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On Flowers

I’ve been playing with generating flowers from some simple mathematical rules, partly for fun, partly as a project that will finally tie up the 3D engine I’ve been writing, and partly as something that I can use as a base for teaching myself AngularJS (originally it was going to be Backbone, but the wind seems to be blowing in a more Angular fashion these days). As you can see from the image below, the method I’ve been using for the solely 2d case is based on concentric circles.

As it happened a friend of mine has a travelling art show, and asked if I had something I could submit to it for it’s newest exhibition. Previously I’d painted an image of a Bethnal Green tower block, but this time I thought I’d let the computer do the hard work.

The above images are now on display in ‘The Library of Obscure Wonders’, showing at the Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton. Be sure to pop down- there’s nothing else computer-generated, I promise.

The above was all done with Javascript and the HTML5 Canvas API, and I’ve set up a live demonstration here. Next weekend I’ll have a post on the next phase, which is extending the idea into three dimensions, and hooking up a canvas app to Angular JS.

Haute cuisine

In order to register an Oyster Card, you have to print out an actual physical document and present it at a tube station. I don’t have a printer in my house, so when I was Getting Things Done on Saturday I decided to drop by the office and use the one there.

Once inside, I noticed this:

Intriguing.

Waitrose Hereford beef mince (typically less than 10% fat). 400 grams, at £10.98 a kilo- or any three packs for £10, for a saving of £3.17. This was taken on August the 4th, and you’ll notice that the ‘display until’ date is the July the 26th- although typically it’s displayed in the fridge.

Lovely colour.

Heston Blumenthal’s suggested recipe for this can be found here.

‘Adding the spiced butter to the chilli just before you serve it will make it rich and unctuous. If you like it a bit hotter, add a little more butter at the table when you add the grated cheese and sour cream. The lime juice and zest will finish it off with acidity and freshness.” Heston

Serves: 4

24 - 26 minutes?

Mr Blumenthal is known for very experimental cooking, so I had a look to make sure this wasn’t part of the recipe- before then taking it down to reception and asking them to put it in the incinerator.