The Fitful Flog

June 8, 2008

This and That

Gravity on Glass
We have been uncharacteristically quiet of late — it goes with the Marshwiggle physiognomy and the unwieldy amounts of pollen in the air. But there are a few things that want mentioning.

¶ Much thought is going into tato boxes, whereof the dining room is slowly being buried. A crease pattern for the above. It’s like learning a dance or a fencing move, but with a lot of trial-and-error, as we discover which steps matter and which are ornamental. And then we forget again. Someday, it’ll be a handy algorithm, but not today. (The curves, here, are particularly difficult to describe. When I make them, I know the curve wants to go thisaway and then thataway — the word is probably tractrix, but this is just a sound to me.) Mélisande* and I will be teaching a Monday session on tato boxes at the Convention this year, by the bye.

Eric Gjerde‘s book is slowly fighting its way out of the world of forms and into a bookstore near you. Keep your eyes peeled.

¶ I am profoundly dissatisfied with the constitutional structure of OUSA. There, I said it. You don’t have to do anything about it — I’m certainly not going to. I like and respect the people in the administration, but it has been and continues to be a regional group that pretends to represent a nation of folders. It doesn’t. Bless them, they’re trying, but you can’t put web 2.0 lipstick on a 19th century pig. We need a whole new model hog.

¶ Brazilian mathematician and origami artist, Jorge C. Lucero has launched a blog, chock full of interesting things. Of course, I spent ten minutes trying to google the Greek mathematician, Antigüidade. I had never heard of him and he posed some fascinating problems. Hmm. No, I won’t tell you who he is.

¶ If you like folding dollars, you might try this. It’s a variation of the Dollars to Doughnuts fold and divides the dollar into a 9 x 21-point-something grid. Named the Hoppin’ Bobbin, a bobbin being a small steel gizmo that sits under the plate of a sewing machine and holds thread. You lap the left end over the right to the gray vertical — it represents the 16th division — and then collapse like a mad thing. There is no trick to this, just brute force and psycho-accuracy. You’re left with a one-sheet hyperboloidal spring that you can play tiddlywinks with. Or quarters, maybe.

Hey, you’ve got to do something with your dollars — you sure as hell can’t buy oil with them. Have a crease pattern.

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3 Responses to “This and That”

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    Jorge Says:

    I am still laughing for your difficulties in finding about the great mathematician Antigüidade. I wish there was a good way to have posts in several languages, other than writing them myself. The machine language translators I tried were just awful.

    Thank you for mentioning my blog. It is amazing how fast the blogshpere works…I just launched the blog two days ago.

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    oschene Says:

    Having read up on Antigüidade, I can now say, we’ll not see the like of him again. A greater mathematician never lived.

    I will recommend to you technorati.com, which will tell you if anyone is linking to your blog. And wish you the best of luck on your launch.

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    Michael Says:

    You do BEAUTIFUL stuff. I particularly enjoyed the lettered boxes.

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