One of my most prized possessions is The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, the undisputed greatest comic of all time. I defy anyone to name a strip more hilarious, more cohesive, more emblematic of the vicissitudes of life. I’ve read and reread those volumes countless times, and I rank both Calvin and Hobbes as two of the most influential fictional characters in my life. In fact, I once boasted that I knew the strip so well, I could predict the content of each strip’s final panel while only being shown the first two. Incredulous friends would test my ability, and it became a fun game that I’ve since dominated.
But what if I want to play and no one is around? Thankfully, my friend R is always there for me.
Thus, I set out to create a “game” whereby I would be shown a portion of a Calvin and Hobbes comic, and I would have
to guess the ending before time expired. In the end, it was a relatively simple thing to create, thanks to the
magick package. First, I needed to get the comics from somwhere, and I arrived at a Calvin and Hobbes Daily tumblr after
some googling. Tumblr has terrific API docs, so hacking together a function that grabbed and read 10 random comics was a piece of cake:
There are 2318 posts on the tumblr account, and I want 10 random comics each time I “play”.
I then needed to: (1) display the cropped strips, accounting for whether or not it was a Sunday strip; (2) wait for me to guess the final panels; (3) display the full strip to either agony or triumph; and (4) repeat.
There you have it. A bona fide Guess-The-Final-Panel-in-a-Calvin-and-Hobbes-Strip game. Just make sure your RStudio viewer is expanded. And if you’re curious, I just went 4/10. Time for a reread.