Thursday, September 07, 2006

Small scale calligraphy

With that microscope, I can now get preposterously high resolution images of small objects. The characters you see below are all less than 6 mm in height. If you look closely enough you can actually see the paper’s fibrous texture.

The advantage of writing at such small scales is that the pencil strokes’ thickness variations are comparable to the character’s size, just like writing with a brush. By controlling the force exerted on the graphite tip, the characters can be given some…erm…character.

The following characters (except for the last two) are from various people’s names.

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Blogger Wuching said...

i think i see part of my name in one of the characters

9:42 am, September 07, 2006  
Blogger Lao Chen said...

You think?
It's probably one of the first two, hou or hang. The next three are girly names, all of them essentially pointing towards beauty. And the last two are 'nine' and 'hundred' respectively.

10:01 am, September 07, 2006  
Blogger Dr. Tan said...

I can't think of anyone who goes by 'qing except for that Jane who visits my blog.

How about the other 2 lis?

10:33 am, September 07, 2006  
Blogger Lao Chen said...

qian4 is from Melbourne, don't think you'll know her.

The first li is our cousin/ aunt. She visits this page now and then.

The second li is the journalist, who reads us consistently.

12:41 pm, September 07, 2006  
Blogger 小李飞刀 said...

Wah.. you write my name better than I do. Clap..clap...

By the way, the malat president has a, the bandwagon continues...

1:35 pm, September 07, 2006  
Blogger Lao Chen said...

Write smaller. They you can get observable variations in stroke thickness.

But then, you'll need a microscope...

Yes, the bandwagon is indeed a powerful tool. Observe the number of people 'mourning' Irwin.

11:55 pm, September 07, 2006  
Blogger ChinoDevean said...


Our beloved ex-prez is ths LAST person in this world that I think would have a web log. Seems like a photoblog so far..

7:20 am, September 08, 2006  
Blogger shifty said...

lol. damn right brudder but mine has a 'ren' next to the 'li'. or so my mum says :)

9:31 am, September 08, 2006  
Blogger Lao Chen said...

Chino Devean:
So you see, the bandwagon consumes all in its path. And even some of the surrounding scenery not in its path. Such as Simon CSW...

What's 'damn right', sistah? Drat i feel silly.

That is your name lah, third character from the bottom. 俪

11:47 am, September 08, 2006  
Blogger shifty said...

lol. damn right that's my 'li'.

and to point out the very fact that that IS my name, i feel more like a banana than ever before.

8:01 am, September 09, 2006  

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