Projects

Jewelry
My newest artistic endeavor is jewelry–earrings and necklaces. See my Etsy shop for more.

 

Pentaflower
Since the start of 2015, I’ve been interested in a simple mathematical flower structure, made of 52 regular pentagons. I’ve made this shape in a couple different sizes and media–the one pictured hereis 6 feet in diameter.Rose of Five Espresso Buzz

Couch Armada
I collaborated with an architect, a Boeing engineer, and a metalworker to build a full sized driving couch called Chassie. Powered by (2) 24V motors upcycled from mobility scooters. Controlled by a handheld joystick. Styled up with 4 speakers, a subwoofer, an aux input for audio, (2) 120V power outlets, 15m of LED lights, custom side pockets, and some rad orange trim.
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Many thanks to Ignition Northwest for their financial support, the Seattle Design Festival and the EMP Museum’s Mini-Maker Faire for inviting us to come play, and to the many friends who helped along the way–particularly the Stroup family for helping with storage.

Hilbert Creations
I have aspirations to build a Hilbert-Cube-Jungle-Gym in the near future. If you’re interested in helping make this a reality, please let me know. Here is a very early prototype, made from PVC elbows (inspired by Chaim Goodman-Strauss).

PVC hilbert

My Pet Fractal
About a year and a half ago, I stumbled across this fractal. I recently had access to a laser cutter, and I made a few dozen handheld 256-gons. This curve is closely related to both the Sierpinski Curve and the Z-Order (Morton Order). If you know a name for this fractal, or if you’ve seen it in any literature, I would love to hear about it.

Fractal Tower

LED Array Art
This project is an excuse for me to improve my coding skills and a medium for me to share my mathematical musings more widely. I’ll be playing with variations of Conway’s Game of Life and other Cellular Automata, aiming to both create beautiful graphics and to inspire mathematical conversation in those around me.

Large Group Collaborations
Since 2013, I’ve played lead administrative roles in large art collectives of 25+ people. Each year, I’ve managed funds and budgeting for projects ranging from $5,000 to $30,000. In these roles, I’ve been paying particular attention to what it takes to bring to reality these large scale projects that sound so far-fetched.

Donald Duck in Mathemagic Land

I watched this video a few times growing up and was really happy to rediscover it recently. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Hackenbush On a Number Line [Part 1]

Check out this video to see how to play Hackenbush:

If you want to play this game, I suggest having one person draw any starting position they’d like. The other player chooses colors and goes first.

I find this game to be much more fun to analyze than it is to play–there seems to be a curious connection between familiar numbers and Hackenbush positions.

I’ll leave the ball in your court.

Zero Game half+half+(-1)
bluered+bluered+red makes a zero game.
  1. Check that this game from the end of the video is actually a zero game.
  2. What number makes sense for this mystery position called bluered?
  3. Can you make sense of a position that is three pieces tall? Say blueredred?
  4. What other numbers can you find on the Hackenbush Number Line?

Save the Dates: 2015 Math Events

March 14: Pi Day
April 4: Julia Robinson Festival
April 12th: Bellevue Sunday Classes Start
April 13th-17th: Seattle Math for Love Spring Break Camp
June 22-26: Seattle Math for Love Camp
June 29-3: Bellevue Math for Love Camp
July 6-10: Seattle Math for Love Camp
July 13-17: Bellevue Math for Love Camp

See Math for Love website for information on summer camps and the Julia Robinson Festival.

Euclid: The Game (Geometry)

Euclid: The Game offers a modern and novel way to play with many of the fundamental ideas of classical geometry.

Work your way through the traditional compass and straight-edge constructions, earning tools appropriately–once you can construct an equilateral triangle, you get an “equilateral triangle” tool. And once you can find a midpoint, you get a “mark the midpoint” tool.

Programming and Mathematics

Project Euler is a series of programming challenges asking you to solve harder and harder math problems.

Can you find the 100th prime?
Can you find the sum of the first 100 primes?
Can you find the 100th prime that is also a Fibonacci number?

You can complete these challenges in any language you like.