Two Font Links With An Eye On Design

I’ve been looking to overhaul the ol’ black box once again, so I’ve been scouring around the net for some inspiration.  Just for my own sanity, I thought I would record two sites which could provide a bit of inspiration … through fonts …

Blambot – Is a site I’ve used frequently for a number years now.  I just love the art style of these fonts, and a number of them are free!  Score!

Tack-O-Rama – I came across this site by accident, but this is the kind of aesthetic which I think I want to redo the site in.  Again, a ton of free resources which is always a plus.

And yes, I’m thinking that I want to maybe go with a Streamline Moderne kind of feel for the site.  I’m playing with some images and I’ll see how they pan out.

Plans To Make

So I’m finding myself thinking about projects which I’d like to start up.  Lord knows I have no current shortage of things to do or projects which I’m already up to my eyeballs in.  At the very least, there is;

  • This web site
  • The football pick site
  • The genealogy site
  • The D&D group and of course the site related to that
  • Cleaning up the garage
  • Convincing Shari that the “hobby” room needs more of a gaming slant …

So despite the fact that I’ve got all of that currently on the go, I still find my mind occupied with yet one more project.  Specifically I’m thinking about trying to learn more about how car engines work.  It sounds so stereotypical but I really would like to be able to work on our vehicles all by myself, and have my kids right there by my side learning how to do it as well.  Yes I know that neither one of them is anywhere near an age where they can comprehend how things really work.  However these are the years where I could learn the basics myself,  and when the kids are of an appropriate age I could be in a much better position to help them learn as well.  Plus if the kids see me doing things right now then perhaps they’ll yearn to be able to help me once they’re older.  Fostering interests now so they can have something to grow into sounds like a pretty good idea.

So.  I basically want to start to tear apart my Cavalier.  Little things at first.  I do however want to try and tackle more involved jobs, something beyond just changing the air filter.  The problem of course is that not only do I need the time to do this but I also need to make sure that I won’t need the car immediately in case I REALLY screw it up.  The car itself has been paid for for a couple of years now and a quick check online let me know that on the used market I’m only going to get at most $5K for the thing.  So I’m not worried about resale value.  Nope, I’m going to want to try and tear into that car and learn just exactly how it ticks.

Or maybe introduce some ticks where there weren’t any before … hmmm …

Apparently One Thing I Missed

Apparently I missed what would have been the 10 year anniversary of my presence on the net. Nov 14th, 2001 was when I first put up a web page and started talking.

So happy belated anniversary to me and my thoughts. I’ll try and keep ’em coming.

Damn It’s Cold

Yessir, it’s the start of a new year. Outside my window right now it’s FREEZING cold but that isn’t going to stop me from thawing out my fingers and doing some typing!

But where to start? There’s so many different things to talk about. First up, one of the many gifts I received this year was a copy of “Just a Geek” by Wil Wheaton. I’m only into the beginning of the book but reading about his struggles as an author as well as an actor got me thinking that I need to be writing out my thoughts more often.

This is going to be a big year for the Carder family. We’ve got a lot of milestones coming up including the fifth wedding anniversary, Shari’s 40th, Brie going into junior kindergarten … uhhh … Logan learning how to pee on the potty? I know there’s other things which I just can’t recall … when it comes to the kids there’s just so much to talk about. I really do try to not be one of those parents who is CONSTANTLY talking about everything his kids is doing. I’m just so overwhelmed with pride in watching what the kids can accomplish I can’t help BUT talk about them constantly.

One of the things that this very blog has changed into over its life span is to become a place for me to collect my thoughts, so as they occur I can share them with my family. The principal recipients of those thoughts is now my kids so that when they get older they can look back on just how life was when they were little. Some of the things I talk about on here can be pretty boring but I do want Brie and Logan to be able to read these things and get a feel for who I am and the things that I did. Maybe when we can’t talk to each other this could be a means for them to understand their father better.

Anyway as it’s the new year and with that comes the annual farce which people call “resolutions”, I’ve decided that one of mine will be that I write more often. As long as I’m putting something down in the permanent record then I’m getting my thoughts out. So what will I talk about? Well there’s the job I’ve been on for three months now. There’s a couple of big upcoming events which I’m sure I’ll have something to say about. Oh yeah, and there’s that wedding anniversary coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of source material to draw from. 😀