The Mainelli Coat of Arms

Did you ever hanker after a coat of arms? Well, in preparation for the role of Sheriff, one arrived today from the College of Arms:

Mainelli – Coat of Arms Description

The Escutcheon’s two five-lobed cinquefoils signify the Italian family name ‘main’ (hand) ‘elli’, as ‘nimble-fingered’. Cinquefoils are ‘celtic’ or ‘pretzel’ knots, indicating Michael’s Irish and German ancestors, and German wife, Elisabeth. The resulting ‘star’ reflects the USA and Gresham College. Five tao symbols with plus & nought yin & yang symbolize philosophy and computation.

The central analemma traces the ‘equation of time’ used to determine the position of the sun, representing Michael’s digital cartography successes.  Rendered as a mobius strip approximating a lemniscate, the analemma’s cyclic infinity mirrors Michael’s Long Finance movement (it also forms a lucky ‘ba’).  Three arrows represent work in science & defence, stochastics & statistics, and accountancy & finance; his three children; and three lifelong themes of ‘tempus fugit’ (time flies, ‘like an arrow’), ‘sumus unus’ (we are one), and ‘carpe diem’ (seize the day).

The Crest features a ‘puffin on pipes’ standing on a ‘chancing the impossible’ loaded wooden die (think how one can see a five and a two on the die) balancing a World Traders’ money bag sealed with a love knot.  The Irish pipebag sports a compass rose doubling as a ship’s wheel for his wife’s wheelwright family.  As well as sailing and woodcarving, the family loves air, land, and sea travel, particularly in northern climes; the puffin does all three.

The Badge comprises a feather for writing, the analemma and mobius strip for time and eternity, and the statistical sigma for variance.

Red, black, and white colours reflect numerous institutions in his life such as Harvard, the London School of Economics & Political Science, Z/Yen, the City of London, and Thames barges, as well as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where his father and grandfather studied engineering. The green pipebag is self-explanatory, and blue/purple his favourite colour.

The motto is Ordo ex χάος, ‘order from chaos’, stressing his interest in the scientific method, eliciting knowledge from uncertainty, and discerning beauty in chaotic structures, while subversively suggesting emergent Latin order from Greek creativity.

Pompous?  Nous?  Well, then don’t make a speech about it…

Addendum – if you want to play a bit with your own heraldic equation,  You can start with this:

And in the official parlance of a Blazon:

Arms:              Argent within a Pretzel Knot of five loops Sable interlaced with another Gules the  outer part of each loop enclosing a Yin Yang Symbol Sable and Argent the Sable outwards the roundels Argent charged with a plus sign and the roundels Sable with a minus sign all counterchanged an Analemma palewise the small loop upwards Gules interlaced with three Arrows points upwards one in pale and two in saltire Sable

Crest:              Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Sable Standing upon a Dice Sable manifesting a two and a five Argent a Puffin proper winding Bagpipes with blowstick chanter and two drones Sable the chanter held by the wing tips the drones tasseled Vert the bag Argent charged with a Compass Rose Gules and holding in the dexter foot a Merchants Purse with drawstrings tasseled Or

Mantled Party Vert and Purpure lined Argent

Motto:     ORDO EX χάος

Badge: An Analemma palewise the small loop upwards Gules interlaced with a Quill Pen palewise spine to the sinister the nib downwards and penetrating a lower case Sigma abutting the inner edge of the large loop Sable