When thinking about the motion in question I admit that I mostly relate it to a process or perhaps a gear of a machine...so I looked up process as well. Lo and behold...the motion people have a tendency to make is actually the ASL sign for "process"!
15 years ago today, my then only remaining grandmother lost her battle with breast cancer. I never got to see her before she died. I sadly don't even remember the last time I saw her. My last memory of her was sitting at her dining room table having a conversation. All of my cousins were out swiming and I just sat in the house. She sat with me and asked why I wasn't out swimming. I didn't have the nerve to tell her I was afraid of water so I shrugged, as teenagers are prone to do. I don't think she knew what to say maybe, so we sat in silence for a bit. It would have been my first or second summer after my father died. I was full of angst. I didn't have anything to say to anyone, nor did I care to listen. To kill the silence she asked if I was dating anyone. I'm sure I just shook my head no and said nothing. I remeber thinking though "are you kidding, I'm not the kind of girl boys like". Silently she reached out and held my hand and brushed some hair off my face & tucked it behind my ear. She said, "you really are such a pretty girl, such a loss for them". I felt transparent. I looked up at my grandma, for the first time in a long time I just looked at her. I saw for the first time the age in her face. To this day, that is the face I want to always remeber. The world is a less amazing place without her & that beautiful wise face.
"Sea monsters" has a back story that I'll cherish forever. At the time of the sea monster story, my daughter was 2 1/2 years old. She was watching a cartoon she enjoys called Team Umizoomi. It's a smart preschool+ cartoon that focuses on mathematics, essentially. How fitting a show for my daughter who already has a keen sense for the logic of things and uses her measuring tape to measure everything. In a particular episode the characters are running across what appears to be a bridge. It turns out though, that the bridge is a sea monster's back! My daughter, with a tone certainty and seriousness, says, "A sea monster? That's bullshit"!
In so many ways I can only agree. Sea monsters are absurd. Bridges don't become sea monsters. It IS bullshit. Nice use of the term bullshit by the way kiddo, let's refocus on a different word...
So, now, when I need a moment to put things into perspective, I just remember, sea monsters, that's bullshit.
This week is one giant sea monster.
Nick Jr, Team Umizoomi, Sunshine Fairy episode
I love math, so naturally when I found the Numberphile videos via a Twitter friend (@somechum), I simply couldn't get enough. I spent a substantial amount of time watching each one, sometimes more than once! I love the videos, I love the people in the videos (perhaps a small crush on a few of the guys in them), and I love all the things I've found from the videos which happens to include a book by Alex Bellos titled Here's Looking at Euclid (US).
I have found Here's Looking at Euclid immensely fascinating. If you enjoy math, history, or both, I highly recommend the book. Even though I already knew a lot of information in the book there was a lot of information I didn't know (Oh Pythagoras!). Aside from that, it's a well written book that flows from subject to subject with a Henry Rollinsesqe ease. But I'm not writing today to tell you to read a book.
I'm continuing on with my journey. From the book I found an interesting website (this book has led me to some interesting web searches) titled The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences (OEIS).
I have no doubt that if you were following what I was saying, you are gone now. That's okay, for the one person that stumbles here and isn't completely annoyed/confused/pondering my sanity I have more to tell.
I did not go to the website to look up any sequences (though admittedly, it's right up my alley, lists of numbers!). I went to the website because of an excerpt of Bellos' book that tells of music that can be found on the website. The basic idea is that you take an 88 key piano and you define each key from lowest note to highest with the value of 1-88 respectively and when you reach 89 you simply start back at the beginning. So take a sequence, play the keys, and you have music. If you wanted to listen to what the Fibonacci numbers might sound like, there you have it!
The sequence I wanted to listen to in particular was noted in Euclid, the Recamán sequence. As noted by Bellos, it is an interesting piece of music.
One of the other things I found interesting and fun is that not only can you listen to these sequences, you can even choose different instruments ("Breath Noise" for fuck's sake!!!). You can guess what I've been listening to while working today!
Anyway, from OEIS I went to Music Algorithms which is fun to play with even when you have no idea what "pitch" is really about. Music Algorithms took me to NWACC and there I stopped because I was like, "whoa, Northwest Academic Computing Consortium, you look way too official for me to be here".
So anyway, go to those sites, play around and see where the journey takes you. It's what web surfing is all about and you might learn some cool shit along the way (Oh Pythagoras!).
Post Script: You could go Numberphile→Brady Haran→Variety of Channels (Very cool stuff...)
Post Post Script: Breath Noises wasn't as cool as I hoped it would be, but it was still a fun discovery. If you find a good sequence with breath noises, please share with me!
|"Sharp" flint stone and what appears to be a dampened wave|
|Light bulb, a great idea amidst rough calculations|
|Singing paperclip "wah wah waaah BOOM"|