Posts Tagged ‘serendipity’

As you, my dear readers well know, I began this blog-diary with some comments on the Eruption beneath Eyjafjallajokull glacier. We Icelanders are not nearly as self-expressive as my writing might suggest, but the move westward to a new frontier does strange things to the psyche. Anyway, I would just like to remark that one of the great side-benefits of this side-activity is the serendipitous discovery of all sorts of things, often through the comments of other bloggers. Today, for example, I learned about the Jazz scene in Umbria. Just imagine visiting there, eating and drinking at an outdoor restaurant, listening to music late into the night! Much earlier, on a totally different note, I learned about Camille’s sketchbook, a thoroughly wonderful art blog replete with amazing doodles, some in their original state, others treated to colorful digital processing. I just visited her blog again. It is delightful and highly recommended. How on earth did I find it? By accident! I had written a short piece Geometry and politics which contained an image of an amoeba. A comment from Camille, who also finds amoebas fascinating, for reasons quite different from mine, led me to her page. There is much more waiting to be discovered!


PS. If you think that the relation between politics and amoebas is a stretch, just take a look at those two pieces! [1] , [2]

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While reading Thomas Friedman’s opinion piece on A Tea Party Without Nuts, I started thinking about gerrymandering and the odd shapes and bad politics that it produces.

Amoeba, R = 0.22

One thing leads to another. A google search for an odd shape to work with. Why not an amoeba? OK, found one in Dr. Lazaroff’s Biology Class. This leads to a pleasant evening project: computation of the ratio four times pi times the area divided by the square of the perimeter for the amoeba image. (My estimate for this ratio is about 0.22. Click image on left to see homework:-). Next is a longish blog on one of the burning questions of the day: geometry and politics. Hmm, don’t I have other things I should be doing? Like going to bed early so I can be sharp for a day of coding? Hmm indeed!

But this morning comes the payoff. On a lark, I do a wordpress search for “amoeba.” Bingo. Payday! A beautiful collection of images in CAMILLE’S SKETCHBOOK. Highly recommended. There are amoebas … and more amoebas.

One thing leads to another.

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