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    So I'm sitting here doing my geology homework... one of the questions is:
    5. Define the terms normal force, shear force, and shear strength; then explain their significance in mass movement. Use diagrams in your answer.
    Before I know it... I've made sure the document is typographically sound, I can't stand Time New Roman anymore... I've got 14pt bold headers with the entire document in Georgia and fixed any small weird line breaks, etc.

    Then I break out the ruler and pencil to draw a perfect diagram (complete with hatch patterns) and a free body diagram of a block sliding down a slope... for all three questions, with the latter two being isometric drawings.


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    ...Hey brak, your personal diary is not wdf.net...
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    I think he misspelled his username... must have meant Blog, not Brak? ;-)
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    As a scientist in "training", I see you going down one of two paths: You either end up as an academic, and be really good at it. Or you swear off science for the rest of your life and find something else to do (probably involving getting lots of money).
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    I would trade science for money anyday...


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    Haha, I guess none of you get the whole engineer's perspective I sduppose I get an interesting view on it since I live with 3 other engineers and hang around engineer's all day... I was just bored, WDF activity was way low so I wanted to spark some kind of discussion... about anything

    Engineers have this obsessive impulse to make things perfect... even if they need not to. Play a game of poker with an engineer, and you'll notice he'll rotate his betting around keeping symettrical stacks of chips
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    Kyle, I studied engineering for a couple years, so I get what you mean. Good job finding one diagram to represent both shear force and normal force! You'll probably get extra credit for that! However, in printed text, Times New Roman is a really good font to use. It's just about the most legible font available on a computer, because it's the closest to book / magazine / newspaper fonts. Remember that typography changes significantly at 600 dpi!

    PS - in retrospect, you most likely don't want the block sliding down the slope, but standing on it statically, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by transio
    However, in printed text, Times New Roman is a really good font to use. It's just about the most legible font available on a computer, because it's the closest to book / magazine / newspaper fonts. Remember that typography changes significantly at 600 dpi!
    I don't really know a lot about print, but I hate that font! I'm sooo tired of it, it's everywhere!
    At least I can enjoy my Lucida Grande on my dekstop...

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    Nope... sliding, I had to represent shear force being greater than the shear strength.. landslides, creep, etc

    And yeah, I think georgia (wehn kept small enough) is just as legible, I just get tired of TNR.. it's too boring
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    Have a play with Paltino Linotype. It's great IMHO.

    Georgia is excellent for small italicised text.

    Verdana looks really "clean" and professional when printed.

    Lucida Grande is just that: Big. If you keep the font size small, then it looks really nice.

    One font that looks great is bitstream vera sans. Take a look at the Fedora website to see what I mean.
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