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With this variation on a famous statement by the philosopher Descartes, I would like to express that the act of writing about what happens in my life is important to me.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jellyfish

The tweet Will each jellyfish in this GIF eventually end up where it started? with a GIF by Frédéric Vayssouze-Faure encouraged me to write a program to analyse this GIF. Of course, as there are only a finite number of states, at some point all jellyfish will be at their starting location. But how many swim movements will it take. I used GIF maker to retrieve the movements. I already had noticed that there were three types of swim movements that were repeated over and over again. I encoded these in the program with the characters '>', '<', '^', 'v', and '|'. The latter I used to replace '^' and 'v' when I realized that it is always possible to derive which one should be used. The program quickly found that after 6192 swim movements all jellyfish have returned at their original location. Vayssouze-Faure placed the remark: "If I had the time I would check if one of them can reach the bottom from the top…" After 23 swim movements the first jellyfish from the fifth column arrives at the top left corner. After 197 swim movements there are six jellyfish from the bottom at the top row. This is the configuration using hexadecimal digits from the row and the column:

 F6 F5 5A F3 F2 39 F0 E4 10 F1 05 1D 1C 08 1E 0A
 B7 A7 9B 18 8A 16 40 D0 A0 B4 1F 4B 3F 0D 0C 29
 E3 06 9C 6E 7C 24 25 B1 70 02 2D D3 1A A4 0F 1B
 F9 A9 5D 09 26 C3 11 C1 3D 5C 91 5E 48 14 28 74
 0B AA 6B D1 32 57 30 4A 65 00 38 2C D4 04 01 3B
 C2 81 2A 3E 6C 49 31 54 68 52 4C 07 33 2B 44 3A
 FC 0E 8F 62 56 64 61 75 B0 46 83 80 45 20 98 35
 5F 76 73 D2 79 03 E0 67 13 21 55 4D 22 50 59 3C
 A1 A2 2F 9D 69 D7 F4 15 E1 5B 12 19 4F 97 89 77
 FF 92 C0 90 F7 E7 71 E5 42 27 53 43 4E BC 2E 47
 A3 82 C7 C4 8D D9 36 E2 23 37 58 DF 34 BF ED AE
 C8 E9 CA D6 66 72 D5 41 17 A5 51 AF BD AD FB 85
 CF A6 B8 A8 87 8C 9A 60 BE 6A EB AC FE DB DE CE
 B3 6F B5 94 99 9E EE 6D 7F 63 93 CB DD F8 E6 D8
 C5 95 B2 84 78 86 7A 7D CD E8 FA CC C9 EC DC 88
 9F B6 8E 96 B9 7E BB AB EA BA 7B DA FD 8B C6 EF

If we look at where the jellyfish each time the three swim movements have been performed, it turns out that there are eleven different sequences, which when marked with the letter 'a' to 'k', results in the following table:

 a a a a a a a a a a b a c b a c
 a a a a a a d a a a c c b c c b
 a a a a d d d a c a a e e c a a
 a a a a a a a a e a c a a c a c
 a a a a a a f a e f e e e a a a
 a a a a f a f f a a a a e a c a
 a f f a f f a f f a a a a a a a
 a a a f a f f a a f a a a a a a
 a f g a a a a a a a a a a a a a
 g a g a a a a a a a a a a a a a
 a a g a a a a a a a a a h i i h
 a a a a a a a a a a h h i h h i
 a a a a a a h a a h a j h h h a
 a a a a a a a a h a k j h j h h
 a a a a a a h a k a k j h h h h
 a a a a a a a a h a k h a h h a

There are six sequences ('b', 'd', 'g', 'i', 'j', and 'k') with a length of 12 swim movements (where the letter of each sequence appears four times in the table), a sequence ('e') of length 24, a sequence ('c') of length 36, a sequence ('f') of length 48, and a sequence ('a') of length 516. The least common multiplier of the lengths is 6192. Actually, this is the least common multiplier of 516, 72, and 48. The real big question is if there exists a combination of three swimming patterns with an even larger repeat length. It seems that the jellyfish never make a complete turn from one swimming pattern to the next. (I have not verified this with the program.) It seems a good requirement to imposse on combinations of swimming patterns. Of course, one could also ask this question for smaller sized squares (or rectangles) and with different number of swimming patterns.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Novel

At 17:39:14, I bought the novel De ontsnapping written by Heleen van Royen written in Dutch published by Heleen van Royen in 2009, ISBN:9789049951313, from bookshop Broekhuis for € 6.00.


