As the alphabet develops in the replies, it loses some of the creepiness and gains something else. Not friendliness exactly, but.... not sure. Something.
I think the first ladder E is creepy partly because it's unexpected, and is placed among normal letters. It's a cuckoo, an interloper, alien.
Others have pointed out similarities with some machine learning outputs. I was reminded of the spooky, spidery lettering from fashion GANs, e.g. check out what happens to the text "bisou" and "100% love machine" in  taken from .
But others letters are made the same way, a bit like the font in the article. So, less creepy, I guess.
It has the same vibe than this novelty facemask, if you wore several of them: http://www.naijanetwork.com/uploads/imageupload/997/FLM4TP8P...
If you could put the word "caterpillar" in a cocoon and hatch a real butterfly from it, these letters are what it would look like if someone cut the cocoon open too early.
The letters are deeply rooted in our interpretation of the world, so when those symbols are distorted, it is a distortion of the whole world itself. I bet it's mostly only native users of the alphabet who are affected like this. Someone who uses it as a second language, e.g. a japanese person, probably doesn't get the same feeling
Maybe it's linked to trypophobia.
IDK if it caused prior knowledge that there will be something "unsettling" I got from HN title ("Unsettling capital letters"; impossible to rule out now). I'm pretty sure it induced similarly disturbing feelings I got when I saw photos of bones affected by cancer for the first time. (Do not search for them, or be warned; I normally have no problems with such imagery, but this particular views haunts me to this days and I'd better like to have never seen them.)
According to sleep research, you have to dream of those to lessen the emotional load associated with them, so go and have a couple of bone cancer nightmares.
Frank Lloyd Wright's lettering (apropos since we live a couple miles from his home/studio in Oak Park), incidentally often doubled or tripled the crossbars on A and H (but not, I would note, E). Being in FLW territory, we see a lot of the Eaglefeather typeface based on his lettering  but I doubt that my son was inspired by that (but then again, since he was three, he has declared his intention to become and architect).
I’d really like to understand better how it is that we can decipher language so well. At least, it seems like we’re good at it. Why can I read that font or that calligraphy? It’s almost an abomination, haha. Yet my brain troops on, parsing and processing, turning those squiggles back into what it knows.
Truly fascinating stuff. I also enjoy the back story here. Exploring written language as a kid was a lot of fun. I settled on a strange way of writing, not much unlike the runes on the inside of the ring in the LOTR movies, and it was entirely arbitrary and almost an artistic decision. Totally impractical. I still write like that to this day.
> Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
I think that paragraph oversimplifies. (For example, splitting up the gh in "rghit" or the tt in "ltteers" would make them much harder to scan.) But clearly what it's getting at is true, that there are certain details of words and letters that we tend to focus on, and we can ignore quite a lot of noise as long as those details are in place.
It's also nearly impossible to read longer words so I doubt it. e.g. Cigdrbame Uietisrnvy is nearly impossible to read.
Sounds like a Welsh-Russian couple ...
I found myself identifying the letters by focusing on the four corners / extremities of the letters.
Another responder mentioned the infamous Cambridge study. My Layman's take would be that the patterns are recognizable enough that the pattern-matching portion of verbal cognition can still associate them properly without conscious thought. And any "misses" are filled in or trained by contextual clues.
Meet 'multi-ocular o'. This is the fever-dream of some 15th-century Russian scribe. He was writing about 'many-eyed seraphim', and decided that no ordinary O could do justice to them. Somehow, his doodle found its way into unicode.
For the more sedate eye-lovers, there is also Ꙩ (monocular o), and Ꙫ (binocular o)
Page 46 (Figure 42): http://std.dkuug.dk/jtc1/sc2/wg2/docs/n3194.pdf
And it shows that, at least for now, machine learning isn't going to make humans obsolete.
I mean, children in school don't learn to write by copying printed letters out of a book either, instead they're shown the individual strokes and their direction step by step.
To be fair, this was for April's fools, he probably did not intend to get something actually usable (as far as upperercase letters can be usable) .
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=26667852 (167 comments)
> I trained the network using a home-grown (why??) GPUbased package that I wrote for Red i removal with artificial
retina networks —an example of “lowercase i artificial intelligence”—and have improved as I repurposed it for
other projects, such as Color- and piece-blind chess . It is “tried and true” in the sense that “every time I tried
using it, I truly wanted to throw my computer out the window, and retire to a hermitage in the glade whenceforth I
shall nevermore be haunted by a model which has overnight become a sea of infs and NaNs.”
On the other end, may I present Russian cursive: https://www.boredpanda.com/russian-cursive/
I still prefer "The five boxing wizards jump quickly".
Also the is the first time I have heard of a “pangram”.
This also reminds me of another form of the lesser/greater/greatest joke: Wowoman Pokemon:
It's not a general purpose device - which is OK with me - no need to be distracted by games or web browsing.
If you don't care about linux or privacy, the kindle is way cheaper, and most any tablet with apps has more general utility.
I mainly wanted an ebook reader with a big e-ink screen.
What I found was more than I expected -- you can scribble or highlight your PDF files. The paper/writing part is pretty fun. Write in the margins. I've found myself drawing/sketching for no reason.
Another motivation was openness. You are not forced to use their cloud service or run an app.
In fact, they provide the root password and you can ssh into it. Out-of-the-box you are into-the-box.
It's linux-based, and people have written modifications for it.
I've deliberately modified my handwriting a few times in my life, like many people. In my teens it was an expression of character. Later in life, I did a master's degree that required many written exams over several years, and I found i was getting hand pain and cramping from writing so much for so long, over 2 hours for example. After some Googling, I turned to itallic writing (I'm right handed), where all strokes are of the form //////. It made a huge difference and I stuck with it.
Thinking about it, in the past decade or two, I haven't ever written much more than my signature. Maybe in the future writing will only be done for pleasure, like listening to vinyl.
(This is Japanese hiragana. The original letters are written below for comparison.)
I don't remember for sure, but I think I thought of it as an EEEEEEEE.
Or you could just write like my grandma, nobody can read her writing. I'm still trying to decode her letters.
I've often felt that getting learners to ask "What if" rather than "Why" leads to a much more fun and fulfilling experience while covering the same content.
We have that rule because internet users are overwhelmingly too lax about posting such claims, which are almost all based on imagination. That's poisonous for discourse here. Real astroturfing is a different story, of course, which is why the guidelines ask you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you might be seeing that. The point is that there needs to be some data or evidence—some shred of something objective—to go on. That rules out 99.9% of these cheap internet swipes.
There are zillions of past explanations going back many years if anyone wants to have a look: https://hn.algolia.com/?sort=byDate&dateRange=all&type=comme....
Edit: considering that the majority of your recent comments are like these:
... it's clear that this account is abusing HN and I've banned it. Please don't create accounts to do that with.
I'd love an explanation of this...
Although I'm not sure the CCP's tentacles extend to crafting funky new fonts.
Okay, this page is mostly just a bit of fun. But there's seriousness behind it.
I'm very glad you're not the gatekeeper of what's here and what isn't.
Nobody is saying that. HN content typically caters to a prticular kind of geeky intellectual curiosity - that I think often has broader interests than you're giving it credit for.
As someone else pointed out this post would fit nicely into Douglas Hoftadter's Metamagical Themas - a book with impeccable geek credentials.