Monday, July 30, 2001

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What an aggravating day. The IT guy here at work had to install some kind of Big Brother, IT Remote Control software on my machine and the installation interfered with the driver for one of my video cards (dual display, baby! yeah!) The end result being a re-install of Windows and a complete destruction of my registry. I spent the whole day either waiting around for him to finish monkeying with my machine or re-installing every single piece of hardware, software and their updates...



I am not a happy camper.



As my friend Beth once said, " IT guys are on crack!"

Tuesday, July 24, 2001

I find myself more and more disliking the atmosphere here at work. It's always been a little uptight when it comes to things like dress code, use of headphones, etc., but there is something worse than that in the air. The bigwigs so want to be in a big corporation that you can taste it in the air all around the office. Like burnt ozone... Buzzwords and anacronyms abound, the walls seem to whisper and reverberate, "i.p.o... i.p.o... i.p.o..." The parking lot is stuffed to capacity with SUVs. The uniform of the day is button-down oxford, chinos and loafers that cost as much as I spend on clothes in a year.



Testosterone flows like a river...



It's pretty scary. The more and more aware I become of the amount of power corporations wield in the world the more and more leery I am of having anything to do with the corporate world. Or even little companies with corporate aspirations. I don't want to dedicate my talent to achieve a world dictated by the bottom line.



I'd feel, perhaps, a little better maybe working at a place that at least had a creative vision, a palpable identity. At least I would have oppurtunity for more creative freedom, but where I am now I dread the day ahead of me as I pour over the same old mediocre drivel, day in and day out.

I've been seeing this virus in my inbox a lot lately. Someone I know must be infected and is sending it to me. I'm getting it like 5 or 6 times a day. If you recieve a funky email with a .pif or a .lnk attachment don't even bother opening it...



I'm thankful that I've been smart enough not to open the damn thing...

Friday, July 20, 2001

I'm not sure what I intend to do with this yet, but it looks nice anyway.

Wednesday, July 18, 2001

"XXX XXXXXXX" wrote in message news:9j4q6s$5be$1@forums.macromedia.com

I recently installed Windows 2000 (clean install) and now I cannot seem to get Fontographer 4.1.5 for Windows to run. Whenever I launch it I get the message, "Could not initialize the program, because there is not enough memory available to run" with Code = 30202.



I have an AMD 1.2 gig with 786 megs ram. This happens even after a fresh reboot with nothing else running.



Any ideas?



Thanks



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I have an idea, although it won't solve your problem... How about an update to the program? How many versions of Windows & Mac OS have come and gone since the last update? Enough to warrant a new version - even a "dot" release or an update at least... I really think it's ludicrous that Macromedia hasn't bothered to continue developing this product. Especially in light of the fact that there is a new font format that they could be supporting: Open Type. You know, Microsoft is working on a authoring tool for open type, according to their website.



Why isn't MM?



Don't they care about the Fontographer users? Did they buy it from Altsys just to let the product fester? It's the only worthwhile tool for creating fonts right now - but for how long? I really wish someone
would do something about this...



...before I eventually switch to something else. Something better will come along and MM and fontographer will be left in the dust if they don't do something about it..



 - m a t t -

m@bigmisterc.com

http://bigmisterc.com

Well... yes, I've been quiet.



The truth is that I am busy, busy, busy at the moment. I've been making a lot of behind the scenes changes to the site: 1) the addition of permalinks (that's these things here: {...} ) and 2) the comment type thingie, which I got from Dan of foreword.com. Thanks, Dan!



I am also working on the redesign of a website for a church I used to attend and still maintain for them. Not only that but Paul Genberg has asked me to work on a new ecards site with him, and I am in the middle of writing two articles for diarist.net.



Aside from that, Brenda and I are probably not speaking to each other for a while after the huge fight we had this morning...

Monday, July 16, 2001

Sorry... Lack of updates has been due to an unexpected long weekend and the lingering death of my PC at home. Not have I not only lost the modem, but now my zip drive and CD-ROM are kaput.



The unexpected long weekend sprang up from my sister needing a ride to go get her car out of the shop. Friday morning we waited and waited to hear from the garage, so we could go and pick up her car. I got tired of waiting and called them around 10:30 - 11:00 to see if they were done and found that they were just taking it out for a test run. Rather than run her down to New London to get the car and then drive 2 hours to work I just decided I'd be better off just calling the day a day off rather than coming in late as I had planned - especially since I couldn't stay late to make up the lost time.



