Published April 12, 2013
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Pixel art, linguistics, and more!

Word of the Week

Resistentialist (noun)- A person who believes the theory that inanimate objects are out to get you, causing problems in your daily life.

Tom became a RESISTENTIALIST one day when he lost his favorite socks, found his keys hiding behind his bed and had his only pen stop working during a test.


Reporter Recommends Pixel Art

In class, you’ll find me doing one of the following: paying attention or doodling. There’s just something gratifying about the no-rules-bar drawing mood. This is a part of the reason why I have been so drawn to pixel art.

Having played all kinds of games from the 8 and 16 bit eras, pixel art has become my new doodling obsession. Starting off by recreating simple sprites from games, I quickly transitioned into drafting my own unique characters, logos and surreal artwork. Just like other art forms, there are always new techniques and complicated approaches to your designs.

The best part: pixel art can be created from a variety of applications. From simple programs like MS Paint to online tools like piq.com to even Photoshop, it’s an accessible art style that is fulfilling as it is boundless.

Trust me, give it a go. You might find yourself tooling around with your bizarre creations at 3 a.m.


Comic

Corinne Newbegin

Quote of the Week

“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few. ” —Shunryu Suzuki


Haiku

Quarter system woes.
Will I be able to sleep
During semesters?


Stream of Facts

Bananas as we know them today originated from a strain that was discovered in 1836 by Jean Francois Poujot. Noticing the yellow fruit growing from one of his trees, Poujet quickly found that, due to their sweetness, these bananas didn’t require cooking before consumption. Before that point, red or green bananas (now known as plantains) were not the FASTEST food to enjoy, as they needed to be cooked prior to being eaten.

According to the Guinness World Records, the FASTEST bathroom was created in Milan, Italy and traveled at about 42 miles per hour. Called the “Bog Standard,” the toilet was a makeshift bath set fitted on top of a motorcycle and side car. The “Standard” consisted of a bathtub, sink and LAUNDRY bin.

The word LAUNDRY has a winding etymology. The phrase as we know it today derives first from the Old English word lavendrye, which in turn originates from the French word lavanderie. The root meaning is from the Latin PHRASE lavō which means to wash.

A pidgin is a simplistic form of communication that is established in the absence of a common language between groups of people. Specific PHRASES to denote tenses, a lack of tonality and uncomplicated clause structures are qualities of a PIDGIN.

Once a PIDGIN is learned by a generation of children and becomes the main language of a community, it becomes a creole. With unique grammatical structures, creoles are as functional as other languages that exist today.

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