December 14th, 2008

safety mustache

Quasi-Random Perambulation

Spider & Eli (& Kayla & Spidermom) came by Tortuga yesterday morning and picked me up and we went to The Crucible, which is a not-for-profit foundry in Oakland, because they were having a big open house and Spider wanted to go do some blacksmithing. (Can I just say that the Bay Area has all the good stuff? We stopped by the Creative Reuse Center on the way, which I really want one of near my house because I could dump all kinds of stuff I don't need there without activating my "wait! don't throw that out it's perfectly useful" packrat instincts...)

So I got to hang out with them for a while, and see Spider beat on red-hot metal. Randomly saw bentwright there and I can verify that he is, indeed, made of atoms, not bits. I actually talked shop with Eli for a bit, and we'll be conspiring to get climate data from A to B better and faster. Perlick joined us there later on, and when we were done I went with him over to hang out with Seppo to hear his game design talk, which was usefully insightful. Then we got dinner at a diner and came down to Perlick & Jofish's place here in Mountain View, where I spent the night last night. Showed Perlick some Spaced and failed to work on my poster, but I did finally get to it late night and this morning, and now I think it's done, I just have to let it rest a bit and do a final edit pass to be sure I haven't said anything totally stupid.

We're off to brunch in a bit, then to TimeCube for Jess & Colin's holiday party. My big question is: you can do hexagonal and square Japanese weave chainmail; can you also do a quasicrystalline Penrose tiling? I think you can, you should be able to do it with any tiling of the plane that's based on convex polyhedra, but I'll have to jigger some graphics about to show it.