Rejiquar Works rejiquar.com::atom 2016-12-07T08:32:41-05:00 copyright 2016 Sylvus Tarn Sylvus Tarn 2016-10-20T00:00:00-05:00 Via boingboing (right now pretty much all my links are coming from them...) a vid by a guy investigating a math whiz's method for visualizing numbers. The prodigy sees numbers as geometric shapes that represent their prime composition. Math was never my strong suit, but every time I see math mad...

Via boingboing (right now pretty much all my links are coming from them...) a vid by a guy investigating a math whiz's method for visualizing numbers. The prodigy sees numbers as geometric shapes that represent their prime composition. Math was never my strong suit, but every time I see math made into a visual pattern game, I get lots more excited about it. I wish I could've learned some variation of this approach for doing arithmatic!

One of the points that the narrator (Numberphile) makes is that kid is playing with math. This quality seems to be nearly universal to people who de interesting things with numbers, and I figured, given the role of triangles, I ought to link to that vihart Sierpinski vid again—except I found this halloween themed one instead, which seems completely appropriate, not only given the season, but also the extreme playfullness...

Or have a seasonally & only (very) slightly playful dead mouse.

2016-10-19T22:20:05-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2016-10-20:/String/2016fuchsia_cobalt_transparent_mouse
2016-10-19T00:00:00-05:00 Clever tip to keep from dooring cyclists. 19oct2016

Today, on a rather more upbeat note, a useful tip from another one of those little, socialist countries: how a simple mind/habit hack can prevent dooring cyclists. —A little background, for those of you not commuter (or urban) cyclists: most people riding bikes to and from work, or to the grocery store/bank/post office/etc typically go from 10–20 mph (I average about 12, which by the way is evidently also average for Amsterdam). All of those speeds are too great to ride on the sidewalk, because automobile drivers backing up treat all obstacles on sidewalks as essentially stationary, which is fine, as long as they're moving 5 mph (a little faster than walking pace) or less.

(Aside from the danger cyclists going at commuter speeds pose to pedestrians, strollers & dogs, for whom sidewalks are actually intended, of course.) Unless making a left turn, cyclists are typically mandated to stay to the right (where in fact bike lanes are usually positioned). Of course, if there is on-street parking, that will be to the right of the cyclist, with cars to the rider's left.

Well. You can imagine what happens when someone parks, opens their car door to get out and WHAM! over the handlebars the rider goes. This type of collision is common enough to have its very own name, ‘dooring’. Like telling people backing out of their driveways to watch for cyclists (or kids on those really speedy scooters) informing cyclists that they should ‘just watch for drivers’ is not terribly helpful—the last time it nearly happened to me, the car was murdered out (had all darkened side and rear windshield windows); even without that additional problem, it can be surprisingly difficult to tell whether a parked vehicle is occupied. (I usually can't: tail & brake-lights turning off are a more reliable clue, but not one I always catch.)

But the Dutch, who take their commuter cycling seriously, came up with a simple and very elegant hack to prevent this problem. The catch? It has do be done by the driver of the car, not the cyclist. Nevertheless it's so simple I thought I'd spread the word, because doing this could save a cyclist's life, or spare them a world of pain. Are you ready?

When in the driver's seat, open the door by reaching your right hand over to the door handle. This automatically causes you to twist your body so that you look behind you. Even if you're not very limber, you're more likely to notice your driver-side mirror, which can help cue you as to oncoming traffic. —That's it. (And you get a nice little shoulder & neck stretch into the bargain;)

Via boingboing, here's the Dutch Reach. Do please consider incorporating this into your driving routine. Aside from being less likely to door cyclists, it also strikes me (ahem) as a safer way to exit a car when traffic and on-street parking are uncomfortably tight (as for example on one of main streets.)

Oh, and continuing with the green theme, another green piece, a cat-head dead-mouse...

2016-10-19T09:14:01-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2016-10-19:/String/2016green_cat_dead_mouse
2016-10-18T00:00:00-05:00 The largest prison strike in history is getting/got very little traction. 18oct2016

Although you hear about the old joke of prisoners making license plates, in fact as I understand it, prisoners in the US make a variety of products, many of them commercial (as opposed, say, to items for the prisoners’ own use, such as uniforms, or even items for the state.)

And they're paid a pittance, well below minimum wage. This is a political movement for which I don't have much knowledge, excepting what I picked up in Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow, which can be summarized as “Well, now that segregation is illegal, we need some other way to control black and brown people (especially men).” Also, we lock up not only a greater percentage, but more people, period, than any other country (e.g. China, which has a far bigger population.)

So, via mathbabe, a link about a prison strike that has been almost invisible in the mainstream media (I had heard about it—I thought on Freethoughtblogs, or perhaps Slacktivist...)

