The Geometry of Faith

Posted by Scott

I found this a while back and thought today would be as good as any to post it. Happy Holidays!

"As illustrated by this chart from the latest issue of Seed, the star patterns we see in Jewish,  Islamic and Bahai design reflect how simple rules can give rise to complex patterns, such as the Sierpinski Triangle (lower left) and Koch curve (upper right) fractals.  The intrinsic bond between faith and geometry has fascinated religious philosophers for centuries, from Pythagorean mysticism and the Kabbalah to Islamic design and the Gospel of John.  In fact, as we’ll be exploring more in depth on my other site, the word "logos" can be translated both as "word" and "ratio."  Via The Blingdom of God

The New Age of Censorship

Posted by Scott

This was posted over at Monoscope:

"The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has rejected Taxi On the Dark Side’s poster as being “not suitable for all audiences.”
What’s offensive about this image? The detainee in the hood. Well, actually just the hood. An MPAA spokesman said: “We treat all films the same. Ads will be seen by all audiences, including children. If the advertising is not suitable for all audiences it will not be approved by the advertising administration.”
Welcome to the new age of censorship kids, it makes McCarthyism seem almost quaint."

Sickening to say the least. This is a well executed, poignant design and I don’t see how depicting a real world situation in this manner would be offensive to kids.  More like "educational", but of course the MPAA isn’t exactly concerned with educating the youth, perhaps dumbing them down to the point of complete complacency, but certainly not educating.