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Bob Wertz
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Type designer, creative director and Ph.D. student in Columbia, South Carolina
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@JohnPhilpin My podcast app is full of stuff I’ve avoided over the last couple of weeks, but it’s been building for a long time.

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I noticed today that I’m listening to fewer tech podcasts. I think I’m just tired of everyone’s hot takes on artificial intelligence, intellectual property, regulation, spacial computing, the DMA… I just don’t feel like listening to them any more.

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I’m completely procrastinating right now. Need to get in gear and finish up a couple of things this afternoon.

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@manton I'm @sketchbookb over on Threads. Would love to be included.

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That’s an interesting place to end the episode.

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Excited to see the plan to finish the Three Rivers Greenway. They’ve been working on it for over 20 years, slowly adding sections as they get approvals and funding. Once all these trails are complete, I’ll be able to ride a bike from the park in my backyard all the way to downtown Columbia.

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I had to have a conversation with my 12-year son that parts of Star Wars fandom is toxic. And that some people who complain about Star Wars are motivated by their opinions on race, gender or politics.

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Voted in the SC primary on the way into work today. In and out in less than 5 minutes. Remember that your vote counts — especially during primaries where the turnout is low. Support good candidates now so they will be on the ballot in November.

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I watched most of Apple’s WWDC Keynote today. Still not particularly interested in the AI features, but there were plenty of other features I’m looking forward to using.

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Our SC state representative is texting about how he’s “fighting liberals to secure the border.” Which border is he talking about? Our border with North Carolina or Georgia? Because pretty sure the SC state government isn’t responsible for any other borders.

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Suicide is often ignored in the gun control debate. The NY Times has a heart-wrenching story about a woman trying to change perceptions in Montana:

Murder rates and mass shootings make national headlines, defining the discussion over pervasive gun violence. But most gun deaths in America are self-inflicted.
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Woke up to the noise of a couple of chatty Barred Owls outside our bedroom window. 🦉

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Fireflies are out in force in our backyard.

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I’ve never really watched any car racing, but out of nowhere, my 16-year-old became interested in F1. Just watched the Canadian Grand Prix and you know what? I get the hype. That was fun.

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Watching F1 with my daughter, who keeps surprising me with her race knowledge.

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@pratik @manton @danielpunkass @markstoneman I'd love this. I use Mars Edit for longer posts. This feature would make me much more likely to use it for all posts, long or short.

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I took tomorrow off from work to have a “retreat” day. I’ll hole up in a coffee shop. Plan projects and grad school. Write. Maybe work on some typefaces. I try to do this twice a year, but I missed my regular January kickoff at the start of the year. I really need this day to get focused.

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@symbo1ics.bsky.social Completely agree. Glad there is an alternative and I'm happy to support it.

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While I think most designers overreacted to the change in the Adobe Terms of Service update, I did go ahead and upgrade to the latest version of the Affinity Suite.

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Here’s the other one I’m finishing up: SbB Directorate. Inspired by scifi bureaucracy and named after the government in Buck Rogers. Weight, width and slant axes.

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I’ve been working on a couple of variable typeface designs lately. This one is SbB Departure Mono, based on a old Fontstruct design of mine. Two axes: Weight and Slant.

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Working on a typeface design tonight and I’m really grateful for the comprehensive documentation available for Glyphs 3. Good user manuals are a lost art, and sometimes, you just need a reference guide to look something up.

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@vazquez I remember the newborn schedule. Time flies, though. Last night, my youngest was counting down until we could watch it together.

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Enjoyed the first two episodes of The Acolyte. Looking forward to seeing where the show goes…

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Watching old episodes of Eureka tonight. Forgot how much I liked the show.

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@pratik That certain movie gets mentioned very often when people see the images. We're just thankful that everyone is fine.

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@gdp Thanks. It's definitely something that you have to see the pictures to truly believe. Still seems unreal to me.

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My wife’s car was totaled in a particularly horrific accident. (She’s fine) I’m still getting text and email updates on the car’s status… battery low, tires flat, etc. and it looks like the only way to stop them is to call OnStar… sigh.

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School’s out and I don’t have to take my daughter to high school, so I’m the first person in the office today. Been a while since that’s happened, but I really do love getting into the office when it’s quiet.

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I tried to help my wife with an issue on her work-issued PC laptop. I struggled so badly with the built in trackpad, that she pulled a mouse out of her bag for me to use. It was even worse than my kid’s school-issued Chromebooks. I am completely spoiled by Apple’s trackpad designs.

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A neighbor has built a custom motorcycle sidecar for his golden retriever. I’ve never seen a dog that happy.

Motorcycle with a sidecar. Golden retriever is in the sidecar.
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@ConatusPrinciple For now, I think I can do what I want with modifying the CSS. But down the road, I'm glad I have more options.

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@markstoneman Love the Tiny Theme. Gave me the flexibility I needed.

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@jabel I used to get enough local news from Twitter that I could avoid Facebook. But once I decided to abandon Twitter, it seems like Facebook is my only option.

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@amerpie We love AnyList! We’ve got the whole family using it to add to the grocery list.

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@agilelisa I'm running into the same problem...

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@pratik The people who build polls have choices to make, and those decisions shape the results. I just wished they'd explain the thinking behind their choices and own up to the limitations created by those choices.

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@dmoren My 12-year-old son sometimes listens to A Complicated Profession and wants a Purrgil & Squiggs shirt. (He hasn't seen Moonlighting.)

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@cjhubbs Agreed, but really glad we have enough quality outfielders in the minors.

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@manton I agree about pivoting for the next release, though. I told my daughter yesterday that she was lucky that her favorite artist is so productive at a time when she can listen to it all... Personally, I think Taylor should release an album of covers.

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@manton "Vinyl only." Can you imagine the rush to manufacture enough turntables? The increase in cost of quality used turntables and stereo systems?

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@gdp Yikes. I’ve gotten a couple of leads on options… will let you know if I find something good.

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@louie I'd be interested in learning more about how you build your site.

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@jaek Nice. Although your card is much cooler than mine was. 🤣 What an awesome design!

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@jalvani They have started making them again, but they are a little bigger and not as cool.

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@manton Works great. Thanks for continuing to improve Micro.Blog.

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@manton Sorry to spoil the surprise, but it seems to be working well!

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@manton Have Bluesky replies always shown up in the Micro.Blog timeline? Or is this new?