Tuesday, March 31, 2009

loveliness 97

Conversation overheard at the library: 

LIBRARY PATRON: (handing over his books) Hello, how are you?
LIBRARY EMPLOYEE: I am well thank you, how are you?
LIBRARY PATRON: I am wealthy.  It is springtime. 

Monday, March 30, 2009

loveliness 96

From Nino Ricci's The Origin of Species:
"They'd chance onto a subject that showed promise but then just when they'd reached a certain momentum Alex would manage to derail things with an ill-considered question or found himself floundering in the vast bogs of his own ignorance."

All day I have been feeling this crummy way -- of "floundering in the vast bogs" of my ignorance -- but somehow chancing on this nice labeling of a shit feeling actually made me feel better about it.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

loveliness 95

Crazy fabric stores
and cute denim coffee cozies at the White Squirrel Coffee Shop.
Sunday Queen Street stroll...

Saturday, March 28, 2009

loveliness 94

Being in a house full of flowers is great. So are people who are appreciative of even the crappiest sandwiches that you make for them :)

Crazy orchid blooming in two places at once: 
The Clivia = memories of Granddad:
Tulips coming unhinged:
OK, this picture may not do justice to this loveliness... but this plant has all it's wonderfully perfumed and symmetric little flowers pointing down.  This is what the underside of your counter looks like, Mom. 

Friday, March 27, 2009

loveliness 93

It is a gorgeous springy day and I should probably say something nice about how lovely it is that you can go outside with an unbuttoned coat if you are me and only a t-shirt if you are anyone else. But instead I'm going to talk about this lame internet thing that I feel a bit guilty for liking. 

It is the New Math. You can find a whole lot more of these bafflingly awesome statements here. I seem to have chosen three office related ones (they spoke to me, somehow...), but there are a whole lot of general life clevernesses too.

loveliness 92

Friday: I always like to see elderly couples holding hands. Especially when one person is in a motorized wheelchair and the other on foot. Aww... 

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

loveliness 91

E-mails containing lovelinesses are themselves a loveliness.
Thanks Hal for this contribution.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

loveliness 90

OK, this is fucking hilarious (but keep in mind my standards are verrry low).

1. Go here
2. mouse over the link to my blog
3. read the *key words* at the bottom of the little "snap shot" window that pops up. If you are lucky, "bunnies" will appear in the list. 

What are these words? Obviously it is somehow generated by the content of the link, but I guess when the link points to a content-free zone like this one it becomes funnie. 

Monday, March 23, 2009

loveliness 89

I got some new food for the lovely Ms. Roxy. It turns out that she really likes it. 

Sunday, March 22, 2009

loveliness 88

I have been meaning to write this one for a while now, but this morning's banana pancakes put it at the top of the loveliness stack. Dreena Burton's vegan recipes are awesome. Unfortunately her blog is somewhat disappointing, partly because of the bizarre diy food photography, and because she rarely seems to post recipes. Her books, however, are great. I highly recommend Vive le Vegan, and Eat, Drink and be Vegan also seems good from the few things I have tried. She seems to have a few recipes from Vive posted here.

loveliness 87

woooooorrrrmmmmsss!!!! WOOORRRMMMSSSS!!!!

I am frightened and delighted!!!

loveliness 86

Friday: lots of loveliness, lots of busy.
I spent most of Friday talking and thinking about my new favourite thing: zeolites. It is pretty great if you are a leading expert (check the tie) in the field of these things, and you still come down from mars (or just arizona) to take interest in a lowly grad student's research (me!).  

Here is a fun thing to do: 
- Go here
- select "Framework Type," and pick one that you like the sound of
- Once you are looking at the specs for your zeolite, pick 3D drawing
- FUNNN!!!!! click on all the stuff!! 

Thursday, March 19, 2009

loveliness 85

There was a lot of loveliness today. For one thing, I got to have lunch at the Schulich School of Business *Executive Dining Room*, where the lunch buffet is $26.25. It was good though and fancy-feeling, especially for York. And I wasn't paying, which made it that much more delicious, I guess. MMM nom nom nom.

I did get a chuckle out of the fact that the free newspapers in the Schulich building were the National Post, while the Toronto Star is widely available (also free) throughout the rest of campus. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

loveliness 84

Ahhhh.... people getting around. Today, standing at the corner of Bathurst and Barton I saw:
1. An older lady dimounting her bike while the thing was still in motion, so awesome.
2. A quite-a-bit-older man riding a very wicked giant tricycle.
3. A professional looking dude on a longboard, who gave a moving start when the light turned (that is, he sent his longboard ahead of him and then hopped on).
A lovely slice of the 2-, 3-, and 4-wheeled non-car world. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

loveliness 83

I spent part of this morning browsing around on the old MathSciNet. I love the experience of following all of the links and references and sleuthing around generally for ideas. I even found a few things that I have been looking for -- stuff that I invented vocabulary to deal with ('cause sometimes you can't find answers if you don't know what the right question is... this sounds more philosophical than I mean it to though) and now I have the right structures and words. It turns out that my definitions were fairly sensible! Yay me. 

Here is a map, for you but mostly for me:
my words --> their words
underlying graph --> static graph
graph on the torus --> periodic graph (why not?)
edge wrapping/topology --> edge transit vector 
path wrapping number --> path transit vector

noice --> noice
I realized yesterday that I haven't said "noice" probably in over a year. And it just seemed to come out of me spontaneously. (Also: an especial *noice* to the example usage of noice in definition 1. here).   

Monday, March 16, 2009

loveliness 82

These little fellows are kind of sweet:
They surprised me here:

loveliness 81

Oh dear! I feel like I should have a really good excuse for not posting yesterday, but in fact I don't. I was even awake for more hours than usual. It turns out that the Eggies didn't really produce any mathematics, they just gave me the choco-sweats and made staying up past bedtime much more fun. 

