(?) This is my self-portrait featured on my face2face postcard.
At first glance, this looks like a matted Chinese painting, an ink painting in black-and-white with an orange border. The self-portrait is on the right hand side. On the left, there is what looks like a poem at the top, and what looks like a signature, a date (perhaps the date of composition) and another word on top of a red, square signature stamp right above the Braille. The writing on the left is written vertically from top-to-bottom, so probably right-to-left; yet it doesn’t really quite look like Chinese.
The person portraited on the right has shortish black hair and wears a white tee. He looks like someone in his twenties. But he looks sleepy; he has black eye bags. He also looks a bit unconvinced.
Looking more carefully, the poem is not written in Chinese at all, but actually in French and English, and it says:
Mes atouts je compte
e to the π i plus one
But they say I’m wrong
(“I count what I am good at [and I come up with] zero; but they say I’m wrong.”) So this is probably what he is unconvinced about: that he actually has more than zero things that he is good at. Why eπi + 1 (which is just zero) though? Does he like math? But anyway, the number of syllables seems to suggest that the author tried to write it in the form of a haiku. So does that mean he likes to play with words too?
It turns out that the signature is in English too, and it reads
and the date is in French:
le 24 août 2012
(August 24, 2012). The other word turns out to be
and the stamp is actually a QR code.