How an offset shift works

By Strattera. May 14th, 2010

Flyss asked me to explain how an offset shift code works. I hope it isn’t already too obvious to all of you.

You start with a regular pattern, such as vertical lines. Then, you shift parts of the pattern in the shape of the words you want to “encode.” Click on the image below to see an easy to read example.

The hidden letters or pattern are much more difficult to see in the “message” Flyss found, because the background is so uneven. It looks to be a partly mashed radiator, probably a ’70s era air conditioning radiator for a building of between 1500 to 3000 square feet. Also, the shifted segments aren’t English letters, which makes it harder for English readers.

Here’s my attempt to trace the edges of the shifted part. I’m more sure of the horizontals than the verticals.

It looks like Japanese, I think. — Strattera


  1. Merlin says:

    I was thinking that the pi-and-disc symbol looked like something familiar, and now that we have these (potentially) Japanese characters from the photo offset, I’m realizing that the pi-and-disc looks like a traditional Japanese suspended gong.

  2. Glenn says:

    Brilliant! Thanks. So we seem to have a definite Japanese connection. Does it have any symbolic meaning that you know about? Any relationship to any Japanese religious orders?

  3. Merlin says:

    I’ve always felt a – kinship – to ancient Japanese philosophy, but have never had the opportunity to go there to really connect with it.

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