At some point yesterday we asked which is worse: to spend $4 on a movie you didn't watch, or $9 on a movie that you did. So we didn't return the overdue and unwatched Burn After Reading to West Side Stories, but we forgot to anticipate the next question: Now which is worse, spending $9 on a movie that you did watch, or $9 on a movie that you didn't?

This is all by way of saying that sometimes it is nice to stay up late when it is obviously a bad idea. 

Saturday, March 14, 2009

loveliness 80

Ahhh.... the Easter time of year. I love-love-love the Easter time of year. I like the colours and the flowers and the bunnies, but mostly the chocolate. Yesterday a friend called because she was eating Eggies and it made her think of me, a compliment really. 
I used to think that I could take Eggies and make them into mathematics. Maybe I should try that again....

Friday, March 13, 2009

loveliness 79

OK. I hadn't left the house all day until a few minutes ago, and look what was waiting for me outside: my loveliness 79. 

Sidewalk chalk scribble.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

loveliness 78

When the seminar speaker is wearing a fascinating/amusing outfit. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

loveliness 77

That category of conversation that can only be described as girl talk. That is pretty good, every now and again. 
But wait, what did we decide: can men and women be *just* friends?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

loveliness 76

Well, interpolating between lovelinesses 74 and 75 brings me to exactly this one: getting mail. Especially when it is a package from Japan that is wrapped in what seems like a particularly lovely way that you know is probably just standard (or even sloppy) over there. But look at this, wouldn't this be nice to come home to? 

loveliness 75

OK, I had a loveliness all ready but then it was preempted! By a surprise visit from the pingman! Yay, surprises! Yay, opening the door to loveliness....

Sunday, March 8, 2009

loveliness 74

I think mailing stuff is lovely. There is something quite satisfying about sealing an envelope and sticking on a stamp. I finally got around to writing that card for my brother, so now it is ready to go! 

Saturday, March 7, 2009

loveliness 73

Homemade soup for food-poisoned tummies. Merci, pingtone.

My quilt in progress

Introducing..... my quilt. 

I have been meaning to write about my quilt for a long time now.  That was basically the meaning of "a record of things made... at least incrementally" over on the right there.  This has been in the works for just over a year now, although it has been in my mind to make a quilt since the nineties. Yeah, I was a weird kid.

It seems not much has changed! This is a super-nerdy math quilt, with a Penrose tiling pattern (although technically the word "pattern" is probably incorrect here). There are two types of tiles that, when fit together according to certain matching rules, will produce a nonperiodic tiling. Good times!

Up top there are some photos of the fabric, and this here is a sketch of how it might look. Unfortunately I have recently become disenchanted with my colour choices, and I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do about that. 
The process is a little surprising: it involves sticking paper pieces to the back of all the fabric pieces, and then stitching all the papered fabric pieces together. Once it is all stitched together you can rip out the paper, but until then it is a strange stiff creation.

Here is a pile of pieces:
Here is a pile of pieces, stiched into bigger pieces:
Here is what a bigger piece might look like (I haven't sewn any big sections yet).

I actually have quite a bit more done now, these photos were taken in December. Watching two and a half seasons of The Wire over the Christmas vacation was a productive time. 

Well... that is it! I'm hoping that writing about it will kick my ass into working on it more. 

Friday, March 6, 2009

loveliness 72

Oh balmy march day! 
That, and Roxy's understanding of illness. 

Thursday, March 5, 2009

loveliness 71

Look at this cute-cute-cute little card:
It is maybe a little hard to see what is going on here, but the girl on the blanket seems to be offering a small bear (or maybe a bunny) from a basket of little animals to two larger friendly looking bears. This picture makes me soooooo happy. I hope it makes my brother similarly happy on his birthday. Don't worry, he won't read this before that time.

The artist is Ayumi K. Piland. Here is another nice image, from her website:

That is a pretty cute sloth! 

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

loveliness 70

- Ankles getting better.
- Days getting longer (so much longer!).
- Funnie shadows:

- Cutting boards that feed birds:
- The fact that you can get instructions for the above, and it is described as a timesaver.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

drawing 4

I'm slacking on my drawing. And I'm cheating, by always posting lame math drawings. But here's another one, anyway.

loveliness 69

Hey guys! Check out my "Monthly type Wall tapestry pocket":

I think it might actually be for pills, but that is a bit weird, and I don't take very many pills (despite my new calcium "chew" habit.... (more like calcium powdery tablet-y grossness anyway)). But there is a little pocket for every day! I love pockets. Another good place for pockets is in dresses, don't you love dresses with pockets?

HOLY MACARONI: look at this NEXT THING!!!! It is a little hard to see what is going on, but look carefully. Roxy is hugging her hind leg with her front legs. Like a teddy bear! There is even a bear in the picture (music bear, to be precise) so that you get the idea. 

Monday, March 2, 2009

loveliness 68

Today was a regular, plugging-away kind of day, which was satisfying in its own way. It was also lovely to go to the gym after sitting for 10 or so hours. Doing the plank and the pony and the repeater knee.... ahhh Monday night aerobics. Nice nice.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

loveliness 67

Udupi Udupi Udupi Palace!!!!!! mmm mmmm mmmmmmmmmm mai belly is full of South Indian Thali.

Also, we saw a fairly awesome cyclist on the streetcar coming home. He only had one leg. I know that sounds improbable, but wow it is also true. He got off the streetcar using crutches, the driver brought his bike off and then he got on the bike and rode off! There is some inspiration right there. 

And here is a related story (video) about a bike messenger in New York, who also only has one leg. "Life is better than worrying about a leg." - Dexter Benjamin.