Using SVG as Type

I just published a new chapter on Professional Web Typography called “Using SVG as Type.” Enjoy reading and have a great Memorial weekend.

Marc Maron Interviews Terry Gross

Fresh Air has become my daily listen for years. Because Terry Gross covers such a wide range of topics and she always asks the appropriate questions to get her guests to talk, I have always learn something new from the program. Her voice is fantastic too. Despite listening to her everyday, I hardly get to know her personal life; therefore, I am so glad that Marc Maron gets to interview her. He is such a great host himself. Take a listen.

Ba Mươi Tháng Tư

Một vài hình ảnh tưởng niệm bốn mươi năm người dân Việt Nam chia đôi:

Web Site for the Book

Last week I decided to scoop up the domain name for my forth-coming book titled Professional Web Typography. I was planning on publishing it on this site, but I couldn’t resist I debated the pros vs. cons and consulted my wife. She insisted that I should so I have no reason to doubt.

After I made the purchase and made the announcement, a former colleague reminded me of Nice Web Type. I didn’t realize the coincident, but I am kind of glad because Tim Brown is my buddy, and he has taught me a great deal on typography.

The book will be launched on May 4th, which is next Monday. I am very excited about it. I am grateful for the helps from friends and some folks in the web industry.

How Not to Write

In his entertaining How Not to Write, The New York Times’ William Safire shows that explaining grammar doesn’t have to be dried and boring. Because Safire focuses more on the art of writing than the craft, he makes the book quick, fun, and helpful to read.

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.