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Not for the faint of art.
 Complex Numbers A complex number is expressed in the standard form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers and i is defined by i^2 = -1 (that is, i is the square root of -1). For example, 3 + 2i is a complex number. The bi term is often referred to as an imaginary number (though this may be misleading, as it is no more "imaginary" than the symbolic abstractions we know as the "real" numbers). Thus, every complex number has a real part, a, and an imaginary part, bi. Complex numbers are often represented on a graph known as the "complex plane," where the horizontal axis represents the infinity of real numbers, and the vertical axis represents the infinity of imaginary numbers. Thus, each complex number has a unique representation on the complex plane: some closer to real; others, more imaginary. If a = b, the number is equal parts real and imaginary. Very simple transformations applied to numbers in the complex plane can lead to fractal structures of enormous intricacy and astonishing beauty.
May 29, 2019 at 12:16am
May 29, 2019 at 12:16am
#959811
May 28, 2019 at 12:47am
May 28, 2019 at 12:47am
#959762
May 27, 2019 at 12:12am
May 27, 2019 at 12:12am
#959695
 Memorial Today is Memorial Day here in the US, a federal holiday for remembering and honoring persons who have died while serving in the Armed Forces. How do you honor those who have passed (whether they served in the military or not)? You know what would honor the military dead? Not making any more of them. Also, actually taking care of those who didn't die in the military instead of, you know, leaving them homeless on the street or whatever. Since neither of those things are actually going to happen - not that I have any influence over it one way or the other - all I can do is focus on an individual basis. Which is where I could talk about actual things that I do, but that would end up either a) seeming like not enough or b) virtue signaling on my part. Neither of which I want to get involved with. Don't get me wrong; I'm not one who worships the military. I don't see a connection between, say, not standing for the National Anthem and anything to do with the military, even though I understand that there are those who would make that connection. A flag is merely a symbol; a service member is an actual human being. And what the flag symbolizes is a whole hell of a lot more than participation in war. But my father was in the service, and while he retired and lived to a reasonably old age and didn't die in a war, I have respect for those who served in the military - at least in terms of their service; a lot of them can be assholes, just like everyone else. I just don't really buy into the whole "they died for our freedoms" rhetoric; they died doing an incredibly hard job, yes, but we haven't had a war that was about "freedom" for a long time, now. Revenge, political gain, economic reasons, sure - but none of that is the fault of those who served. Reading over this, I realize I'm not all that coherent about it. Must mean I have some emotion tied up in it. And I guess I do, because of my father and a lot of other people I've known. And yet, what am I going to do, specifically, today, Memorial Day? Absolutely nothing I wouldn't do on any other day. And that includes not having a barbecue.
May 26, 2019 at 12:22am
May 26, 2019 at 12:22am
#959630
 Save Game Share an instance in your life when you would have liked a do-over. There's a primitive computer game called NetHack, which has its origins back in the days of DOS, monochrome monitors, and ASCII graphics. It's a dungeon-delving game that takes its inspiration from early editions of D&D; you play as a protagonist on a quest to recover a specific artifact for your deity. Along the way, you fight monsters, explore dungeons (randomly generated), solve puzzles, and avoid traps, much like in D&D. Lack of graphics aside, the primary thing that sets NetHack apart from other computer games is that there's no save function. What I mean is, you can save a game and come back to it later if you need to, I don't know, sleep or work or something; but you can't come back to an earlier save point if your avatar dies in the game. Of course, there are workarounds for that, but they go against the spirit of the game; it would be like cheating at solitaire. You're supposed to play the game, figure things out as you go along, and if you die, all you can do is start over with a different character - but with the metaknowledge you've gained as a player on the previous run. It's a challenge, but that's why I play games. (There's also a wizard mode where you can figure a lot of things out without dying, and that's not considered cheating, but the results of any wizard mode games don't "count.") By contrast, most modern single-player games - Fallout 4, for example - let you save at almost any time; if you run into a battle it turns out you can't handle, you don't have to go all the way back to the beginning. You reload a later save, and hopefully prep for the battle more effectively. This is good, because while a NetHack game can take 24 hours (and let me tell you, nothing sucks more than dying just before you're about to turn the artifact over to your god), a game like Fallout can take 24 days or more. I mention this because it's possible that no one thinks about do-overs more than gamers. However, we're painfully aware that, in life, there are no save points, no do-overs, no coming back from battles we can't handle. But you know, I'm okay with that. While there are many things I wish I'd done differently, if I were magically (or scientifically) handed the opportunity, I'd have to decline. That's because there are only two possibilities I can see: 1) I would have memory of both the original event and its do-over - in which case, I'd give it a 50/50 chance of the do-over making things worse; or 2) I would have no memory of the original event, in which case I'd just want another do-over. Every mistake I've made has helped make me who I am, so even though it's a fine exercise to think about how we might have done things differently - it helps with similar situations in the future - as with most wishes, the reality of it could never live up to one's expectations.
