Monday, July 29, 2013

Having a geek moment

I feel like the only thing I have to blog about lately is my current mental and physical status. And that doesn't seem like something anyone else in interested in. I'm even annoying myself because I can't find any other topic to write about. I don't have kids to write about, my zoo doesn't do anything especially interesting, and I don't do anything at home that warrants discussion.

Okay, except this - which I'm totally excited about.

Hyperbolic geometry. Yep, I'm a nerd, and I'm proud of it. I've always loved math. Well, except for algebra 1 in 9th grade. Hated my teacher, and hated that I couldn't understand what the heck she was trying to teach. Algebra 2 went better. And college algebra was the best because I had an AWESOME teacher. If he ever reads this, I know he'll know I'm talking about him :)

I ordered the book. A Field Guide to Hyperbolic Space: An Exploration of the Intersection of Higher Geometry and Feminine Handicraft by Margaret Wertheim (check out the website, Institute for Figuring). Sounds very nerdy, right? When I was younger, someone taught me how to crochet. I'll admit, I wasn't that great at it. I'm a whiz at making chains, and I can sorta make round objects, like coasters and rugs. But I have no idea how to make anything remotely useful. And in all honesty, learning how to crochet a coral doesn't really sound all that helpful either. BUT... knowing that I can make a physical representation of something mathematicians couldn't figure out until just a few decades ago is awesome. What if I turn out to be the next Pythagoras? (granted, he has to do with Euclidian geometry, but you get my point.) I know I'm not a genius, although some of my friends might lean towards disagreeing with that. I'm just excited to try and make something new. Something I can be proud of.

On a completely separate note - I'm also learning a completely new way of software programming, called test-driven development. It's pretty nifty, and useful with systems like ours. It's likely to be boring to anyone that isn't in a software related field, but you should check it out if you know what I'm talking about :)

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