Bad Times

My Grandmother died, and Coronavirus COVID-19 is officially now a pandemic.  These events are, fortunately, unrelated.  She died of late-stage dementia.

COVID-19 itself has a low mortality rate, but 3% of the world’s population is a lot of people.  Schools have disbanded.  Liz and I have been sent home to work.  And I’ve lost 15% of my retirement with the stock crash.

Things will no doubt recover.  But for posterity, these are bad times.

Feist

I neglected to mention that we got a new dog.  It’s a puppy rescue.  It’s also a Feist.  It’s also ornery and destructive.  I hate dogs that need to be busy.

But it’s also, like most dogs, sweet and loyal.  It’s already demonstrated some protective behaviors, and is wary of novelty, rather than immediately accepting a la whippets.

Two is the critical mass for canines.  Our family is now stable under the laws of density.

–Simon

Aeris Amare

Last month marked the official anniversary of Liz and my iron-clad bonds of matrimony.  Or, in this case (being year 7), copper, according to the traditional anniversary gift theme.

As such, I was tasked to find the appropriate copper gift.  And I decided upon something pseudo-useful and humorous.  No, it wasn’t piping.  It was a giant copper cock!

Also known as a rooster, of course.  To fit the country theme of the below garden, or something.  Okay, so it’s just kinda cool to have a weathervane and I hoped she’d like it.

She did.  Here’s me testing it’s accuracy with a sole digit raised aloft to the heavens–or valiantly proclaiming something (“Aeris Amare!”):

–Simon

Vacation 2019

First off, the car broke.  Again.

As it was still under warranty, we took it back to the dealership.  Through constant harassment, I eventually discovered that the dealership could only bill 2 hours of labor per day to the manufacturer, and as the job would require 6 hours, we wouldn’t receive the car back before vacation started.

The vacation miles would also put the car much closer to being out of warranty, and the vehicle’s track record made this prospect unsettling.  Liz debated (or I think she debated), then traded the car in and bought a brand new Subaru Ascent.  It’s dark reddish brown.  I christened it The Coffee Bean.

So it was that we broke in a new family car with a roadtrip to Orlando.

As it turns out, Orlando and Universal Studios is expensive and busy and not relaxing in the slightest.  But I hope it made some memories:

 

We listened to Harry Potter audiotapes down and back.  I’m glad to be home.

–Simon

Who Shot the Serif?

Okay I admit, I didn’t make that joke up.  But I like it so I’ll “repost” it.

My recent post on cursive got me thinking about text again.  In it, I briefly mentioned the common knowledge that sans-serif fonts were supposedly easier to read on a digital medium, whereas serif fonts were better in their printed form.  Of course, the CSS class I had taken once also touted an ideal single-line character limit as the easiest to read.  I was skeptical at the time, and talked about how to override the default WordPress line limit.  Now, staring at what I consider to be a juvenile-looking default sans-serif font, I decided that needed changing too.  In short–the Internet is wrong and I have to take matters into my own hands.

And so, you might have noticed that the fonts on this site are different now.  After some trial and error, I decided upon “Freight Text”, based on nothing more than the fact that I found it the most visually pleasing.

I have no idea who develops fonts and what’s involved with the process of their standardization.  That’s a topic for another day’s adventure through the interwebs.  But I found this brief description:

“About Freight Text

Phil’s Fonts evolved from one of the most well known and respected photolettering studios in the industry – Phil’s Photo. We carry on the traditions and standards established by its founders. As the state of typography changes in the digital era, Phil’s Fonts continues its love affair with beautiful faces, making fine typography available to artists and communicators around the world.”

Apparently there’s some studio that makes these and people decide whether or not to adopt them?  Whatever

Regardless, if you don’t have the font installed, your browser will revert to its default serif font:

    {
font-family: “Freight Text”, serif;
color: #000000;
}

And that’s it, really.  I changed the CSS for a number of elements.  Sure, fonts might be a pointless argument, but in this specific instance, I’d rather choose a more sophisticated-looking variant over its overly-simplified modern counterpart.

–Simon