Wrong-number emails

I am not an American Express cardholder in Lakewood, New Jersey. I am not hunting for jobs in Baltimore. I am not trying to set my recovery address for gmail. And heaven knows I’m not looking for gay love in Malaysia (not any more, anyway). I created a gmail account pretty early …

A new near miss

The photo above is a paper model of a polyhedron that I just assembled. The model consists of four dodecagons (12-sided regular polygons) and 12 decagons (10-sided regular polygons). The holes are 28 equilateral triangles that in theory could be filled with more paper. This polyhedron has a few symmetries, …

Trump Haiku Bot

Oh he is so quick On his feet. He is reading The #WallStreetJournal. This term, I’m teaching an introductory computer science course for students in Waterloo’s Global Business and Digital Arts program. We’re using Processing, a fun environment for learning programming, and for simple programming tasks related to visual art …

Moon Shot Espresso Cup, Mark III

The Moon Shot Espresso Cup has gone through several iterations. In the beginning, it was a concept design that I uploaded to Shapeways, only to have it rejected—their old ceramic printing process wasn’t up to the cup’s level of detail. Fortunately, around that time I found my way to London …

Little Dipper, Mark II

I’m pleased to show off another prototype fabricated using the new Shapeways porcelain process, a print of the Little Dipper. There isn’t much that needs to be said here. The object is basically identical in size and shape to the version printed using the old ceramic process. The main difference …

Moon shot espresso cup, Mark II

Regular readers of this blog (ha!!) will recall that while in London last year I created an espresso cup embossed with a map of the lunar surface. I had originally attempted to send the cup to Shapeways for printing, but was told that the fine details would be completely lost …

Seeking test images for comic research

Hi, my name is Craig Kaplan.  I’m a Computer Science professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada. I’m using my blog as a convenient place to put out a call to comic artists for test images that we could use in our research. My PhD student Matthew Thorne is working on software …

Modular origami halftoning

Fold a square of origami paper in half, unfold, fold it in half the other way, and unfold. Now fold the corners to the centre. Turn it over and repeat. You may be reminded of folding what’s often called a cootie catcher or fortune teller. You end up with the leftmost module in …