Found this on Patrick’s twitter, this makes me really, really happy.
The visual linguistics of a comic book page
People who read the English written word scan text from left to right. Once our eyes hit the end of the page, we stop. Then ding!, like an old-time typewriter, our eyes shift downward and snap back to the left to start reading the next line. This is known as a “Z-path,” as our eyes whip about like the end of Zorro’s sword.
But that linear track gets derailed in comics with complex layouts and Cohn wanted to know if experienced readers had strategies to follow along.
Cohn rustled up 145 participants at the 2004 Comic-Con International, a comic book convention held in San Diego. Participants had varying experience with reading comics, ranging from “never” to “often.”
Each participant was given a booklet containing 12 pages of blank panels. Each page was independent of the rest and used different design techniques.
BIG NEWS: The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that human genes cannot be patented. This means previous U.S. patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which cause breast cancer when mutated, will be discarded, and diagnostic tests will become cheaper and more accessible. However the court ruled that synthetic DNA sequences could potentially be patented.
Read more: http://bit.ly/196Q6QK via The Scientist
plato’s allegory about the cave with the shadows but all the shadows are that shitty rabbit you can make with your hands
People try to tell me that Superman is simple and naive. They try to suggest to me that Batman’s more psychologically complex stories are where adults REALLY gravitate. And in many cases, they do.
But I actually do think that Batman represents a certain type of naievete. Batman is about trying to CONTROL your environment. He believes that he can STOP bad things from happening. He is forever an 8 year old boy, holding his dying parents in his arms and thinking he can stop this from ever happening again. Batman hopes to eliminate criminals from his world entirely. With his fists.
Superman, for me, has an acceptance that bad things WILL always happen. In many versions, he comes to terms very early in life with the fact that despite his immense power, he cannot stop bad things from happening. That his goal as a hero cannot be to stop bad things from happening, but instead should be about using his gifts to help those in need when the time comes. Sometimes, yes, he can stop a bullet. But he cannot eradicate the darkness that would convince a man to fire it in the first place.
One is about fighting against the dire currents of life, one is about accepting them and trying to make the ride as comfortable as possible. There is maturity and wisdom in acceptance."
The House just passed my bipartisan Obamacare repeal bill.
(Oh, and welcome to my new Tumblr!)
Important milestone alert: the very first spat between members of Congress on Tumblr.
(“Apparently, Takano is also the sponsor of H.R. 745213, a Bill to Resolve All House Disputes in the Tumblr Forum.” - h/t markcoatney.com)
When he tweeted that “he’s pretending he’s dead, no big deal”, I misread it as “pretending he’s death” at first and went with it ;)
my hobbies include lip syncing to fall out boy crying while listening to fall out boy watching fall out boy interviews and talking about fall out boy non stop
when youre near a concert youre going to and you can literally spot who is going to the concert or not from like their hair or something it’s literally like spot the emo kids