Julian is a 14-year-old with an interesting, and unusual for someone his age, hobby: he keeps a notebook — one with paper pages, not the electronic version. Here is what he says about it:
I use it to keep track of my ideas, make sketches, do research — anything that keeps my brain from dying. I was told that you guys might like to see it, so here it is.
And there is a lot that keeps young Julian’s brain from dying. No wonder that his dad thought his work might be of interest to the rest of the world. And plenty of people on Reddit, where Julian shared his work — agree. Here it is.
1. My Notebook. Here’s my notebook. I use it to keep track of my ideas, make sketches, do research — anything that keeps my brain from dying. I was told that you guys might like to see it, so here it is. To make sure nobody sues me, I do not own the cover.
2. Signature. On the first page is my signature, which is also an ambigram for ‘Julian’ — meaning that it can be seen the same way from upside down. You might be familiar with this concept from Angels and Demons, where the ‘illuminati’ symbol is drawn out as an ambigram.
3. Karate Notes. Here are various karate Katas (sets of moves and strikes) drawn out.
4. Karate Notes (continued). I wrote out the basic pressure points on the human body (torso, legs and head). To clarify, I am not homosexual… please trust me.
5. Morse Code. I was able to memorize Morse code because it turns out that the dots and lines for each letter corresponds to the structuring of the letter itself. For instance, A is [.-] because it’s pointy on top and has a segment at the center. Yeah, nerdishness to the max.
6. Morse Code Extended. I found that the Morse code is actually categorized into a dihcotomic table. Basically, if you place your finger at the top of the table, running your finger toward the left branch, will add a dot. Going right will add a line. The further you go down the more complicated the letter code will be. It’s a really clever way of arranging the code.
7. Well… not much to say. They’re university logos. Except for the last one.
8. Double Penrose Triangle. I’m really intrigued by the Penrose triangle but the DOUBLE Penrose triangle??? Brilliant. This is where I found those geometric theorems I learned in class actually come to good use.
9. Albert Einstein sketch. I guess this is the part where people start finding this notebook worth existing. Here’s my sketch of Albert Einstein.
10. Mona Lisa sketch. Here’s my sketch of the Mona Lisa. I won’t get sued for this, will I?
11. Here’s the junk formed by my trial and error making the ambigram signature.
12. Anamorphic Projection. You know those paintings on the sidewalk that seem 3D when you look at them from a certain perspective? Well, the warped image itself is called an anamorphic projection. Here’s the equation to produce the points on the new projection.
13. How to make an Anamorphic Projection? Using the equations didn’t seem necessary since the same effect can be done with Photoshop. I created a step by step instruction on how to do it.
14. Anamorphic Hand (via vantage point). I took an image of a graphite hand sculpture that my mom owns as a test image. Seen from the top, it sorta looks like a fat, mutilated hand.
15. Anamorphic Hand (via vantage point). But when seen from just the right perspective, it should look 3 dimensional. Well, this is the last page I have. Hope you enjoyed it. If you guys liked it, I can share some of the pages I skipped.
Share this boy’s notebook drawings with your friends below — they will be fascinated.