# Archive for the ‘Graphics’ Category

## twenty-four, seven

Posted by vlorbik on May 25, 2016

the first set of six heptagrams here depict
M-G-O-R-P-Y-B, M-O-P-B-G-R-Y, M-P-G-Y-O-B-R,
M-O-G-B-P-Y-R, M-P-O-Y-G-R-B, M-G-P-R-O-B-Y

(Mud at the top [in each case], and then,
going clockwise [in each case], we have,
[in the first case—i.e., the upper-left],
-Green-Orange-Red-Purple-Yellow-Blue. and
so on.)

since we are using M-R-B-G-P-Y-O as our
“identity permutation” (it’s found in the
upper left of the *second* photo), these six
can, much more economically, be written in
the standard “cycle” notation for permutations.
for example, M-G-O-R-P-Y-B (in the full
“display the permuted elements” notation)
becomes simply (RG)(BO). [this means “swap
the red with the green and swap the blue with
the orange”.]

the cycle-notation names of each heptagram of
the second set have been pencilled in. too
faintly to see clearly here, as it turns out.
i’ll probably ink ’em in eventually.

the second set also have some extra information.
one has verified that squags are taken to squags
by “filling in” a color between each pair of
points-of-the-star; specifically (of course),
the color that “completes the squag” (any two
colors uniquely determine one Blend, Blur, or
Ideal [just as any two points of “ordinary”
geometry uniquely determine a line; this’ll
be lurking in the background at all times]).

## first ever fried drumstick

Posted by vlorbik on February 3, 2013

so there was a lot of chicken
in the freezer & not much burger.
& so i took a leg-and-then-some
out to thaw last night.

i’m sort of a sandwich specialist
so i’d taken out dinner-for-two
portions of hamburger often enough
before now.

and i’d even fried *small pieces*
of chicken. but *grilled* would
be more accurate and i’d used
big boneless pieces (cut up into
much smaller pieces).

today i was going for the full
bone-in deep-fat chicken leg
i’ve loved since childhood
but never dared try to make
for myself.

& it came out alright.
(on the first take… usually
i need two).

& so when madeline came back
from church this after’, i tell her
“there’s fried chicken” & she
goes right back into the kitchen
& eats her share. & i love it
when she eats what i cook.

& the next one will be better.
this was done in vegetable oil, period.
no herbs or spices of any kind.
it simply didn’t occur to me.

the trick of course is to get it
done all the way through with
the outside unburnt. i guess
i was sufficiently preoccupied
with this that seasonings-be-damned.

but i tell a lie.

the hunk of skin in the photo was
actually fried in another pan,
in chicken fat, and is transplanted
from the thigh. which i cut up
raw & then fried… or grilled…
in its own fat. quite a bit faster
mostly. i fried an egg in there
while i was at it, too… there’s
plenty of fat on that big ol’ thigh.

meanwhile, the drumstick’s going
low-and-slow; turn frequently.

anyhow the thigh was also served
without any spices (i only lied
about the oil). it was much better
than the drumstick. which, as one
might easily have guessed, tasted
rather of vegetable oil.

next up, i suppose, is breaded-and-fried.
probably with some pre-mix seasoning…

## “now here’s something you’ll *really* like”… “that trick *never* works”

Posted by vlorbik on November 23, 2010

i’m actually kind of reluctant to post this;
it’s probably the best idea i’ve had since
i started making up lectures without words
and now it’ll be easy to steal. you saw it
here first.

the Big triangle is made up of seven Little triangles.
each Little has seven Points. moreover the Points
of each Little (considered as subobjects of their Little)
are arranged in the same pattern
as the Littles themselves are (considered
as subobjects of Big).

pick any Little and call it L1.
there are three dark points in L1.
find the three Littles that correspond
to these three Points.

(for example, let L1 be the lower-left Little;
the three Littles i refer to now run along
the right side of Big [just as the dark Points
run along the right side of L1]).

the three Littles in question are then
precisely those in which the Point…
P1, say… that corresponds to L1
(considered as a subobject of Big)
is dark. i’ll be here all week.

(it’s better with the handwaving.)

Posted in Graphics, Lectures Without Words, Zines | 16 Comments »

## perhaps *this* will refresh your memory

Posted by vlorbik on November 23, 2010

pages 4 & 5 of MEdZ #0.9.

Posted in Graphics, Lectures Without Words, Zines | 1 Comment »

## trying again dammit

Posted by vlorbik on November 23, 2010

Photo on 2010-11-23 at 14.05

the camera built into legion (= my mac-book)

broke a few months back (or the software

decided to mess with me… what amounts

to the same thing). so i haven’t been posting

photos. but my office at Big State U has a mac

and it turns out i still remember how (to make ’em

and to post ’em in this rather clunky way).

what we have here… but what *belongs*

in MEZB (i *told* you it was clunky)… is

a picture of the theorem $P_2({\Bbb F}_5) \equiv P_2({\Bbb F}_5)^*$

(“the two-dimensional projective space constructed

on the field with five elements is isomorphic to its own

dual space”).

i put it in a zine recently (along with diagrams for

$P_2({\Bbb F}_2)$ and $P_2({\Bbb F}_7)$;

${\Bbb F}_3$ is left as an exercise).

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## xkcd on college websites

Posted by vlorbik on August 4, 2010

coverage from IHE.

## not for auction

Posted by vlorbik on April 10, 2010

painting by me. i can’t quite do this kind of thing. yet.

## Photo 76

Posted by vlorbik on January 26, 2010

Photo 76