Round about the time I probably heard about this strike the first time, I encountered this article about why the so-much-less draconian scandinavian prisons are superior. To bring this full circle, however many times my house has been broken into I've lost far more money to jokers like these who not only will never serve jail time, but will live with wealth I can only dream of. And the links for whom started me on the path for the ones above.

Anyway, here's a not dead mouse!

2016-10-17T21:59:27-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2016-10-18:/String/not_quite_dead_mouse
2016-10-17T00:00:00-05:00 Japanese joinery is cool. 17oct2016

I have a great fondness for Japanese aesthetics, and this link showing animations of various woodworking joins (some of which, such as dovetails or finger joints are also used in western woodworking, of course) illustrates why: extraordinary technique, spare, elegant finish, and (secret) complex underpinnings that you have to look for:)

I, of course, tend to put my visually complex stuff on the outside.

2016-10-16T20:19:47-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2016-10-17:/Giftwrap/2016green_pink
2016-10-14T00:00:00-05:00 Cosplay of Mystique in mid-shift, aka superb & creative use of sequins:) 14oct2016

Well, this is a quickie, so here's a costuming link from boing that I think is pretty impressive: I especially like the dynamism of the concept, showing the shapeshifter in process, so to speak.

Also in blue and green, but nearly as dramatic, is today's dead mouse. Enjoy, & have a nice weekend.

2016-10-13T21:57:10-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2016-10-14:/String/2016grey_blue_dead_mouse
2016-10-13T00:00:00-05:00 political linkies for the 2016 election 13oct2016

Appalling as I find the GOP presidential candidate (& it's hardly an original observation on my part that were I to put this character in a novel, the editor/reader(s) would waste no time telling me to tone down someone so ridiculously over the top) I'm actually having an easier time on the internets, cuz for a while there, it seemed like one horrible terrorist attack after another and I just had to step away.

(I suppose they're still going on; it's just that the news is currently focused on the three ring circus that is USA politics.) So lemme get that crop of links out of the way—The Good Old Days (no thanks!); why a rather centrist voter happily living in GOP rural America feels the GOP candidate for president is appalling. I gather this sex tape is the final straw, which rather mystifies me, as I could not imagine anyone familiar with the guy—I mean, just listen to a few of his speeches—couldn't know he behaves like this. (Personally, I subscribe to the theory that because Trump has done so badly in the last 2 debates and looks to be losing, the republicans are using this tape as excuse to jump ship. I admit, I wonder whether my feminist friend who was a supporter all the way back to the primaries is still on board.)

But my absolute fave is this British er, pro-Trump video which I have to admit had me positively screaming with laughter...

Anyway. If politics aren't your thing, here's another dead mouse.

2016-10-12T23:07:45-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2016-10-13:/String/2016orange_turq_dead_mouse
2016-10-11T00:00:00-05:00 Animating eyeballs is hard. 11oct2016

I had some cool linkies lined up for this week, which I'm too tired to dig up out of my history, so here's an article about why animating eyes is so difficult —I remember Scalzi saying Cameron paying extra for animating the eyes in Avatar (beautiful blue kittycats wearing beads be still my beating heart, tacky colonial-imperalist themes and all) was a good decision. (I remember when animating blonde—that is, transparent—hair was considered a challenge. Times, they are a-changing.) Oh, and speaking of colonialism, trusting you had a nice Indigenous Day yesterday...what, I wonder, are we supposed to call these beautiful, relatively warm sunny October days, now?

Or if you like your art old-fashioned and made by hand (if a bit mediated by flame) have a dead mouse.

2016-10-11T10:04:04-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2016-10-11:/String/orange_green_dead_mouse
2016-10-10T00:00:00-05:00 Marcus Ranum/Standard Error (stderr) features the amazing Margaret Hamilton, another software/computer genius. 10oct2016

Haven't been doing much posting—I have all kinds of fall related garden & home improvement chores, and they have been keeping me busy. (And tedious as I know many people are finding the current focus on the (USA) election cycle, it surely beats that unending litany of bombings, shootings etc earlier this year that had me so down I really couldn't contemplate posting. And yes, I'm sure all that horror is still going on for many people...)

But despite the lack of recent arting on my part, I do have a series of 5 dead mice shot, so I figured I could feature those. And for those of you tired of those, well this blogger—who's quite impressed me with his computing/sysadmin knowledge—is featuring an amazing programmer who deserves more notoriety

Or you can check out a would-be jewel-toned dichro'n’shards dead mouse.

2016-10-06T20:07:41-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2016-10-10:/String/sept16dead_mouse
2016-06-03T00:00:00-05:00 Everyone knows the internet is for looking at cat pictures, and while trawling Jim Hines' site, I found a couple of cute links--- snow leopards chewing on their tails and via that, another page of cats shot from underneath---quite fascinating, because cats technically walk in a crouch, (which is e...