May 25, 2019 at 12:13am
May 25, 2019 at 12:13am
#959575
May 24, 2019 at 12:01am
May 24, 2019 at 12:01am
#959523
 Self-Control Congratulations on making it to the last week of the competition! You all should be proud! How do you celebrate your successes? What is your favorite thing to give yourself as a reward? Yeah, see, that doesn't work for me. Oh, I've tried it before. "Okay, Waltz, if you finish NaNoWriMo, go out and buy yourself that single-malt scotch you've been wanting." And then I came to the realization that a) I could buy the scotch, regardless; and b) I'm much more likely to write if I drink scotch, so waiting until I'm done writing would be counterproductive. Okay, (b) there might be a rationalization. Point is, I have no self-control. If I *had* self-control, I could just do the Thing I'd otherwise try to reward myself for, thus negating the need for any kind of reward. Since I do not have self-control, I practice self-indulgence. Oddly, I get some things done anyway. One of the reasons I'm working on weight loss is because I intend to go to Scotland next year around this time. That's when they have the Islay festival, and Islay makes the best single-malt scotch. (That last sentence might be opinion, not fact. But it's a fact for me.) And when I visit Scotland, I don't want to look like, or be, a stereotypical ugly American. So I guess you could say that my reward for hitting my weight-loss goal would be lots and lots of bottles of single-malt Scotch. But that doesn't take into account the fact that I plan on going anyway. It's more like a bit of extra motivation than it is a reward. It probably says a lot about me that I'm not losing weight because of heart issues or potential diabetes, but so I'll feel more comfortable when I drink. I'm okay with that.
May 23, 2019 at 12:27am
May 23, 2019 at 12:27am
#959477
May 22, 2019 at 12:19am
May 22, 2019 at 12:19am
#959422
 Rocket Surgeon When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? Old. Oh, sure, I went through the usual list for a kid. Firefighter, astronaut, policeman, Olympic athlete, pirate captain, actor, musician, doctor, spy, whatever. Then I figured, well, I'll become a writer! That way, I can at least imagine what it's like to be those things. I did that, in a way, but I've never made a living off it. Not even a dime. Well, a few Gift Points sometimes, and that's nice, but it's a hobby, not a profession. I don't remember when I first decided I'd become an engineer. Other engineers, you know, they played with Lincoln Logs or Legos or some sort of building toys, and they'd create imaginative things, but I was never that imaginative. I got pretty good at model rockets, though. Which reminds me, I now have less than 2 months to build a Saturn V model before the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Will I do it? Probably not; the kit is sitting there taunting me. What if I fuck it up (again)? I can follow instructions quite well, thank you, but there are artistic aspects to the build that might be beyond me. I also have a Lego one to put together. That's more likely. Anyway, I kind of fell into engineering. At first I thought aerospace, naturally, but at the time, job prospects were limited - the government, or a private contractor working for the government. Today, of course, you have companies in the mix, doing their own thing, and that's pretty exciting, but having achieved my primary goal ("old"), it's not like SpaceX would hire me now. I'm not exactly a rocket scientist. I didn't switch to civil engineering until I was already in college; you only had to declare a specialty after the first year or so. Well, such is life. As much as they tell you you can do anything, be anything, the truth is, you're limited - and you just have to do the best you can with what you have.
