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Monday, July 1, 2024

AKI MUPI route 2024

I found the AKI ArtEZ Finals 2024 Mupiroute this evening. This shows where to find posters from the AKI graduates on the back of the MUPI advertisement signs. MUPI is an abbreviation for the French 'Mobile urban pour publicity et information'. Last year, I have been working on drawing all possible biking routes between the MUPIs that I knew about with Google Earth. This years route contains two MUPIs that I had not included yet, so I spend some time adding these. One of them is a bit further away in Glanerbrug. (See the updated file MUPIs.kmz, which is likely to be updated again in the future.) I also adapted the program I wrote last year to read the downloaded KML file instead of an input file mapping the graduates with the code I gave them in the MUPI.kmz file. The program now automatically selects the MUPI with in a range of 15 meters. With the latest version of the ParseMUPIkml2.cpp with a bucket size of 1000 solutions for each pass, I found a route with a distance of 35659 meter that I think I am going to follow. (The route on Google Maps). It is a bit longer than the route of last year probably due to the MUPI in Glanerbrug.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Lost Calf

This evening, after hoeing at Herenboeren Usseler Es, we went looking for the calf that was born yesterday morning. We could not find it looking from outside the field. We worried unnecessarily. After we had gone into the meadow with someone from the care team (who had come to look) and he, walking ahead, found the calf. It quickly walked to its mooing mother. The calf had walker under the electric fence (which is used to let the cows graze in a different part of the field each time) and had found a quiet spot in the tall grass to rest. This is completely normal and understandable behavior of young calves, we were assured. But it was still nice to have seen the young calf for a while. We are expecting two more in the coming months and the herd will then consist of eight Lakenvelder cattle. They are a type of low maintenance cattle and they are kept for the meat and for the positive effect they have on the fields and the farm.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Visiting all MUPIs

This afternoon, from 12:21 till 16:23, I biked around the city to visit all the MUPIs that had a poster on it made by one of this year graduates of the AKI. This year the MUPIs where more spread out and included on in the town Glanerbrug, which is part of the municipality Enschede. It rained most of the time at some point I considered cancel the trip and return home and try another day, but I decided to continue and at some point when it was only raining lightly, it felt like it was dry. At the end of the trip, the sun broke through the clouds. I also visited the charity shop Het Goed along the route, but I did not buy any book. The route I took, is not the one I published on Monday. When studying that map, I quickly found a shorter route. I did find a 'bug' in MUPIs.kmz and made some changes where the bike path was moved in the past years. I tried the program but it did not return a better solution also not when I changed some of the search parameters. I finally used this route. I also did think about how I could improve the estimate of the minimal length of partial solution, considering that the current estimate is maybe to optimistic, but I have not implemented anything again. At least this failure to find some obviously shorter solution, demostrates the difficulties of the Travelling Salesman Problem. I found the works of the following students noteworthy:

Friday, July 5, 2024

Gerrit Rietveld Academie Finals

I went Amsterdam to see the Graduation Show exhibition at the Gerrit Rietvel Academie. Below a list of works by graduates that I found noteworthy, which is very subjective and often based on the first impression, in the order, I encountered them. Work that I found extra noteworth have been marked with a star.

At 13:00, I bought the book This book right now in this place and time, the graduation catalogue of the Graphic Design department. I donated € 5.00.

Afterwards, I went to the center of Amsterdam, where I visited the bookshops: De Slegte and Scheltema.

Saturday, July 6, 2024

AKI Finals

I went to see the AKI Finals exhibition. Below a list of the students whose work I found noteworthy, which is very subjective and often based on the first impression, in the order, I encountered them.

At 15:42, I bought the catalogue AKI ArtEZ 2024, which is written in English and published by AKI ArtEZ, ISBN:9789075522440, at the reception for € 25.00. Actually, it is two books. One large book with pictures of the works by the students and a smaller book with information about the students. The sheets in the large book are cut in the shape of the smaller book, such that you could fit it in there. But it is not cut on the large page, so it is not possible to remove it and replace it with the smaller book. It does not make sense and I think it is bad design as it serves no functional purpose but simply makes it harder to see the photographs.

