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  1. God, I'd heard of the Bilateral Cypher before, but I never really delved into it, as it looked too complicated. Now I can see how simple it is! It appears that, when given five spaces - or "slots" - and instructed to fill them with only the letters A and B, there are exactly 22 distinct outcomes. I'll have to familiarize myself with this!
  2. The Middle Pillar = The Corinthian Order = Beauty (most accurately placed between Strength and Wisdom) = Androgyny = The Middle Path (the Candidate walks between two pillars that stand as opposites, and by doing so, symbolically vows to live a balanced life) MIDWAY IS SAFE!!!
  3. I am honestly stunned (and, in some manner, appalled) that this topic has eluded the forums for so long. It's about a building... 30 buildings, in fact... and one could argue that there are really 33. Oh, and the building(s) are shaped like a crescent! Go ahead and tell me that this is merely a figment of a young Baconian's dangerously overactive imagination. I'll happily show you this image: The 30 late Georgian townhouses that form the Royal Crescent in Bath were constructed from 1767-1774 and are the masterwork of visionary Palladian architect John Wood, the Younger. I can't seem to find much on his life aside from the suspiciously sparse Wikipedia entry (which makes no mention of SFB or Rosicrucianism). It has, however, been documented that there are 114 columns across the entire facade. The number of windows, doors, etc.? Don't make me count! The Crescent shape seems a bit too obvious, as do the letters RC. There's another development nearby, known as the King's Circus. It's a circle of rowhouses, styled similarly to those at the Crescent. In their center is a grove of mature trees (the number of which I am uncertain.) This image shows the two developments in proximity to one another: Do you see the question mark? I wonder what Mr. Wood is inviting us to ASK? Also, it does kinda resemble Aquarius...
  4. Hey Rob - Check out my latest post in the "Baconian Clock" thread!
  5. There's also an interesting Masonic story concerning it, which ties in nicely to the Hiramic Legend.
  6. HI! This is very fascinating! If you remember my obsession with the Brazen Sea - the "cast metal basin" of the first Temple - you may have already predicted my latest theory: that, as well as representing the months, Zodiac, Tribes of Israel, etc., it is also likely a metaphor for the 12-hour clock (circle of 12 oxen). Brazen Sea = Bacon Shakespeare?? I put the cyphers to it and came up with some interesting results. If anyone cares to comment...
  7. World Art Day... not exactly Baconian, but this is a (partially finished) elevation drawing for Chymical Manor - the house I plan to build. Although not evident here, it's filled with Baconian symbols:
  8. Yeah, unfortunately, we're back already. I'll post pictures in a bit. I just got into a nasty row with my mother about... well, you probably don't want to know. Anyhow, I'm still a bit shaken. Alright - I'll tell you why we argued: It was my OCD. I spent about two hours this morning trying to dig out a hair on my face with a pair of tweezers. Lots of blood, lots of drama. And a big, ugly scar. It was not a happy morning. She says I need exposure therapy - Ironic, because I suffered through an entire ERP (Exposure/Response Prevention) program almost four years ago. I told her she could throw away the tweezers and make me sign a statement granting her that permission, but she said, "You've got to learn to keep the tweezers and just not use them." Wise advice. The only known photograph of author and Baconian M. W. Haines in which he is not wearing some kind of visually creative eyewear. From left: Ron (unknown last name; boyfriend of Rei), Rei Shore (Marvin's close friend and former arch-nemesis), Marvin Haines. These three are pictured on the 6th of April, A. L. 2024 in the Imax Theater of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), about to witness a computer named HALL 9000 refuse to let an astronaut named Dave into a spaceship, the name of which Marvin Haines does not remember. Image courtesy of Rei Shore.
  9. Hey Rob! Sorry I've been too busy to comment lately. I've traveled to Utah (with my grandmother), researched and written a lot more about Sarah Winchester (which I plan to post in the next few days, maybe weeks), and prepared a lecture about a local historic neighborhood for the Portland Architectural Heritage Center. In short, not too much time to devote to the Forums. I've been catching up on some recent posts, and this is the first one I decided to comment on. Not to discredit your Pyramid Hypothesis (a hypothesis which I do, in fact, adhere to myself), it does seem interesting that the word "Crosse" was added later. What is the earliest known version of Sonnet 34 to make use of that word? And as for Sarah Winchester, I'll leave you with a teaser - just a few more discoveries: 1. It appears, from historical records and photographs, that Mrs. Winchester DID NOT make a single addition to the House after 1906. Despite repairing the damage from the earthquake, she did not return to the House until about 1915 - some years before her death. 2. The name Llanada Villa may hold a much deeper meaning...
  10. I remember some of you commenting on the "double-V" on the title page of New Atlantis and the third word in the phrase "a Worke unfinished" being left uncapitalized, perhaps revealing a geometrical encryption. I recently came across this, and to be honest, I'm beginning to suspect that this formatting was once common practice. I also want to point out the prominent equilateral triangle made by the capital letters "R-C-B" in the middle of the page. Rose Croix Bacon? It seems too good to be true... I don't have time to further analyze this image, but I'd love to hear your thoughts!