Over the weekend, I somehow managed to injure myself, not too seriously, thank God. I was cooking lunch for the kids and was tossing hot dogs into a pot. I also had a baking sheet balanced on the stove because I was also going to bake some french fires in the oven. As I was doing so, I inadvertently knocked the baking sheet off of the stove, squarely on my big toe. {OUCH!} I didn't look down at my foot right away, but continued to finish plopping the dogs into the boiling water. When I had finished, I looked down at my foot and to my utter amazement saw that I was standing in a small pool of my own blood and that my other foot was mottled with splashes of blood. It seems the baking sheet hit me exactly where my toe and toenail meet. That area is not at all used to seeing any kind of lotion or anything like that and the dry,rough skin just gave on impact. It still hurts like crazy and I've got antibiotic cream and bandaids on it and am a bit gimpy... But at least I didn't drop something heavy on it like one of our big pseudo non stick cast iron pots...

Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Uppercase A of a yet un-named typeface
Well, in spite of the fact that distributing my fonts is a supreme pain in the ass, I still love making them. Click on the "A" to get a preview of the upper- and lower-case letters and the numerals.



I am rather pleased with how it is progressing thus far, but have no idea what to call it. If you have any ideas, be sure to let me know.

According to my logs, 55 people downloaded fonts from me yesterday. I am also placed at number 19 on a search on MSN for "Free Font Download," which really isn't bad seeing as how I've never registered my site to be spidered by them, nor do I have any META tags on my page.



Here's the sad part. If I were still asking for a $10 shareware fee for my work and everyone who downloaded shareware actually paid the fee, I'd be compensated $550. That's why I took down the font site. That's why you don't see people all over the net making fonts any more. That's why I hate font sites that list 1000 fonts for free download filled with other people's work.



Don't anyone ever dare complain to me about the lack of new and interesting fonts being made or that fonts from Adobe, AGFA, T-26, Emigre, etc cost so much. They're liable to get a poke in the eye. Why is the Open Source community is in existance? Because people want to share their creations and build things as a community? Or is it because protecting your intellectual property on the web is ridiculously hard?

Tuesday, July 10, 2001

The stupidy never ends...



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listen...



before you start sending out these huge mailings, why don't consider who you're sending this to...




i assume that since I was among those targeted that you're trying to appeal to desigers, developers, etc... if that's true, this mailing is just plain downright laughable. i went to your site, looked at the code, saw the Dreamweaver generated, crappy javascript and realized that you did the whole site with a wysiwyg.



I AM A PROFESSIONAL WEB DEVELOPER!



you should be seeking my services - not the other way around! how dare you try and solicit my business with a half-ass website like that! table layout? no CSS? non-compliant code? HTML 3? are you kidding me? you didn't even bother to clean up the code that Dreamweaver put in!



IF i did need database help do you really think i'd turn to you? do you really think that i'd employ the services of a spammer? what makes think that unsolicited email is a good marketing tool? it's one of the most reviled things on the internet!



i'd suggest castrating whoever is cooking up your marketing plans, hiring a real designer, learn something about your target audience and try again



...but not by email



- m a t t -

m@bigmisterc.com

http://bigmisterc.com

Tuesday, July 3, 2001

I love it when someone sends me mail about my site, gives me feedback or asks me questions. It's nice break from the tons of spam I constantly get about second mortgages, penis enlargement and online gambling sites, etc...



I'm slowly but surely forgetting what it's like to be well. My cold (which may well be pneumonia at this point) has been with me for two and a half weeks and refuses to die. The stuffy head and sneezing are mostly gone, but the cough persists. Should I be worried?



No plans for the 4th aside from sitting in the air conditioned apartment and relaxing and taking the family out to the fireworks at night.

Monday, July 2, 2001

"in a forest pitch-dark

glowed the tiniest spark

it burst into flame

like me

like me



"my name isobel

married to myself

my love isobel

living by herself



"in a heart full of dust

lives a creature called lust

it surprises and scares

like me

like me



"my name isobel

married to myself

my love isobel

living by herself



"when she does it she means to

moth delivers her message

unexplained on your collar

crawling in silence

a simple excuse



"nana na nana

nana na nana



"in a tower of steel

nature forges a deal

to raise wonderful hell

like me

like me



"my name isobel

married to myself

my love isobel

living by herself


"when she does it she means to

moth delivers her message

unexplained on your collar

crawling in silence

a simple excuse



"nana na nana

nana na nana

nana na nana

nana na nana"



My wife just doesn't get Björk and never will... In a lot of ways I'm very glad that she and I are very different people. Sometimes I wish we had more in common...