April 1st, 2004


Happy Coyote Day!

Coyote Loves Me, and today was his day.

I got my very first traffic ticket ever today. A guy in front of me wouldn't accelerate to highway speeds getting off the onramp; another guy to the right of me trying to occupy the space my car's in; a Big Ass Truck over there -- and, oh, shit, Mister I Can't Find The Skinny Pedal just stepped on his brakes again! Startled by someone performing exactly the opposite of of a safe, intelligent maneuver, I do something at least as brilliand, and abruptly jerk into the next lane to the left. Anything to get out from behind this fool!

Oh, look, there's a black hood in my rear view. I cut that kinda close.
And... he's got a lightbar on his roof.
And he just... turned... it... on.

The ticket reads "unsafe lane change". Hoooo yeah, no argument from me there.

I knew my Spider Sense about police presence wasn't always going to maintain its remarkable record.

This occurred, incidentally, as I was returning from hand-delivering a job application. My talons are crossed on this one; my skills and experience seem ideally suited for the requirments, it pays decently, and it involves both indoor and outdoor work.

If I don't at least get an interview, I am Officially Unemployable. All those years and all that tuition will have accomplished nothing. Anyone else want to join me in a Class Action Suit against student loan companies? I'm gonna want my money back.
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    Blue Oyster Cult - The Great Sun Jester
Eye of the Dragon

Deliver me from Courier

As I wait for the Melatonin to kick in, let me blather a bit about fonts. Monospaced fonts, in particular.

I use monospaced fonts for several different purposes. I use them in my chat clients, because some MUCKs still make use of ASCII maps, and a proportional font will make that sort of thing unreadable. I use them for Figlets in e-mail now and then -- which of course gets munged in the fancy-format HTML mail that keeps forcing its way into my system. I play a lot of paper-and-pencil RPGs, and I like to make ASCII character sheets instead of using photocopies or printing out PDFs. I like to have copies of my characters on my hard drive, and I often e-mail them. ASCII sheets are easily updated, take a trivial amount of space, and can be read on almost any machine.

That said... I think Courier and Courier New are ugly as hell.

On my own system, I use Andale Mono, a sans serif fixed-width font that used to be part of Microsoft's "True Type Core Fonts For The Web". Alas, that program is discontinued. Lucida Console is nearly identical to Andale, however, and is part and parcel of newer versions of Windows. Both are nice, clear, legible screen fonts, and look good in print.

However, I also print out hard copies of those ASCII character sheets, and I've long sought a monospaced font that's not quite so... stark. A character for a fantasy game like Ironclaw doesn't look quite right in a high-tech console font like Andale Mono. If I played a space game, I could easily find something that looked more ultra-tech, but until recently, I've had no luck finding something both ornate and legible -- at least not as freeware.

Well, a couple of weeks ago, I found a font that looks great printed out. It's both moderately ornate and extremely legible.

It's called Monofur

The name intrigued me, so I checked a little deeper. Sure enough, it's based on a proportional font called Eurofurence, which was created for the European furry conventioin the mid-1990s.

And I'm using it to print sheets for an anthropomorphic RPG.

Small world, innit?

Sleepy now. Melatonin just kickedzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
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