When a cartoonist landed in L.A. County Jail, she drew what she saw, using only a golf pencil. “In June 2014, I was arrested for violating a court order. I bailed out on July 3. But because I had no money and an overworked public defender, I knew I’d have to serve time for my violation. That’s when my mentor, animator-director Ralph Bakshi, advised me to ‘document my exploits.’ Jailed in the women’s division of the Los Angeles County jail system for two months, I was sent first to Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF) in Lynwood and then to Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles for my final three weeks. Armed with nothing more than a golf pencil and whatever paper I could get my hands on, I drew the strange world into which I’d been dropped.”
Miscellany № 57: ampersand, plus, and _?. The wide variety of ‘and’ signs in use.
The four undramatic plot structures. “The hero is confronted by an antagonistic force and ignores it until it goes away.”
The pilots of Instagram: beautiful views from the cockpit, violating rules of the air. “But taking photos, or using most any electronic device, while piloting a commercial aircraft is prohibited by American and European regulators. Pilots for airlines large and small, flying planes of all sizes, seem to be violating the safety rules, taking photos with their phones as well as GoPro cameras mounted inside the cockpit. Some also appear to be flouting even stricter regulations for takeoff and landing, when not even idle conversation is allowed in the cockpit.”
Is ‘SimCity’ Homelessness a Bug or a Feature?. “Bittanti collected, selected, and transcribed thousands of these messages exchanged by players on publisher Electronic Arts’ official forums, Reddit, and the largest online SimCity community Simtropolis, who experienced and then tried to ‘eradicate’ the phenomenon of homelessness that ‘plagued’ SimCity.”