Monthly Archives: July 2013

Pen and Parchment – The Beautiful Evidence of Medieval Drawings

Join the discussion, or learn more about the themes and selected works of art related to “Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages” on view at the Met June 2 – August 23, 2009:

Edward Tufte, professor emeritus of political sciences, statistics, and computer science, Yale University, and the leading authority on information design, discusses how drawings from the Middle Ages exhibit “graphical excellence.” Melanie Holcomb, associate curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, introduces the talk.

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Misc Titles
Art by J. Allen St John, P. J. Monohan,
Studley Burroughs, Roy Krenkel,
John Coleman Burroughs & Gil Kane

By: The Golden Age
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Mysterious countdown on “Pronunciation Guide” channel

Pronunciation Guide, a long-running, not-widely-viewed YouTube channel that provided guidance on English pronunciation, has turned into a weird sort of mystery. A series of daily videos have appeared in the channel, counting down from 76, and promising that “something is going to happen.” The videos are accompanied by clicking noises that have been decoded as a low-rez bitmap that show the bottom part of a man’s torso. This Google Doc has detailed analysis.

On CNet, Michelle Starr points to pretty good evidence that this is the start of an alternate reality game by Thomas Bender of Synydyne, who registered the day after the channel went live. If so, it’s a pretty amazingly long lead for an ARG; the Pronunciation Guide videos have been running for three years.

It’s down to Day 61 at the time of this writing, and each video includes a creepy phrase, repeating “something is going to happen,” followed by several seconds of strange clicking noises. Interestingly, going back through the videos, several of these strange phrases appear in his other videos: “I’m trying to tell you something, but you’re just not listening” from May of last year, for example.


Epic battle kicking off in Eve Online

Space MMO Eve Online is renowned for its player factions and epic naval battles, where ships with substantial real-world values can be destroyed out en-masse. Forces are massing right now for what’s reported as one the biggest yet, reports Ellis Hamburger at The Verge—perhaps even more brutal than the legendary Battle of Asakai, which wiped out a $20,000 fleet. “The reason it’s zoomed out is because with all these ships, my computer will die.”

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By: Boing Boing
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