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Web Fonts in Roll20

Using Google Fonts in Roll20 Character Sheets

A little video of how to use Google fonts in Roll20 character sheets! This feature was announced on February 18, and is pretty exciting, but some folks may not know how to use it.

  1. Go to fonts.google.com and find a font you want.
  2. Click the Select Font icon in the upper right corner of the font.
  3. You can select more than one font. If you want multiple fonts, you should select them all at once.
  4. Click the Selected Fonts menu in the bottom right and click “Import” to get the code.
  5. Copy the code between the <script> tags. Make sure you’re using the “css2” version of the URL.
  6. Open your character sheet’s CSS file in a text editor.
  7. Paste the code at the top of the CSS sheet.
    You can only have one @import line in your css sheet!
  8. Change the font-family for any classes used in your character sheet to use the web font.
  9. Save your CSS.
  10. Upload it to the Custom Sheet Sandbox or to your game to test it out.
  11. If you’re contributing your sheet to the community sheets, commit it via github.

On Fire

I drew a little animation this morning on my cell phone.

Cat Video blog – revisited!

In 2005, I posted on my LiveJournal blog a video of my cat attacking the “mini me” I had knitted him. It was my first time editing and posting a video to my blog, let alone a cat video. The only other video+web I had done was a video from France a few years earlier, but it was put up on a webpage, not a dynamic blog.

This began my journey into videoblogging.

Twelve years later, I made a “mini me” for a friend’s cat. I caught him on camera the other day playing with it in exactly the same way Alladin still plays with his mini-me. So, I decided to take a trip down nostalgia alley. Please enjoy this cat video, starring Salem.

 

O Tannenbaum!

Post-surgery, I was barred by doctor’s orders from lifting anything more than 10 lbs, including my bass guitar. Not a problem– I got a bass ukulele for travel at my birthday, so I was back to bassing as soon as I got home from the hospital!

Before I went in, I’d talked to my bass instructor and decided to perform the Vince Guaraldi Trio version of “O Tannebaum” (you may recognize it from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special). This is a piece I’ve performed on the piano in the past, and was glad to have the opportunity to play it on bass.

The bass line arrangement is by Paul Snyder, my instructor. Andre Anderson is on drums, and Tobias Strauss is on piano. I wasn’t happy with the idea of just performing to a backing track, so I recruited Toby to play the piano with me, and then roped Andre in for what is probably an easy drum part, but he makes it extra hot (I think the prospect of getting to use the brushes was very appealing!) I even convinced them to wear ties and got myself dolled up in a floor-length black dress.

This was probably “overkill” for a student recital, but I really don’t care. I’m in my 40’s now. I don’t need to be performing on the same stage with 6 year olds rocking their first etudes for their proud moms and dads. And yet, I’m proud to share that stage– it makes me happy to perform, happy to bring my “A game” to even the smallest venue. And happy to sit through the rest of the performances and clap for every kid– big or small– who put on their brave face and went up to show us what they’ve got.

That said, this may be my last recital. I may focus on the rock band in 2017, maybe switch to the jazz band in a few months, and look for other opportunities to enjoy my music in an ensemble.

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