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Norm Macdonald: Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Tricker

The comic’s comic Macdonald talks about suicide, getting old, and his nuanced interpretation of words such as ID, metaphor, and beauty. His attention to the details, particularly on his word choices, makes his latest special fun and fascinating to watch.

Some Minor Updates

The text face for this site has been switched to Arno Pro, designed by Robert Slimbach. As much as I love Alda, which is the previous text face, the missing small caps bothered me a bit. I wanted to use real small caps so I have to make the change.

I also added a JSON feed using a WordPress plugin developed by Brent Simmons and Manton Reece.

I also deactivated dlvr.it. No more social sharing. If you want to read this blog, you have to subscribe to a feed or simply visit this site. I hope you go here because I am playing with big typography on the homepage quite often.

That’s all.

A Child’s First Book of Trump

Michael Ian Black and Marc Rosenthal have written and illustrated an essential book on Trump. Just in case you’re from another planet, here’s a brief description:

The beasty is called an American Trump.
Its skin is bright orange, its figure is plump.
Its fur so complex you might get enveloped.
Its hands though are, sadly, underdeveloped.

If you are curious about the 45th President of the United States, this book is all you need. I promised myself not to read any book on Trump, but I made this exception. It’s an enjoyable five-minute read.

AMP Breaks The Open Web

A few weeks ago, I tried to AMPed up this blog. The quick and easy solution is to run Automattic’s AMP plugin. After half an hour of playing with the plugin, I deactivated it and decided not to use it because it published a separate version for AMP. Furthermore, the default design looked too generic and uninspired.

My next step was to follow the tutorial on the AMP Project website to create the basic markup. The first thing I had to do was adding an external JavaScript from Google and including some default styles. I am using Typekit to display fonts, but the document doesn’t give any example on how to do so. I tried googling, but found nothing. For images, I have to use AMP’s proprietary amp-img. For CSS, I have to use AMP’s proprietary <style amp-custom>. All CSS has to be inlined since and <link rel=”stylesheet”> is disallowed. At this point, I simply gave up. The markup is now under Google standards instead of the web standards the web community has fought so hard to maintain. For performance, giving up standard markup is simply not worth it since I have done my best too keep this site as fast as possible. In addition, I don’t want to lose control of my design.

Fortunately, I am glad that I am not alone. John Gruber and others have stepped up to call for killing Google AMP. I am with them.

Ted Gioia: How to Listen to Jazz

The author of The History of Jazz invites us inside his head and show us his own process of how he listens to jazz. It’s a fascinating read if you want to get inside the music. Reading this book reinvigorates my love for classic jazz. Time to load those good old Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Clifford Brown into my iPhone.

Learn CSS Grid

Learn CSS Grid by Jonathan Suh is easy to understand and showcasing the power to create web layouts. Bookmarked it for future learning and referencing.

Jessica Valenti: Sex Object

Valenti’s moving memoir, which chronicles her experiences of being groped, raped, exposed to, and jerked on, helps me understand better about sexism that women have to deal with everyday. As she confessed, “Doing the right thing has never come easy to me. I cheated on almost all of my boyfriends with regularity and without remorse,” Valenti’s goal is to be honest rather than motivational.

Ailing Hell

One less powerful sex offender in the world.

Đán on Marriage

Đán: Daddy, you’re the best. I want to marry you.
Dad: No, thank you. I am already married to your mom.
Đán: You know, a boy can marry a boy.
Dad: Of course. Are you going to marry a boy?
Đán: No.
Dad: Who are you going to married then?
Đán: Nobody.

That was our conversation when I let him played on my iPhone.

Worse Than A Child

Alexandra Petri:

Sometimes children are not cruel on purpose. Children can sit still and are often unable to stick their feet into their mouths, and sometimes will let you get more ice cream than they get.

He is something more terrifying than a child. Children can learn.

Funny yet scary.