Who is the Paper Man?

Wed Apr 8 00:00:00 2009

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The mystery of the Paper Man begins, and perhaps even ends, with this exciting post.

Inkscape Homepage
Paperman
Stoneman
Tin Man
Cyberman
Iron Man (modern)

Paper Man web image

Look in the sky...is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a rare reflection of the planet Venus shining on the horizontal plane in just a way to suggest a moving shape of an indecipherable nature?

No it's..
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Actually it is a bird. Sorry, it just flew closer.

Meanwhile, what is this thing on the side of the page next to this text?

Is it a man?
No.

Is it made of metal?
No.

Does it have wide rule, feint lines on yellow foolscap paper with two hole punched clean for filing?
Yes.

Then it must be...

PAPER MAN

A man made from paper, who has the ability to turn to a soggy mass slowly in a puddle and absorb ink. Especially ink drawn into perverse regular shapes of varying shape with numbers of indeterminate number, and yet oddly repeated pattern, which form episodic elements of meaning in a defined structure that seemingly has enough innate variance to form almost infinite forms and interpretations.[1]

A man who has appeared in what otherwise has the appearance of a business related blog with rather staid posts related to information technology.

What can this mean?
What is the purpose of it here?
What was it drawn in?[2]

Watch this blog....

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ROLL CREDITS


[1] SLAP. Sorry really let the mind wander on that sentence.

[2] The artwork was created entirely in Inkscape version 0.46 which is available from the link at the top of this page. I thoroughly recommend this program to all who deal with vector graphics and page layout.


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