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#40270 - 09/28/01 05:07 PM Re: superellipse
Keiva Offline
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Registered: 08/04/01
Posts: 2605
Bear with me on this, it does come back to words.

The mathematical equation whose graph is an ellipse is:
a * (x to the 2nd power) + b * (y to the 2nd power) = 1,
where a and b are any constants. a and be determine the size of the ellipse and how elongated it is. If a=b the result is a circle; thus a circle is a particular kind of an ellipse.

About 20 years ago a Dane, Piet Hein, experimented to see what kind of shape you'd get if you graphed a similar equation but change the 2's above. He found that if you change that number to about one-and-a-half, you get an esthetically pleasing shape, a compromise between an oval and a rectangle: one would roughly describe it as a rectangle with the corners cut off.

The term for that shape is "superellipse" Furniture in the Danish Modern style furniture often uses superellipses as, for example, the share of a tabletops. Danish traffic engineers design traffic ellipses in that shape, to minimize the sharp curves at the ends of the ellipse.

Hein has also authored numbers pithy poems, called "grooks".


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#40271 - 09/28/01 05:07 PM Re: superellipse
Keiva Offline
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Registered: 08/04/01
Posts: 2605
Bear with me on this, it does come back to words.

The mathematical equation whose graph is an ellipse is:
a * (x to the 2nd power) + b * (y to the 2nd power) = 1,
where a and b are any constants. a and be determine the size of the ellipse and how elongated it is. If a=b the result is a circle; thus a circle is a particular kind of an ellipse.

About 20 years ago a Dane, Piet Hein, experimented to see what kind of shape you'd get if you graphed a similar equation but change the 2's above. He found that if you change that number to about one-and-a-half, you get an esthetically pleasing shape, a compromise between an oval and a rectangle: one would roughly describe it as a rectangle with the corners cut off.

The term for that shape is "superellipse" Furniture in the Danish Modern style furniture often uses superellipses as, for example, the share of a tabletops. Danish traffic engineers design traffic ellipses in that shape, to minimize the sharp curves at the ends of the ellipse.

Hein has also authored numberous pithy poems, called "grooks".


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#40272 - 09/30/01 07:38 AM Re: Caxis
Keiva Offline
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The response to "Caxi's" leaves me empathic with Dr. Bill's plaintive plaint, "Suppose they gave a word-post and nobody came?" I am underwhelmed.

Last hint, combining two hints above: one need merely google Gilbert & Sullivan to find out what Major General Stanley knows about frogs, and then, googling further, check the reference cited by that illustrious Major General.


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#40273 - 09/30/01 07:45 AM Re: Spartans
Keiva Offline
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Public message to Sparteye: Northwestern 27, Michigan State 26

I do not comment; I merely report.

But to keep this word-related: this of course deals only with the "Spart" part of "Sparteye", and next weekend we are likely to suffer an-eye-for-an-eye from the buckeyes.


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#40274 - 09/30/01 10:47 AM Re: that other Michigan team
consuelo Offline
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Registered: 06/11/01
Posts: 2636
Loc: Caribbean
U of M 38
Illinois 13
I don't watch, I merely report.
For Sparteye: Aenigma suggested Ubiquitous of Mabel for you-know-who and spasm for Sparteye!


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#40275 - 09/30/01 11:55 AM Re: Caxis
Jackie Offline

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Registered: 03/15/00
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Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
"Suppose they gave a word-post and nobody came?" I am underwhelmed.

Well, Dear, I did Google the things you suggested, but still no luck. I am completely unfamiliar with both of the things, and probably would have had to read at least the second one in more depth than I have the time for right now.
Sorry.




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#40276 - 09/30/01 12:10 PM Re: Spartans
Jazzoctopus Offline
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Registered: 07/03/00
Posts: 1094
Loc: Cincinnati & Loveland, Ohio, U...
and next weekend we are likely to suffer an-eye-for-an-eye from the buckeyes.

I'll be at the game, so I'll make sure to let you know.

Though, I don't think OSU will be trying to get revenge for the Sparts. They're not exactly allies if you recall the '98 season.


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#40277 - 09/30/01 12:11 PM Re: Caxis
inselpeter Offline
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Registered: 03/14/01
Posts: 2379
Loc: New York City
<<"Suppose they gave a word-post and nobody came?" I am underwhelmed."

The second rule of writing: to know your audience.


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#40278 - 09/30/01 01:14 PM Audience
consuelo Offline
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Registered: 06/11/01
Posts: 2636
Loc: Caribbean
Audience? Geez, why didn't somebody tell me. I'm still in my bathrobe.


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#40279 - 09/30/01 06:06 PM Re: Audience
Keiva Offline
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Posts: 2605
Well, i'peter, now we know where this audience's attention was!

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