Fun, Puzzles, Travel
The following are a number of puzzles presented for your entertainment.
Feel free to submit any puzzles that you think are interesting,
my email address can be found here.
If appropriate I will include them here.
The main requirement for any puzzles listed here is they should not
require any advanced mathematical skills. If you find yourself
writing equations for any of the puzzles you are probably approaching
it the wrong way. (There are only a couple of exceptions below)
The puzzles below are approximately in order of increased difficulty
although it is only my own personal impression.
To answer your next question, no, answers are not provided
to most of the problems.
The whole point of a good puzzle is for it to prey on your mind
until you solve it.
If you are REALLY desperate I will reveal answers if you
beg or for a small inducement (eg: beer, chocolates, postcard).
"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas, I'm frightened of the old ones".
Weird results one can get with photogrammetry (Structure from Motion) software.
Does AppleCare ..?
Excessive and non-environmentally friendly packaging by Apple.
Holographic display anyone?
Slicing a torus
How many ways can a torus be cut (with a single plane) so that the
resulting cross sections are perfect circles?
The ribbed sphere
Do plans and elevations describe unique geometry?
How's your high school calculus?
A bucket that holds paint but can't be painted!
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing. Emo Philips
Minus One poem
A dozen, a gross, and a score,
plus three times the square root of four,
divided by seven,
plus five times eleven,
equals nine squared and no more!
The integral of t squared dt
from one to the cube root of three
times the cosine
of three pi over nine
is the log of the cube root of e
Common misconception regarding a cube
Most people are poor at visualising even the simplest geometry.
Designing the golf ball pyramid puzzle
For your penance, say five Hail Marys and one loud BLAH! Spike Milligan
A good way to threaten somebody is to light a stick of dynamite. Then
you call the guy and hold the burning fuse up to the phone. "Hear that?"
you say. "That's dynamite, baby."
Confucius say, "Shit Happens".
If shit happens, it is not really shit.
What is the sound of shit happening?
This shit happened before.
If this shit happens, it is the will of Allah.
Let shit happen to someone else.
If shit happens, you deserved it.
Why does shit always happen to us?
A firm shit does not happen to me.
I don't believe this shit.
Let's roll that shit up and smoke it.
Heaven is hotter than hell
Basic thermodynamics and the bible.
Make Waves not Water
If you are female and don't have a sense of humour then perhaps you shouldn't
read this. I guess you're sure to read it now!
Two headed turtle
Found in the turtle zoo, Chinese Garden, Singapore, June 2007
Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word
itself: "Mankind". Basically, it's made up of two separate words -
"mank" and "ind". What do these words mean ? It's a mystery, and that's
why so is mankind.
Birth assistance patent
Believe it or not, this patent is for real!
A giant rocking horse
The silliest thing I saw during my 1996/97 Xmas break.
Bill Gates and the "sign of the beast"
Quote from Revelations (Bible):
"Woe to you, oh earth and sea. For the Devil sends the Beast with wrath
because he knows the time is short. Let him who hath understanding reckon
the Number of the Beast, for it is a human number. It's number is six
hundred and sixty-six."
The full name is William Henry Gates III, now more commonly known as Bill Gates (III).
Converting the uppercase letters of his name into ascii codes (the
standard representation of letters on computers) one gets the following,
the sum of all these ascii codes is 666
B I L L G A T E S III
66 73 76 76 71 65 84 69 83 3
Contrary to what most people say, the most dangerous animal in the world
is not the lion or the tiger or even the elephant. It's a shark riding
on an elephant's back, just trampling and eating everything they see.
"And still they gazed and the wonder grew, That one small head could carry all he (she) knew."
India: Manipal and surrounding areas --
Auckland (Harrah Casino) Skytower
Seoul in half a day, South Korea
Istanbul and Cappadocia, Turkey
Malaysia: Kuching (Sarawak) --
Kota Kinabalu (Saba) --
Mah Meri photos
Dragon Gardens, Hong Kong
China: Shanghai --
Beijing (Bi/Tri)-Cycle Gallery
Phnom Penh Tuk-Tuk album
Pink Lakes, Victoria, Australia
Beacon Island, Western Australia
Pinnacles, Western Australia
West Angeles, Western Australia
Rock shelters, Western Australia
Pigeon Island, Western Australia
Caversham motoring museum, featuring the 1989 Star, Western Australia
Human Cortex in the Western Australian outback
Weld Range rock shelter, Western Australia
Virtual tour of a Pilbara Rock Art Site (Wanmanna), Western Australia
Examples of digital assets collected at Wanmanna 2014 Western Australia
LadyBug-3 filming on the Endeavour, Perth, Western Australia
2.5km under water, Western Australia
Site of the ASKAP, Western Australia
Images relating to the Ngintaka story, Central Australia
Wall art, murals, street painting, graffiti in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Rotomahana, New Zealand
A photo gallery during the construction of the Skytower in Auckland
built during 1996. Contains images from the top during and after
the construction as well as the 101
uses for the Skytower.
Auckland Albert Park Air Raid Shelters
These pages illustrate an interesting feature of Auckland history, unknown to
many Aucklanders there is a maze of tunnels under a central city park,
namely Albert Park. The original maps of the tunnels (1942) are presented
at user selectable scales and with links to contemporary features.
( Index )
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Papers, Articles, Seminars, Workshops
Data Formats: 3D, Audio, Image
Geometry, Surfaces, Curves, Polyhedra
Fractals, Chaos, Self similarity
Texture, Colour, Tiling
Exhibitions, Competitions, Productions
Domes, Planetariums, Fisheye, Spherical mirror
Stereographics, 3D projection
Miscellaneous: Projection, Modelling, Rendering
Fun, Puzzles, Travel
Spatial errors in stereoscopic displays --
Fundamental parallax error
when stitching/blending images from multiple cameras --
Equirectangular to perspective projection --
Visualising volumetric fractals --
Converting dual fisheye images into a spherical (equirectangular) projection --
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