  11. Eric! With regard to your question, I would have to recommend Andrea Palladio's Quatre Libre Dell'Architettura (Four Books of Architecture.) I've read much of it... It can be rather daunting and information-heavy, with all the precise units, modules, dimensions etc. Palladio was a great architect. He was a contemporary of Bacon and singlehandedly fathered a style of Classicism known as Palladianism. His villas are often mislabeled as "baroque," but in terms of design, they are about as far as you can get from Baroque without exiting the Classical realm. Palladianism was briefly taken up in England in the 17th century, but was superseded by Georgian Classicism in the 1700s. Christopher Wren would occasionally use elements of it, but a more quintessentially British Palladian architect would be the 3d Earl of Burlington, whose Masonic-inspired Chiswick House draws heavily on Palladio's Villa Rotunda. Sorry for the ramble. If you want a more approachable work on Classical Design, check out The American Vignola, by William Ware. It outlines the Classical system in much simpler terms than Quatre Libre, while somehow still delivering the same essential information. It's a remarkable book, also heavily illustrated, and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in Classical design. As for Elizabethan architecture, I can't say I'm an expert on it, nor would I know of any book that might help you learn more about it... I can say that it was the first post-Roman period in English architecture to make use of the Classical System. I don't know if Quatre Libre is available in PDF format - I assume it is. I'm going for a walk now, but I'll look after.
  12. My name is Marvin Haines. I'm sure everyone here knows me already, but I decided to make this post anyway - just for the proverbial hell of it. I'm (currently) 17 years old. I was 15 when I first joined the B'Hive, and I've learned a lot in the past few years. My interest in Bacon/Shakespeare began a little over three years ago. It was Sarah Winchester - perhaps the most interesting (and misunderstood) Baconian of the last century - who really got me started down this rabbit hole. Despite never having visited Llanada Villa, her notorious House, I had been fascinated by it since the third grade. (I've always loved historic American architecture, and Queen Anne style has long been a favorite. The House is, in my humble opinion, the greatest example of this style in the country.) When I first heard about Mrs. Winchester, I fully accepted the sensationalized legend that has become synonymous with her name. My 8-year-old brain was desperately confused. I loved "spooky" stories, and I ate the legend up. I drew the house from every angle, fascinated with its bizarre design - in particular, its 7-story appearance before the 1906 earthquake muddled it up. I was (and still am) very well-versed in the High and Late Victorian styles, so drawing it was a simple enough task. At some point, maybe around 6th grade, I started to realize how inaccurate the "Folklore" was. The more I thought, the more I began to suspect that something was missing from the age-old story. But without context, I had no idea what it was. I discovered Richard Allan Wagner's superb article, "The Truth About Sarah Winchester," early in 9th grade, not long after my infamous 3-month hiatus in the mental health system, (during which I was diagnosed with autism and extreme OCD). The article, if you haven't read it, is a stroke of mind-boggling genius. I had so many questions: Who was this Francis Bacon character? Why was Mrs. Winchester so obsessed with him? Is there anyone else who believes this theory? I just went with it, and pretty soon, I was convinced. I've written and illustrated a pamphlet, which I hope will be a companion to Wagner's work. I've cleared up some of his apparent mistakes and completely analyzed the House from an architectural (as well as symbolic) perspective, with particular emphasis on its pre-1906 configuration. A little over a year ago, I dropped out of High School after nearly being expelled. (Believe me, that's a long and painful story.) I spend most of my time writing, playing the piano, dreaming up architectural designs, and pursuing esoteric knowledge. I'm soon to traditionally publish my first novel, The Life of Arti Usher. I'm also a member of the Oregon Repertory Singers Youth Choir, and I sing regularly. Ok. Enough yapping. Here are some things I like: Sir Francis Bacon/Shakespeare Sarah Winchester/Llanada Villa Bow ties (usually bright colors) - I wear them almost every day High and Late Victorian architecture (Second Empire, Queen Anne, etc.) Palladian architecture Gothic architecture Warm scarves and leather gloves Goggles (worn as a fashion accessory) Fish & Chips Sushi Suits, sweater-vests, etc. Ragtime Edward Gorey Everything related to Edward Gorey Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and All the Wrong Questions The Shining (first adaptation) Fantastic Mr. Fox (the only adaptation) Dr. Strangelove; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb ...and many more things that I won't bother to list!
  13. Holy GOD!! I'd heard "Nightmare Song" before, but without the context of Lolanthe, I had no idea that the character performing it was Lord Chancellor! Synchronicity or what?
  14. I am the very model of a staunch and strict Baconian. (My passion for the subject is admittedly sectarian) I’ve made a lot of enemies, but still I’m very proud to know The name of every character, from Rosencrantz to Romeo I have a strong conviction which I know is true in every way That good old Francis Bacon wrote the plays I’m known to quote all day – I’ll also argue that he wrote the sonnets which I quote all night – Just say you’re a Stratfordian – I’ll show you how to pick a fight! Yes, there’s no greater crime, no greater literary heresy, Than being a proponent of that dastardly conspiracy – I’m sure you know the one I mean, as Caesar knew what Brutus meant, For there’s no shame in loathing the Stratfordian Establishment!
