
Ruler and compass construction of a heart
20230214
My take on the parametric heart shape concept. A: 90 B: 90 There are many ways to use math to define a heart curve. The second one on that page, a sextic algebraic equation, $$(x^2+y^21)^3 + x^2y^3 = 0$$, strikes me as one of the most elegant, but it’s not very… adjustable. Rather than using a single polar/parametric/algebraic equation to define a curve, I imagined a different approach: a heart shape composed only of two circular arcs and two straight line segments.…

Hypercorrection
20210709
I don’t like to be “that guy”, correcting meaningless mistakes of grammar/usage/pronunciation in conversation, because for whatever reason it’s considered rude or thoughtless. But if the mistake you’re making is hypercorrection, pointing that out must be… hypocorrection? Which, by extrapolation, must then be polite and thoughtful (/s). …

Upgrading my bike accessories
20210302
I’ve always been fond of physical modular systems, but lately I’ve become a little obsessed with customizing my stuff with modular attachments. My bike has seen the most of this, both in terms of the number of projects, and the amount of effort put into them. …

Lies, Damned Lies, and Exponentials
20210201
An exponentially increasing blog post. …

Why Benford's Law is Obvious
20201128
Benford’s Law states that in many naturally occurring collections of numbers, the leading digit is likely to be small. I love math factoids like this, and I remember how deeply unintuitive this seemed when I first learned it. Now, I find myself looking for a way to explain how intuitive it really is. …

Ortlieb Organizer
20200510
Project log for my organizer insert for Ortlieb Back Roller bike panniers. …

Ortlieb Organizer
20200510
Project log for my organizer insert for Ortlieb Back Roller bike panniers. …

Tanzania 1: prep
20181201
I climbed a mountain with Andrea and Donna. It took a lot of work. …

Tanzania 2: Hike
20181201
I climbed a mountain with Andrea and Donna. We hiked five days to get to base camp. …

Tanzania 3: Summit
20181201
I climbed a mountain with Andrea and Donna. A couple days before we summited, Andrea said it was the stupidest thing she’d ever done. I didn’t disagree. …

Tanzania 4: Safari
20181201
I climbed a mountain with Andrea and Donna. Then we went to a really nice zoo. …

Tanzania 5: Postmortem
20181201
I climbed a mountain with Andrea and Donna. We learned some lessons. …

Hanging cables
20181127
A hanging cable takes the shape of a catenary, a suspension bridge cable is a parabola. What’s the connection between these? …

A webgl shader experiment
20180111
How to create real fast demo animations with webgl. [EPILEPSY WARNING] …

Plots in Hugo
20171101
I want to put interactive plots in my posts, ideally from Python source, with minimal development overhead. How can I do that in Hugo? …

Setting up LaTeX in Hugo
20171026
I want to put equations in my posts. How do you do that in Hugo? It’s easy as $$\prod_{n=1}^{\infty} \left(\frac{2n}{2n1} \cdot \frac{2n}{2n+1}\right)$$. …

Using Hugo and orgmode for a blog
20170930
I just set up this blog with Hugo. This is the story of why and how. …

Using Python and openCV to revive a dead Etsy product
20170930
[ambigram pic] Here are some things I like: words, optical illusions, art. An [ambigram] is a clever combination of all three of these, so of course I like these too. There are a few different forms, and while they're all neat, I am particularly fond of the type that incorporates two wholly different words, with a 180degree rotation separating the two: [rotational transambigram]http://www.anopticalillusion.com/2012/12/truefalseambigrambyjohnlangdon/ One day, I noticed one of those dishwasher clean/dirty magnets, and thought "Hey!…

Reviving a dead Etsy product
20170906
I thought of a thing that I wanted, found that someone else had already done it, and sold it on Etsy, but then stopped. Using a photo of it, and some light hacking skills, I made another one for myself. …
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A DIY appliance shutoff system (md)
20170902
I need a way to shut off an appliance if it’s dumping water too fast for the drain, because reasons. I have a [[http://www.getfloodstop.com/][Floodstop]] for another appliance, it works well but it’s pricey, and works with the water line instead of power, which is what I need. Tight space constraints prevent me from using something like [[https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00988NOV2][this]]. Guess that means I have to make it myself… Ideas disable water or power?…

How to Really Squeeze the Value Out of Your Overpriced Razor Blades
20140812
I read somewhere that a strip of denim works pretty well for stropping razor blades, which supposedly extends their effective life. It seemed like a good experiment opportunity. …

Tough Mudder
20121006
Sometimes I do these silly obstacle course races. One of them resulted in one of my nicknames, “Nochallenge Bernstein”. …

Dirichlet Integral
20100317
The Dirichlet integral can be evaluated with a neat trick. This post is nothing special, just a record of my own process of understanding how it works. …

Bell Curve Integral
20100209
Evaluating this integral requires using two nonstandard tricks (i.e. things not taught in calc 1). …