December 4th, 2005

Apollo 4 on column of fire

Open thread

I'm going to try something new. I'm declaring this an open thread.

(Unfortunately anonymous posts will be screened, as they generally are here nowadays. Probably you can get past the screening by sounding very serious about what you are saying, because my goal is not to control what is said but to prevent trolling and freeping, which say 'nothing'.)
band-aid tooth

Pain

I tend not to rate my pain very high, particularly because I have known more intense pain, but I realized today that I must spend more of my day 'thinking' about pain, what to do about it, how to work around it, etc., than doing anything else.
Apollo 4 on column of fire

What is with this site 'atomicfonts.com'?

I've run upon a website called atomicfonts.com that appears to me to be distributing Bitstream fonts 'free'. AFAIK only Bitstream Vera (donated to GNOME) and some of Bitstream Charter (donated to X Windows) should be available 'free'. This doesn't look right to me; I'm thinking Napster for fonts. So what's the deal? Should I ask Bitstream about it? I collect free fonts but it isn't my hobby to collect pay fonts for free.

Update: A little reading around gives me the impression that old Bitstream fonts are common 'pirated' fonts. I should assume that's what's going on, and won't bother Bitstream, who probably by now don't care that much. I don't really care whether or not Bitstream gets paid; I think fonts should be free in the Stallman sense, although I'm not nearly as committed as Stallman. I just don't want to download 'pirated' fonts, much as I wouldn't have wanted, for instance, NeXT to 'pirate' the free GNU compiler. (NeXT relented and handed over their work on Objective C support, as required by the copyleft if they were going to distribute the compiler.)