Everyone knows the internet is for looking at cat pictures, and while trawling Jim Hines’ site, I found a couple of cute links—snow leopards chewing on their tails and via that, another page of cats shot from underneath—quite fascinating, because cats technically walk in a crouch, (which is evidently not very mechanically efficient) and these pix really show that. Hines’ other link was a town without roads, (spoiler: they have canals) and the fact that it's quiet just made it soooooo appealing (assuming they don't allow gas-powered lawnmowers, leaf-blowers, edgers, hedge shears...honestly, how do people not notice how appallingly polluted our soundscape is?

Anyway. Here's today's offering, in red.

2016-06-02T17:30:06-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2016-06-03:/Giftwrap/2016red_roses
2016-06-02T00:00:00-05:00 Gorgeous modern =dance= ballet depicting _First Love_. 02jun2016

Two gifts for you: another giftwrapping post, since that seems to be the theme this week; and this vimeo depicting a practice of gorgeous (& very accessible) modern ballet, First Love.

Enjoy.

2016-06-01T07:33:24-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2016-06-02:/Giftwrap/2016denim_blue_floral
2016-06-01T00:00:00-05:00 This talk about optimism and pessimism by a sf&f/futurist is pretty interesting: . The teal deer version is that pessimists (because they're always trying to *avoid* the worst) tend to be careful planners who allow for contingencies. That's actually kind of useful. Of course (ahem) they also dri...

This talk about optimism and pessimism by a sf&f/futurist is pretty interesting:. The teal deer version is that pessimists (because they're always trying to avoid the worst) tend to be careful planners who allow for contingencies. That's actually kind of useful. Of course (ahem) they also drive average folk nuts with their constant refrain of, ‘But what if this $unlikely|horrible thing happens?’

Along sort of the same lines, Whatever's Big Idea for the Week explores Star Trek economics in an interesting looking book, which in turn inspired a panel about it with Paul Krugman & Brad Delong at Wiscon—now that is something I'd be happy to watch, (since the article only skims the surface of the topic) so I hope it gets posted.

Or, since today is the birthday of one of my favourite people, it seems appropriate to do a giftwrap post.

2016-05-31T13:29:25-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2016-06-01:/Giftwrap/2016coral_turquoise
2016-05-30T00:00:00-05:00 Happy Memorial Day, for those who celebrate it. Sorry about the no-posting. This time only, the lapse isn't *entirely* my fault, as (filtered through my vague understanding) the SQL bundled with the latest incarnation of ubuntu was none too thrilled with the date strings on my pix---at any rate, ...

Happy Memorial Day, for those who celebrate it.

Sorry about the no-posting. This time only, the lapse isn't entirely my fault, as (filtered through my vague understanding) the SQL bundled with the latest incarnation of ubuntu was none too thrilled with the date strings on my pix—at any rate, the mismatch broke the (custom) software used to create this site, till the wizard got around to fixing it.

Today's post features a test shot of beads based on dogwood. Or if you can't get too excited about a decade-old necklace, here's a cool link about visualizing martial arts—would be fabulous as a starting point for some fresh new ways to depict combat in comics. At least, that was its primary interest for me.

2016-05-30T19:23:24-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2016-05-30:/GlassBeads/dogwood_necklace
2016-04-26T00:00:00-05:00 Skateboard takes the concept of Holi & um, *rolls* with it:) 26apr2016

Courtesy of boingboing, another fun and colourful post, this time about a skateboarder filmed in slowmo while using the board to spray coloured pigment all over. It's absolutely fantastic—just plain fun.

I have no doubt the guy got the idea from colour runs, which in their turn were inspired by the Indian holiday (Holi).. —Frankly, I love the concept, though I could wish it a little less commercialized. —Which is one reason I liked this variation, which is clearly a joyful cross-pollination, if you will, in the spirit of the original.

Speaking of colour, I've got another another giftwrap example.

2016-04-24T22:03:53-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2016-04-26:/Giftwrap/2016hydrangea
2016-04-25T00:00:00-05:00 India's ``first trans band''. 25apr2016

Hey, let's celebrate spring with some giftwrap! Also, somewhere or other I stumbled upon a similarly happy and colourful vid, made to celebrate India's trans community. I really like the way ‘bad monitor artifacts’ —screen slicing, degraded images—have been used to give the video a distinctive look, while subtly suggesting that this community is only very imperfectly perceived by the rest of the world.

2016-04-24T07:24:21-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2016-04-25:/Giftwrap/2016spring_butterflies
2016-03-25T00:00:00-05:00 new index for pysanky ---aka dyed easter eggs. Or oestra eggs if you prefer:) 25mar2016

No rants today, just a link to a new index page for pysanky. Haven't actually got any new pysanky—I was acting as a studio assistant 4 days last week, and only really started to recover yesterday (hence the hiatus)—but there are plans to dye some, so perhaps next week.

2016-03-24T22:17:39-05:00 tag:www.rejiquar.com,2016-03-25:/Pysanky/2015pysanky_new_index