Internet: It’s Complicated

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There is a problem with the internet.  It has forgotten its roots.  It has forgotten HTML.  It has forgotten LaTeX. It has forgotten WordPerfect.  It has forgotten television.  It has forgotten radio.  It has forgotten film.  It has forgotten phonographs.  It has forgotten photographs.  It has forgotten the Gutenberg Press.  It has forgotten the Alphabet.  It has forgotten Arabic Numerals.  It has forgotten Hieroglyphics.  It has forgotten music.  It has forgotten speech.

The internet is fascinated with digital waveforms.  They don’t realize that digital waveforms are phenomenally primitive.  As a consequence the internet is phenomenally complicated.  We have a whole generation trying to use metaphors of analog media equipment represented on digital media equipment.  It is complete crap and it does not occur to anyone.  Word processors are crap.  Spreadsheets are crap.  Presentations are crap.  Vector Graphics are crap.  Audios are crap.  Videos are crap.  Their formats and editors are crap.  Complex useless crap that many people are making a good living making more complicated to guarantee their meal tickets and they don’t even know it.  They use words like “organic”, “innovative”, “2.0”, “web”, “village”, “technology”, “entertainment”, “design”, “thinking”, “visual”, “global”, “climate”, “change”, “open”, “source”, “search”, “apple”, “i”, “my”, “face”, “google”, “twit”, “social”, “network”, “pirate”.  They hire lots of “numerati”, “literati”, “vidirati”, “audirati”, “timerati”, “grapherati”.  The words are meaningless and the people don’t know their assholes from first base.  They measure their credibility by their credit rating.

You ask them a “Simple” question and you get the “Complex” answer.  They don’t hear the question and don’t speak the answer.

They are shotgun happy pretending to be rifle sad.

Simplicity eats when it is hungry, sleeps when it is tired, doesn’t work or play.  Simplicity never leaves and never arrives.  Simplicity neither asks nor tells the time.  Simplicity is the crooked path that is the shortest distance.  Simplicity is periodic and chaotic.  Simplicity folows but has no leaders; leads but has no followers.

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The World Doesn’t Need The United States

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Canadians are the United States closest bad weather friend.  When Pearl Harbor was attacked Canada declared war on Japan before the United States did.  Right now it is time for a bad weather friend to give some harsh advice.

I have been talking with Americans for years.  I have worked in the United States for five years.  And I am certain of one thing.  The Amercian people have taken advantage of the entire world taking every resource there is and giving back next to nothing and now that they are in trouble they are declaring that the world needs them.  They are so afraid to face that fact that the world doesn’t need them, they are willing to make threats of violence even nuclear attack.  I am not talking about Barack Obama.  I am talking about the American on the street.  And that is the true American mentality.

Everywhere I went in the United States and dealt with Americans there was one predominant way of thought.  They did not consider themselves important for helping the world, they considered themselves important because they felt they had the biggest stick.  I never went anywhere in the world where a people were so arrogant as to talk lightly about attacking any nation that did not please them.  Americans have told me they could invade Canada or nuke other countries if they were allowed to suffer hardship.  That is state to state terrorism and you would never win the ground war my American friends.

The United States is like a fat unemployed husband whose wife works and cares for the home and when she attempts to stand up for her rights he beats her.  Now the husband has pissed away all their money on entertainment and when the wife declares she wants a divorce he beats her or threatens to beat her.  The Obama presidency is like the abusive husband’s attempt to be nice until he is able to return to his old ways.  Barack Obama is what little remains of the American conscience and he has only eight years endurance.

If the United States fails economically the world will go through the throws of having left an abusive marriage.  We will have to seek a new home.  We will have to get a new job.  We may even have to evade the abusive ex-husband’s attempts to find us.  But perhaps for ourselves and our children the hardship will be worth it.

Think about it America, we don’t need you.  And you can go down alone.  That is the worst case scenario and it can happen.

Perhaps the United States has to hit bottom before it will reform.

Atheism: The Reason Project

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The Reason Project will soon be a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. The Reason Project will draw on the talents of prominent and creative thinkers in a wide range of disciplines — science, law, literature, entertainment, information technology, etc. — to encourage critical thinking and wise public policy. It will convene conferences, produce films, sponsor scientific research and opinion polls, award grants to other non-profit organizations, and offer material support to religious dissidents and public intellectuals — all with the purpose of eroding the influence of dogmatism, superstition, and bigotry in our world. The Reason Project was founded by Sam Harris and Annaka Harris.

Ambigrams

An ambigram, also known as an inversion, is a graphical figure that spells out a word not only in its form as presented, but also in another direction or orientation. This is typically when viewed as a mirror-image or when rotated through 180 degrees. The word usually is not a palindrome, although it may be. Sometimes the word spelled out from the alternate direction may be a different one, but for mirror-image ambigrams the canonical form spells out the same word.

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Ambigrams in their modern form are a conception of John Langdon who compiled his work in his 1992 book Wordplay.

However, ambigrams were made famous through Dan Brown’s novel Angels & Demons.

I first came across the following ambigram in a copy of Omni magazine in the early 1980s

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Here is the same ambigram upside down:

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and found them to be a great mental excercise. Langdon discusses his technique in his article “Typographic Dopplegangers”.

This is the most famous commercial ambigram in Canada:

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Voice of Amercia also uses an ambigram for its logo:

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Here is a hastily drawn ambigram of my first name:

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The most awesome piece of name ambigram software is at Ambrigram.com’s Flipscript Designer

I also recommend a very good ambigram blog Ambigrams by Nagfa from one of my favorite countries, Singapore. Ambigram artists from all over the world contribute to this blog to share ideas and compete. I consider it the best of all the sites I have found.  Here is one they graciously did for me:

This is another artform Nagfa does:

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An ambigram tutorial can be found at Ambigrams.net

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Another ambigram site that has increased in popularity is Wow Tattoos.  This is the site of Mark Palmer who has made a career of ambigram tattoos such as the “singularity” tattoo above.

I came across this bilingual Chinese English ambigram at David Moser’s Chinese Ambigram Site

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Here’s something really innovative by ambigram artist Amafirlian on flicker (available in many sizes) called “fire”:

I just found this elegant ambigram below by Tiffany Harvey who does custom work through her site WordIllusion.com

Here’s a nice example of the name “Karen” from Ambigraphix:

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“AS YOU WISH”, here’s an ambigram that will keep on giving to the ladies in your life (click on the image to go to amazon.com, no catch):

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And in closing I found this at The Roman Empire Blog:

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I recommend playing with ambigrams yourself to increase your mental flexibility.

I also add to this collection every month or so.  Please drop in again sometime.

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