… Y’see, now, y’see, I’m looking at this, thinking, squares fit together better than circles, so, say, if you wanted a box of donuts, a full box, you could probably fit more square donuts in than circle donuts if the circumference of the circle touched the each of the corners of the square donut.
So you might end up with more donuts.
But then I also think… Does the square or round donut have a greater donut volume? Is the number of donuts better than the entire donut mass as a whole?
A round donut with radius R1 occupies the same space as a square donut with side 2R1. If the center circle of a round donut has a radius R2 and the hole of a square donut has a side 2R2, then the area of a round donut is πR12 - πr22. The area of a square donut would be then 4R12 - 4R22. This doesn’t say much, but in general and throwing numbers, a full box of square donuts has more donut per donut than a full box of round donuts.
The interesting thing is knowing exactly how much more donut per donut we have. Assuming first a small center hole (R2 = R1/4) and replacing in the proper expressions, we have a 27,6% more donut in the square one (Round: 15πR12/16 ≃ 2,94R12, square: 15R12/4 = 3,75R12). Now, assuming a large center hole (R2 = 3R1/4) we have a 27,7% more donut in the square one (Round: 7πR12/16 ≃ 1,37R12, square: 7R12/4 = 1,75R12). This tells us that, approximately, we’ll have a 27% bigger donut if it’s square than if it’s round.
tl;dr: Square donuts have a 27% more donut per donut in the same space as a round one.
For the last month both the courses I’m teaching have been focused on data structures perfect for implementing a game like Connect Four. In fact the last assignment I just received involved a 2d game board.
Last night all the electronics were turned off. I read aloud the rest of Fortunately the Milk.
This book must be read aloud. Particularly the part about the wumpires! OMG. I love reading with voices.
The farther we got into the book the more John kept interrupting me to make comparisons to Dr Who. I had to put a moratorium on mentioning The Doctor, and began simply putting my hand up. Later though when we watched The Day of the Doctor again… well the Fez through the time warp hole, and The Milk through the time warp hole… well….
John was not surprised to learn that Neil Gaiman had written for Dr Who.
"More than half the questions I am asked are about the politics of the way I look. What it feels like to be not skinny/dark-skinned/a minority/not conventionally pretty/female/etc. It’s not very interesting to me, but I know it’s interesting to people reading an interview. Sometimes I get jealous of white male showrunners when 90 percent of their questions are about characters, story structure, creative inspiration, or, hell, even the business of getting a show on the air. Because as a result the interview of me reads like I’m interested only in talking about my outward appearance and the politics of being a minority and how I fit into Hollywood, blah blah blah. I want to shout, “Those were the only questions they asked!?"
THIS EXCHANGE! This exchange finally makes sense to me.
Think about your very first day at work, school, or anything really. Remember how excited you were to start something new. Something you get paid to do, or spend all your time doing that thing and it’s wonderful because NEW.
Then, as time passes, the new things aren’t new anymore. They are just things.
The Doctor’s companions help make things new for him again. They give him a perspective on life that he often forgets.
And So… this is why we have people in our life… why children, and friends, and why volunteering is sooo worth it and all that.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve had plenty of moments like that, where it all looks the same. And then I have a conversation with someone and their perspective is just a little different… and it all becomes… well more interesting again.
Absolutely! I love how the Doctor needs a companion, not just because he’s lonely, because they really give him new life. They rejuvenate him. Just like how children, friends, and even strangers on the internet can rejuvenate us.
I want to write, but I don’t know what to write about, I don’t want to write about the dark scary things, I’d rather write about the good inspiring things. Volunteering… I think I can talk about that. Any time things seem really tough… not worth it… well it might not be worth the effort to work through the pain for myself… but it is worth working through the pain for other people… to see them smile… when the kids have a good time, when they learn something new or even just when their parent’s get a break and the kids burn some energy and do some exploring… that seems worth the effort. and I get some distraction. Seeing someone else smile is worth so much.