Chinese anagram: Jon Bon Jovi

April 30, 2011

Jon Bon Jovi

Benedict, the Pope

April 19, 2010

After all the atheist and Darwinist stuff I’ve posted lately, it’s time for a little balance.

A Chinese anagram.

Smart guy

April 5, 2010

A Chinese anagram.

Atheist Ethicist

March 27, 2010

The name of Alonzo Fyfe‘s blog makes for a very natural Chinese anagram.

Saint Louis

March 27, 2010

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: