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August 27, 2014

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7:01 AM | Graph-based video game
Last year, Metrico, an infographic-based puzzle game for the PlayStation Vita, was announced for future release. It's out now. I …Tags: Metrico, video games
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5:00 AM | (x, why?) Mini: Potential
(Click on the comic if you can't see the full image.) (C)Copyright 2014, C. Burke.Would becoming purely kinetic be realizing your potential? This is a new thing that I'm trying, (x, why?) minis. "Mini" as in "minimum", so it has a mathematical context, along with "minimum artwork, background and coloring". I thought about calling them "quickies", but that lacked the math connection and, frankly, this wasn't as quick as I would have liked. Happy Joe Burke Day!, the anniversary of my father's […]
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2:17 AM | Magic carpet
Submitted by TheFrankensTeam: In the model you can change the number of dots and the deviation too. If you set the “type demo” to dynamic it will make possible to analyse how the wave-pattern changes when deviation grows.
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12:53 AM | N-RN.3 (Real Number System) - Irrational Behavior
A short entry for tonight. Moving on to another Common Core Algebra standard brings me to N-RN.3, which reads Explain why the sum or product of two rational numbers is rational; that the sum of a rational number and an irrational number is irrational; and that the product of a nonzero rational number and an irrational number is irrational. The key word here is "explain". Before we do that, let's establish that the rest of the standard is true: if you add two rational numbers, you will get an […]

August 26, 2014

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6:41 PM | Constellation of Triangle
Constellation of Triangle   by Vlad Alexeev   http://im-possible.info/english/art/computer/vlad.html#constellation-of-triangle
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5:12 PM | http://singingbanana.com
http://singingbanana.com: I’ve got a new website at jamesgrime.com or, if you prefer, singingbanana.com I can tell you are excited.
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5:06 PM | There can be only one - it’s a kind of magic.
There can be only one - it’s a kind of magic.
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3:38 PM | lightprocesses: Hyperbolic paraboloid
lightprocesses: Hyperbolic paraboloid
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3:36 PM | Photo
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9:45 AM | Face tracking coupled with projection mapping
Projection mapping — the use of projected images onto physical objects to turn them into something else — continues to …Tags: face tracking, projection mapping
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4:05 AM | ryanandmath: Imagine you wanted to measure the coastline of...
ryanandmath: Imagine you wanted to measure the coastline of Great Britain. You might remember from calculus that straight lines can make a pretty good approximation of curves, so you decide that you’re going to estimate the length of the coast using straight lines of the length of 100km (not a very good estimate, but it’s a start). You finish, and you come up with a total costal length of 2800km. And you’re pretty happy. Now, you have a friend who also for some reason wants to […]

August 25, 2014

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7:42 PM | My Mother, the GPS
(Click on the comic if you can't see the full image.) (C)Copyright 2014, C. Burke.Remembering Mom by remembering how she gave directions to places she'd been to before.
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10:25 AM | Finding small villages in big cities
Daily life in cities tends to differ from daily life in small towns, especially by who we interact with. The …Tags: communication, MIT Senseable City Lab, mobile, social
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1:58 AM | What Makes the Golden Ratio so Golden?
Now that I’ve concluded my Golden Ratio-themed comic serial, I wanted to get into a little what the Golden Ratio actually is. Just saying that it’s some number that’s approximately 1.618, doesn’t quite do it justice. What’s so special about that number? And what makes that a ratio? Second point, first. A ratio is a comparison of two numbers, so it can cause confusion if only a single number is written, even if “to 1” is implied. What makes it so special is what is being […]
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12:00 AM | The AAT Project™ is an online competition that will identify,...
The AAT Project™ is an online competition that will identify, mentor and manage exceptional teens whose ideas will change the world. It aims to promote technological and scientific innovation, and change the cultural aspect of what science and math look like by setting a new higher standard for teen role models. If you’re a teen with a world-changing idea, sign up on their splash page and see if you’ve got what it takes to win the ultimate competition! The Grand Prize winner will not […]

