Monthly Archives: January 2015

Bestiary: Medusa

Medusa is a figure from Greek legend, like the Minotaur. The actual content of the legend changes, as legends do, but she is usually a Gorgon, a monster, with snakes for hair who turns people to stone by looking at them. … Continue reading

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17th century Dutch Newspapers

I came across this project a few weeks ago: transcribing historical newspapers. It turns out that digitising old newspapers by running them through OCR software does not always work as intended. Of course, there is the difficulty of the font used … Continue reading

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Bestiary: Kraken

The Kraken is a mythological creature that is said to live in the northern seas, attacking ships and drowning sailors. It’s usually some form of giant octopus, using its arms to pull ships and people down into the depths. There … Continue reading

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Bestiary: Bat

The Bat is, like the Grimpoteuthis, an actual creature. It appeared in Medieval bestiaries in various degrees of accuracy, and is sometimes classified as bird. I assume that is because it flies. I took some artistic liberties, as most bats … Continue reading

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Bestiary: Yeti

The Yeti is, like the Chupacabra, a more recent addition to my bestiary. It is said to be a large humanoid creature that lives in the Himalayas. A lot of people have gone out to try to find it, but no … Continue reading

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