December 25th, 2007

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For Christmas: a short selection from the Christian myths (as told by Luke)

Now it happened in those days, that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to enroll themselves, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David; to enroll himself with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him as wife, being pregnant.

It happened, while they were there, that the day had come that she should give birth. She brought forth her firstborn son, and she wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a feeding trough, because there was no room for them in the inn. There were shepherds in the same country staying in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. Behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. The angel said to them, "Don't be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all the people. For there is born to you, this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This is the sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a feeding trough." Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will toward men."
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Dropping membership

To save money, I just dropped my membership in the IEEE Computer Society, to which I have belonged, actually, longer than to the IEEE itself. So anyone who is using my computer punkto org e-mail address (that’s about zero people, probably even fewer), don’t use it anymore! :)
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The airing of grievances

I have a grievance against Kristy, which is that she won’t let me get a Festivus pole. Maybe one day I will just get one, thus providing her with a grievance to air, and so getting her in the Festivus spirit.

I wish my mother were alive so I could air some serious grievances for her ears, particularly concerning music education and the not providing thereof despite repeated requests. I suppose that’s so old it’s like water under a bridge, though, and there are so many recent grievances to air (concerning people other than my mother).
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My interest in typefaces

My interest in typefaces began when I was a teenager and borrowing science fiction books from the public library. Some of these books were printed in Electra and said so. I was fascinated by the comma. Later, hanging out in the press office of Mercer County Community College, as part of the South Brunswick High School ‘delay the expense of building more high school by not having the children be in it’ program, I saw charts of Futura on the wall. These things stuck in my head, as did watching the graphic artist (who of course had no computer, but paper and scissors and stuff like that).

Move forward to the late 1980s, and I discover first troff and then TeX, and so digital fonts and laser printing. The rest is just how the interest would evolve, and to what degree the chronic pain and other medical problems would get in the way (for instance around 2000 when I had to abandon a project for which I had gotten Adobe Garamond and Optima, because of the pain, and stayed away from font work until the mid 2000s).

(Footnote: The italic of Electra is called ‘Electra Cursive’ because the ‘italic’ of Electra was a sloped roman that is not included with digital versions. The ‘cursive’ was added by popular demand early on.)