More quotes

First, from The Dragonbone Chair:

“Ko muhuhok na mik aqa nop, we say in Yiqanuc: ‘When it falls on your head, then you are knowing it is a rock.’”

“‘Mikmok hanno so gijiq,’ we say in Yiqanuc!” Binabik called. “‘If you wish to carry a hungry weasel in your pocket, it is your choice!”

A ponderous one from The Banished of Muirwood:

Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.

One that made me cry from Artemis:

“What’s up, Dad? You’re slow as snot today.”

“Just being thorough.”

“Are you kidding? I’ve seen you fire up a torch with one hand and set mixture levels with the other at the same time. Why are you—”

Oh. I stopped talking. This wasn’t a normal job. Tomorrow, his daughter’s life would rely on the quality of these welds. It slowly dawned on me that, to him, this was the most critical project he’d ever done. He would accept nothing short of his absolute best. And if that meant taking all day, so be it. I stood back and let him work. After more fastidious double checks, he got started. I assisted and did what I was told. We may have our friction, but when it came to welding he was the master and I was the apprentice. Very few people get a chance to quantify how much their father loves them. But I did. The job should have taken forty-five minutes, but Dad spent three and a half hours on it. My father loves me 366 percent more than he loves anything else. Good to know.

One that makes me ponder from City of Miracles:

What a tremendous sin impatience is, he thinks. It blinds us to the moment before us, and it is only when that moment has passed that we look back and see it was full of treasures.

One that made me laugh from Gardens of the Moon:

“It will be a fine day for a walk, pronounces Kruppe, who is wise in all things.”

Kruppe (of course)

And finally one that reminds me enough of San Francisco that I couldn’t help but stop and think from The City Stained Red:

This city is sick, his father had once told him. It eats people and craps out gold and people pick the filth up off the city streets and shove it in their faces and smear it on their lips.

Robert Jackson Bennett, author of City of Stairs, wrote author notes for the book:

Every once in a while – mostly due to reader comments – I find myself wondering if the present tense is worth writing in. But the opening sequence to this chapter dispels any such thoughts from my mind.

Seriously, I forgot how fucking creepy Jukov is.

You might need to know the characters to truly appreciate, but in Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series, these quotes made me chuckle.

From The Lies of Locke Lamora:

“Bug,” Calo said, “Locke is like a brother to us, and our love for him has no bounds. But the four most fatal words in the Therin language are ‘Locke would appreciate it.'”

“Rivaled only by ‘Locke taught me a new trick,'” added Galdo.

And from Red Seas Under Red Skies:

“What? How dare I contemplate what you were going to do to me? You self-righteous strutting cock, I’ll–”

“What?” shouted Jean.

“I’ll throw myself at you, and you’ll beat the shit out of me,” said Locke. “And then you’ll feel awful! How about that, huh?”

Getting into fantasy

Science fiction has always been my favorite genre. I enjoy imagining possible futures and I’ve never stopped wondering what changes may happen in my lifetime.

The mysterious worlds of the future always held such potential that I rarely strayed from the genre. I started reading simple novels by Isaac Asimov and grew into reading hard sci-fi like Alastair Reynolds where the thick story and technology are enrapturing.

Fantasy is similar, but different. Instead of imagining the future, you’re compelled to imagine something potentially in parallel. It could be our past, our future, or another world entirely, with any kind of supernatural circumstances.

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Custom Kindle Paperwhite fonts

I thought jailbreaking would be required to install custom fonts on the Kindle Paperwhite, but a recent Kindle firmware update silently added support for accessing custom fonts.

This writeup walks through installing custom fonts on a few devices. A few simple steps will get you through it:

  1. Mount the Paperwhite.
  2. Create the file USE_ALT_FONTS in the mounted volume.
  3. Create the folder fonts in the mounted volume, and add fonts consisting of all the following (where Font is the name of your font):
    • Font-Regular.ttf (.otf is also supported for the files)
    • Font-Bold.ttf
    • Font-Italic.ttf
    • Font-BoldItalic.ttf
  4. Restart the device (Hamburger > Settings > Hamburger > Restart)
  5. You may need to clear the font cache by searching on the home screen for ;fc-cache and then restarting.

You can find your Mac’s fonts in one of a few places:

  • /System/Library/Fonts
  • /Library/Fonts
  • ~/Library/Fonts

Although I love reading in Georgia, it doesn’t render wonderfully on the Paperwhite, so the hunt is on for better typography.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (via Contact):

It is not impossible that to some infinitely superior being the whole universe may be as one plain, the distance between planet and planet being only the pores in a grain of sand, and the spaces between system and system no greater than the intervals between one grain and the grain adjacent.