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Day December 3, 2008

Forest Vignettes

Today’s image tests a concept in which I’m interested. Some may call it cleverness or calculated trickery. I look at it as the most elegant way to state my case.

Speaking of vignettes, let me share something I composed during a recent search for a missing boot!

Wasting no time, the tall man sprang atop a nearby table, overturning crockery and drawing frustrated looks from the seated guests.

“Hold!” he cried. “Do not eat! I fear… we have just consumed the scurvy!”

Yells and shouts of consternation rose from around the room. Attendees dropped their utensils and glared at them minutely — as if suddenly burned by the polished metal. A stout man with a great beard rose angrily to address the source of the ominous warning.

The scurvy! Do you claim we are poisoned, sir?”

“Indeed,” the tall man answered gravely, “we are surely now within its power.

Do you see what reading the books of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will do to a man? Do you?

Bookmarks for December 3rd

  • The Matchbox Project – Each week, a decorated matchbox with a tiny present hidden inside is left by a girl (and sometimes willing friends) somewhere in her travels.
  • 741.5 Comics – Five-Card Nancy – Now you can play 5-card Nancy in your web browser. Share the best ones!
  • 5-Card Nancy – Scott McCloud outlines a game based on atomic pieces of brilliant sequential art (the panels from the cartoon “Nancy” by Ernie Bushmiller). Looks fun!
  • John Cleese Podcast – The speech Cleese gave to the National Radio Conference in Sydney, Australia is rumored to be excellent (it’s broken into 4 parts — podcast #24 to podcast #27). A further wealth of such moments is suggested by the summaries for the other shows — particularly the “Back to School” and “The Brain Explained”.

P.S. – My favorite 5-card Nancy sequence (thus far!) originates from anazgnos on MetaFilter: The Nancy Murders