Monthly Archives: May 2014

My name made the Stella Library discovery credits!

Stella’s creator just came out with a new version of Stella 4d, and a discovery of mine made the built-in library that comes with that software. This is my blog, so I get to brag about that, right? My legal … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Uselessness

Given the name of this blog, and the familiarity of the number pictured above, I’m sure you recognize it as the beginning of my favorite number, pi. On various websites, you can find far more digits than are shown above. … Continue reading

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By Request: The Compound of Five Rhombic Dodecahedra, with Nets

I’ve been asked by a reader of this blog to post nets for this polyhedral compound. Printing nets with Stella 4d is easy, and I’m happy to post them here, in response to that request. Warning, though: there are many … Continue reading

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The Great Rhombcuboctahedron As a Building-Block

This solid, also known as the great rhombicuboctahedron, and the truncated icosidodecahedron, can be used to build many other things. In addition to the elongated ring of eight above, for example, there’s this octagonal prism. Remember the elongated ring at … Continue reading

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My Students’ Painting of the Periodic Table of the Elements

This is my last year teaching at my current school — I’ll be transferring to another school in the same district in the Fall. To create a farewell gift to the school where I have taught for the last three … Continue reading

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The Royal Octahedron, with Half-a-Dozen Crowns

Software credit: see http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php to check out Stella 4d, the program I used to make this. A free trial download is available.

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Seventeen Truncated Tetrahedra Rotating in Symmetrical Formation

Software credit: you can try the free trial download of Stella 4d at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

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