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LJ Friends Are Best [Apr. 25th, 2014|12:27 am]
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In March, I met up with oonh in Boston and pappubahry in Perth. I had met pappubahry before, but had never met oonh, despite having known him online since 2006.

Just so you know, oonh is one of the most badass people you'll ever meet. He's sharp and creative and practiced and precise, and he looks like the future to me. Here are some pictures from my fon; later, I'll post pictures from my real camera. (I have never owned a fon with a decent camera.)

This is a handmade didgeridoo, and a one-of-a-kind oonh, fabricated from the best hardware. This oonh plays this didgeridoo better than anyone I have personally heard play the didgeridoo (and there have been several).

This is bismuth. In fact, it is a bismuth crystal grown by oonh his friend indiwent!

I sent this picture to pajamasaurus, and told her it reminded me of her. She said she was flattered.

Bismuth in front of a piece of wood with a 37-sided [something] etched into it. A 37-sided what, oonh?

These are place names in Boston.

"Unfortunately, we can't all be mantis shrimp." Out of context, related to pigmentation. I'm into color, and so is oonh. Beside this tape flag is a 7-sided Julia set, made and laser etched by oonh.

Maybe you can't really see it, but oonh reads backwards. A lot. He writes backwards, too, and with both hands, and upside down. This is on his screen, and you should have a look.

And this is another laser etched thingy he gave me, an Escher grid, which is related to the link above.

[There was a picture of a metal thing here]
This was in his room, and it was interesting at the time, but I forget what it is. What is it, oonh? Note that there is nothing freely co-opted or otherwise incriminating behind it. A certain antivert might notice that while oonh is uncertain how long he will live at this location, he has nevertheless adorned the walls in order to personalize his space. I approve of his method.

While visiting oonh, I finally recorded a narration for an instructive video which he produced. It was something I meant to do since, um, August... but hadn't managed to assemble the necessary resources. It's a little blurry, but this is the script. Phase portraits are pretty rainbows that stand in place of numbers plotted on graphs, I think. I'm not sure what theta functions are about. This was about what happens when you cube them. As shown with rainbows.

That isn't even all. I have pictures from my real camera that I'll post soon.

About a week later, I saw pappubahry. It had been years! He does math(s), also, and he does them for forces of good. He's a world saver. We tried to go to this vegan restaurant in Perth, which offers pizza and sausage rolls and soft serve ice cream. When the bus dropped us off, we found a closed and locked storeroom with piled up furniture visible through the window. Across the street, there was a Thai restaurant with plastic tables. We ate there, and it was super delicious. This pappubahry is also among the most interesting people I will ever know. Hey, pappubahry, are you in PNG?

Later, I went onto facebook and suggested that oonh and pappubahry should probably be friends, despite a severe lack of proximity. I introduced them in that fasion, and oonh presented his mathematics sorcery, and pappubahry responded with some miscellaneous visualizations.

Yesterday, Livejournal informed me that oonh and pappubahry have the same birthday. What a coincidence that is! And that day... is today. Happy birthdays, my friends oonh and pappubahry!

[User Picture]From: oonh
2014-04-25 03:01 am (UTC)
aw thanks! (though the bismuth crystals were grown by indiwent -- I'm not a matter person. (oh, and do you mind not showing the picture of the weird metal thing?). Otherwise, awesomeness!

It's, er, the complete graph K37

Edited at 2014-04-25 03:03 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2014-04-28 10:13 pm (UTC)
Now I know what a complete graph is. :^)

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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2014-04-25 07:25 am (UTC)

Metallic Privacy

Pay no attention to me,
I'm minding my bismuth.

I really like the Julia Set permutation in round glass.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2014-04-25 08:18 am (UTC)

Re: Metallic Privacy

It's in my wallet now. So is the 'Escher grid.' =D
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[User Picture]From: vovat
2014-04-26 01:03 am (UTC)
I've heard of Braintree in Boston before, but I still can't figure out if it's a tree that has brains for fruit or just a really smart tree.

Also, I like your hat in that last picture.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2014-04-26 04:21 pm (UTC)
It reminded me of the Brain Coral in Xanth.


Thanks! I got the hat at a shop in Seattle that slfcllednowhere took me to.

Edited at 2014-04-26 07:25 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: vovat
2014-04-26 10:12 pm (UTC)
Right, the Brain Coral. I remember that. I wonder if Braintree also stores magical creatures.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2014-04-28 10:12 pm (UTC)
Um, oonh, you wanna take this one?
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[User Picture]From: oonh
2014-05-07 05:05 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: oonh
2014-05-07 05:09 pm (UTC)
I don't know if there are magical creature storage pods in Braintree... admittedly with the Pokemon Emancipation Act and the Ghosts Storage Act (due to some shenanigans in the 1980s in NYNY), it's getting harder to run containment facilities and remain legal.
I think I find 'Braintree' something of a scary name... there are some deep and complicated fears of mine that it ends up evincing that, er, I don't want to talk about here.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2014-05-08 07:33 pm (UTC)

The name makes my skin crawl a little.
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[User Picture]From: pappubahry
2014-05-07 02:54 pm (UTC)
Haha, just (very belatedly) caught up with this post -- I don't think my name's ever been LJ-ised so often in one place!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2014-05-08 07:33 pm (UTC)
I... must try harder! Welcome home. :^)
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