Tuesday, May 20, 2008

forgetful

Forgetful is when you get home after work to realize you've left your Macbook Pro on your table. This leaves you without access to the 'net, the wider world, and that part of yourself (the blog, the photos,your World of Warcraft character) which is not located within the confines of your skull and 3 feet of personal space. (forgetful is also somehow misplacing the money you drew from the ATM, only realizing when the waitress comes with the bill, in a restaurant that does take credit cards)

The few times in recent years I've had to live a few days without Internet access have underscored how important the Web is now. Ten years ago I couldn't have dreamt of this, now I can't dream of living without it. Our distributed selves are less anchored in locality, and spread instead over a social network magnified by technology.

Thank god for my iPod Touch and it's wifi access. Touch typing on this is a chore, but at least I can still surf the web :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Helvetica, it is not ...


... but it is my very own font =)

Fontstruct lets you design your own font, publish it, download it, and use it. The drawing tools are somewhat limited - but some people have managed some pretty amazing fonts with them (such as this one and this one, or how about this one).

I can already think of several people who would jump at the opportunity to design their own font, so a word of warning: it takes a long time to design all the letters - upper case, lower case, numerals, punctuation marks, and special characters - for an entire font, so expect to spend an entire evening doing it. =)