Het Zwaard van Radch
I finished reading the book Het Zwaard van
Radch, the Dutch translation of Ancillary Sword by Ann Lecki, which I start reading last Friday after I bought it on
last Thursday. By the fact that I finished the book
in such a short time, it is clear that the book did captivate me. But it was
also a lot because I wanted to know how the plot developed into something
dramatic. The middle part had a lot of relational type of contents and felt
kind like a detective. (Somehow the main character, Breq, made me think of
Vera Stanhopefrom the TV series Vera.) Then at the end there was suddenly some dramatic action. Know I
want to read the first book of the series.
Folding a circle into a triangle
This evening, I was playing with the round paper cover of an icecream, trying
to fold it into a triangle and I noticed that the three folded parts came
together at the same point. In a sense, did not surprise me, as I knew the
triangle has many so called centers. (There is even an encyclopedia of it.) However, I have not been able to find the given
center. Below an animation of folding the black circle into a red triangle and
the grey circles representing the folded parts crossing at the same point.
At 16:50, I bought the following two books from charity shop Het Goed:
I finished reading the book Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, which I started reading on last Saturday when I received it.
Because I had already read the second book of the Imperial Radch trilogy, I
knew some things that were going to happen. However, I really wanted to know
how things played out and that was one of the reasons to finish the book in a
short time. I have to admit that at some points I found it hard to put the
book down. It is a good story, but there are some things that I find hard to
believe. For example, how can an ancillary controlled by an AI in a ship, when
disconnected, have all the knowledge and the intelligence of the AI and not
simply 'shut-down' and become passive.
- De Beste Verzorgde Boeken 2006 | The Best Dutch Book Design 2006
written in Dutch and English and published by CPNB Collectieve in 2007,
ISBN:9789059650640, for € 4.90.
- Open 18, 2030: Oorlogszone
Amsterdam written by Jorinde Seijdel and
Liesbeth Melis, edited by J. Seijdel, written in Dutch, and published by
nai010 uitgevers in January 9999,
ISBN:9789056627096, for € 4.90. One reason why I bought the book
is that it has a reproduction of a map of Amsterdam from 1945.
This afternoon, Conny and I went to Rijksmuseum Twenthe. We first saw the exhibition Sottobosco with works by Elspeth Diederix. Later we also visited the garden at the back of the
museum that she designed. I found the following works noteworthy:
- Butterflies, 2006.
- Cyclamen, 2022.
- Leaf Landscape, 2022.
- Dark Light, 2022.
- Rain Leaf, 2022.
- Morning Glory, 2021.
- Camino, 2022.
- Tulips, 2022.
- Montropa, 2022.
- Flame Flower, 2009.
- Woods, 2022.
- Fritillaria & Enphorbia, 2022.
Next we went to see the gold and silver coins from the sixth century that were
found in Springendal, a valey near Tubbergen. We also paid a short visit to Tolerance Test by Charlotte Schleiffert, because one of the voices was very hard to hear.
Next we saw the exhibition So Future (RMT x GOGBOT), which is going to be part of the GOGBOT festival this September. There we saw the following exhibits:
At 15:22, I bought the book A Critical History of Media Art in the
Netherlands written by Marga van Mechelen and Sanneke
Huisman in English and published by Jap Sam Books in November 2019,
ISBN:9789492852144, from the museum bookshop for € 39.95. Conny also
bought a book and we bought two Lovi wooden
creations: the Lovi Star and
the pink Lovi Dragongly.
The temperature at Twenthe Airport has gone up to
32.1° Celsius, which breaks the previous record of 28.7° on this date
in 1973. Yesterday, it was the first National heat wave of this year, which started on August 8.
In the past weeks, since July 11, I have been
wrestling with the visialization of regular grids
of squares and equilateral triangles. Below the visualization of some of
the grids that according to the algoritm I implemented before are unique.
However, they are not all unique, which means I have to look into that
algorithm again. Look for the patterns with the code: 2 2 2 2 4 1 0.