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Archives for December, 2007

Greenland Melting: A Photo Essay

It is nearly a magical sight to wake up to the gentle snowfall on Christmas morning. When the snow is still falling two days later, the magic starts to fade. Eventually, while poking at several inches of ice, buried beneath ten inches of snow, in hopes of finding your car, what was once magic soon…

Christmas Tree Fractal (LXIX)

Here’s wishing you the very best this holiday season, with a fractal Christmas tree: Now, wait…. shouldn’t the lights on the tree be blinking?

Crawling out of my cave

I’m beginning to think I should have been born a bear. I keep fighting the urge to hibernate. It must be seasonal effective disorder. I’d always attributed the stress I get this time of year to holiday plans and cramming for finals–you know, poor timing. This year, in hopes of curing those winter blues, I…

Curious Gifts from Chaotic Utopia

Are you looking to tell someone to "adapt" this Christmas? Or perhaps you’ve been seeking the perfect gift for the nerd in your life, one that merges science and art. In either case, you’re in luck. The Chaotic Utopia Curio Shop has just opened, after much anticipation. Just in time for the holidays, the shop…

A snowy tree and quick message

Oh, the hustle and bustle of the holidays… Here, I was psyched and ready to go: prepared for finals, term papers either written or outlined, Christmas shopping done, baking ingredients bought… and what happens? I get sick, naturally. So, instead of writing and responding to comments, I’ve spent the past few days curled up in…

Is it just me, or are the holidays getting more and more high tech and environmentally friendly? Maybe it is me. I haven’t used real pine to decorate for the holidays in years. There may be some bits among the potpourri in the centerpiece, but just about everything else has been replaced with paper or…

Chaotic delights always come in threes

The winds are blowing off of the Rockies, hitting the Front Range with brute force. The winds make walking around campus either fun or near impossible, and shake my townhome with enough force to rattle the ornaments on the mantel. The odd thing about the winds is the warmth…. it isn’t the slightest bit chilly.…

Roots Camp turned out to be pretty fun; I enjoyed talking to people about the causes and effects of climate change, and showing them how to defend the science when dealing with denialists. (A link to the presentation can be found at the end of this post.) Over a dozen people showed up in the…

Fractal Paper Snowflakes (Fractal LXVII)

Some time ago, I gave instructions for making your own paper fractal. I’ve decided to do another today. This time, instead of ending up with a crumpled paper ball, you’ll have a design worthy of becoming a holiday decoration. Remember those old paper snowflakes that we would cut as children? We’re going to use the…

Poor lil’ snowflake…

I’ve been trying to find a snowflake to photograph for this week’s fractal, but our skies are clear. Maybe this is it: Via Kevin & Kell by Bill Holbrook.