# Balloon Bird with Flower

“Squack?  Squack?  What do you mean you finished the draft?”  Happy day indeed 🙂  Goofing off after the paper… uses 5 partial 260 and 1 partial 160 (for the eyes).  The legs would be nicer if they’re orange and not tied together… next time.

# Graphical Diversions: truck, Eurasia map.

The past few days were full of unhealthy eating, awful sleep pattern, no exercise, and futile attempts at writing this landmark paper.  I’ve been constantly distracted, but a few good things did came out from this diversion; enjoy.  (On the bright side, I think I will be done with the first draft of this paper tomorrow…)

The first is one of the many “learning exercises”; the latter is a full-sized monster for a project I’m collaborating on.  Don’t have too much to say about the project at the moment, but I’ll be the first to let the world know when something interesting come out of it…   I may generate a full-sized world map and release it under Creative Commons license, and I’ve tracked enough of the progress to have a tutorial to go with it too.

# TextMate-WordPress Integration Test

Just began a conversion to using TextMate for writing $\LaTeX$, python, and wordpress posts. This wordpress post is written with Markdown syntax. How is this working out? Continue reading

# 3D Histogram in Python (2)

Earlier last week I wrote about a hack to simulate bars with matplotlib in python.  By coincidence, I later read up on the mplot3d.axes3d API, and found a real bar 🙂

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# The Best Hangman Word

Monte and I was sessioning over a deck of cards when Kate came in the living room.  She had the thinking expression on.  “What’s the best hangman word?”, she asked.  Without missing a beat, Monte replied, “Denim.”  It took both of us by surprise; denim?

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# The Basic Dog Figure

“Kate, I heard that you twist balloons into animals.  Can you teach me?”

“Sure thing!  Let’s start with the basic dog?  It’s the easiest to learn, and the knot used in there, the pinch twist, is useful for many other figures.”