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A spiral biography (start from center!) by Chris Wayan 1997
For all those lied to

'Spirography', a spiral biography read from the center on out, by Chris Wayan 1997; click to enlarge.


I've always charted and mapped to help visualize what's going on--graphing health, investments, even dream recall. Spirography was my first try at mapping my whole life on one page. Putting a linear timeline on a two dimensional surface, you get problems of scale; you need to fold or coil it somehow. I chose the Fibonacci spiral because I just LIKE spirals better than boxes...and because it seemed to me that major changes in my life come neither randomly nor at fixed intervals; each interval's about 1.4 (square root of 2?) times the previous one (rather like planetary orbits, or the seed-pattern in the heart of a sunflower). Roughly ages 1,2,3,5,7,10,15,22,33,45... The Fibonacci series, where each number is the sum of the two previous in the series (1,1,2,3,5,8,13,22,35...) comes close. And life IS Fibonacci-ish. You have to digest the experiences of the last couple of revelations and filter them out to see what new revelation is staring you in the face.


The spiral extended! A new revelation every few years--though I'm wondering now if the intervals are more fixed than Fibonacci. A big change every four-five years... Myself as the horse I remember being at age 2; dream sketch by Wayan. Click to enlarge.

I still agree with the sentiment of Spirography's closing line "Hire a detective, not a shrink." But now I think you often can't hire out. You have to do the detection yourself.

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