|Interesting People & Ideas|
Martin Gardner: Mathematical Games (MG)In 1961, my 7th grade math teacher, Ray LaLonde, shared Martin's June (1961) Brain Teasers column with the class. Or it could have been some other Mathematical Games column. Anyway, I was hooked. After checking out previous columns in the library, I subscribed to Scientific American! I first corresponded with Martin Gardner in 1968 about Langford's Problem as a freshman at Gonzaga University.
Here is a page on how Martin enriched my life [G4G].
The Gathering for Gardner is a bi-annual conference dedicated to Martin's work.
Buckminster Fuller: Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science
A bio of Fuller, with links: [R. Buckminster Fuller].
On the evening of February 5th, 1979, Fuller gave a talk,
Christopher Alexander: Notes on the Synthesis of FormChristopher Alexander on design and the hierarchical decomposition of systems.
Christopher Alexander, et.al.: Pattern LanguagesThis book of 253 patterns was compiled over a period of 8 years by a team of six people. The patterns range from regional down to to where you are right now. A Pattern Language stimulated the development of pattern languages for software development, and many other areas.
G. Spencer-Brown: Laws of FormG. Spencer Brown, invented a predicate calculus for Logic. My notes on The Laws of Form.
Austrid Lindemaier: L-SystemsAustrid Lindemaier, L-System is a transformational grammar that attempts to describe the growth patterns of plants (mainly). And Leaves?
Need link to ABOP, etc!!
Howard Rheingold (@hrheingold)How to characterize Howard Rheingold? He paints his own shoes.
I particularly like his essay: The Shape of the Universe, about the importance of tree structures, and the tree as a form or archetype. If we had greater awareness, we might "help our species get a grip on our planet's runaway throttle".
Andrew Weil, et.al.: Sound Body, Sound MindThis is an interesting piece of musical and frequency engineering. It combines brainwave-inducing frequencies with a musical score that matches the intended mental states. Very relaxing. Here is an excerpt from the little book that comes with the CD. Produced by Andrew Weil, Joshua Leeds, Richard Lawrence, and Anna Wise.
Andrew Weil: Spontaneous HealingI heard an interview with Andrew Weil on NPR in about 1972. I have been reading his books ever since. I have a brief review of his latest book Spontaneous Healing. Also see The Natural Mind, and The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon. Search the web for references to these with Andrew Weil's name, or visit his very own "Ask Dr. Weil" Home Page!
OpenThree movements are combining to transform government at all levels, Open Source, Open Data, and Open Government. [LINK].
Tent Cities and Tiny HousesThis book! TENT CITY URBANISM — From Self-Organizing Camps to Tiny House Villages, by Andrew Heben [LINK].
Calendar ReformWhat do you think of our current calendar?
I was amazed when I saw the Barlow Calendar to think that the calendar could be done more sensibly. Every month has the same 28 days, starting with Monday on the 1st. Barlow has various extra calendar days at the end of each month — days that are not days of the week. They are 'nodays'! Here's the Barlow calendar, with notes: [LINK].
In 2015, I saw the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar (and Time): [LINK]. Each year has 4 quarters of 3 months, with 30-30-31 days. Each quarter starts on Sunday. Various extra (xtr) days appear at the end of the year, depending on the year. Here is an analysis of Hanke-Henry: [LINK].
Co-Housing"Co-housing is the name of a type of collaborative housing that attempts to overcome the alienation of modern subdivisions in which no-one knows their neighbors, and there is no sense of community."