The joy of Fontjoy

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Fontjoy is my version of looking at cat pictures online. It uses a neural net to create font pairings.

Listening to… New Order

I’m obsessed with this version of “I Told You So,” and how bleak and inexorable it is.

It’s re-sparked my high school-era obsession with New Order, although without the fixation on minutiae like the fact that the version of “Sub-culture” on Low-life has a hyphen, while the one on Substance doesn’t.

Desky desk plant

Around this time of year, my partner always likes to show off the new plants in his garden on Facebook. Well, here is a desk plant that I have managed to keep alive for four months. I wish someone had told me earlier that you can just water plants when their soil gets dry, and not worry about twice per week or once a day or any other kind of schedule.

I’m experimenting with microblogging here on my own site rather than on one of the social media platforms. I’m using a combination of categories, post formats, the Parabola theme’s presentation page, and the Recent Posts Extended Widget to have microblog posts mingled with my regular posts, while keeping the spotlight on the regular posts. You know, because I put a lot of work into them. :)

More on this soon, probably in a regular, non-micro blog post.

A typeface of forgotten keys

When I was a toddler, my parents gave me some keys to play with, and I made them into a typeface. That part happened 30 years later. Continue reading

Are you sure you don’t want any?

It’s not about the cake. It’s not about the calories or sugar, or even the wheat. It’s about you questioning my decision, which is among the most inconsequential decisions I will make in my life.
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Who are you? Answer in three typefaces.

Instead of a design that says, “Hey, this is someone’s personal blog. Maybe they don’t totally realize this is online and anyone can read it?” I would like a design that says, “This is the website of a speculative fiction author and freelancer, and you can read what they have to say about some stuff.” Continue reading

Fortune Cookie Throw Down: Episode One and Only?

I decide that my fortune cookie fortunes must prove their worth through combat. Fortunes about intuition, gravity, figurative sleep, and curiosity battle it out! Continue reading

Income tax, vigilantes, and other things I didn’t know about Prohibition

I assumed that renting a six-hour documentary when I have a toddler was a ridiculous act of optimism. Surely, in these tiring times, my partner and I would lack the mental energy to watch a history documentary instead of the same episodes of 30 Rock for the billionth time. Surely,… Continue reading

Depression is a hole

Trees roots sticking out of a small, rocky ledge.

Depression is a hole, and it sucks you down again and again, but there are ways out. Continue reading