Attenborough: Saying Boo to a Sloth!
Concerning "Mariam" Al-Asturlabiya (https://www.rayawolfsun.com/2015/02/06/the-romance-of-al-asturlabiya/): A warning about how romanticizing past figures (in this case the only woman astrolabist known from the medieval Islamic world; see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariam_al-Asturlabi) can result in creating biographical details for them out of thin air.
Going to start my Mastodon account with a result I put quite a bit of work into: Sorting 11 inputs using a sorting network requires 35 comparisons and sorting 12 inputs requires 39 comparisons. I still haven't finished writing the paper (and should be working on that instead), but all the code including a formal proof in Isabelle/HOL is on github: https://github.com/jix/sortnetopt
Kowhaiwhai are repeating decorative patterns used in New Zealand on Maori buildings. The National Library of NZ has a number of good examples at https://natlib.govt.nz/photos?text=kowhaiwhai and there's a brief guide to their interpretation at http://www.maori.org.nz/whakairo/default.php?pid=sp55&parent=52
I can't find much analysis of their structure, though, beyond pointing to frieze groups for their symmetries. The part that interests me more is their fractal-like swooping structure, reminiscent of (and in some cases directly modeled on) fern fronds.
I have a user interface problem that I hope isn't only solved by adding yet another option for authors to understand.
Student types a mathematical expression. We allow implicit multiplication, so `xy` is interpreted as `x*y`.
What to do about `pi`? Is it `p*i` or `π`?
I guess most of the time, you'd expect it to be interpreted as π. But you might be doing something with complex numbers, and `p*i` is really what you meant.
I suppose rendering π would at least give you a hint to add the * symbol
I have made a version of Minesweeper where if you're forced to guess you'll always be safe — but if you guess when you didn't have to you'll always hit a mine.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has an R frontend to awk, called auk.
I found this helpful for putting math on my Jekyll site:
I grew up in Alabama in the US, am Eastern Orthodox, and study computational 3-manifold topology.
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