Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Studing Fatties

Certain words have many anagrams and it can be hard to remember what all of them are. Here are some visualizations I produced using GraphViz, to aid in this task:

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Blue Rodeo

Just got back from Calgary Folkfest with Christine - we had an amazing time and were lucky to see Blue Rodeo again. We've seen them together 4 times now.

I remember Vik used to bring home Blue Rodeo CD's from the library all the time, and was always playing them. I couldn't stand it much at first, with all the strange instruments and long guitar solos. Five days in May is one of my favorites now and I love listening to the inspired solos.

As Christine said tonight, just when you think they're playing your favorite song, you hear the next one and that's your favorite too.

After all these years, they still impress. What a fabulous show.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Art + Scrabble

I've seen a lot of Tag Clouds on the web. They are a short visual summary of the contents of page, where font size, color, etc are used to convey things like importance.

I thought it might be interesting after creating a list of bingos I played in our recent Scrabble tournament. I won the top division and won the prize for most bingos, 30 in 14 games. I looked at the study sheet I made here:

30 Bingo Study Sheet

and thought about combining the idea with tag clouds.

I created a handful of study pages here, in that style. "Anagram Clouds"

Monday, January 24, 2011

Reno, incredible scrabble game

There's photos in the article I posted on the recent Reno WGPO scrabble tournament. Checkout the game with 8 bingos out of 9 turns by Jerry Lerman.

Randomness in Art

An interesting discussion about 'random art'. My favorite was the 4 9x9 panels of random colors - can you spot the fake?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Tiling #4

Looks more like bricks if the edges are roughed up.

Tiling #3

It looks kind of stupid if the dominoes aren't connected. That's better.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Tiling #2

Random Domino Tiling

A random domino tiling of a checkerboard.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Carcassonne 84

Here was a map Christine and I built by hand back in January 2010. It uses 72 basic tiles + 12 river tiles. The perimeter is all farmland.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

variations on a theme

there, this is my favorite.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Synthetic Art

I was curious about creating some synthetic art. I like patterns that vary only a few parameters in a design ... it might have been inspired by some mugs I recently saw. This pattern varies only 4 shades of brown and 4 shades of blue and draws little washers.


I'd like to dig up my old image processing code and try some more advanced concepts, like trying some abstract filters on photographs. I really liked Vik's recent images of Christmas lights and other lights way out of focus in the background.

Carcassonne 198

We've accumulated many expansions, and are now up to 198 tiles. I used my software for creating tilings for Eternity II to put together a 18x11 map of all 198 tiles. There are an odd number of farm edges and road edges, so the perimeter has all farm except for one road.

Pierre, how many tiles are you up to?

Happy new year to all,