The number of the beast

February 27, 2010

Two ways of writing the number of the beast. Upright, it reads χξϛ, which is 666 in old-fashioned Greek numerals. Inverted, it reads “Six 3,” also suggesting 666.

Insect metamorphosis: a four-way Chinese anagram

February 25, 2010

For ambigrams based on reflection and rotation, natural word choices include mirror, symmetryleft/right, up/dn, etc. With Chinese anagrams, though, different words are formed by rearranging the same components, and especially appropriate word sets would be those that reflect that idea. Insect metamorphosis — the seemingly impossible process by which the constituent parts of a mealworm or caterpillar are reassembled into a beetle or butterfly — is what came to mind. First I created a Chinese anagram of larva/pupa, which was an obvious and easy one. Then I realized that with a few modifications I could add adult to the mix — and then I noticed that, by pure serendipity, I could get egg as well with no re-working of the couch!*

So here it is — the complete holometabolic cycle visualized as a Chinese anagram:

Chemistry is another field with some very appropriate subject matter for Chinese anagrams — phases of matter, chemical reactions, that sort of thing. And of course there’s always Ovid.


February 23, 2010

Ares and Mars are the Greek and Roman gods of war.

And what can you expect to get from these two gods? That’s right:

Chinese Kufesque

February 23, 2010

This was inspired by Nagfa’s romanized kufic designs, but in this case it’s sinicized.

The text is the opening sentence of the Tao Te Ching: 道可道非常道 — “The Way that can be walked is not the eternal Way.”


February 23, 2010


February 23, 2010

Ape is the Italian word for “bee.”


February 23, 2010


February 23, 2010

Designed by request, for someone who wants it as a tattoo.


February 23, 2010

The Gemini.


February 23, 2010

The Italian words for “head” and “tail.”