Sunday, July 7, 2024


Last Friday, I saw the work De Naakte Waarheid by Barbera Sterk, which is about 'flattening' the outsude of a brick of the Waalformaat, which measures 210 × 100 × 50 milimeter. The works in her exhibition were actually based on the ratios 21 : 10 : 5. We talked a little bit and I promised her to calculate to total number of flattenings. For a cube there are eleven flattenings as shown on this page. I tried figure out the number with pen and paper, but being afraid to make some mistakes, I spend writing a program, called bricks.cpp, to do the flattening. As usually, it took more time than expected, especially with debugging and trying to verify the output. I put everything in the main function of the pogram. The outerloop of the program generates all 5 out of 12 combinations. This is used to determine along which sides a cuboid is to be flattened starting from a given face. Of course, for many combinations this is not possible. A check for some trivial impossible combinations is included and a loop that five times searches for a face that can be added. The loop is terminated if there a combinations of sides appears to be impossible. If a possible combination is found, the program finds a minimal solution where the sides of the same orientation are given the same value. After a lot of debugging, I found that there are 54 combinations ignoring rotations and mirroring. The find this number, run the command:
./bricks | sort -u | wc
To print out these 54 combinations, use the command:
./bricks | sort -u | ./bricks -p
When I studied the output, I noticed that eight of the eleven cube flattenings had six cuboid flattenings and that the three that have a rotation symmetry had three cuboid flattenings. (The number six is the number of permutations of three elements.) Below the eleven cube flattenings are given, where the faces are named with letters, where the use of lower case means that the face is rotated over 90° compared to the upper case letters. Below it the number of cuboid flattenings are given.

 BAB  BA   BA   BA   c    c    c    c     A    A   A
  C    Cb   C    C   BAB  BA   BA   BA   bCb  bC   C
  A    A    AB   A    C    Cb   C    Cb   A    Ab  Ab
  C    C    C    Cb   A    A    AB    a   C    C    c

  6    6    6    3    6    6    6    6    6    3    3

I realized that I could have figured this out with some more hard thinking. Writing a program is not always the fastest way of finding a solution for a problem.

Monday, July 8, 2024

Displaying brick flattenings

I wrote some code to visualize all 54 brick (with ratios 20 : 10 : 5) flattening, which I calculated yesterday.

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Curly kale

We had curly kale because we got it last Saturday from the harvest of Herenboeren Usseler Es. It is a bit of a strange time to have curly kale because it is still considered as a winter vegetable. Unlike the winter kale leaves, the young summer leaves are tender and can be eaten raw. However, some people say that it tastes best when it had been frosted and they just put it in the freezer. They say it is also easier to process it when it is frozen. Yesterday, I already used a bit in a curry dish. Today we used the rest. Conny added some of a herb mix that she usually uses. We at it as a hotchpotch with pieces of fried pork. Conny also served it with sausage with cloves.

Friday, July 12, 2024

AKI Finals again

This afternoon, I went to see the AKI Finals exhibition for a second time. The second time you always notice things you had not noticed before. Below a list of the students whose work I found noteworthy to mention for this second visit, in the order, I encountered them.


In the past weeks, I have been trying to implement a C preprocessor using iterators that can be compiled with the M2-Mesoplanet compiler of Live-bootstrap. I first made a (partial) implementation that compiled with the gcc compiler. Because M2-Mesoplanet does not have a cast operator (because it does no checks of assignments between different types), you have to give it some options to surpress errors. It still produces a lot warnings. Next, I tried to compile it with M2-Mesoplanet. I found some bug/limitations. Such as that in 'case' statements defines are not expanded. So, I replaced those with if statements because in expressions they are expanded. Also assigning string contents to an element of an array of pointers to character, does not work. It looks like the pointer is truncated to a byte. So, I had to replace such a table to a bunch of if-statements. But then it produced a strange runtime error, a 'Segmentation fault', at a location that already had visited several times before. I tried the i386 Emulator and (after I made some small changes) produced the exact same error at the same location using the command:
../Emulator/Emulator -gen 1 -trace ./ tcc_cc
This shows that the runtime error is due to a return address (on the stack) being overwritten with an incorrect value. I have not yet figured out the cause of this. I did commit the current state to MES-replacement repository. This could be related to another limitation (bug) of M2-Mesoplanet. I have been wondering if I should maybe work on improving M2-Mesoplanet before I continue working on the preprocessor.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Side notes

In a book you can have footnotes at the bottom of the page, but when you want to convert a book to a webpage you can convert these to side notes. I found several solutions presented on the page Sidenotes In Web Design, but I did not find a solution after my liking. I was more thinking about a solution where the column with the side notes would be moving more dynamically when you were scrolling the main text. I spend some time implementing a solution, which can be found at this page, which uses some random text generated with the Random Text Generator. It also uses a little bit of JavaScript that scans the contents of the page for certain identifiers (in id elements attributes) for it operation.

This months interesting links

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