By Dr Ken Lunde, Master Distiller, Spirits of Christmas Past

One year has passed since I published the article entitled The Best Vehicle I Have Ever Owned, which also means one year closer to taking delivery of the Tesla Tri Motor Cybertruck that I ordered on 2019-11-22. And yes, I am really, really excited about that. Who wouldn’t be?

We took delivery of our pair of Tesla Model 3 EVs in September and December of 2018. Mine, which is Pearl White with a white interior that is named “Baby Pearl,” currently has 22,137 miles on its odometer. My wife’s one…


By Dr Ken Lunde, Master Distiller, Spirits of Christmas Past

The short answer: Yes!

The long answer: Continue reading…

From time to time, I am asked about my name when expressed in Japanese—using ideographs (aka Chinese characters, kanji, hànzì, or hanja)—so this particular article is intended to set the record straight once and for all.

Before I begin, however, I feel compelled to point out that 99% of those in the US who refer to themselves as “Ken” actually have “Kenneth”—or perhaps “Kendall”—as their official given name that is reflected on their birth certificate. My parents, on the other hand…


By Dr Ken Lunde, Master Distiller, Spirits of Christmas Past

The sole purpose of this article is to describe how I was put onto a CJK (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean)—meaning East Asian languages and the scripts that they use—career path. My study of Russian played a significant role in this, hence the somewhat catchy title of this article.

French

Greater-metropolitan Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, which now boasts five roundabouts, is where I was raised by my parents, who happen to be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this August in greater-metropolitan Hot Springs, South Dakota. …


By Dr Ken Lunde, Master Distiller, Spirits of Christmas Past

That is the question…

This article, which is intended to convey tidbits from nearly three decades of experience in developing East Asian type (aka fonts), uses parlance that only those in type development are likely to understand—or appreciate.

What Are CIDs?

This article is about CIDs, and as the main topic of this article, CID is an abbreviation for Character ID or Character Identifier, which refers to glyphs in a font resource through the use of integer values in the range 0 through 65534. Such font resources are CID-keyed, because their glyphs are…


By Dr Ken Lunde, Master Distiller, Spirits of Christmas Past

Bluntly speaking, although I have nearly three decades of experience developing East Asian fonts, mainly during my 28+ years of tenure at Adobe, I am not a typeface designer. Never was—and at my age—never will be. This is not a confession, but rather an undisputed fact.

Of course, I have created my fair share of new glyphs, or modified existing ones, but that was to supplement or adjust an existing typeface design. When I developed the additional Heisei (平成 heisei) fonts, beyond Heisei Mincho W3 (平成明朝 W3) and Heisei Kaku…


By Dr Ken Lunde, Master Distiller, Spirits of Christmas Past

Unicode-related activities have kept me busy for the past several years, and this brief report is a way to provide a snapshot of the current status of things I have been working on in this particular realm.

The UTC (Unicode Technical Committee) #165 meeting took place this week—on 2020-10-05 and 2020-10-07—and like the two prior UTC meetings, it was conducted as a Zoom virtual meeting…

…thanks to COVID-19.

To prepare for UTC #165, the Unihan Ad Hoc met on the evening of 2020-09-18 for a full three hours, and the…


By Dr Ken Lunde, Master Distiller, Spirits of Christmas Past

Good things always come to an end. When that inevitably happens, it provides an opportunity to reflect upon all of the “good” that was experienced, and more importantly, the necessity to record as many details as possible to ensure that the “good” is not lost forever.

That is the sole purpose of this particular article.

This article chronicles an activity that spanned a solid 19 years, took place in Silicon Valley, and was entwined with a 28-year career. To summarize it in TL;DR fashion, it is best for me to…


By Dr Ken Lunde, Master Distiller, Spirits of Christmas Past

A blowfish image from the Dover Pictorial Archive
A blowfish image from the Dover Pictorial Archive

Can you guess the reference? For those who are not aware, the title of this article is the title of the eleventh episode of the second season of The Simpsons, which originally aired in early 1991.

This particular article will instead focus on the history and evolution of the blowfish (河豚 fugu in Japanese) image that appears on the cover of all three of my books that were published by O’Reilly Media. …


By Dr Ken Lunde, Master Distiller, Spirits of Christmas Past

Before I begin to write about our more than one-year experience owning a pair of identically-configured Tesla Model 3 EVs (Electric Vehicles), I’d like to state up front that neither my wife nor I had previously owned an EV, let alone a hybrid.

March 11, 2018 was the date when my wife and I decided to pay the refundable $1000 deposit for a Tesla Model 3 EV, with the original intent to order the base model that was not going to be available for quite some time. …


By Dr Ken Lunde, Master Distiller, Spirits of Christmas Past

For those who own or are otherwise familiar with my book, CJKV Information Processing Second Edition, which was published by O’Reilly Media at the end of 2008, this article should be interesting, and with any luck, possibly entertaining.

In addition to writing the entire book, I also typeset all of its pages using Adobe InDesign CS3, except for its cover. This included compiling its 26-page Index. (As an aside that I still find to be amusing to this date, I wrote a two-page and very detailed white paper entitled “User…

Dr Ken Lunde

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