August 24, 2014

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6:29 PM | New artworks for children by Vicente Meavilla
Artworks for children by Vicente Meavilla   http://im-possible.info/english/art/vicente/for-children-10.html#hexagons-2014
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6:05 PM | Steam Train
Steam train   by Vadim Dubinin   http://im-possible.info/english/art/pencil/vadim-dubinin.html#steam-train
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3:30 AM | "The infinite is nowhere to be found in reality. It neither exists in nature nor provides a..."
“The infinite is nowhere to be found in reality. It neither exists in nature nor provides a legitimate basis for rational thought… The role that remains for the infinite to play is solely that of an idea.” - David Hilbert, “On the Infinite.” (via awarenessism)
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12:15 AM | staceythinx: Illustrator Florian Nicolle breaks down break...
staceythinx: Illustrator Florian Nicolle breaks down break dancing.

August 23, 2014

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11:47 PM | A Little Bit of Fibonacci ...
Today's column isn't going to happen the way I wanted it to, so I'll try it for tomorrow. In the meantime, I'll leave you with this: I just finished posted a series of comics with crazy numbers in the titles after the word "part", instead of the normal "Part 1/10, Part 2/10, ..." etc. This is because those numbers were intended to be ratios, and not just any ratios, but Fibonacci number ratios. As you might have guessed from the first episode in that sequence, I would be working with […]
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7:14 PM | Mystery Manor
An item from social game Mystery Manor   http://im-possible.info/english/art/games/mystery-manor.html
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4:27 PM | brokvisk: Numbers are simple.
brokvisk: Numbers are simple.

August 22, 2014

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7:29 AM | Introvert’s heart mapped
Cartoonist Gemma Correll mapped the introvert's heart, from recluse corner to the town of online ordering. Seems about right. It's …Tags: Gemma Correll, humor, introvert
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5:00 AM | Trigonometry Jones and the Golden Ratio, Part 1.618033988749894848204586...
(Click on the comic if you can't see the full image.) (C)Copyright 2014, C. Burke.And if the horse were here, they could ride off into the sunset. For anyone who joined in the past five years and missed out, or are wondering about "Part 144/89", check out the following: For a quick read, check out the Comics-Only site, starting here, and then continuing here. Or if you might want to comment, check out these blog entries: 1/1, 2/1, 3/2, 5/3, 8/5, 13/8, 21/13, 34/21, 55/34, […]
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1:42 AM | randommarius: “Phyllotactic Portrait of Fibonacci” by Robert...
randommarius: “Phyllotactic Portrait of Fibonacci” by Robert BoschMathematical artist Robert Bosch created this picture by adapting a well-known portrait of the Italian mathematician Leonardo Pisano Bigollo (c. 1170—1250), who was better known as Fibonacci.Fibonacci described the sequence that bears his name in his 1202 book Liber Abaci, although the sequence was known to Indian mathematicians as early as the 6th century. The Fibonacci sequence begins 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, the key […]

August 21, 2014

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9:52 PM | Fractal Music(?)
In the past, I have treated fractals visually. For instance, in my treatment of the Mandelbrot set, I chose points in the complex plane to represent pixels in an image, applied the iterative function \(z_{n+1} = z_{n}^2 + z_0\) to … Continue reading →
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8:08 PM | Trigonometry Jones and the Golden Ratio, Part 610/377
(Click on the comic if you can't see the full image.) (C)Copyright 2014, C. Burke.So the Golden Ratio was actually a rare gem the whole time? Who knew?! The gem came as close to the golden ratio as I could manage in Paint. Actually, it was closer, but I hated the way it looked, so I altered it a little to make it more esthetic. It does seem like they've been looking for years. And now it's almost done. For anyone who joined in the past five years and missed out, or are wondering about […]
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7:36 PM | Two Books
Two books   by Vicente Meavilla   http://im-possible.info/english/art/vicente/vicente9.html#two-books
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6:19 PM | Mathspace
I got to demo a great new product last week. It is called Mathspace. It is both a web and mobile app, and the real innovation is their exercises allow you to write and check intermediate steps. And their handwriting interpreter is the best I’ve seen. It is a little hard to explain exactly what [...]
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