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Very tangential

Journal Entry: Mon May 14, 2012, 5:35 PM
I have been doing things very remotely related to font-work. Currently that involves trying to mix bezier curves, s-power basis, geometric algebra, and even some steps towards convincing people that belief in 'quantum non-locality' is only for the silly. :) It's tied to font design (and vector art) in that the same math may be useful for both.

Is anyone math- and physics-savvy enough to check my work, which is at the following link in the wiki of my geometric algebra software project?…
Your browser may give you unimportant warnings about the page being encrypted. That's just how the wiki is set up. Also IE may be too stoopid to display the mathematics correctly.

I apologize that there isn't a review of what the work is about. Maybe after I point out the work to actual paper-writers they'll make use of the work. I'm too disabled to write a paper, myself; doing that work alone beat the bejeezus out of me.

(I'm serious about 'quantum non-locality' being nonsense. It's time for physicists to stop being a branch of science fiction and go back to being a branch of science.)

In case you wondered

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 20, 2011, 9:33 PM
I'm busy working on PureForge:…

Mostly writing numerical geometry code in Fortran for it, currently. Mostly a learning experience.

Get off!

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 16, 2011, 1:38 PM
My advice to photographers: Get off those railroad tracks! No excuses. And it also would be helpful not to have your subjects smoke; it looks like a future of heart disease, emphysema, and lung cancer.

My website is pink

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 15, 2011, 4:12 PM
My website is now pink, with (if you look closely) flowers:

iPhone photography is the thing, it seems

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 15, 2011, 9:13 AM
If you are interested in iPhone photography, considering following stock photographer Jack Hollingsworth's Twitter:!/photojack

A topical musical interlude

Journal Entry: Sat May 21, 2011, 7:08 PM
Music for the moment:

No boldface

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 2, 2011, 4:12 PM
No boldface on this page:

Yes, he likes my Goudy. A funny thing about the Goudy is that it is something I made so I would be able to stop thinking about it all the time and get some sleep, rather than out of love outright. There was an unpleasant obsession about what likely was Goudy's best work. I've never thought seriously of making a Goudy Bold, because the goal of putting Goudy Oldstyle out of my mind was satisfied (not to mention that Goudy's drawings for the bold weren't used).

Working on Goudy Oldstyle probably played a role in my transition to a preference for a horizontal crossbar on the 'e'. It also made me aware of how incredibly common Goudy Oldstyle is in packaging design, especially.

Google Webfonts integration in journal skins

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 28, 2011, 11:04 PM

So far there are not a lot of fonts to choose from, but Google is being very deliberate in how it sets up the service. Currently you can use my Goudy Bookletter 1911 or OFL Sorts Mill Goudy TT. At the moment I am using nothing of the sort, but Iginio Marini’s IM Fell French Canon (at a fraction of its actual design size).


Journal Entry: Mon Jan 31, 2011, 7:05 PM
Some might want to follow me on Twitter:

I’ve started using the account lately, so far mostly to make font-development-related notes.

New gimicky filter for GIMP

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 31, 2011, 6:31 PM
A very generalized successor to GREYCstoration:

I've for some time used GREYCstoration for such jobs as skin touchup.

Fanwood and Fanwood Text 1.1

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 22, 2011, 9:44 PM
A new version of the Fanwood fonts (my version of Fairfield) is available, including a very slightly different alternative called Fanwood Text: Fanwood by chemoelectric

I’ll add here that I have changed the roman "r" slightly for technical reasons associated with digital rendering. I raised the top serif slightly. The preview, which someone else made in the first place, hasn’t been remade, but it would be a challenge to recognize the difference.

Often the original metal typefaces have elements that don’t line up horizontally, but which are best lined up in digital versions. Partly this is because of the properties of computer graphics, and partly it is because the font needs to look good despite scaling to different sizes. Thus, for example, the crossbar on the "f" in Fanwood always has been higher than in the original.

People post these link-journals too often

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 14, 2011, 3:03 PM
I have begun mild activity on my Twitter:

The main topic so far has been discoveries in my investigation of what makes a good font for Kindle 3. There are hacks for Kindle to use your own fonts, but I am focusing on fonts embedded in PDFs. (I would try Topaz documents, too, if I had anything to make them with.)

Levels of abstraction in motion pictures

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 1, 2011, 3:49 PM
One of my recent hobbies has been writing very concise and often cryptic movie reviews on In the process I also read reviews. I have noticed that often people assume that what they see on the screen is a representation of the physical events as they are occurring, but this assumption is, in general, unjustified. People should understand that the film maker has freedom to represent the goings-on at any level of abstraction, from any person's point of view, without giving a clear signal that this is what is represented. Imagination can be represented by the imagined; a daydream may be represented by the daydream; insanity may be represented by its hallucinations, and its delusions may be confirmed as if they were true.


Journal Entry: Tue Dec 7, 2010, 5:03 PM
Fanwood pre-release 0.1 by chemoelectric

Change of taste

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 24, 2010, 8:22 PM
My taste in typefaces has been shifting from renaissance oldstyles to baroque. I suppose that shouldn't surprise me, given my taste in music. Maybe also the almost unvarying axis in oldstyles exacerbates symptoms of migraine, as might their oftentime tendency towards unrelenting darkness.

Rationalizations of my earlier rough observations

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 3, 2010, 4:39 AM
Q. Why should borders that seem to need round corners be eliminated?

A. Round borders serve to make visually overcharged borders less overcharged. But the symptom of overchargedness is better dealt with by eliminating the problem altogether -- get rid of the borders -- or tone them down, for instance in the border around a pop-up menu. (But I think one should not put borders between the entries in a pop-up menu.)

Q. Why not use boldface?

A. You don't need that much emphasis. There are exceptions, such as the alphabetized word entries in a dictionary; these need to stand out greatly, to make them easy to find by scanning. (The coming era of embedded webfonts should make it easier to use small caps as a second level of emphasis, above italics. Unfortunately, DA journal CSS doesn't allow @-rules, unless they've changed that.)

Nascent observations on web design

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 31, 2010, 12:10 AM
1. On the use of boldface: Don't.

2. On the use of round corners: If you find a situation for round corners, eliminate the border entirely.

On dA version transitions

Journal Entry: Thu May 20, 2010, 4:30 PM
I notice there are users who assume that other users, who complain when a new dA version comes out, eventually get used to the new version. What one ought to realize is that there are such things as the Greasemonkey and Stylish extensions to Firefox, and what happens is that people start using them and a cottage industry forms in the production of scripts for these extensions. So it ends up that people aren't always getting used to the changes, but simply doing away with them in the ugliest, but necessary way.

Since the change from V5 to V6, I had to learn how to write such scripts just to keep on using dA. Raw V6 and V7 are close to unusable for me, just on account of there being far too many prominent visual elements. Most of my own modifications are simply to tone down everything except the words and pictures that I am supposed to be able to see.