Friday, June 24, 2016

AKI finals 2016

In the afternoon, I went to the AKI finals 2016 exhibition. I first visited Dynamo Expo. Next, I went to TETEM art space. Finally, I visited the main AKI ArtEZ building. At 18:01, I bought the book analoog | analogue | analog edited by Johan Visser written in Dutch, English, and German published by AKI ArtEZ on Friday, June 24, 2016, ISBN:9789075522372, from AKI ArtEZ for € 15.00. I found the following artist interesting:
  • Bo Lamers. A large self-portret is reproduced on the outside of the building. She also had a collage of painting and drawing, which I found less interesting.
  • Annejet Riedijk. She had two videos and five paintings on display. I find her painting style very interesting. In a sense it is very vague and with odd colours, but yet it looks very realistic, almost like you watching reality through a kind of filter.
  • Marcel Berwanger. He had a sketch book with experimental calligraphy that looked very interesting.
  • Ilse Löbker. I found her Vertaalconcept (Translation concept) rather interesting.
  • Joyce Rothman. Her combination of linocuts and poems under the title Vluchten (fleeing) was interesting.
  • Rahel Kausemann. I liked her design of her master thesis.
  • Dieuwke Eggink. I especially found his three paintings of the same scene with different colours interesting.
  • Huub van Stijn with his Atlas of Desolation consisting of large sized book, a small booklet and a wall painting.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Small magnolia tree

our small magnolia tree has survived the frost period from early May. It is now about 25 cm tall. It seems that the budds at the top have died, preventing the tree to grow higher. But I notived something near one of the leaves that could grow into a new branch.

Not unabridged

I just searched for the track about the digits pages in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close on the audio book, I bought last Wednesday. It starts on track 14 of disk 8. I was a little disappointed to discover that they skipped the whole pages of digits after the first 8 on the first full line of digits on page 269. It thought that unabridged meant: "Containing the original content; not condensed". Leaving out almost two and half pages of text (arguably very boring text, that no one would have actually read) does not feel like: original content. Also the condensed text starting from "I've seen him" on page 281, which is still readable for the first lines, has been left out at the end of track 6 of disk 9.


Friday, June 17, 2016

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Amsterdam

Around 11, I arrived in Amsterdam and went to bookshop Scheltema. I bought the audiobook (consisting of 10 audio CD's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, ISBN:9781464009136, for € 8.90 and the catalog of exihibtion Invisible Poem, ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai, China with works by Lu Xinjian for € 8.00.

Around 1 in the afternoon, I arrived at the Rijksmuseum where I met with Meindert. I first wanted to go to Room 3.4. Before getting there we saw three paintings by Karel Appel and a video of Imponderabilia by Marina Abramović and Ulay. In Room 3.4, I first went to look at the works:

Before I went over to: I took a picture of it, which I added to the website about the work called PLONS in Dutch. Next also had a look at: Next Meindert took me on a tour through the museum. We saw, among may others, the following works: The route we took throught the museum was: Voorhal, Room 3.3, Room 3.4, Room 0.1, Room 0.3, Room 0.4, Room 0.5, Room 0.6, (back to) Room 0.2, the library (quite impressive, full of people studying), Nachtwachtzaal, Eregalerij, Room 2.28 to Room 2.24, Voorhal, Rooms 2.14 to 2.1, Room 1.18 (my favourite), and Room 1.17. Then we had some coffee/tea with a brownie.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Link

  • SYNTHI-JS is an emulator of the legendary EMS Synthi A modular synthesizer, built in JavaScript.


