Puzzle 3 – Animals

I’m playing with creating these using digital means, but I am still struggling to find a program to allow me to fill in the blanks on the screen. So It’s still a printout thing.

Zebra
Camel
Tiger
Cat
Dog
Lizard
Rabbit
Frog
Squirrel
Owl
Bat
Bird
Penguin
Snake
Lion
Cow
Horse
Pig
Sheep
Buffalo
Bear
Coyote
Roadrunner
Crocodile

Shark
Fish
Jellyfish
Lobster
Dinosaur
Chicken
Panda
Human
Moose
Elephant
Mammoth
Reindeer
Dove
Clam
Seagull
Turtle
Wolf
Goat
Alpaca
Llama
Bobcat
Racoon
Beaver
Ferret

Armadillo
Skunk
Kangaroo
Koala
Ostrich
Porcupine
Rhino
Spider
Ant
Ladybug
Butterfly
Worm
Bee
Giraffe
Hippo
Monkey
Gorilla
Deer
Whale
Dolphin
Octopus
Starfish
Seahorse
Walrus

Puzzle 2 – Brands

This is many of the brand names that I can see in the office at work.

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I thought this made a good point about how inundated we are with brands on a daily basis.

  • Adobe
  • Bookingcom
  • Canon
  • Choice
  • CokaCola
  • ColonialWilliamsburg
  • ComfortInn
  • Costco
  • Dell
  • Dominos
  • Expedia
  • Google
  • Hammermill
  • HolidayInn
  • Intel
  • LAFitness
  • MarketWax
  • Mitel
  • OfficeImpressions
  • Onity
  • OtisSpunkmeyer
  • Panasonic
  • QualityPark
  • Samsung
  • SilentKnight
  • Snuggle
  • Snyders
  • Sterlite
  • Tide
  • Toshiba
  • TripAdvisor
  • VictoriasSecret
  • Windows
  • Xacto
  • YellowCab
  • Ziploc

Knotwork

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I decided to do some doodling. I love knotwork because it is very formulaic, which works well with my OCD mind. I am fascinated by seeing how the choices I make in the initial layout change the pattern of knots. Specifically I enjoy following an individual line in a full circle, it’s interesting to see where it ended up.

In this one I made a small error in the initial layout that made it so that the final colors were not symmetrical. But I thought I would finish and post it anyway. I will probably post more of these later.

Snacirema

I realize that I have been covering a lot of really heavy topics lately so I would like to focus on something a little lighter. I thought I would introduce you to a culture known as the Snacirema.

This group of people live in large communities, but only socialize within a close circle.

They tend to be very ethno-centric (they believe that their culture is the best in the world.)

Most exchanges for goods are marked by the ritual passing of a small token back and forth. The original owner of the token takes it, and all goods exchanged.

Parents spend very little time with their children. Most are sent away during the day, while the parents take care of their responsibilities.

Curiously, people are kept deliberately unhappy with themselves and on a constant quest for improvement.

People in this culture spend a lot of energy learning about and following the lives of people that they do not know and will never meet. A great deal of energy is put into following people and events that do not have impact on them or the world.

It would be highly interesting to me to find out what readers think of this culture and the people in it.

And then…read the name backwards.

I do not take credit for this clever idea. My teacher Joaquin Martinez did this activity with the class when I was in 7th grade, and I thought it was pretty clever. Thank you Mr. Martinez!

If anyone has any advice on how this surprise can work better, please let me know in the comments. It is very hard to predict people’s thought patterns.