Prologue: Page 18Technically, this room is mislabeled: it's not a morgue, but a columbarium. A columbarium is a room with niches for funerary urns, which is what I’ve drawn here. But “The Columbarium of Typography” just doesn’t sound very good, and I thought it had more impact if I chose a more immediately recognizable word. So, it’s the Morgue, even if…it technically isn’t.
Of course, in the League’s particular version, all of the funerary niches are empty. Once the fonts wither, they’ve just simply vanished. This room is much more a symbolic representation of all the fonts that have been lost, rather than a set of physical specimens. They’re not really born, they don’t grow, and they don’t really die either. At least not in the way human beings think about it, anyway.
I learned about these definitions (morgue vs. columbarium) in “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” by Caitlin Doughty, a very informative and hilarious memoir I read in 2017. I highly recommend it – she’s now published a follow-up book, which I’ve yet to read, but plan to when I have time.
Yes, this computer is taking over the world, but displaying text for the humans in a font that's easy for computers to OCR?
What's your take - how long do you think it would be until all the OCR fonts were in the morgue? I'm curious!
I've heard one of my favorite comedians speak of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" on his Boogie Monster podcast. Learning that you've read it and recommend it means that when I can bring myself to read for fun again (four years of double major college in which I actually read the 1000+ pages a week assigned has killed my desire to read for fun)I think I owe it to myself to read it, and almost certainly the follow-up.
My majors were Psychology and Business with A LOT of side courses thrown in (Chemical Dependency, Criminal Justice, a ton of Accounting courses until I realized that I simply couldn't see me doing accounting as a career without hating my life). Because they were very disparate without overlap, it was a lot of work (but also two degrees at the same time). I feel like I once knew, and that I should know, but what are your two majors?