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I Have Gout

The foot doctor was right. I definitely have gout. The attack started a couple of days ago and it got worse yesterday and today. I took two Tylenols this morning and it seems to help with the pain. I hope it will go away in the next couple of days because I am not going back for another Triamcinolone Acetonide injection. The shot was fucking excruciating.

On the negative side, I have to give up steak, seafood, alcohol and many pleasurable dietaries in life. I am now forced to be responsible what I will be consuming. On the bright side, I have no choice but to eat healthy and quit drinking. Life will be healthier but suck. There’s always a tradeoff.

Ngâm Thơ

Mời nghe những bài thơ của anh Cao Nguyên:

Vương vs. Dương

This review from The New Yorker seems to get the word mixed up. Daniel Wenger writes:

It was Vuong’s mother, a manicurist, who gave him his name. (He was born Vinh Quoc Vuong.) On a summer day at the nail salon, she told a customer that she wanted to go to the beach. She kept saying, “I want to go to the bitch,” Vuong told me. The customer suggested that she use the word “ocean” instead. Upon learning that the ocean is not a beach but a body of water that touches many countries—including Vietnam and the United States—she renamed her son.

The poet name is Vương, which means king. Dương, on the other hand, is ocean.

Learn Type Design

I can’t wait to take the workshop on “Type Design for Non-Type Designers” with Matteo Bologna. My goal is to understand enough technical requirements so I can experimenting with creating diacritical marks for open-source typefaces that don’t have support for the Vietnamese language. I am hopeful that the workshop can help me with my goal.