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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So the key question, I think, is: did you get into ambigrams via Dan Brown or Douglas Hofstadter? (or neither) :-)
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Zlurpo Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I first got into them in my first ever art class, when I was 12 (13 years ago). My art teacher described them and had us all try to do our own names.
Years later, when reading Da Vinci code, I read about how 'computers had tried to come up with a way to make ambigrams and failed' which seemed like total crap to me so I started making more.
Some of them I like and some I really don't...
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GregStevens Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, a lot of Dan Brown's claims are total crap, but no need to delve into that... (LOL)

Doug Hofstadter is also obsessed with symmetry, recursion, and patterns in language (as well as in art and music). He has a book, called "Metamagical Themas", with chapters on things like: a story composed entirely of self-referential sentences; a dialogue that is the same when read both backward and forward (line-by-line, that is, not letter-by-letter); a collection of variations on sentences that contradict themselves; and so on. If you like "clever" stuff like that, you should check it out.
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Zlurpo Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good deal, thanks.
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