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12 May 2005

ye Pilgrim's Progress

I have encountered great difficulties in trying to fool my defective free image software into thinking that the Chartres Labyrinth was a raw sausage. I almost got lucky with a very
lovely arm tattoo of the Chartres Labyrinth, the pattern for which can be yours for only $21 from LuckyFish Art (and when in Santa Barbara, California, be sure to visit Pat Fish's Tattoo Studio). (Bob has a tasteful small Chinese dragon head on his right bicep.)

But if you will go here, you will not only see the design of the Chartres Labyrinth, but (through the programming magic of Leo Wong of J4J, aka Java For Jesus), you will find yourself suspended high above the Labyrinth of the Cathedral of Chartres, gazing down upon a lone Pilgrim following the path and taking the journey. You can literally follow The Pilgrim's Progress.

In Mode 1, the Pilgrim automatically treads the path slowly (at least on my platform, but his/her pace should theoretically be fairly platform-independent). A slow traverse is recommended on all the labyrinth meditation spiritual experience sites, and there are more of these than you can shake a stick at.

In Mode 2, you may take control of the Pilgrim -- you become the Pilgrim -- and set your own pace.

In Mode 3, two Pilgrims take the Journey.

The Pattern of the Labyrinth is inherently lovely. But here we can observe the actual Journey, and this is unexpectedly beautiful, hypnotic, ethereal, sublime.

As we in the Hi-Tek Non-Metric World are fond of saying, a Java Applet is worth 13591409


Blogger Leo Wong said...

Now in blog: Chartres 1

Blogger Bob Merkin said...


We have been contacted by a most distinguished denizen of C-Space, Leo Wong, the creator of J4J = Java For Jesus, and the programmer of the Chartres Labyrinth Java applet.

Please welcome Leo to Vleeptron and encourage him to stick around. I hope he likes Pizza.

Leo also writes in one of my favorite nearly vanished lingos, Forth. Follow the clicks to his version of The Lord's Prayer, in Forth.

Blogger Bob Merkin said...

And Leo Wong is just full of surprises, and so is the Chartres Labyrinth. Cliquez ici

for his delightful Carnival Lights.

The naughty and high-spirited Carnival, of course, is the festival that preceeds the materially austere 40 days of Lent. Vleeptron has considered the Date of Easter Sunday, and even has its own Easter Sunday Date Java Applet, courtesy of mega-bored Mike.

Anonymous Patricia Martone said...

What it could be useful for?

Blogger Bob Merkin said...

Hi Patricia! Welcome to Vleeptron!

You mean The Chartes Labyrinth and the many other Labyrinths in the style of the Chartres Labyrinths? What could they be useful for?

If that's what you're asking, I'll be happy to write some more about this really interesting -- fascinating -- Labyrinth.

Meanwhile, where are you, what country?


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