May 21, 2019 at 12:42am
May 21, 2019 at 12:42am
#959365
May 20, 2019 at 12:15am
May 20, 2019 at 12:15am
#959306
May 19, 2019 at 12:23am
May 19, 2019 at 12:23am
#959246
 Idealized Write about your ideal weekend. One of the many great things about being me is that every day is a weekend day. Alternatively, you could say that I have no weekends, but despite my pessimism, I prefer to think of it as the former. I do pay attention to what day it is - it helps to have an idea of what business are open at which hours, and if I can expect to deal with traffic if I have to venture out. So, yes, I'm aware that it's Saturday night and I've once again spent it sitting at home watching Netflix and taking care of some stuff here on WDC. When I go out, I tend to eat bad (but delicious) food and drink alcohol, which are two of my favorite activities, but I'm still committed to losing weight and those activities are anathema to that. Now, if I did those things every day, I'd say that my ideal weekend would be a break from it. But since I don't - well, I do eat food (almost) every day, but it's low-calorie fare, and I drink maybe 2-4 times a month now - then my ideal weekend would involve eating pizza and getting drunk. For the record, that's been my ideal weekend for as long as I've been drinking. Since we're talking Platonic ideals here, I might as well throw in gambling, also. But, again ideally, it would have to result in only a small loss of money - just enough to call it an entertainment expense. If I'm not in a casino, though, any kind of gaming is fine - video, or playing D&D with friends, or whatever. What I'm doing now - restricting my activities in hopes of a beneficial result in the future - well, that's not the kind of thing I usually do. It feels like a foreign country. Instant gratification is more my thing, as nothing I've ever actually put effort into has ended up being worth the cost. It might be important to note certain things that I'm sure would be a part of some others' lists, that are conspicuously absent from mine: Fishing Hiking ...really, any outdoor activity Anything remotely productive Sex Catching up on sleep (no need) Shopping Consequently, my ideal weekend would be in a casino in Vegas (one with good restaurants and great drink selection, which is most of them), never venturing outdoors, and not losing too much at blackjack. However, weekends in Vegas tend to be too crowded for me, so I'll declare the weekend to be Monday and Tuesday for my purposes. I'm thinking maybe sometime in August.
May 18, 2019 at 12:05am
May 18, 2019 at 12:05am
#959174
 The Only Thing I Do Every Day Write a poem or stream of consciousness entry about something you do every day. Breathe in... Breathe out... Breathe in... Breathe out... Breathe in... Breathe out... Breathe in... Breathe out... Breathe in... Breathe out... Breathe in... Breathe out... Breathe in... Breathe out... Breathe in... Breathe out... Breathe in... Breathe out... Breathe in... Breathe out...
May 17, 2019 at 12:29am
May 17, 2019 at 12:29am
#959121
May 16, 2019 at 12:29am
May 16, 2019 at 12:29am
#959073
 Mid-May Messages Congratulations on making it halfway through the challenge! Today, we’ll do something a little different. Instead of writing an entry of your own, take the time to show some love to your fellow 30DBC challengers! Write thoughtful comments on at least five different blogs from this month’s competition. Then, post the links to the entries you commented on in your own blog and share one thing you learned. Have fun! As I tend to focus my comments on the blogs of people who post their entries around the same time I do - mostly night owls like me, or perhaps in different time zones - I decided to use the Virtual Dice to select five blogs out of the 17 participants in the 30dbc this month (ignoring my own, of course). 1. From "Life and Stuff"   by Andy~~getting back to WDC , "Cleo's World"  2. From "The QPdoll Blog"   by ~Creepy QPdoll , "Motivation"  3. From "L'aura del Campo"   by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville , "2019年5月15日: Blow-me-away blog"  4. From "Writing for Fun and Leisure"   by LazyWriter , "An Instance When Something Blew My Mind? "  5. From "Bigger on the Inside"   by Kwills , "But is it Art?"  And what did I learn? That there are many different species of praying mantis, and the British ones have an exotic accent.
