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Original Glider

The five-dots-in-nine-squares diagram that I used as an emblem or as a signature of all my graphic designs and all my projects is called a glider. It is a simple pattern with some surprising properties in a mathematical simulation called Life.

A glider is the emblem of the hacker community. And as a respect to them and as to honor their name, I used their emblem as a model for my own . In the Gee Pixel Designs, there is a letter "G" in the center-bottom part of the square which represents as Geevey.

When you put the glider emblem on your web page, or wear it on clothing, or display it in some other way, you are visibly associating yourself with the hacker culture. This is not quite the same thing as claiming to be a hacker yourself — that is a title of honor that generally has to be conferred by others rather than self-assumed. But by using this emblem, you express sympathy with hackers' goals, hackers' values, and the hacker way of living.

If you are thinking Why I support the hacker community when all you have heard about them is stealing computer files. Well you must read this!!

What is a hacker? 
A community, a shared culture, of expert programmers and networking wizards that traces its history back through decades to the first time-sharing minicomputers and the earliest ARPAnet experiments. The members of this culture originated the term ‘hacker’. Hackers built the Internet. Hackers made the Unix operating system what it is today. Hackers run Usenet. Hackers make the World Wide Web work. If you are part of this culture, if you have contributed to it and other people in it know who you are and call you a hacker, you're a hacker.

There is another group of people who loudly call themselves hackers, but aren't. These are people (mainly adolescent males) who get a kick out of breaking into computers and phreaking the phone system. Real hackers call these people ‘crackers’ and want nothing to do with them. Real hackers mostly think crackers are lazy, irresponsible, and not very bright, and object that being able to break security doesn't make you a hacker any more than being able to hotwire cars makes you an automotive engineer. Unfortunately, many journalists and writers have been fooled into using the word ‘hacker’ to describe crackers; this irritates real hackers no end.

The basic difference is this: hackers build things, crackers break them.

Now let's get back to the Glider thing. Hackers were fascinated by the Glider for many years. I think it makes a good visual emblem for what hackers are like — abstract, at first a bit mysterious-seeming, but a gateway to a whole world with an intricate logic of its own.

And that's the story of Geevey's Design Emblem.

Read more about the glider emblem here.

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