Visual Numbers #3

It’s been nine months since Visual Numbers #1 and #2, and now, thanks to one sleep-deprived evening of daydreaming at my parents’ house, I bring you #3. Sorry about the images’ weird dimensions, but the reason for those dimensions will become clear.

Binary Progression: The numbers from 1 to 500, converted into binary and drawn as black and white squares. Each number is a series of 1s and 0s, and the 1s are drawn as black squares and the 0s as white squares.

Binary Primes: The prime numbers between 1 and 5000 (I think), graphed in the same way as above. I was kind of disappointed by this, honestly. I was kind of hoping all the squares would spell out “CONGRATULATIONS, YOU FOUND A PATTERN IN THE PRIMES” or something.

Binary Squares: The squares of every number between 1 and 500. Note the interesting fractal pattern.

Binary Cubes: The numbers from 1 to 500, cubed and displayed in binary. Notice how this one looks a lot more chaotic than did the last one.

The Weekly Update #4

The saga continues!

What I’m Reading Now: I finally finished Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. As I’d feared, it had the same problem as   Christine: a lot of build-up and an unsatisfying climax (not much innuendo intended). I commend King for concentrating on the characters rather than the horror and excitement, but I was reading it for the horror and excitement. I’m also working my way through Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly, which I use to alleviate boredom while I exercise.

What I’m Writing Now: I’ve written a couple of short stories lately and may (possibly) have started on my next novel. Revisions on Sirens have stalled for the moment, but I’m about to re-start them again.

What I’m Playing Now: Having finally decided to get my ass in gear and move with the times, I broke down and bought an Xbox 360, and I’ve been playing an unreasonable amount of Burnout: Paradise and Fallout 3. If you want my opinion on those games: they have their problems, but as far as I’m concerned, there’s so much awesomeness sitting on my TV stand that it might burst into flames at any moment. (Also, be expecting a couple of micro-reviews in the near future).

My Inspirational Thought of the Week: “Never, ever, ever do something without a good reason. If you’re doing something for a reason other than the fact that you want to do it, take a break and reexamine things.”

“Yo Dawg…”

I’m sorry to say that I’ve fallen victim to an internet meme. In case you didn’t know, there’s a Pimp My Ride meme floating around. Also, in case you didn’t know, a few months ago, scientists announced the discovery of a weird little virus called Sputnik which (apparently) infects another virus (the Mimivirus). This morning, as I lay in my irrational post-sleep stupor, the meme and the Mimivirus stumbled into each other, and this was the result:

Sorry…I couldn’t help myself. I don’t know what came over me. I promise it will never (never) happen again.

The Weekly Update #3

Hard to believe I’ve been doing this for three weeks already…stupid time, marching on like that… Anyway, happy Whatever-the-hell-you-celebrate, happy New Year. May all your dreams come true in 2009.

What I’m Reading Now: Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. It’s a creepy book and pretty good, but I’m worried it may have the same problem that Christine had: too much build-up to a climax that is way too small to satisfy (no innuendo intended, I promise). I finally finished Ender’s Game, and I finally understand why it’s so famous.

What I’m Writing Now: I’m aimlessly pecking away at a few short stories while I recover from a nasty bout of insomnia. I’m also working on the revisions for Sirens, the first novel I’ve ever finished outside the NaNoWriMo contest. So far, Sirens looks like my best bet for getting published, once I get the damned revisions finished. Wish me luck!

What I’m Playing Now: For most of the week, I’ve been fiddling around in Sim Farm, an amusing retro classic from back before Maxis teamed up with EA and went peculiar. There’s something a little unsettling about playing  a simulation whose default starting date is in 1994, but all in all, Sim Farm is pretty awesome, and I’m growing some kick-ass imaginary strawberries.

My Inspirational Thought of the Week: “Never use the ‘There are starving children in Africa,’ line to trivialize your own suffering. Suffering is suffering, so deal with it, allow yourself to admit that you’re unhappy, make yourself feel better. Then maybe make a donation to Doctors Without Borders or something.”

And for those of you with exceedingly good memories: remember my Visual Numbers series of posts? Well, get ready for another episode!