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"Calligraphy and Chemistry"
Today was one of those rare days where I felt an overwhelming need to do something artistic, and so I had the insane idea of combining my talent in Chinese calligraphy with my knack for drawing incredibly good-looking line-bond structures to produce this. :D I’ve always been intrigued by the terminology used in Chinese to represent functional groups and elements. The reaction shown is the Friedel-Crafts acylation (one of my favorite reactions) of phenol and acetyl chloride with aluminum trichloride.
Each bond was drawn with a brush to resemble the standard script (楷書), while the characters were written (also in standard script) with a pen
because I couldn’t write characters small enough with any of the brushes I own. The use of these characters in the structures is purely an aesthetic decision; the chemical symbols are used in East Asia for these purposes just as they’re used in the Western world.
傅-克醯基化反應 (Fù-Kè xījīhuà fǎnyìng): Friedel-Crafts acylation
氯化鋁 (lǜhuàlǚ): Aluminum trichloride (Small typo on my part: 鋁化氯 should be switched and written as 氯化鋁. Nonmetals come first in naming “ionic” compounds in Chinese.)
羥 (qiáng): hydroxy group, -OH
氧 (yǎng): oxygen
氯 (lǜ): chlorine
In standard notation:
"Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe."
(A quote often attributed to the Buddha, which in fact has a completely different origin)
The following is the real thing from the Sabbasava Sutta
In a person who thus considers improperly there arises one of the six [wrong] views. The view ‘I have self’ arises in him really and firmly. Or, the view ‘I have no self’ arises in him really and firmly. Or, the view ‘I perceive self through self’ arises in him really and firmly. Or, the view ‘I perceive non-self through self’ arises in him really and firmly. Or, the view ‘I perceive self through non-self’ arises in him really and firmly. Or, he has the view thus: ‘That self of mine speaks, knows and experiences the results of wholesome and unwholesome actions. That self of mine is permanent, stable, durable, incorruptible and will be eternal like all things permanent.’
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