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영자팔법, eternity, calligraphy and brushstrokes


This is the Chinese character for etermity. This character is significant especially for Chinese calligraphy as it encapsulates all the eight possible brushstrokes found in the Chinese language. These eight are collectively referred to as the Eight Principles of Yong. It is known in Korean as 영자팔법 (yeongjapalbeop).


The above is my favorite example of this type of calligraphy (the Korean manifestation). The name is Buiseonrando (불이선란도), which was written and painted by 김정희 (Kim Jeonghee), who lived from 1786-1856.

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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.


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