Friday, January 30, 2009

Random sketch: Artichokes is Murder.

Not my greatest piece of art of all time, but a well needed justification to tell this story. Yes.

I was getting pizza once evening, and I saw a type that looked appetizing and meatless. But I'm a cautious one, so I asked the guy working there if it was, in fact, vegetarian. 

He told me it was not, due to its containing artichoke hearts. 

I ate it anyway. Maybe I am a bad vegetarian now?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Random Sketch: Tangent to her curves

I'm still not entirely positive that I really graphed f'(x) properly, but the gist is there. Graphing: not my strong point. 

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Fixing the Weather

I fixed my weather widget:

Circles Upon Circles

Trying out some different stitches I found on the internets. Eventually, I'll do something hip and mathematical. First, I'll just make circles.

The best part of embroidery is the way it feels - the outermost circle is especially nice to run a finger over - and of course, it cannot by digitally conveyed. 

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Random sketch: Feeding the Fish

This is what my life looks like on a normal day. Yes. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Decrypting Lolcats: Part 2

That was not all that I have to say about frequency analysis and lolcats.

1. In the previous frequency table, it is important to realize that the difference are not very notable. The variation in the early letters can be blamed on the smaller sample size of the lolcat text used, and by the time when the differences are clear, it is unlikely that the percentages themselves would be useful.

2. It may also be worth considering whether numbers are used along with letters in the lolcat cryptogram - if the cypher uses more than the usual 26 letters, the frequency analysis should be expanded to include numbers. Using all 10 of the numbers, the frequency table should be readjusted accordingly.

3. The quantities and values of the letters used in a scrabble game roughly reflect their frequency - this can be seen by playing from a scrabble set made in a different language, and the graph provided. So if one wanted to make a lolcat translation of scrabble, these charts must be taken in to account.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Decrypting Lolcats: O Vsm Jsd Vjrrdnithrt?

I'm sure I could go on for pages and pages considering whether lolcats have their own language or not, but when it comes down to cryptanalysis, lolcatese uses a different vocabulary and spellings from traditional english, and thus the exact same tricks cannot when analyzing a lolcat substitution cipher as regular English.

First off, the frequency analysis is not going to work out exactly like it does in traditional english. For one thing, there are going to be a great deal more Zs. Included is a comparison of a Lolcat analysis (generated from icanhascheeseburger entries) and an English analysis (taken from here).

Second, many of the common words are going to be unique - if it's 3 letters, starts with 't' and ends with 'h,' chances are you've got 'teh.'

And so on.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Chicken Bomber

Embroidering on t-shirt fabric: not a good idea. Chicken aerial bombardment: very good idea.

Also, I need a camera so I can aspire to higher resolution than a webcam.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Making Change

The coins in a cash register are organized from highest to lowest*: quarters, then dimes, nickels, and finally pennies.
Using these four coins as place values, I have a new, albeit very limited, counting system. It has only 4 place values, obviously there can be a maximum of 4 in the pennies place value, 1 in the nickels, 2 in the dimes place, and 3 in the quarters place, and finally, the whole number must not add up to 100 more (in this case, you would give the customer a one dollar bill).

To make this more interesting, I occasionally substitute a single skipped place value with a decimal point. This means that 31 cents converts to 1.11. Of course, this is not very mathematically sound, but things work better this way.

The effect is to create another level of numbers above the monetary value of the coins returned, making transactions a little more interest.

Here are some of the most notable results:

41 cents -> 1111
84 cents -> 3.14
17 cents -> 0112 (the first four fibonacci numbers, but is arguable less cool because it break the skipped coins = decimal place rule)

I'm sure there are others, but those are the only ones that come to mind.

*Maybe some registers do this in reverse order, but I declare them non-canon.

In other news: you can tell while steaming milk when it is at around 140 degrees by the sound it makes.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sebastian the Betentacled Cyclops

I made him ages ago and only recently remembered his existence.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mandelbrot the Fractal Bear: Capitalist Edition

Lots of people are now trying to buy Mandelbrot the Fractal Bear
(In related news: thank you Jake von Slatt and Cory Doctorow for my current warm fuzzy feeling of minor-internet-stardom/creepiness, depending on your opinion on mutant teddy bears.) 

Anyways! I am all for selling you a fractal bear. 
But! I don't have any on hand to sell, and I don't have any parts on hand to remedy this. 
So! I intend to go teddy bear hunting and see if I can remedy this. 

In summary! Maybe you can buy one later, I will see what I can do.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Binary Palindromes Cutout

My current infatuation is binary palindromes (binary numbers that read the same way forwards and backwards, like 101, 110101011, et cetera). The patterns that they produce are lovely, so I made a little cutout of the palindromes that exist between 257 and 511. 

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Random sketch: Poem

There is a poem in this picture.

The End of the Christmas Cookies

There was some chocolate molasses cookies dough left over....

Thursday, January 1, 2009


I was talking to a friend on ichat one evening while photoshop was open.... the results:

when combined with an affection for Lovecraft: