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May 20, 2005


Gary Schroeder


I scanned the PDF file of your presentation just for fun. Two things struck me: (1) this is one of the best visual presentations of complex data that I've seen come out of BNL, and (2) scientists love to use computer fonts which appear to be hand-scrawled. Almost every scientific powerpoint presentation I've ever seen uses the infamous "comic sans" font. It made more sense in yours because you used the clever blackboard background (nice touch), but in other cases, it makes the presentation look like it was written out by a second grader. I've always wondered if we're in some transitory stage where the scientific community is so attached to traditional blackboards (or the romantic images they convey) that they need that font to maintain an anachronistic, pre-computer link.

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