A few cartoons to smile and marvel at
Today there is a series of picture jokes from an ambitious amateur artist, some of which contain hidden messages. I also present two paintings by a professional artist.
If you have your calendar and a red pen at hand right now, you should mark April 18, 2021. That’s when Elonka Dunin and I will be giving an online talk on “More Famous and Not-So-Famous Unsolved Codes.” The presenter will be Cipherbrain reader Jerry McCarthy.
This presentation is organized by “The National Museum of Computing” (TNMOC) in Bletchley Park. It is, of course, a great honor for me to be able to present at such a historically significant location (albeit only virtually due to Corona).
Barely two weeks earlier, on April 7, 2021, Dermot Turing, nephew of the legendary Alan Turing, will be at the same venue.
Roberto Freire’s paintings
Elonka and I’s talk is, of course, also intended as a promotional effort for our joint book, Codebreaking: A Practical Guide.
This work contains some picture jokes drawn by me, to which I will return in a moment. But before that, because it fits so well, I want to present two other funny drawings. They are by the quick-draw artist Roberto Freire, who – unlike me – is a professional in this field.
Roberto drew me for the first time two years ago on the occasion of the cryptovision Mindshare. This is what the result looked like:
As you can see, Roberto showed cryptographic know-how at that time. In fact, he put a copy of the Kama Sutra in my hand – a book about the art of love that also mentions encryption (what lover could do without this art).
This painting has been hanging at my workplace ever since. I regularly ignore colleagues’ comments that the person depicted looks like Vladimir Putin.
In December 2020, I again had the pleasure of being drawn by Roberto Freire. My employer cryptovision had given each employee a Freire picture for Christmas. After the gobjects in my hand had already fit very well the first time, I made sure they fit even better on the second try. So Roberto drew me with a cipher cylinder in one and a copy of my codebreaking book in the other. The result was a painting of outstanding artistic quality:
Will a reader find the misprint in this otherwise perfect work?
My picture jokes
While it’s hard to transition from these two masterpieces to my more average picture jokes, I’ll do it anyway. Each chapter in my codebreaking book begins with one of these. Since four chapters are available as a reading sample on Amazon, you’ll also find four of the cartoons there (there’s a coded message hidden in two of them). Exactly these four can be seen in the following:
There are four more picture jokes that I drew for the book but ended up not including due to lack of space or other reasons. I don’t want to deprive my readers of these cartoons either (there is a hidden message in the very first one):
In my book “Cryptography – Methods, Protocols, Infrastructures” there are also cartoons, for example this one:
I hope my readers enjoyed this picture joke review a bit. If you want to see more, you’ll have to buy the book. By the way, its focus is not on the cartoons, but on code breaking. And for those who don’t know, my cartoon book “Chief Security Officer” is also still available.
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