I have settled on a logo for Geekemeritus.com. It is the Nyansapo (pronounced: knee-in-say-bow), a West African symbol that seems to capture what we want to do here. It is also called the ‘wisdom knot’. In that culture it represents the following characteristics which are core to a modern geek.
- Broad knowledge
- The abilities to apply one’s knowledge and experience to practical situations
- The idea that a wise person has the capacity to choose the ideal path towards achieving a goal.
- Wisdom and intelligence
- Patience and humility
It will be added to the website identity over the next week or so, and will be modified somewhat. (I don’t like the current colors.)
My dad was a multipotentialite. Don’t know what that is? Neither did I. But when I recently learned about multipotentiality I knew I found a term that described him. Multipotentiality has only become a thing in the past ten years. It describes people whose interests cannot be confined to a single activity and it accurately describes my dad.
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This beautiful diagram is best definition I have found those of us who are more complex than ordinary folk. Not entirely complementary, but accurate.
If a picture is 1,000 words, then a well-crafted diagram is 10 times that.
In November, 2010 BBC Four aired a 6 part series titled “The Beauty of Diagrams”. In the series, beginning with the Vitruvian Man, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy explains how and why pictures really do serve a thousand or more words. It is currently available on BBC’s iPlayer, and possibly on internet repositories like Netflix.