January 6th, 2006

Apollo 4 on column of fire

Font hinting is a funny thing

I know very little about font hinting except that it's a funny thing.

The Trashcan Sage is adapting the Cyrillicized and incidentally Esperantized variant of the copylefted version of URW Gothic L, which is the URW++ foundry's clone of ITC Avant Garde. The main reason for this adaptation is to change the font's name, so it can be installed side-by-side with other versions of URW Gothic L. Then the Rubujsaĝulo can put the modified font on his website for Rubujo readers to download and install on their systems, to get a truer Rubulo environment, without affecting other programs. (The Sage is compromising on his preference to go for high legibility text fonts, at a few places where a 'logo' font might actually help communicate, because of its artistic relationship to the rest of the appearance.) The Sage was not happy with the font, though, until he used the autohinter in FontForge to redo the hinting. Then he was more pleased.

The FontForge autohinter did better than the original hinting. Go figure.

I have no idea how the hinting is in the commercial version from URW++, which might be improved, particularly in the OpenType version.
Apollo 4 on column of fire

James Moore is on a Bush enemies list

Perhaps we shouldn't call it a 'Bush enemies list' but an 'enemies of
the state' list, ironically.


"Mam, I'd like to know how I got on the No Fly Watch List."

"I'm not really authorized to tell you that, sir," she explained after taking down my social security and Texas driver's license numbers.

"What can you tell me?"

"All I can tell you is that there is something in your background that in some way is similar to someone they are looking for."

"Well, let me get this straight then," I said. "Our government is looking for a guy who may have a mundane Anglo name, who pays tens of thousands of dollars every year in taxes, has never been arrested or even late on a credit card payment, is more uninteresting than a Tupperware party, and cries after the first two notes of the national anthem? We need to find this guy. He sounds dangerous to me."

"I'm sorry, sir, I've already told you everything I can."

"Oh, wait," I said. "One last thing: this guy they are looking for? Did he write books critical of the Bush administration, too?"…

Of course, there's always the chance that the No Fly Watch List is one of many enemies lists maintained by the Bush White House. If that's the case, I am happy to be on that list. I am in good company with people who expect more out of their president and their government.

Hell, maybe I'll start thinking of it as an honor roll.

There is a berth in a concentration camp waiting for James Moore.