Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
nagfa's Ambigram Challenge November '06
This month's first guest 'challenger' is Jose Fraga from Brazil, a much-respected ambigramista and commentator in the ambigram scene. Describing himself in his own words (we've decided to keep it in its original state as we feel the humour and punchline behind each line may be lost when translated, and furthermore, language should not be a barrier between us):
'My name is Jose Fraga. Fraga is 'scarp' in Portuguese. I'm in this wonderful planet has amused 60 years. I have three sons and three grandsons. They have genetic mine copyright: all are glad. I'm journalist and humorist I live of the words, them I support me (natural that I had an affair with ambigrams). Already I published some books of humour and I write in sites and blogs. My professional interests include philosophy, jazz, SF, poetry, illusions of optics, and other illusions of the life that enchant me. And very important: my bad English does not reflect my enthusiasm for the new friends for the world. But, this is not an authorized biography!'
This month's phrase: Laughter is Life
This month's theme: Humorists, Satirists and Comedians
Please submit designs to:
hopefully before 22nd of November (for allowance for us to compile them before December). Please also include the chosen word for the design (especially for 'theme'), your name (pseudonym allowed), country of origin, and website/blog (if any).
Due to the many entries we received, we encourage participants to limit their entries for each category. We - nagfa: Naguib & Fadilah - wish all participants, regular and new, a creative and fruitful time in finding solutions for the challenge. Thank you in advance for giving NAC the support and success for these past 3 months. Hopefully for the future too..
Friday, October 27, 2006
See here for their Malay song 'Per-my-suri': 'Permaisuri' meaning 'queen' in Malay, the 'my' could be a hint to Malaysia's cyber-domain as in its usage 'yahoo.com.my'.
See here for their English song '60's TV'.
See here for their English song 'For Whatever'.
nagfa: naguib and fadilah,
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
NAC October '06 phrase
Like true magicians, the ambigramistas had come out with various illusions as solutions. Scroll down the alphabetically (country-wise) arranged entries and be taken away by the clever, clever interpretations by each and every ambigramista. There's the 'traditional' rotational ambigrams, horizontal and vertical reflections, even a figure-ground solution!
nagfa - Naguib & Fadilah - express our admiration and gratitude to the ambigramistas for the support and the enthusiasm for ambigrams and NAC. We applaud you all!
NAC October '06 theme
The entries are of very high quality indeed, touching from the universally known dark characters, to the very localized ones. What we like to highlight here is the fact that mysteries and the unknown realms have been deeply ingrained in every culture, and it is somewhat interesting to know that we have that as a common thread to share and to discuss. nagfa sincerely thank you for the support and the willingness to share such awesome works.
'mae iara': Brazilian mermaid
Sunday, October 22, 2006
*'Hari Raya' literally means Big ('Raya') Day ('Hari') in the Malay language.
We, nagfa - Naguib and Fadilah - wishes all a 'SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI!' May we work together towards strengthening the love and bond between us all.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
As teachers (Nag and Fa are teachers), this song does struck a chord: it speaks to the youth (inner city youth) about the empowerment through knowledge and education.
Some other tracks worth mentioning in the album are 'Get Together' (a cover of 'Youngblood' with the chorus 'come on people now / smile on your brother / everybody get together / try to love one another right now' used in Nirvana's 'Territorial Pissings'), 'Know Your Culture' ('But soon the culture will be all lost, and the capitalist man will be the cause'), 'Where Will The Children Play?' ('I know we're changing day to day / But where will the children play?' talking about excessive modernization and urbanization), 'Love Is The Only Way' (which has a line declaring 'Mohammad, Jesus and Moses' as God's messengers, uniting three major religions, and promoting oneness among mankind) and 'Bobbin' and Weavin'' ('...it's the same ol' bobbin' and weavin'... the same ol' games of deceivin'...' a song on 'politricks').
Friday, October 20, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Fadilah Loves Naguib
Friends admire both
The first one is the logo belonging to Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), the company which brings us the daily newspapers. What's beautiful about this logo - other than the fact that it is an ambigram - is how it incorporates the initials (SPH) and at the same time, designed to resemble an old unfurled parchment - thematically linking to news, messages and newpapers. Brilliant!
Saving the best for last, a reflection which is also a palindrome!