Font Fun

Having fun, playing with a font
Is not like a relaxing jaunt.
But I’m thankful it isn’t much worse,
Working so hard I’m put in a hearse.

The past couple of days, I’ve been fiddling with a font design idea. Today, I think it’s ready for other eyes to see.

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Word of the Day


Pronunciation /ɪnspɪˈreɪʃ(ə)n/

(excerpted from a much more detailed definition – )
mass noun The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

Middle English (in the sense ‘divine guidance’): via Old French from late Latin inspiratio(n-), from the verb inspirare (see inspire).

Inspiration: Once the stage has been set, the work must begin.

…after the inspiration, the work must begin…

In this case, Eric Buijs posted his plan to make a “Winter Tux” using Dust3d software. I took it as a challenge to try the same task using OpenSCAD as my tool. The cross-connections possible through federated (Mastodon, etc.) social media have real positive power. Thanks to Eric for his permission to try my hand at his design.


A few years ago, a group of educators banded together online to share ideas about learning for themselves and for their own students.

The summer of the northern hemisphere happens to be the time when public school teachers have time away from their teaching duties, well, except for all the planning they do for the following school year.


The well-respected National Writing Project initially provided support to get this Connected Learning Massively Online Open “Class” going.

It quickly became less of a formal class than many MOOCs which are offered through universities.

Projects are open ended and frequently informal. Start when you can. Do what you are able to do and want to try. Use the skills and tools you have, but try to be open to learning new tools (routinely no cost online and even FLOSS – Free Software)  so you can add to your set of skills/tools and have new options available for use in your own classroom setting.

To get involved, you do not need to be a teacher. That’s just the core profession of this group of people eager to be “Creative Learners”. CLMOOC SITE



English Regional, Midlands, Scottish, Northern
1 Small stunted trees or bushes collectively; a thicket. Now Scottish.
2 Broken bricks or stones, rubble; waste material; (more generally) rubbish. Now English regional.
3 Shale, occurring in a thin stratum, often found just above the coal seam.

Middle English (in an earlier sense). Probably partly from Anglo-Norman ramail, ramaile, ramayle, ramale, from rame branch + -elle.


Ronnie rambled through the rammel and the rubble. A kid can make a playground from just about anything.




A tightrope walker.

Late 18th century: from French funambule or Latin funambulus (from funis ‘rope’ + ambulare ‘to walk’) + -ist.


Ray was proud of his skills as a funambulist, but he was working to become a funcurroist to run across the rope.
[One should probably note that unlike a baby learning to walk, it is far harder to crawl on a tightrope than walk (to be a funserperist).]



I just updated my recent reading page. I keep short notes about each book I read on that page to help me remember. Some books are less memorable than others these days, at least for me. At the same time, I noticed that the associated RSS feed page was not showing the dates correctly. I write my own XML file in a text editor, and I had improperly left off the year portion of the date field.

It was an oversight. In other RSS feed files, I was doing it correctly, but all during 2018, I had been forgetting to add that “2018” data.

Fortunately, the page worked in Firefox without the year component. I hope it worked in other people’s feed readers. I don’t know.

Nobody complained.

Was that an oversight, too?