Status on Book and Final Project

My writing on Professional Web Typography is going well. The content is shaping up. I hired a copyeditor to help me with proofreading. I also began to work on the design of the site. Once the editing is done, I’ll invite some friends to look at the book. If everything goes as planned, I should have the book live at the end of April.

My research for the final project on Understanding Vietnamese Typography is so far so good. I have been learning quite a bit about Vietnamese grammar and diacritical marks. I am sure this project will help type designers and typographer understand Vietnamese typography. I can’t even wait to begin to work on the web site, but that won’t happen until the fall. So I still have plenty of time to work on the content.

Spring break is next week. Since I don’t attend any class, my schedule will be the same. I came in the art building the first time last night since last semester to speak to students about web presence. Thanks to Jim for inviting me to speak and treating me to dinner. I used the opportunity to practice my public speaking. I did well (I think). I was not nervous at all, but my stomach was hurting afterward. Maybe all that butterflies was trembling inside of me while I gave the lecture.

The Serial Comma

An intriguing read from the comma queen, Mary Norris, on serial comma:

The serial comma is the one before “and” in a series of three or more things. With the serial comma: My favorite cereals are Cheerios, Raisin Bran, and Shredded Wheat. Without the serial comma: I used to like Kix, Trix and Wheat Chex. Proponents of the serial comma say that it is preferable because it prevents ambiguity, and I’ll go along with that. Also, I’m lazy, and I find it easier to use the serial comma consistently rather than stop every time I come to a series and register whether or not the comma before the “and” preceding the last item is actually preventing ambiguity. But pressed to come up with an example of a series that was unambiguously ambiguous without the serial comma I couldn’t think of a good one.

I have been putting the comma back (before the “and”) in my writing. For many years, I don’t include the serial comma because it appears to be cleaner. Then again as Norris points out, “The bottom line is to choose one and be consistent and try not to make a moral issue out of it.”

Don’t Kill Them

True parenting advice from Ijeoma Oluo:

As he gets older, there will be times where just trying to get him to take a bite of his fucking food will be a battle. You will want to pry his mouth open with one hand, and shove the food down his throat with the other. Don’t do this.

These days if the boys don’t want to eat, I honor their wish. They just have to stay starving until the next meal. One issue solved.

Letter to My Last Client

Dear Client,

In the beginning of this year, I have decided to close out my web design service to move to something else. I contacted all my clients (past and current) about my decision and helped them with the transition.

Your project has been stalled more than a year for unforeseeable situations. As a result, I would like to refund you your full deposit. I’ll send out the check as soon as possible.

Thank you!

I have been pondering on this decision for a while. I just had to take the lost and move on. Both party ended the contract on a good term. I can’t ask for more.


Martin Luther King Jr.:

The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy.

“Everything is Awesome”

I must have listened to this song a hundred times now with the kids and still inspired by this line:

Lost my job, it’s a new opportunity / More free time for my awesome community.

How Real Is That?


I lost a whole bunch of money, chasing bitches / But I never lost no bitches chasing money.

Here’s another funny one:

If you are what you eat, how come I’m not pussy?

Kanye’s Dumb/Brilliant Punchline


You will never need another lover / Cause you’re a MILF and I’m a motherfucker

Hà Trần mê mải ru đời bằng những bản tình ca

Bài viết về Tình Ca Qua Thế Kỷ 2 của Hà Trần được đăng trên trang Đẹp plus:

Tiếp nối thành công của “Tình ca qua thế kỷ 1”, nữ ca sĩ Hà Trần tiếp tục cho ra đời “Tình ca qua thế kỷ 2” với những bản nhạc xưa đi cùng năm tháng. Điểm khác biệt là lần này đĩa do chính cô phát hành, đầu tư âm nhạc bài bản và có những đổi mới trong cách xử lý.

Lost In Translation

So I let my kids listen to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” the instrumental version of course. Đán loves the beat and Đạo finds this line hilarious: “Oh my god, look at her butt!” Then I asked my wife how to translate the sampled line into Vietnamese: “My Anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns hun.” She shrugged so I gave it a try: “Con rắn anh chẵng muốn gì trừ khi em có bánh mì.” We laughed our ass off. Here’s Google translate: “Anaconda tôi không muốn không. Trừ khi bạn đã có bánh, hun.”