May 15, 2019 at 12:17am
May 15, 2019 at 12:17am
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May 14, 2019 at 12:57am
May 14, 2019 at 12:57am
#958910
May 13, 2019 at 12:13am
May 13, 2019 at 12:13am
#958848
May 12, 2019 at 12:14am
May 12, 2019 at 12:14am
#958785
 Human Nurture Write your entry inspired by the word “nurture.” What does it mean to nurture something or someone? How were you nurtured growing up, how are you currently nurtured, and how do you nurture others? I don't. Right now a lot of you are probably like, "Of course; you're a dude." Bullshit. While "nurture" is something often associated with women, lots of men are nurturing. I'm not one of them. My dad was, in a rather old-fashioned way. So was my mom. They desperately wanted a child; they got me. But for whatever reason - feel free to psychoanalyze; you'll probably be wrong, anyway - I didn't get the "nurture" gene. I'm not one of those people who needs something to take care of. Truth be told, I think of it as a burden - one I willingly assume when the situation calls for it, but not something I seek out. It's why I didn't want kids. And if I didn't care, I'd have tried to have them anyway; therfore, I do care, ipso facto, ex post nihilo, etc. Sure, I have cats, and I take care of them, but cats are essentially low-maintenance. They suit my personality better than dogs do, because dogs take a lot of training and care, things I can't be arsed to provide. The idea of walking one twice a day, every day, like clockwork? Shudder. I can't do anything on a regular schedule, or I start feeling hemmed-in. Besides, when I do try to be nurturing, whatever the hell that means, I always end up making a situation worse. And so no, I don't know what it means, and I'm not really interested in trying to find out. I'd rather play video games. Plenty of things about human nature that I will never understand, and this is one of them.
May 11, 2019 at 12:29am
May 11, 2019 at 12:29am
#958735
 The Gift Write your entry today from the perspective of an animal. You could choose a pet, a lioness on the hunt, a rhino being pursued by poachers, or any other animal of your choice. "We have a rodent problem in the yard." "Hey, kitty!" was the Feeder's only response. "Are you listening to me? There are mice. In the yard." I brushed his legs in frustration, ducking out of the way of his questing paw. I wasn't in the mood to be touched; I just wanted him to listen. "What are you meowing about?" All that work, and he still doesn't understand me. No one does. I stalked to the door. "Let me out," I demanded. "What are you doing? You just now came inside." I pawed at the door. The Feeder sighed and opened it. I bolted. Fine. The Feeder won't do anything about it, so I will. I took my perch on the porch, and watched. And waited. Soon enough, I saw something flit through the tall grass, hesitant, wary. Still, I waited. It inched closer. I felt my tail twitching in anticipation. And yet, I waited. Closer and closer it quested. I could see it now. Not a mouse. A mole. Close enough. I pounced. I can't seem to get through to him with words. Perhaps something more... physical. Dropping the now-dead mole just outside the door, I signaled for entry. This part usually takes some time, but he must have been near the door. It opened, and I saw his gaze move from me to the message. Sitting, I looked at him and said, "See? Rodents." He slammed the door in my face. Licking my lips, I trotted off to find another one. ...yeah, I know, not the sort of thing I usually post here, but what's the blog activity for if not to stretch one's boundaries? Now to go bag some presents my cats left me.
May 10, 2019 at 12:47am
May 10, 2019 at 12:47am
#958652
 Someone's Birthday Fact! Today is GrueSum1 's birthday! Write something to celebrate the dedicated Head Judge of the "30-Day Blogging Challenge"  GrueSum1 can be summed up with one word: mushroom. No, wait; that's not it. Toadstool? Well. Some sort of fun guy anyway. After all, GrueSum1 is the curator of "Smile! (Groan?) You Know You Love These!"  [E], which does almost as much to spread laughter as my own comedy does. Look, if you haven't visited that yet, go there and catch up, because I have it on good authority that the images might start disappearing soon. I don't remember when I first met GrueSum1. It was probably in the super-secret Moderators forum, which the rest of you can't know about. I know he hasn't been around as long as I have, so really, he's just a kid. A kid with gray hair. Which, for the record, I don't have - mostly. Also like me, GrueSum1 is fond of travel and sharing his journey experiences. You can see that in "Where In The World Is Sum1?"  [E]. And of course, as the Head Judge of the "30-Day Blogging Challenge" , GrueSum1 is a big fan of receiving bribes and meaningless flattery. Be sure to slip him a few GPs and tell him he does a great job, because I certainly won't - I have too much integrity for that. Still - Hippy Bathday, GrueSum1!

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