Yesterday I showed FileFormat’s ɹǝʇɹǝʌuoↃ uʍo◖-ǝpısd∩ ǝpoɔıu∩.
Although the lowercase letters generally looked good,
several of the uppercase letters and numerals were unsatisfactory.
Looking through the Unicode Table site,
I came across the Fraser Lisu alphabet,
which is unfortunately not well supported in most fonts.
The following renders in Hack and Source Code Pro in MacVim,
but not in the Source Code Pro webfont from Google Fonts:
B: ꓭ u+A4ED Lisu Letter Gha
D: ꓷ u+A4F7 Lisu Letter Oe
J: ꓩ u+A4E9 Lisu Letter Fa
K: ꓘ u+A4D8 Lisu Letter Kha
L: ꓶ u+A4F6 Lisu Letter Uh
R: ꓤ u+A4E4 Lisu Letter Za
T: ꓕ u+A4D5 Lisu Letter …continue.
Unicode is so versatile that you can (more or less) invert the Latin alphabet:
ɐqɔpǝɟƃɥıɾʞʃɯuodbɹsʇnʌʍxʎz ∀𐐒Ↄ◖ƎℲ⅁HIſ⋊⅂WᴎOԀΌᴚS⊥∩ᴧMX⅄Z 012Ɛᔭ59Ɫ86
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 0123456789
68Ɫ95ᔭƐ210 Z⅄XMᴧ∩⊥SᴚΌԀOᴎW⅂⋊ſIH⅁ℲƎ◖Ↄ𐐒∀ zʎxʍʌnʇsɹbdouɯʃʞɾıɥƃɟǝpɔqɐ
Obtained via the ɹǝʇɹǝʌuoↃ uʍo◖-ǝpısd∩ ǝpoɔıu∩.
More at Unicode Upside-Down Mapping.
Update: more tomorrow.
Emma is once again at the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival in Tacoma.
It’s a convention of knitters, crocheters,
and practitioners of other fiber arts,
and Emma goes every year.
She takes classes and hangs out with her fellow knitters.
It’s always held over Valentine’s Day Weekend,
so I tease her about preferring knitting to romantic dinners with me.
Title: Thrones, Dominations
Author: Dorothy L. Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Reading period: 4–7 February, 2016
Recently married, Lord Peter Wimsey and the former Harriet Vane
take up residence at their townhouse.
When the beautiful wife of an acquaintance is murdered,
Peter becomes involved in the investigation.
Meanwhile, Harriet is coming to terms with having "married up",
after fending off Peter’s wooing for several years.
Should she continue her career as a mystery novelist,
now that she no longer needs the income,
or do what is expected by some: have babies and give up writing.
All of this is against the …continue.
I don’t watch much television.
One of the few shows that I do watch is MythBusters,
sadly now in its last season.
I watched three old shows tonight,
including one of my all-time favorites,
making a lead balloon.
Taking on the adage "to go down like a lead balloon",
Jamie and Adam set out to prove that it is possible
to make a lead balloon fly.
But it’s not easy.
After prototyping a couple of designs with aluminum foil, they move on to lead foil.
Lead foil is very hard to obtain and it’s much weaker than aluminum foil.
Jamie likens it to working with wet toilet paper,
as it’s so easy to tear.
They prove …continue.
I half-watched team sports twice today.
We got up early to go to an Irish friend’s house,
to eat a full Irish breakfast and watch rugby.
I no longer detest rugby with the virulence that I had growing up,
when I attended a rugby-playing school in Dublin from ages 7 to 18,
but I’m still not interested in the game.
This afternoon, I went to a Chinese New Year’s party,
which doubled as a Superbowl party.
I transferred my feelings about rugby to American football when I moved here.
I have many problems with football culture:
the worship of jocks, rape culture, homophobia, concussion.
Even if all of those could be fixed,
I assembled a couple of adjustable shelving units today.
Trying to count the same number of indentations on all four legs for each level
quickly grew tedious, and I realized that I needed to make a story stick.
I cut a "stick" to the right length
and then I was able to place the stick along the leg
and instantly read where the next pair of snap rings should be placed.
I mentioned this to Emma and she had never heard of story sticks.
Woodworkers have used story sticks for a long time
to build furniture and to get reproducible results.
Instead of writing down a measurement on a sheet …continue.
I’ve driven Car2go a couple of times this week.
On both occasions, while driving through downtown Seattle,
the car announced that I was outside its home area.
Presumably it temporarily lost a signal
and thereby assumed that it was no longer in the home area.
Given the car knew my position and direction just moments before,
and that I was well inside the home area,
any half-way decent algorithm would have concluded
that it was physically impossible for me to be now outside the home area,
and kept its mouth shut.
Title: She Returns From War
Author: Lee Collins
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Angry Robot
Keywords: Dark Fantasy
Reading period: 2–4 February, 2016
In this sequel to The Dead of Winter,
a young lady called Victoria Dawes travels from England to Albuquerque
to seek the aid of Cora Oglesby, the now-retired monster hunter.
The women draw the attention of a Navajo skinwalker and a vampire,
and they spend the book dueling each other.
Under Cora’s sarcastic tough love tutelage,
Miss Dawes grows from a sheltered Victorian lady into a semi-capable fighter.
The interaction of the two main characters was fairly entertaining,
not wholly preposterous, and certainly passed the Bechdel test.
Title: A Presumption of Death
Author: Jill Paton Walsh & Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Reading period: January 30–February 1 2016
England, Spring 1940.
The Phoney War is ending,
millions have been evacuated from the cities to the countryside,
military bases have sprung up everywhere,
and everything is topsy turvy.
Lord Peter Wimsey and Bunter are abroad somewhere on a secret mission,
while Lady Peter—the former Harriet Vane—minds a brood of children
at their country house in Hertfordshire.
A Land Girl is murdered in the village of Paggleham,
and the local police superintendent enlists Harriet’s aid in solving the murder.
A Presumption of Death …continue.