holy cow I'll need multiple pages for that

gonna be my first calligraphy triptych or something

annnnnnd first two bugs introduced

I have no Ctrl+Z here though, so I'll just keep on pretty printing

there is absolutely nothing better than the feeling of placing seven closing parens in a row

woop, indenting Lisp is hard - let me have another try at this page tomorrow, I'm calling it a day for tonight

@phoe @thomasfuchs Coding should be called so(u)rcery! You basically cast spells on (silicon) crystals to make “magic” happen.

@remaster @thomasfuchs we basically put lightning inside a rock so we can make it think for us

how non-magical is that

@remaster @phoe and usually it comes with some evil side effect that you don’t yet know about

@thomasfuchs @remaster so does being struck by lightning

programming has its risks yanno

@phoe going to tell my children this is the magna carta etc

@welshpixie @alpacaglitch hey I remember the time when it was me who said these exact same words to you!

hmm what if you "stitched" them together like embroidery, knots? just an idea, it'd be decorative

@epilys yes, there will be extra decoration and illumination once they are done. including some ways of tying them together side by side.

@phoe are you left or right handed? I’m a leftie and I’ve been told it’s basically futile to learn calligraphy because of smearing and nib angle

@warriorstar right handed, and AFAIK it's possible to learn writing calligraphy at a 90° angle with a left hand - at least it was something doable in theory when I tried doing that myself some time ago

@phoe I gotta give it another shot then. Your work is really inspirational!

@warriorstar The way I saw that it's possible to learn doing calligraphy is by flipping the whole piece of paper 90° counterclockwise, at which point the pen nib aligns itself properly for the European calligraphy and the wrist is dragged across the not-yet-written part of the page, therefore avoiding smearing. Instead of writing left to right, top to bottom, you're effectively writing top to bottom, right to left - and it works out in the end.

Pic related, it's my attempt to left-hand some calligraphy. It's ugly, but should convey the general mechanics.

@warriorstar Will be 80% less painful to someone who's actually left-handed. It's a matter of your hand learning the motions associated with doing each letter by repetition and repetition and repetition. Like, it isn't really me who's doing calligraphy, it's my hand with a bit of guidance from my eyes. Your hand can learn that too.

@warriorstar Or, in other words: it likely only looks like a PITA because I'm right-handed. Were I left-handed, I'd probably just keep on doing calligraphy with my left one without being bothered by the rotation as I'd be used to it. :D

@phoe I have been blessed with an unusual ability to read upside down so 90° should be a cake walk 😃

@phoe this is so far one of my favourite somewhat-long-running threads on fedi.

Thank you.

@rysiek @phoe agreed, this makes me happy in a weird way

i wonder what other forms of visual art would work with source code as the subject

@phoe I can't tell if it's cursed or blessed but it's definitely something for an exposition

You ARE truly powerful. I'm an actual trained professional cartoonist, well-acqainted with Speedball "B" and "C" nibs from his youth, and have never in my life been able successfully invoke the Spell Of Halfway-Decent Calligraphy.

I'm lucky that my dialogue/narrative lettering style is passable. Never mind Ye Olde Englishe; I'm thankful I can even letter like Charles M. Schulz.

@phoe ping if you do make something, he'll probably appreciate it. UwU

@aphyr so I made something and I think I am supposed to ping you because @csepp told me to

see the full thread for all photos

@celeste you'll have a chance soon - I'm making this one for the next European Lisp Symposium's charity fundraiser and there will be the original for auction + prints available

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