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Monthly Archives: March 2015
Does Everything Move at the Speed of Light?
I have a friend who once explained to me his way of understanding spacetime, and what Einstein discovered about it, which was to start with the idea that, as he put it, “everything is traveling at c,” and proceed from … Continue reading
Posted in Life, Science and Scientists
Tagged c, dilation, Einstein, light, physics, relativistic, relativity, science, speed of light, time
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A Polyhedron with 520 Faces
I made this with Stella 4d, software you can try for free here.
The Misadventures of Jynx the Kitten, Chapter Four: Jynx “Helps” with Grading Papers, and Discovers a New Talent
This is the last day of Spring Break, and grades for the third quarter are due tomorrow, so it should surprise no one that I’m grading papers. Things were going well, too, until Jynx the Kitten decided to “help.” I … Continue reading
Phobias? What phobias?
It just occurred to me that there are an absurd number of common phobias, such as claustrophobia or acrophobia, for which I have the polar opposite — an unusual attraction to the commonlyfeared thing or situation. (Since I am no stranger … Continue reading
Posted in Mental Health
Tagged anxiety, fear, mental health, mental illness, philia, phobia, words
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My Impressions, Upon Wearing a CPAP Machine, at Home, for the First Time
I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea. As a result, I now have a CPAP machine, on me and running, for the first time at home. The headgear reminds me of the uniform Alex Summers wears, as Havok of the … Continue reading
Posted in Humor, Life
Tagged Alex Summers, CPAP, Darth Vader, Havok, Humor, humour, medical, sleep, sleep apnea, Stephen Hawking, Xmen
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Using the Rhombic Dodecahedron and the Rhombic Enneacontahedron to Create a “Near NearMiss” to the Johnson Solids
This is the rhombic dodecahedron, the dual of the Archimedean cuboctahedron. While the rhombic dodecahedron has 12 faces, there are many other polyhedra made entirely out of rhombi, and most of them have more than twelve faces. An example is … Continue reading
Icosidodecahedral Stained Glass
Polyhedra are of the areas (there are at least a few others) where the fields of mathematics and art intersect. Stella 4d, the program I used to make this image, is a great tool for the exploration of this region … Continue reading
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Tagged Art, geometry, icosidodecahedral, icosidodecahedron, Mathematics, polyhedra, polyhedron, stained gladd
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