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Text art pictures created with basic keyboard characters in fixed width fonts. http://asciiartist.com
Curated by Laura Brown
Presentation Notes here: http://blog.sixteencolors.net/2013/08/05/bsideslv2013/ Video from BSidesLV 2013. All videos, with downloads, can be found at this li...
You are looking at a few pages from a late-twelfth-century Bible with quite exceptional fifteenth-century annotations in the lower margin (Pics 1-3). The additions, written in a lighter ink, are an early form of the “rebus”, a manner of writing where pictures represent (part of) words. They are found, for example, in graffiti on medieval walls. The scratched out message in Pic 4, found in the Lidgate Church in Suffolk, is directed at one Lady Catherine - it was decoded in the 1
Drawing with words
These images are not just spectacular to look at, they are also special from a production point of view. The shared feature in all four of them is the manner in which the pictures are formed: with words! The lines that make up the rider and the dachshund are, if you look carefully, tiny scribbly lines of Hebrew. The swan and hare are shaped - filled - with bold ninth-century writing. Cases like this throw our regular distinction of text versus image upside-down: the two can