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Writers and Tinkerers Alike: Fontify Your Handwriting

August 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments · Potpourri

First, an invitation: If you’ve actually done this, or something similar, before, then awesome. I’d love to know if you found it useful, amusing, both, or neither.

Second, a warning: If you have not done this, or anything similar, do not tell me why you don’t want to do it. You can tell me why you can’t do it at present. However,  if you don’t want to do something neat and simple and quick that I think could be helpful and entertaining, I’m neither concerned about nor interested in the demotivational details.

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That’s my handwriting. This isn’t some fancy-ass, heuristic AI that studies your hand movements and creates an elegant synthesis of a real person’s writing. This is just my damn letters scanned in and quickly indexed into a font. People have been doing this kind of crap for at least a decade or two. Why am I just now doing it?

Because I’m lazy. And that’s the last excuse. If you ever pour words out of your head onto a screen or page, then whether you read them back to yourself or quickly forget you wrote them, go to the image link and do this. Now, if you have a printer and a scanner nearby. No, really. Stop working, playing, or caring for your children and do it immediately.

I’ve written three things I actually consider good writing since installing this font earlier today. And I don’t feel like throwing them away and irreversibly shredding them.

Four steps, and it only took me about 8 hours to do it. Translated into normal human time, it should take you about four or five minutes if you have the scanner and printer.

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