  15. Let's do a thought experiment. I want you to imagine a large room. In the room are the following people: A furniture salesman A yacht attorney A CEO A rabbi A typesetter A visual artist A Baconian Scholar An architect I know, it's a diverse lot, and even more unlikely that they would all find themselves in the same room at the same time - unless, of course, that room is in a courthouse.... or a prison. But this scenario must be taken with a grain of salt - it's a thought experiment, after all. Let's continue. So, we've established our who and our where. Now it's time to find out exactly what the heck is going on. Imagine this: The door opens, and a stranger enters the room. He looks around franticly, and shouts, "The Eaotin Shrdlu are coming!" Got that? Ok. Here's the rub - or rather, the question: Which person begins to laugh uncontrollably? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Note: If you know the answer, please don't spoil it for everyone!
  16. For anyone interested, here is a link to my manuscript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DNQxRUgeNlmhTRIlsEi4gA4NVtRoxtYAUg-mbb5SAfE/edit
  17. Here is a list of facts: - I'm 17 years old and currently unenrolled from high school. - When I was in the sixth grade, I began writing a novel. I remember the thing started out as a simple pastime, but my pre-adolescent brain had bitten off more than it could chew. - Now, five years and 56,000 words later, The Life of Arti Usher is complete. - The manuscript of TLOAU has gone through many drafts and changes. I've produced dozens of distinctive illustrations in the style of Edward Gorey and an eerie new cover design that will blow your socks off. - Initially, much of the narrative was centered on a group of Freemasons in the fictional town of Weameworth. After much thought and consideration, I removed all direct references to Masonry. However, a basic knowledge of the Craft remains essential to understanding the book's message and symbolism. - There are several slyly placed Baconian references in the text. - Late in the game, I got my hands on the most amazing editor - or rather, she got her hands on me. Ms. Cheryl Carter has helped enormously with the process, never afraid to damn the worst of my writing to eternal hellfire if needed. - I'm still writing query letters. I hope to have it published by the end of next year. Fingers crossed. - Contact me if interested in becoming a beta reader. That's all for now! And Rob: feel free to strike this post down if it isn't Baconian enough!
  18. Congratulations, Kate!! I am thrilled to hear that you've finally published TSWOAA in paperback! Just recently, I tried to access the eBook, but the website appears to be down. Is this intentional? Ten minutes ago, I was sitting at the table with my lovely parents, eating pizza and debating the true purpose of the Giza Pyramids. My parents were not easily convinced that the interior of the Great Pyramid mirrors the human brain, and I wanted to show them an image from your book. (Also, I'd been meaning to reread some sections, particularly about the Washington Monument.) One more question: Is your book traditionally published? If so, what is the name of the publishing house? Thanks!
  19. Oh, and what a coincidence it is that my choir director's birthday also falls on the 22nd!
  20. I'm meeting with my editor for TLOAU in 8 minutes, but after that I have a surprise - something to honor both Bacon and Sarah Winchester on this most important day!
  21. Fantastic, Rob! Has this particular device gone all these years unnoticed? I woke up today thinking, This is the DAY!! There's got to be something hidden in Rob's pyramid! And I saw this and smiled.
  22. It's been well over two years since I joined the Forum. In that time, I have made new friends, explored fascinating topics, and engaged in meaningful discourse. Some of you might think you know me well, and you probably do. You know that I like to wear suits. You know that I've written a novel. You may even know that I play ragtime on the piano. Needless to say, I've learned a lot about you. I know Kate has studied brain anatomy. I know that Rob is a mathematician. I know that DirkStaff is a Buddhist. And yet, never in that time have I revealed to any of you what is perhaps my darkest and most dangerous secret. Ready to hear it? Drumroll, please... _________________________________________________________________________________ MY FAVORITE AUTHOR IS NOT SIR FRANCIS BACON!!! I know, it's sinful! But before you cast me into outer darkness, before you damn me to eternal hellfire and agony in the flaming pit of unforgiveness, I humbly ask that you hear my case. As much as I admire Bacon's work, the honor of Marvin Haines' Favorite Author has to go to a man named... William Shakespeare - JUST KIDDING!!! No, in fact that honor goes to Edward Gorey, everyone's favorite author of nonsense, mayhem, and yes, furniture pornography. If you haven't already memorized every line of his weird, disturbing, and slyly elusive little picture books for grownups and troubled teenagers, I highly recommend that you do so - those able to call up Gorey references on demand and recite his verses as if they were proverbs in the most unlikely of settings are held in high regard among the initiated. Sadly, the man died a Stratfordian... or so I thought. Recently, while perusing one of at least 12 Facebook pages dedicated to Mr. Gorey's work, I found this: No one is perfect. Edward Gorey certainly wasn't... at least until this poster saw the light of day!
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