- Saw Zootopia and loved it
- March 17th, 2016
Hi there! It seems I've let things slide a little too long here, again. Sigh. Don't know why it's so hard to motivate myself to write.
Anyway, Zootopia: loved it! Not only for the amazing animation and marvelous character design, but because it had quite a serious message underneath. I'm quite amazed that it took an animated Disney movie to provide some of the most trenchant commentary on the recent turmoil over race relations in America I've yet encountered. If you've not seen it because you think it's "just a kid's movie" then in my opinion you might want to reconsider.
I've been thinking more and more about retirement lately. I'll be turning 62 in a week or so, and have definitely been noticing that I'm a lot more tired and low-energy than I used to be. There are some mitigating factors, but my current thinking is that I'll probably aim for retirement in maybe five years or so.
If I may paraphrase Yoda: "Earned it, I have."
And speaking of work, one of the most amazing things that's happened lately has been the rebirth of significant portions of Quickdraw GX typography. GX was going to be Apple's successor to Quickdraw, and I was the architect of the typographic line layout engine. It was a fabulous achievement for the late 1980s, and really paved the way for much of what the world uses today. But politics being what they were, with Microsoft and Adobe acting in concert against Apple, GX languished. Parts of it still live on; if you have a Mac or an iOS device, you're using a text layout engine that is the direct descendant of the one I wrote all those years ago.
Recently, though, several companies have expressed an interest in some of the facets of GX typography that haven't seen the light of day in years (like TrueType variations), so there's been a flurry of discussions about this technology being revived. Honestly, I never thought I'd live to see this, so it's been quite astonishing!
Peace to you all, Gentle Readers.