May 10th, 2005

beartato phd

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I found a very strange passage in this article:
...Evangelical Christians have to be extremely cautious about supporting any group that would sympathize with a socialist or Communist philosophy or world view, which is completely in conflict with an evangelical or Christian worldview...


Now I don't know enough about Communism to know whether atheism was baked into it my Marx himself or a later addition, but how is socialism "completely in conflict" with a Christian worldview?
beartato phd

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I was looking around for the last version of ptkfonted, a bitmap font editor I wrote in the summer of 1999, and continued working on until early 2001. I could find version 0.31, and had nearly given up hope finding the final (and unreleased) version 0.4, but at last I found it deeply buried in a backup of a backup on my office machine's hard drive. Many of the original timestamps were still intact --- at least for things changed after December of 1999, at which time I think my hard drive in my old pentium 90 crashed and I had to restore from a backup, and I forgot to copy with whichever flag it is that preserves timestamps.

Anyway, yay for obsessive packrattery.

To get Perl-Tk to work on windows/cygwin at all I had to download a 3-year-old version of it and pass mysterious arguments to perl Makefile.PL, and of course I was instructed to do this by a cryptic mailinglist post I found through google. Now that sort of experience takes me nostalgically right back to my early undergrad unix-hacker days of 1999 or so if anything does.
beartato phd

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Sort of a Flash/Fontblog entry:

I have a primitive way of getting from bdf (X11 bitmap font) to sfd (Fontforge Spline Database) now.
Here's a demo of my favorite coding font, called "codon", but no relation to tom7's font of the same name. I'd like to say I thought of the name first, but I can only honestly claim to have thought of it independently.

The script used to convert it (and from the sfd version I used fontforge to emit a truetype font) follows:
Collapse ). It is probably of no use to anyone, not least because it requires my crazy BDF libraries.