January 2017 archive

Jan 29 2017

The Method of Complements

Abraham Lincoln once famously said, “Everybody loves a compliment.”  I suspect that if he had been a mathematician he would have loved complements, too. We’ve already seen what complements are and talked about the two most prolific: the radix complement and the diminished radix complement. Now it’s time to explore how we can leverage complements …

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Jan 25 2017

Chad Parker monsterZ Marble

Monsterz Marble

By the time December of last year rolled around, my family had been participating in the World’s Biggest Marble Hunt for several months.  During that time we had found many breathtaking marbles created by some of the most talented artists in the world including Geoffrey Beetem, Topher Reynolds, and Tucker Heebner. One artist whose iconic …

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Jan 21 2017

How to Install Pip on Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak

Python Logo

I am excited this evening. Why? Because I am finally getting back to some real Python development. While I have recently coded up some GIMP plug-ins, I haven’t really taken the time to properly set up my Python environment since making the switch from OS X to Ubuntu in December.  Now I’ve got some Django programming …

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Jan 10 2017

Number System Complements

In my last post about binary signed integers, I introduced the ones complement representation. At the time, I said that the ones complement was found by taking the bitwise complement of the number. My explanation about how to do this was simple: invert each bit, flipping 1 to 0 and vice versa. While it’s true that …

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Jan 09 2017

Reason #549 Why Eben Harvey was Awesome

Sex Token

549. He had game. I’m not as good as I once was, but I am as good once as I ever was. This token was found when we were cleaning out his belongings. Apparently he was the silent type, because this is a side of him I never saw.

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Jan 04 2017

Program Python Plug-ins for GIMP: Hello, GIMP World

Hello, GIMP World

In my last post, I briefly explained GIMP‘s scripting and plug-in system and the two most common ways to program custom extensions and scripts: Script-Fu and Python-Fu. Script-Fu, being the older of the two options, is well documented and the more widely used of the two. Not because I love the road less traveled, but …

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