they plan to add cemeteries soon arrived very quickly! Roadtrippers.com is still in beta, and it’s already a trip (so to speak) to play with; I can’t wait to see what new features the team adds over time.

Finally, a site that just zipped across my radar today: the Lost Type Co-Op. If you’re a designer, love old stuff, or are addicted to typefaces, this is the site for you!

This is one nifty site. Creators Tyler Galpin and Riley Cran set it up so that folks could obtain what they refer to as “quality” and I refer to as “copacetic” fonts…for the price you want to pay. The designer receives 100% of what you choose to pay for the typeface, too–whether you chip nothing or a hundred dollars into the jar. Don’t you love it? What a great idea on the part of the creators (who’ve given us a sharp-looking site, too). They even tell you what fonts are @font-face integrated, so you know the typeface will be properly displayed on the web. If you design websites, need a great font for a poster or artwork, or need something fun and fresh for a project, it looks like Lost Type Co-Op is the place to go—and you know you’ll be supporting the artist directly.

Boosting the coolness level of Lost Type is that many of the fonts have a great vintage vibe—this one to the left, for instance, was inspired by letters found on the windows of a San Francisco laundromat. Another typeface, Airship 27 by James George Dunn, was inspired by, well, airships (and it’s very swank, lt me tell you). The page for each font features a short bio of the designer, links to their webpage, and has a few examples of the font in use. It’s all—as one would expect—beautifully put together and looks very easy to use. I’ve not snapped any of these gorgeous fonts up yet, but it’s only a matter of time We’re talking minutes ’til I can find a “good enough” excuse…something along the lines of “Well, we can make birthday cards for the dog”.

Hope you enjoyed this quick little tour of a few good-looking new sites!

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One thought on “Roadtripping, Typefaces, and Movies

  1. Jen, wow I really spent a bunch of time at that TCM site. How fabulous, got it book marked now. Did you watch the trailer with Spencer Tracy? Crack me up, such a tough guy. I was also having fun watching a few trailers for Cagney’s Footlight Parade, wooh nellie. Guys in tights, dressed as cats…crazy fun. Also got into the typeface site, but I now have to giddy up and get going, ha Thanks for the primo diversion. As always, Loved your post. Oh, and can’t wait to see the cocktail dress, that slayes me…$5, I’m so jealeous!

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