Anthony Burgess’s lost dictionary of slang

Accidental(ly) on purpose – Deliberately, but with the appearance of accident: ‘So I put me hand on her knee, see, sort of accidental on purpose.’ (Literary locus classicus: Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine, 1923.)

–from Anthony Burgess’s lost dictionary of slang discovered The Guardian article by Dalya Alberge

 

Compare and Contrast — Eight Out of Ten Cats Does Countdown Does The Phantom Tollbooth

Pattern Recognition or Pareidolia–What’s the difference? Difficult to tell. Instead of theorizing, I’ll just try recognizing. Let’s have a fun little exercise, boys and girls and otherwise! Spin the wheel… cast a spell… correspond and comprehend… contrast and compare…

Eight of Ten Cats Does Countdown vs. The Phantom Tollbooth

Milo – Sean Lock
The Humbug – Jimmy Carr
King Azaz – David Mitchell
The Mathemagician – Jon Richardson
Princess Rhyme – Susie Dent
Princess Reason – Rachel Riley
Faintly Macabre – Carol Vorderman

(Not bad. I wonder if this would work as a regular feature. Bit in-jokey. Still I might give it another try. How about The Last Leg vs. Treasure Island? Maybe not. Time will tell. We shall see what we shall see. But why not?)

Anyhow, these are some decent matchups, I think. Obviously it doesn’t cover everyone on either side, but that would be impossible. Could be interesting to try anyhow though, if you’ve got some time to spare.

For a bonus point: Can you think of anything important I’ve missed?

Start the clock…

Secret Origins: Skedio / The Choir


I’ve decided to make a couple of posts about how this blog got started, and various milestones and memorable moments. This time I want to talk about Skedio, which had a fairly significant role with regard to my interest in digital art. What is Skedio? Well, this description from their page is fairly accurate, I think:

Skedio bridges the gap between classic sketching applications with limited editing tools and complex design software that targets computer graphics professionals.”

Details are fairly easy to find out for anyone who cares, so I’ll just mention what was important to me. It’s fun, pleasant to use and pretty intuitive. It has enough features so it doesn’t feel like your’re just basically drawing stuff as usual, except with more strain on the eyes, but not so many that it feels like work getting to know them. (Also, fonts are limited, but it does Chinese characters, which turned out to be relevant)

For sketching and line drawings I think it might be pretty useful even beyond a semi-professional level, though that’s a bit of a guess. Otherwise, you’ll probably run up against the limitations at some point, even as a hobbyist. That’s how it went for me at least. But it was really, really great for getting started at the very least, and I seriously consider getting back to it and just accept the limits or add gradients and whatnot via something else just because it’s fun to use.

I think the very first thing I drew with it might have been the rain character picture. I’m not quite sure. But the goofy (yet charming) choir above was… perhaps not literally the last, but the one where I concluded I’d have to try something else with more options. Please note with the appropriate amount of awe* that I drew this entirely without using layers (Now available with Skedio by paying a bit extra, but that wasn’t the case then) and it was pretty darn fiddly!

There’s a bit to of a story to the picture, mainly that it’s for an as-yet unrealized project, but I’m not going into that now. I just want to say that I really like how this one turned out. Bit of a candid quality to it, I think.


*I’m thinking something in the area of slightly raised eyebrows and a somewhat more than polite appreciative nod or two, but use our own judgement. I’m not saying no to a full-on Not Bad.


 

A Wild Hanzi Appears! [some adult language, links to nsfw site]

I took kind of a me-day yesterday and was planning on another one today, just relax catch up on some of the webcomics I read. But in one of them a Chinese character turned up and got me curious, plus It was relevant in other ways so I thought, why not make a blog post about it? Still sort of against my no-work-at-all-today rule, but no need to be too rigid there either. Besides, who am I to say no when the universe drops me a “subtle” hint? (I’m not really superstitious in that way, but sometimes I wonder…)


This is the character:

Easy enough to look up if you know your stroke orders. I like it. Good choice for a tattoo.

实 [實] /  shí / real, true, honest, really, solid, fruit, seed, definitely

xiaoma /⇒  mdbg


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