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Over the weekend, I got almost 5 more ants quilted on the catbed test-quilt. I'm simultaneously pleased with my progress and overwhelmed by the thought of how much quilting needs to happen on the real quilt. My stitches have gotten to be more even, but I'm still nowhere near as good as the internet quiltmaster ladies at controlling my needle and getting lots of stitches loaded onto it. That's probably okay, even if it means that I'm slower. I decided to use cotton batting before giving myself a chance to see what it's like to work with it, and in retrospect the quiltmaster ladies are probably correct that wool would have been much easier to work with the first time around. Oh well.

So, the immediate agenda is to finish the catbed test-quilt, then move on to the full-size quilt.

After that, I think I'm going to work on a couple of drawings. I'd forgotten that the department here holds an annual Art and Science Show, and of course the announcement about the show only reached me about a week before the actual show, so I don't really have time to prepare good drawings. In the long-term, however, I want to draw out a large-scale diagram of the inner workings of a desert leafcutter ant colony, so if I manage to continue making progress on other projects, maybe I'll manage to get started in time for next year's show.

Meanwhile, I have finished reading Thinking, Fast and Slow, although now I'm also working my way through the two original articles included at the end of the book. I really liked the last chapter, which contains some social commentary on what to do with the insights gained from the book. The biggest take-home message is that human beings aren't rational, although this isn't to say that human beings are irrational. We just tend to use a collection of cognitive tricks to reduce cognitive effort, sometimes in illogical ways. Given this knowledge, it's probably a good idea to learn to recognize when this simplifying trick is problematic, both on an individual and societal level, so that costly behaviors can be accounted for.

Altogether, I declare it to be the least annoying work on cognitive psychology I've ever read and a fantastic summary of a full and productive research career; the kind of thing an academic should aspire to write because it should be informative to both a technical and a lay audience.

Next, I am going to read Protein Turnover, by J.C. Waterlow. It won't make for light reading, but I have good reasons to read it.



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Apr. 23rd, 2016 01:13 am (UTC)
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i think it wise to experiment on your cat, where quilts are concerned..knit one, pearl two..

after getting down the process, i would then take an overview and decide what to include and how to stage your design visually for the most dynamic arrangement. if you photograph the design you can get it onto computer and manipulate the layout or scale or colours. going from cat size to human size also can mean adding or simplifying detail from the objects to make them better readable to the eye. just my two bits.

how does lessons in cognition apply to your quilt? will you post pics of your quilt? i am curious to see what you made. and why you are particularly interested in ant colonies for a quilt. thinking fast and slow sounds like an interesting title. i often wonder if by my chosen perception based on my observation with is tediously detailed whether i am living a the speed of life, or i am falling behind or getting ahead. and how would i measure this?.

i've been reading the history of pi by petr beckman..

i am not certain i can give you any insight at the moment but if something springs to mind i will convey it to you.
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