Birthday gift for Ten!

Thank you so much for sticking with a weirdo like me this long ;____;!!! Have a great birthday and best wishes for the future!

Episode 39 || Volume 14 Chapter 120

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Kuroko no Basket 2nd Season - OP 2 

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3/10 characters that resemble of me: Judal (Magi)
If you decide to curse your destiny. I will give you a hand

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Preview: New Years AMV

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HNY by さゆうひろ

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Visualizing the Infinite Beauty of Pi and Other Numbers

Math and art may appear, superficially, like two disparate fields, but they’ve been in conversation for millennia. One recent example of the synergistic possibilities between the two comes from Canadian scientists Christian Ilies Vasile and Martin Kryzwinski. The pair have utilized the data visualization software Circos to create beautiful and colorful visual representations of mathematical constants π (pi), φ (phi), and eusing transition probabilities and color-coded digits on Archimedean spirals.

Given the endless nature of π, φ andethe task of representing them visually in a simplified form could seem daunting. However, thanks to new infographic technology and the natural form of the Archimedean spiral understanding pi’s sequencing (for the layperson anyway) becomes a thing of beauty rather than outright confusion—the technicolored vastness evoking an almost spiritual quality.

For the technical deets on how the pair created the visuals, check out the project page on Kryzwinski’s site

Photos shown:

  1. Progression of the first 10,000 digits of π By Cristian Ilies Vasile.
  2.  Progression and transition for the first 1,000 digits of e
  3.  Progression and transition for the first 1,000 digits of πφ and e
  4. Progression and transition for the first 2,000 digits of e.
  5. Progression and transition for the first 1,000 digits of the accidental similarity number.
  6. Progression and transition for the first 1,000 digits of φ.

Numbers like π (pi), φ (phi), and e are inherently free of patterns.

As a quantity to themselves, they represent a specific, finite relationship between two measurements, such as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Yet, pull on the thread and those numerical tapestries unravel into an irrational soup of nonrepeating chaos, a true example of randomness.

That doesn’t mean they don’t make great visualizations, though. Christian Ilies Vasile and Martin Kryzwinski converted these numbers into the beautiful representations above.

The techniques are a little complicated, but the ones with lines bascially represent pairs of digits as they are found next to each other, the ones with various sized dots show how often digits are found next to each other, and the bead-like rosettes represent pairs of digits with an additional coordinate based on their order (so some out-of-order order).

You really don’t want to miss their Archimedean spiral, either:

To dig in to the tech a little more, visit their website. This kind of thing is readily doable with today’s software, so get crackin’!

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A bit over our heads, but some awesome work nonetheless!


A rare look into the world of the “Butterfly Whisperer”

Mark Williams is a well-known figure in the lepidopterist community, both as the founder of the Lepidopterists’ Society, and for his active role in the pursuit of rare and exotic butterflies.

Our own Robyn Dixon headed down to South Africa to document his work, including one particularly heated pursuit of the Lotana blue, a butterfly previously assumed to be extinct.

As for the issue of the butterfly faithful ultimately catching and killing individual endangered specimens? Williams says there’s no conflict inherent in the death needed for research.

"No knowledgeable lepidopterist would find it ironic. In fact, they would mostly likely be flabbergasted if voucher specimens were not collected," Williams said. “Five pairs of rhinoceroses, breeding remorselessly, would not reach a total population of a hundred in 10 years. Five pairs of African monarchs would reach about 36 million in six months. Laypersons don’t understand this, unfortunately."

His latest mission is the hunt to find the “holy grail” of South African butterflies, the Bashee River buff. Said Williams of his new mission:

"It’s 1 1/2 centuries it’s been missing. We don’t even know what the male looks like."

"The cost of the trip is around 20,000 rand [$2,000] to go and look for a butterfly that I might not even find," he said.

Read more in our latest Column One feature

Photos: Hannelie Coetzee / Los Angeles Times


Stay cool, Tumblr faithful.

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I had the pleasure of talking to Stephen Colbert about Tumblr last night! Still couldn’t get his URL out of him…

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