Monday, June 13, 2016

More Versaille like patterns

In the past weeks the Street Tilling Patterns program crunched on to find more and more solutions. For size 36 it found a total of 1735 unique patterns. Below, I have given the 74 patterns of size 36 that use the same ratio of kinds of tiles as found in the Versaille pattern, many of which are not laid out in a six by six square pattern as the Versaille pattern.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Kunst in het Volkspark

In the afternoon, I went to het Volkspark (literally, the people's park) in Enschede to attend an open art exhibition. I came along the tent of the art gallery Beeld en Aambeeld and found that they had some works by Billy Foley on display. At half past two, I listened to a one hour performance of Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. I met with several new and (very) old acquaintances. I also listened to Twents Jeugd Symfonie Orkest when they started playing "Millenium" by Richard Meyer, which to me has some similarities with music from Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. Could have been written for a movie. (See for example a performance by SC All-State Junior Orchestra 2011.) The GPS-track of how I walked in KML file for Google Earth or in Google Maps


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Links


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Book

I recieved the book AKI 1999 EINDEXAMENS edited by Maarten Binnenhuis, Sipke Huisman, and Regina Kroeders written in Dutch and English published by AKI academie voor beeldende kunst en vormgeving in 1999, for which I paid € 8.90.


Monday, June 6, 2016

7000 Eichen Map

At 9:25, I bought the map 7000 Eichen - Standorte: Ausschnitt der Karte der Stadt Kassel (estimated scale 1:20,000) at chariry shop Het Goed for € 0.50. I found this map without price between the art books and someone working at the shop, suggested that it might have fallen out of some book. I made some remark about how a map about oak trees in a city could be related to art. He than gave it a price. But at home, I discovered that the map was about an art project called 7000 Eichen – Stadtverwaldung statt Stadtverwaltung by the artis Joseph Beuys which he made around 1982 as part of Documenta 7 in Kasselt. I will see if check if I can find a book about this at the shop and buy it as well.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Street Tiling: correction

When calculating the number of tilings within rectangles of various sizes, I discovered some serious omissions in the set of initial tiles, invalidating all previous results, like those presented on May 20. The set of possible tiles is extended to:

 AA AA AA AA AB AB AB AB AB AB AD AD AD AD AD AD AG AG AG BA BA BA
 BD CD DA DD AA AB BA BC CA DE AB BC BG CG DA DG AB BC DA AD CD EA

 BA BC BD BD BD BD BD BD BG BG BG CA CA CD CD CG DA DA DA DA DD DD
 ED EF AB AG BC CG EA EG AB BC EA FA FD FA FG FA AB BC BD CD BG CG

 DE DE DE DE DE DE DG DG EA EA EA EA EA EA ED ED ED EF EF EF EF EF
 AA AB BA BC CA GH AB BC AB AD BC CD HA HD AG CG HA AA AB BA CA HI

 EG EG EG FA FA FA FA FA FA FD FD FD FG FG FG GH GH GH GH GH HA HA
 AB BC HA AB AD BC BD IA ID AG BG IA AB BC IA AA AB BA BC CA AB AD

 HA HA HD HD HD HD HI HI HI HI IA IA IA IA ID ID ID ID
 BC CD AB AG BC CG AA AB BA CA AB AD BC BD AB AG BC BG

The impossible (partial) diagonal sequences are:

 AABAG AABBD AABBG AABDG AABEA AABEG AABFG AABHA AABHD BABAG BABBD
 BABBG BABDG BABEA BABEG BABFG BABHA BABHD CABAG CABBD CABBG CABDG
 CABEA CABEG CABFG CABHA CABHD CADAA CADAD CADAG CBDAA CBDAD CBDAG
 BDDAA BDDAD BDDAG CDDAA CDDAD CDDAG AEDAA AEDAD AEDAG CEDAA CEDAD
 CEDAG AFDAA AFDAD AFDAG BFDAA BFDAD BFDAG CHDAA CHDAD CHDAG

 AABIDAA AABIDAD AABIDAG BABIDAA BABIDAD BABIDAG CABIDAA CABIDAD
 CABIDAG

However, when calculating the number of (complete) diagonal sequences, it shows that some diagonal sequences have no continuation, in the sense that there is no two longer sequence that is based on it. The smallest such example is the sequence "DAAHIFAAB". Note that this sequence is one of the impossible (partial) diagonal sequences mentioned May 20. There is only one way the top left part can be filled, namely with a three by three in the top corner and two one by two tiles with the longest side touching the left and top sides. When placed in a rectangle, this sequences has 62 different solutions in the right bottom part. However for the next (partial) diagonal sequence there are only eight different ways it is filled for these 62 solutions. When these sequences are extended with an 'A' on both sides, always the first three and/or the last three have no tile available, thus making them impossible for a (complete) diagonal sequence. Longer sequences that start or end with the "DAAHIFAAB" if (and maybe: and only if) they are followed or preceded with the sequence "DEB", which forces an 'A' for the next diagonal.

