With the release of The Da Vinci Code to movie theaters last weekend and its use of anagrams as ciphers to hide directions to the location of the Holy Grail, I thought it would be a good time to talk about some of the anagram programs available for Linux. For many people anagrams are most commonly found in the board game Scrabble™, where a random selections of letters have to be assembled into a word that can connect with another on the board.
There are four programs currently in the Linux App Finder database that are anagram games: Anagramarama, KAnagram, KMessedWords, and Wordplay. KMessedWords has recently been replaced by KAnagram in the KDE Edutainment module. Each of these four programs offers anagram puzzles as quick fun games that can also be used to train for games like Scrabble. If you enjoy puzzles then check them out.
Art is another primary theme in the Da Vinci Code. The movie opens and closes at the Louvre in Paris, one of the worlds premiere museums, and the artwork of Leonardo Da Vinci is central to the story's plot. Two recent programs that I added to the database allow you created some art of your own. Metapixel and Pixelize are both photomosaic generators. To get started you need two things: an image you would like to create a photomosaic from; and a large library of image to use as each of the mosaic's tiles. The final result is a very cool picture that uses your own photos as the basis to build each of the details. If you aren't sure what I'm describing, the websites for both programs have some good examples.
The final, and biggest, theme of the movie is religion. I won't cover the debate since that is exhaustively discussed in other forums and not appropriate here, but I will highlight a bible study tool called BibleTime. If you are interested in researching any area of the bible, this app is a good place to start.