May 302006

For those who read this site using a news reader, I regret to inform you that occasionally, it appears that Blogger sometimes decides to chop my posts and provide them without markup such as link tags and photos. I’m not sure why this is happening.

News aggregators read the site using syndication. Two good news aggregators are Bloglines and Netvibes.

If this continues to happen, I’ll write a whiny note to Blogger. If it still happens, I switch news feeds or write my own blog-type service.

I’m apologize for the meta-post. Please continue to sympathize with my ligature woes.

 Posted by at 11:58 pm
May 302006

If you are asking, what is a ligature, check out this web page on OpenType and advanced typography. Wikipedia also has a fairly decent entry. Interestingly, I have now been to two custom stationery stores in New York City. Neither store knew what I was talking about when I asked if their letterhead used ligatures.

Incidentally, this is not a new concept with respect to computers and typography. TeX has had support for ligatures since its creation in the late 1970s.

 Posted by at 11:52 am
May 262006

I installed the beta of Microsoft Word 2007 in the hope that it included ligature support. Not to mention support for advanced typography features like context-sensitive glyphs. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. So, if you love freedom, vote for my ligature support suggestion on the Microsoft discussion forums. Because “Greenfield” looks silly without an “fi” ligature.

 Posted by at 2:51 pm
May 222006

From CNN: Gonzales: U.S. could track reporters’ phone calls:

But he added that the First Amendment right of a free press should not be absolute when it comes to national security. If the government’s probe into the NSA leak turns up criminal activity, prosecutors have an “obligation to enforce the law.” 

“It can’t be the case that that right trumps over the right that Americans would like to see, the ability of the federal government to go after criminal activity,” Gonzales said on ABC’s “This Week.”

I must have missed a part of our constitution where it said that the federal government can overrule selected portions when pursuing criminal activity. Let’s double check the first amendment to see if there is an exception:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

I don’t believe it can be called a “right” to have “the federal government go after criminal activity.” The beautiful nature of our constitution is that it limits the actions our government can take while still preserving our rights and protecting our society. If we start to selectively ignore parts of our constitution, we risk a descent into totalitarianism.

Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” I feel there is an important corollary: those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety will receive neither liberty nor safety.

 Posted by at 12:25 am
May 012006

Last night, when I created my last two postings, Blogger generated a syndication feed that only included a plain text summary. Some aggregators, like Bloglines, have not displayed the correct syndication feed with all of the markup. If you didn’t see photos in the last two posts, I encourage you to visit directly.

If you don’t use an aggregator and read this site directly, then you don’t have to worry about this issue.

 Posted by at 10:56 am
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