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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!

@phoe
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

@phoe
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 aphyr@woof.group 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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