Blogosphere

Unless you are a total typography geek, you might not have noticed a change in this blog’s type today.

Because of some behind-the-scenes changes at WordPress.com, I needed to change font this blog uses for its title, its post titles, and its headings. The old font was called Jubilat, and the new font is called Domine.

Jubilat
Domine
Jubilat
Domine

As you can see, these two typefaces look similar, but aren’t exactly the same. I prefer Jubilat slightly — each letter is slightly wider, and the native kerning is tighter. I might be able to tighten the kerning a little and will play with it when I find some time. Given that Jubilat is not an option anymore, Domine is a reasonable replacement.

Last updated on 12 October 2020 by Jim Grey

Typography update

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Blogosphere

Do you write? Would you like to write? Would you like to write more and better?

A few years ago I took an online writing workshop that taught me how to write more words in less time with no loss in quality. That was huge for this blog: my six-day-a-week schedule was taking far too much time. I couldn’t sustain it. But thanks to that workshop I was able to dramatically cut the time it takes to write this blog.

That workshop is being offered again starting this October 5, and I want to recommend it to you. It runs for five weeks, one session per week, plus homework.

Johanna Rothman created and leads this workshop. She makes her living in large part through her writing, both non-fiction and fiction. Her non-fiction writing is how I came to encounter Johanna; she writes a great deal about software project management, a topic I care a lot about in my professional life. She’s bright, engaging, and funny. She made this workshop great fun.

This workshop also helps you build a strong writing habit, structure an article that draws readers in and keeps them engaged, edit your own writing effectively, and find ways to get your writing published beyond your own blog.

After the workshop, Johanna will invite you to join a private Internet forum for everyone who’s ever taken this workshop. It’s a place to continue the conversation from the workshop and to share your work and seek feedback.

There’s a fee for the workshop, of course, but I got far more value from it than it cost. If you’d like to write more, and write more engaging and interesting stuff, give Johanna’s workshop a look. She limits the workshop to 12 participants at a time, so if you’re interested, act fast! Check it out here.

Last updated on 4 September 2020 by Jim Grey

Recommended: Writing workshop

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Road Trips

I continue to slowly update and refresh all of my road-trip posts, enhancing photos, clarifying text, and adding new details. I’ve now finished doing that for the many posts from my 2011 trip along the National Road in Ohio.

Peacock Road

Here are all of the posts:

Refreshed: posts about my 2009 trip along the National Road in Ohio

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Film Photography
Pentax ME

I got my Pentax ME out last week to use it, to find that its meter wasn’t responding.

At the moment, I don’t have a functioning K-mount body. I still haven’t sent my Pentax KM in for repair after accidentally damaging it during Operation Thin the Herd.

Fortunately, my Pentax Spotmatic F is still going stong. So I used that. I also got out my Nikon N90s and, just today, my Nikon N2000 for some work. I really like all of those cameras. The N2000 continues to surprise me by how pleasant it is.

Still, it feels very weird not to have a functioning K-mount body. Both my ME and KM need to go to Eric Hendrickson stat.

Last updated on 24 March 2020 by Jim Grey

K-mount woes

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Indiana Fried Chicken Tour

From 2011 to early 2013, a buddy of mine and I went on a mission: to find the finest fried chicken in Indiana. Thus was born the Indiana Fried Chicken Tour.

We visited restaurants famous for fried chicken across the state, though most of our stops were within shouting distance of Indianapolis. I blogged reviews of every restaurant’s chicken (and fixings) all along the way.

As I’ve been doing SEO work on the site I unearthed these old posts. I thought I’d share them again with you, because they were such fun.

Stop 1: Mississippi Belle — This soul-food restaurant on Indianapolis’s Eastside brings it out fast and hot.

Stop 2: Kountry Kitchen — Another Indianapolis soul-food restaurant, in a bit of a blighted neighborhood.

Stop 3: Kopper Kettle — We ventured just outside Indianapolis to this genteel restaurant, a throwback to a time gone by.

Stop 4: The Iron Skillet — Apparently genteel-throwback is a thing, as this Indianapolis restaurant carries a similar vibe.

Stop 5: MCL Restaurant and Bakery — This cafeteria serves all sorts of food but fried chicken is on the menu every day.

Stop 6: Marble’s Southern Cookery — Another soul-food restaurant, on the near Northwestside of Indianapolis.

Stop 7: Wagner’s Village Inn — Located in a southeast Indiana town that looks like a German postcard, this bar offered the finest chicken on the tour.

Stop 8: Hollyhock Hill — The last of the genteel-throwback restaurants, and probably my favorite. Located on the far Northside of Indianapolis.

Stop 9: Maxine’s Chicken and Waffles — Downtown in Indianapolis, Maxine’s will give you chicken without the waffles if you want.

Sadly, our tour ended after nine stops. My buddy and I had been co-workers, and when I moved on from the company, our contact dribbled out into nothing. And my doctor had me experiment with a gluten-free diet to try to solve a pesky health problem, which took fried chicken off my menu.

The Indiana Fried Chicken Tour revisited

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