Category Archives: art

Someone Arabick’d my rent

Don’t know why, but when I got my monthly rent mony from the credit union, three of the bills had some Arabic on it:

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Incorrect book cover art is nothing new

A commenter1 on the Awful Library Books blog once pointed out that a certain print-on-demand publisher of old public domain books had published a classical book, I think it was Wuthering Heights, with a picture of a bicycle on the cover. This was evident nonsense to them since bicycles had nothing to do with the story. I am taking their word for it since I haven’t read that novel.

However, in browzing Project Gutenberg for material to read, I ran across two Horatio Alger books that exhibited the same problem. Yes I read those. Someday I will get a grand spreadsheet together to exhibit just how formulaic they are. Anyway…

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Personal ugly mony

While possibly not the first, unquestionably the biggest collection online of artistically1 defaced mony is the “ugly money” page at Johnny Burritoe, seen here.

I turned up some of my own by accident when I was given the below as change sometime recently.

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A Super Serial Card box

Apple Computer, back in the Apple ii days, made an add-in card tituled, “Super Serial Card”. I found a box that one came in and scanned the cover to display this awesome commercial art from the 70s/80s:

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What can we see here? Well, other than the fun old days of Apple Computer, before they turned all stiff and shiny, we have:

  1. Someone in a biology lab plotting two series of data
  2. Some music in front of what looks like the Moon
  3. Some chess pieces
  4. Programming in BASIC
  5. A safe dial (Did Apple computers control ATMs or something?)
  6. Bob Ross balancing his checkbook
  7. Three students (one of whom is very bored) playing a math game with a portable TV

As an aside, while Apples of this vintage could come with monitors, most of the time they were hooked to TVs (note the dials on #1’s display).

The math game #7 shows is off: The first problem has a double digit addend and a single digit addend and somehow comes up with with a… single digit answer.

Finally, they (Apple) somehow managed to get their FCC ID to actually say “SUPERSER”! I have no idea if that was a special dispensation, or if somehow they were able to request that, or what. Usually they are just randomized digits.

The TORRID zone

In very old Earth science, the tropical or equatorial area of the Earth was named the “torrid zone”. Evidently Aristotle was responsible for this, if WikipediA is to be believed. Supposedly the heat would be so severe it would be impossible for humans to live there.

Consequently, the Lennox company used the name “The Torrid Zone” for its brand of… air conditioner.

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