As was noted, the amazing, 3,000+ installment XKCD story Time featured a synthetic language (with its own script) created by a linguist for the story. Deciphering Beanish is a blog where the language is being slowly, surely made legible.
This force-directed graph visually translates most of the relationships among Beanish glyphs. It was made with Graphviz, with a source .dot file generated by a Python script. I used the results of the Maximum-Likelihood classifiers I ran yesterday, from 2 to 8 groups, adding or subtracting a score (the value of the uniform distribution for that classifier, for example 0.25 for the one with four classes) from each glyph to glyph edge. Only positive edges are shown.
In this nearly an hour and half video, Ed and Jim of Cartoonist Kayfabe take a deep dive into James O’Barr’s The Crow, the hugely influential late-80s indie comic book. As usually for a Cartoonist Kayfabe, they point out many interesting details as they do a page-by-page deconstruction of the book. They point out, for […]
Mtsyry: Octobriana 1976 is a new book from Jim Rugg featuring Octobriana, the Russian superhero star of cult 70s comics which themselves have a strange and confusing history. Rugg’s incarnation will be printed in fluorescent blacklight inks by AdHouse Books, which is apparently the first time this has been done: “It should look incredible and […]
Best known for his “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions” and the ever-ubiquitous MAD Fold-In, cartoonist Al Jaffee has retired today at the age of 99, making him the longest working cartoonist in history. Jaffee began his career working for Marvel pre-cursors Timely and Atlas Comics in the early 1940s but settled into his lifelong position […]
There was already enough concern about the healthy state of our drinking water before COVID-19. And while there’s no evidence that the coronavirus has ever been detected in the water supply, the general sense of fear surrounding any type of contamination is obviously at a fever pitch everywhere. Contaminants like lead, chromium, arsenic, copper, mercury, […]
Allergies are brutal, affecting about 30 percent of all American adults. While many only saddle sufferers with mild irritations like coughing, sneezing, a runny nose or watering eyes, some symptoms can be even more intrusive and significantly more painful. Sinus pressure is one of those unholy side effects, causing a pain that can stretch from […]
“I probably use my chef’s knives more than any other tool in the kitchen.” – Bobby Flay, celebrity chef Cooking at home has taken on a whole new life in the wake of COVID-19, and even with restaurants slowly reopening across the US, there’s heavy reason to suspect that more of us preparing more meals […]