Friday, December 07, 2012

fatal chrysolite christine

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.  Anais Nin

Today I want to talk about Mobius Strips.   The wikipedia definition says it's a surface with only one side and only one boundary component.  It was first discoveed independently in 1858 by August Mobius and Johan Listing.  Yes folks, it's math so don't go fleeing in droves.
You can make your own mobius by cutting a long strip of paper, giving one end a 180 degree twist and taping the resulting ends together.  Now, if you start drawing a line down the center of your strip, you will find that the line is visible on all sides (or the ONE side!)

Mobius scarves are popular now with knitters and they are made the same way as the paper strip-  you cast on as many stitches as needed, then carefully give one needle a half turn before joining on a circular needle, and away you go.  It twists around the neck easily and is a fun novelty knit. Patterns here.

Here is an attempt at a Bagel Mobius-
Kind of messy and difficult to follow but the twist is there!  

 Fabulous origami frogs

New Category:  Births, Deaths, and Notable Events Not Involving Squirrels
Our Kickoff Couple, Wu Conghan and Wu Sognshi got married in 1924 in Nanchong, Sichuan province, China. There were no local photographers then, so there were no wedding photos taken. The couple are still married 88 years later, and they recently posed in wedding finery for the pictures they didn't have on their wedding day. A local photography company volunteered to snap the pictures as part of an city initiative to give older people wedding portraits, Conghan is 101 years old, and Sognshi is 103. 
Kurt Vonnegut's 90th birthday, back in the 60's and '70's, I red everything he wrote, and you might notice I sometimes quote from his books, often from memory.
From now on I promise to look them up to get them exactly as written, not what my brain has made them into.

Dave Brubeck has  left the planet.  He was my 'gateway' to learning about jazz.

Tip O'Neill would be 100 this weekend, my 'gateway' Boston politician who did not suffer fools and got things done.
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Now, more about my situation in MA-  I am down to one chair, no tables in the condo. The movers came yesterday and took all my furniture to storage so the place is pretty echo-y and empty except for construction stuff piles that grow daily. This morning I have two crews working away- one finishing up the new closet in the soon-to-be bedroom, and the other dealing with the poop-leaking stack that has caused all this. Now with the walls open we found out why it gave up- the work was done by the guy upstairs after the original work passed inspection. He then used his personal plumber to modify his bathroom and of course wouldn't use a licensed guy since he is so cheap.  And he also circumvented a proper inspection.  SO, the stack is sealed with two bicycle clamps.  The crews here are calling everybody that comes through over to laugh about it.

And I do see the humor in it BUT I am the victim of his ridiculous cheap act.  The stack is being replaced from two floors up and on down to the basement and for the first time since I've lived here I have confidence it's being done correctly.

I'm here through the weekend, and that's good because the last day they have to pull the refrigerator out and replace the wall behind it.  I'd have to move to a hotel at that point.  Happily.
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Now I'm gonna talk about a very small bit of art and take my mind off this.  

 Artist Michael Grab creates astonishing towers and orbs of balanced rocks using little more than patience and an astonishing sense of balance. Grab says the art of stone balancing has been practiced by various cultures around the world for centuries. 

 Derek Bernstein's cast bronze door knockers will bring giggles to any cat lovers that come to your door and perhaps remind them of gifts presented by their own felines. Just slap the mouse against the door for admission.

At the Maker Faire Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, four teenage girls came up with a rather remarkable invention: urine-powered generator (well, supposedly - but don't let skept-pee-cism* ruin our fun here).Possibly one of the more unexpected products at Maker Faire Africa this year in Lagos is a urine powered generator, created by four girls. The girls are Duro-Aina Adebola (14), Akindele Abiola (14), Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and Bello Eniola (15).1 Liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity.

Fashion and Technology @ MFIT in NYC.  OMG. Those circles on most of us would be the size of paint cans.  So flattering.

I did that as an intro to Sneezy's picture today because they are somewhat related, don't you think?  Maybe?  Maybe not, I don't read whatever that writing is in the worm thing above, but sure it's Asian.  Pardon my ignorance, I barely have English.
  Sneezy in his Cooley Hat

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