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Friday, February 29, 2008

leap year festivities

Merry Femandnesday! I hope everyone has celebrated appropriately.

In other news, I need to invest in a scanner. It took me all day to get a workable image of that drawing.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Swiss Rendezvous

I've just returned from spending a spectacular week in Switzerland, visiting Ryan.




I got to stay in the beautiful Swiss countryside, explore Geneva, wander around Meyrin. I got to tour ATLAS (and eat rabbits at CERN). We went to the Roman capital of Helvetica (now Nyon). We went to Montreux, and then up into the mountains. And we ate all sorts of tasty things. I had run-ins with the bus police ("The Swiss Bus Police: Never Around When There's a Riot, But Always There to Give You a Fine "), and with customs. It was one of those surreal experiences in which I saw the world happening and myself happening in it, living in it. My god, it was a fantastic trip. Some of my pictures are on Facebook.

I recommend that everyone able to go to the English Idol at U of R definitely check it out (Thursday, Feb. 28). I went in 2006, and gushed about it as soon as I got home.

Monday, February 11, 2008

I'll tell you what's truly fascinating. The dimensions of our modern page were finalized in the 12th century. Before that, it was a gradual shift from the square pages of the scroll to the familiar rectangular ones we have in our books now. In a sense, then, the page as we know it has been around since the 12th century, and it hasn't changed significantly since then.

Now the fascinating part. Fibonacci lived from the late 12th to early 13th centuries. He, and other Medieval mathematicians and architects and scribes, had a rekindled interest in Classical Greek geometry, such as the Golden Section. The ratio of the page that was born in the 12th century is about 0.7:1, which is almost the perfect rectangle produced by the Golden Section. The shape of our paper is governed by ancient geometry. The spiral really is everywhere.

(P.S. I might be speculating a little.)

Friday, February 08, 2008

The "Interactive Fiction" of Year Zero

Edit: I have edited this post, because apparently I jump to conclusions too quickly. It's all good, we're still in business.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

New Beginnings

Talked to a prof today about new research directions.

Exciting times, indeed.

Edit: I forgot to mention. Grain Magazine 35.2 "Look Around! / Short Grain" Oh hell yes.

Monday, February 04, 2008

My Fabulous Past

So it had been a long day of researching—abnormally long, because I had been procrastinating on starting these two big projects, which I have a feeling might be momentous in my academic career if I can get them off the ground. And I came across a link to a website that had gone offline years ago, but the link still worked. The miracle of The Internet Archives. And, being the narcissist that I am, I delved into the snapshots of my own website's history, if available. Turns out the only two archives they made were of a css stylesheet and the day my drawings page got hacked. There's a lot to be said for quality hosting.

(Even if I did scuttle my own website recently.)

(Several times.)