Below the updated table for the number of sequences per diagonal length.

  l   #dia   #pat      1     2     3    4    5    6    7    8
-------------------------------------------------------------
  3      3      3      3
  5      6      6      6
  7     14     14     14
  9     47     47     47
 11    140    141    139     1
 13    544    658    442    90    12
 15   2616   3708   1868   446   260   42
 17  15111  25750   8838  3392  1930  539  306   94    8    4

The latest version of the program also calculates the number of unique (with respect to rotations and mirroring) tilings inside rectangles of various sizes. The algorithm first calculates possible combinations of two rows for a given width, and next uses a recursive algorithm to find the number of patterns for a given height. This could be improved with a matrix transfer method and it is also possible to derive recurrence equations for each row (and column) for this table. Although the table is symmetric along the main diagonal, the numbers above and under the diagonal have been calculated independently to verify the correctness of the algorithm. (The output of the program also contains a table with all tilings.)

    |     1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9    10
----+------------------------------------------------------------
  1 |     1     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
  2 |     1     1     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
  3 |     0     1     2     0     1     2     1     4     5     3
  4 |     0     0     0     0     1     1     1     0     2     3
  5 |     0     0     1     1     2     4     6    12    28    57
  6 |     0     0     2     1     4     0    18    33    49   105
  7 |     0     0     1     1     6    18     8    77   195   687
  8 |     0     0     4     0    12    33    77   166  1204  5135
  9 |     0     0     5     2    28    49   195  1204  3217 29733
 10 |     0     0     3     3    57   105   687  5135 29733 83306

Below the 166 unique street tilling patterns that fit in an eight by eight square.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

UTF-8

On March 14, I presented a pretty looking function for checking whether a string is encoded with UTF-8. Yesterday, I realized that there is an error in the algorithm when a UTF-8 sequences consisting of multiple bytes is terminated prematurely. This morning, I wrote a program to check an improved version of the function. This looks less beautiful, but that is partly also because of improved checking. This function only checks UTF-8 characters up to four bytes (as is defined by the current standard). The added check (marked with slightly text colour) is that characters represented by multiple bytes actually fall in the range for which that number of bytes is intended. Theoretical it is possible to represesnt every possible value with in the range of valid Unicde code points with a sequence of four bytes.
bool valid_UTF8(const unsigned char *s)
{
    while (*s != 0)
       if (   *s < 0x80
           || ((*s & 0xe0) == 0xc0
               && (*s & 0x1e) != 0
               || ((*s & 0xf0) == 0xe0
                   && ((*s & 0x0f) != 0 || (s[1] & 0x20) != 0)
                   || (*s & 0xf8) == 0xf0
                      && ((*s & 0x07) != 0 || (s[1] & 0x30) != 0)
                   && (*(++s) & 0xc0) == 0x80)
               && (*(++s) & 0xc0) == 0x80)
           && (*(++s) & 0xc0) == 0x80)
           s++;
       else
           return false;
    return true;
}

Truck Run 2016

Today, Andy and I joined the yearly Truck Run organized by De Tukker Truckers, just like we did two years ago. The GPS-track of how we drove in KML file for Google Earth or in Google Maps.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Installing Arch Linux

Today, I became a member of TkkrLab after having visited their open evenings in the past weeks. This evening, I installed Arch Linux with OpenRC from archlinux-openrc-2016.06.01-dual.iso (put on USB stick) on FJF2, Acer Aspire One notebook. Read installation log for the details.


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Maker Festival Twente

This afternoon, Annabel and I went to the Maker Festival Twente. This year it was focused more on children than last year. At the stand of FabLab Enschede we met some classmates of Annabel. They we making wooden bracelet with a laser cutter. I also had one made with my name on it. Annabel has also looked at 3D printers. At the stand of LayaLay we found a small plug-and-play 3D printer of € 700 and at the stand of Make Block Shop we found a waterproof and somewhat flexible cup that was made by a 3D printer in approximately 51 minutes, which costs € 649.55. Annabel was impressed with the quality. Of course, we also spend some time at the stand of TkkrLab. Finally, I build a Noise! synthesizer at the stand of Reverse Landfill. This gave me some more experience with soldering. Some example sounds can be found on sound cloud.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

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