August '20 Retrospective
What a month, eh? The hits in 2020 keep on coming. Try to take care of yourselves out there in the wide world.
- Added a now page. It’s target audience is actually me. But if you get anything out of it, so much the better.
- Sent out the Series002 postcards. Woohoo! Very happy to see many of them arriving.
- Started building this website. So that’s a thing.
- High-resolution Computer Graphics Using FORTRAN 77, (Angell and Griffith): I’m quite thrilled with this book. Especially because the Fortran 77 version is ~5$, but the C++ version is a couple of hundred. I may have never compiled any Fortran code before, but that doesn’t mean I can’t read it and translate it into whatever language I happen to be working with. Thanks for the tip @anachrocomputer!
- Computer geometric art, (Angell): Not impressed.
- Fractals: Form, Chance, and Dimension, (Mandelbrot): It’s an earlier version of “The Fractal Geometry of Nature”, which I didn’t realize. But the variation in explanation of some concepts is detectable and may actually be useful. Glad it was a very affordable price, so I’ll keep them both. But you probably only need one.
- Perspective drawing by programmable calculator, (Yue): A recommendation of @johnbalestrieri, looks interesting and I think it will be useful. Looking forward to spending more time with it.
- Mathematical Carnival: From Penny Puzzles, Card Shuffles and Tricks of Lightning Calculators to Roller Coaster Rides Into the Fourth Dimension, (Gardner): Seems like a fun idea. It’s a reference in the first Angell book.
- Fractal Curves. The pdf books on this site are great. I found this link a long time ago, then lost it. Glad to have found it again.
- Markdeep. Looks like an interesting alternative to plain old markdown. It includes a lot of the technical tools that I often want to add anyway.
- The Graphics Codex. May be handy someday, but I’ll pass for now.
- The Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. Someone linked the book in a tweet, but it’s a couple of hundred dollars. Turns out the author maintains a website! Searching is a bit clunky.
- Websters 1913. You may not know it, but I also am a lover of words and writing. This is super handy. Johnson’s is also great for a historical perspective.
- Science Advances. The latest news.
- Bayes Theorem: A framework for critical thinking.
- Roman Bread Recipe!. I haven’t made it yet. I also bake!
- Horcrux. I might use it as a post card puzzle in October. Depends on how long the resulting text is.
- Slide Rule course.
- Awesome sys admin resources.
- Pc Part Picker and Logical Increments. I recently decided to add a graphics card to a PC build that my wife and I put together some time ago. It’s not for gaming, it’s for making more art faster, with math! So I wanted to evaluate if I really needed anything beyond a 1050 Ti. Since I have no idea what I am doing, I decided that the 1050 would be adequate for starting, so that’s what I got. When I outgrow it, I’ll need these sites again.
Angell, I.O. and Griffith, G., High-resolution Computer Graphics Using FORTRAN 77, 1987.
There is lots of good stuff in here. @pentronikMore Details
Angell, I.O., Computer geometric art, 1985.
It’s just some patterns. I don’t find it that helpful, inspiring, or interesting. @pentronikMore Details
- Mandelbrot, B., Fractals: Form, Chance, and Dimension, 2020. More Details
- Yue, D., Perspective drawing by programmable calculator, 1984. More Details
- Gardner, M., Mathematical Carnival: From Penny Puzzles, Card Shuffles and Tricks of Lightning Calculators to Roller Coaster Rides Into the Fourth Dimension, 1975. More Details