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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:18 am    Post subject: The Origin Reply with quote

I've searched around for the Origin sign and found this post by Tom Southwell on his design:
http://www.propsummit.com/viewtopic.php?p=54735#54735
He mention the translations "origin"/"beginning of a river"/"start".
And he tells a story on how the neon lights were produced for the movie.

It has been faithfully reproduced by Mr Webber here:
http://www.propsummit.com/viewtopic.php?p=19537#19537

I also found an artwork by Wing Gig Fong (1958) on Smithsonian American Art Museum,
I think this is the origin of what Tom used:
https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/he-who-obtains-has-little-he-who-scatters-has-much-lao-tzu-6th-century-bc-chinese-moralist



Now I wonder if someone has had this translated to English.
I haven't had much luck in trying to find a context for the quote attributed to Lao-Tzu/Laozi, possibly from Tao Te Ching:
Quote:
He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.

It would also be nice to hear your thoughts on what this quote can mean.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:47 pm    Post subject: Origin Unicode Reply with quote

Is this possibly the corresponding Unicode?
U+6E90

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Giving is better than getting" Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to be just chiming in on this. I've always assumed that it was the cursive form of. So yes, MarsVoyager, I think it is.

My other great interest (outside of Blade Runner films), is medieval Japanese culture: this character is also used in the surname of one of the early samurai households (the Minamoto) who wanted to establish themselves as first, original, etc. for political purposes.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:28 pm    Post subject: Calligraphy Reply with quote

Thank you,
Joberg, I now get the generosity by-line, and
Rickhoward, for the confirmation on the Unicode, and the reference to the Minamoto name!

I was inspired to try out some calligraphy tools, this gave some nice results:
http://www.cidianwang.com/shufa/yuan1855.htm
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice indeed
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a bit bothered by the vertical stroke in the artwork, as compared with the horizontal stroke in the enclosure of (Unicode U+6E90).

Generous (Unicode U+6177) on the other hand has that vertical stroke in the enclosure.
http://unicode.scarfboy.com/?s=U%2B6177

But, I'm only guessing here.
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