For Windows '95
Anagram Wizard is an aid in creating long anagrams. The above screen shot shows an intermediate stage in the process of anagramming the Gettysburg Address into a rebuttal from the Confederate viewpoint. Lincoln's famous speech has been cut from some website and pasted into the box labeled Original. Some preliminary ideas have been typed into the box labeled Anagram. Upon clicking the ANALYZEbutton, the Anagram is Compared to the Original, and in less than a second an analysis is generated showing the following:
Remaining letters: Up to the first 40 letters remaining to be used are placed in a text box where they can be cut and pasted into an anagram generator. The ordering of these letters has been carefully selected so that a partial anagram list will suggest words that will be ideal to use, based on considerations of letter abundance, sparsity, and frequency (see below).
Abundant letters (yellow): Those remaining letters which you have an over-abundance of, based on the frequency table for the particular language that you are working in. You should emphasize the use of these letters until they no longer show up as being Abundant.
Excess letters (red) : Those letters which you have used in excess of their availability in the Original phase. These must be deleted immediately.
Sparse letters (blue): Those remaining letters which you have a scarcity of, based on frequency information for the language. You should delay using these letters as long as they remain in the Sparse category.
The balance between remaining vowels and remaining consonants is monitored, and a bar is shown comparing the proportion of vowels to the ideal proportion for the language. This bar will change from green to yellow if you get farther than 5% away from the ideal, and then to red at 10% or more. This serves as a warning to remind you to look for vowel-rich (or consonant-rich words) that will bring you back into better balance, so that you don't get to the point where you have twenty or thirty letters left and only three or four vowels.
This particular 1,011 letter job took me three and a half hours at one sitting. The longest anagram I had previously done by hand, without the aid of this wizard, was a couple of hundred letters. I worked on it over a period of several days, and had to rework is several times because of mistakes made in the tedious, error-prone process of keeping track of the letters by hand. I'm sure I put at least three and a half hours into it, and so for myself anyway, this program is at least a five-fold productivity booster.
Anagram Wizard is currently being offered for $35. Send cash, or a check or money order made out to:
Oceanside, California, USA 92054
Upon recipt of payment, you will be notified of a web address where you can go to download the program.
A currency conversion site is available where you can easily convert $35 dollars into the equivalent amount in pounds, francs, pesos, yen, won, bahts, kwachas, or whatever! On Jan. 1, 1999 some of the more commoncurrencies showed the following equivalencies:
United States 35.00 Dollars Australia 57.27 Dollars Austria 410.94 Schillings Canada 53.53 Dollars Chile 16,555.00 Pesos France 196.07 Francs Germany 58.31 Marks Israel 145.60 Shekels Italy 57,715.00 Lira Japan 3,984.75 Yen Netherlands 65.70 Guilder Switzerland 48.15 Francs United Kingdom 21.15 Pounds
Anagram Wizard currently supports the following six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. However, character decorations (umlauts, cedillas, accent marks, etc.) are not supported. Except for the Help Menu, all textual features of the program, including tool-tips, are translated. The table of ideal letter frequencies, the ideal vowel percentage, and letter ordering from most to least frequent, vary from one language to another, based on an analysis of a typical 1000 word piece of prose.
The Gettysburg Address
There were some confederate boys who died there as well.
It's time the scales were balanced.
(You'll have to excuse the rather blunt language, General Lee was not one to mince words.)
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal" Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow, this ground -- The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here. It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
- Abraham Lincoln
= It's been thirteen years shy of a century since we vowed to depart England, rather than endure their loath degradation. And now notice what a fucking mess we're in! The best blood of America is now being lost. Where? All over the country on these idiotic damned battlefields. See how we've got brothers killing each other because the one lives on one side of a fool line and the other happens to reside on the other side. People are going to tell you that the whole point of all this alarming violence is the freeing of the Negro. To that I have always said: "Bullshit!" If we could alienate dear old England, why shouldn't the South have that privilege, with regard to severing their political connection to the North. So now hear this: We are determined to fight hard over the matter of Federal power versus the right we deserve, to quit our connection with the damned-fool arrogant bunch of decadent flag waving central government advocates who ever want to dominate all parts of America, depriving the people of their hard-won and hard-earned freedom. We are not advocating anarchy. Rather we mean to champion a treaty and the declaration of peace. We halt when made, but brave war and death rather than admit defeat and retreat apathetically.
- Robert E. Lee
The 23rd Psalm
1. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 1. His worthy Psalm: Ah! thrill to need's end. 2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 2. God help! Tired, I meet Him there at last, in the lush meadows between serene lakes. 3. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 3. He refresheth my spirit: so I shun lust, go ahead as son, meek on the heels of the Master. 4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and they staff they comfort me. 4. Oh my! A halo of death! Go thou forth to safety, with healthy, unwavering faith; amidst the very wicked hell of the fury of the mortal world. 5. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 5. O Peace! For the Lord remembereth to pour infinite bounty upon me, as arch-enemies seethe with envy in perpetual shame. 6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 6. A delightful holy life, far from Hell, follows marvellous, well-endowed, charmed earthly odyssey. Eons on end, it is!
And finally here is my tribute to Mother Theresa. The idea for this came to me as I was reading through a book entitled Remains Concerning Britain, by William Camden, the Learned published in 1657, where I came across a rather amusing Epitaph from the tombstone of a certain medieval Scrooge. Since Mother Theresa was our era's most admired exponent of the gospel of Christian redemption, I thought what more fitting epitaph, for such a messenger of hope and charity, than one which is an anagram of the epitaph of this despised and long forgotten sinner from perhaps as far back as the 13th Century (archaic spellings preserved in the original):
Upon an Usurer
Here lyes he underneath this stone,
That whilst he liv'd did good to none.
And therefore at the point to dye,
More cause had some to laugh then cry.
His eldest sonne thought he had wrong,
Because he lingred out so long,
But now he's dead, how ere he fares,
There's none that knows, nor none that cares.
Here on this site rests Mother Theresa.
O nun, beneath the earthen pall,
Who by thy works did thus to all:
Negated hate, negated sin;
One touching, solemn heroine.
Courageous nun! She understood;
One hundred thousand acts of good
Have crowned thee, saint of godly worth,
Who sleeps here underneath the earth.
Anagram Wizard is currently being used to anagram the entire Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam quatrain by quatrain:
Brodie's anagram of Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat
Copyright (c) 1998 Richard Brodie
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