Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Go look at this article. I'll wait.

Isn't that beautiful? The programmer crafted a view of the surrounding landscape, including the sacred peak of Mt. Fuji, into his HTML code. Only through serious unpacking do the rest of us come to realize the aesthetics of what we would otherwise presume to be a rather soulless, completely functional job.

Back in the Renaissance, there were a group of poets who crafted emblems--basically, secret and purportedly mystical riddles embedded in concrete, visual verse. No stream-of-consciousness involved. No tapping into the emotional seas of self. But a painstaking encoding into poetic "hieroglyphic" of what the poet believed to be a spiritual, metaphysical truth. In fact, the emblematic package was thought to create meaning, to imbue greater significance to the idea coded within. You could make it magic.

Maybe poets today should exchange emblems rather than business cards.


  1. My goodness. As if writing isn't challenging enough. That's amazing, but it seems so daunting.

  2. I took a class in html code and actually this fancy pica-esthetics doesn't surprise me

    Let Catherine keep her wheel. I think you could do something meaningful with parrot feathers

  3. Interesting. I have to admit that I tend to agree with commenter "Chaos" on the page you link to: the code topography doesn't seem to match the horizon topography. So it opens the door to an element of pure randomeness.

    Not quite a tidy, but perhaps a bit more intrigueing...