Archive for date: June 21, 2004

Flame Fractals

June 21, 2004 | My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

While watching the Athletics lose another game (sigh), I dusted off this paper and coded up a quick implementation. It seems to work, although I’m having some problem with the tone mapping bits, and haven’t bothered getting any color into it yet. It’s not really very useful, except perhaps for making backgrounds for your desktop. […]

Soda Straw Tensegrity Structures

June 21, 2004 | Games and Diversions, Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

Another cool link from the Geometry Junkbox: George Hart’s instructions on building Soda Straw Tensegrity Structures. I can see myself wandering off to the store to buy soda straws, paper clips and rubberbands tonight.

Paper Plates Never Looked So Cool

June 21, 2004 | Games and Diversions, Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

I like arts and crafts, particularly those with a mathematical bent. Wholemovement – The Work of Bradford Hansen-Smith shows what cool stuff you can do with paper plates. Be sure to read the commentary about the “wholeness of circles” and the like. I’d like some of whatever he’s smoking. Found this while perusing the terrific […]

Differential Evolution

June 21, 2004 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

The recent Wired article on the use of evolutionary computation to optimize Formula-1 cars has been getting a bit of press lately, and finally made it to Slashdot. Buried in the comments I found a link to some work of which I was previously unaware: Differential Evolution. You can also read a matching tech report. […]

SpaceShipOne Lifts Off and Lands!

June 21, 2004 | News, Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, I bailed on the six hour drive down to Mojave to see the launch of SpaceShipOne, but somehow they’ve managed to muddle along without me, and I’m currently watching footage on the major networks. Best wishes to all involved in the project, and I’ll post updates here as the day goes on. SpaceShipOne is […]