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Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe

Math with Bad Drawings

Updated 7/16/2013 – See Original Here

Once at a picnic, I saw mathematicians crowding around the last game I would have expected: Tic-tac-toe.

As you may have discovered yourself, tic-tac-toe is terminally dull. There’s no room for creativity or insight. Good players always tie. Games inevitably go something like this:

But the mathematicians at the picnic played a more sophisticated version. In each square of their tic-tac-toe board, they’d drawn a smaller board:

As I watched, the basic rules emerged quickly.

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#599: Grey Lady winter

A trip from the Hy-line dock
back towards home:
The artist’s studio’s red doors, closed for the winter.
Scallop boats wait for the temperature to rise.
Anything under 28 degrees and they can’t go out.
There have been quite a few of those days this winter.

Main Street.
In the winter, the buildings are the most colorful part!

Snow frosts the Max Wagner Fountain,
decorated by the Garden Club, even in winter.

Architecture shines in the off-season.
Nice to see Main Street so busy.
I stopped in to Nantucket Pharmacy
to buy some Russell Stover Pectin Jelly Beans.
They’re my reward for finishing my taxes.
Aren’t you glad taxes are due in the off-season?

The signs point to Siasconset bike path,
Polpis-Wauwinet and Surfside bike path.
Not a lot of bicyclists this time of year.
But the ones we have are in excellent shape.

New shingles on Orange Street,
as soon as the summer folk leave,
the carpenters swoop in.
We’ve just got a roof replaced by Russell Simpson, Inc.
Beautiful job, and no more water running 
down the stairwell in a storm.

Ghostly trees, reaching for an invisible sun.

Which is on my work table.
My friend, Nancy, sent me a box of ties to do a stool.
Thanks, Nancy!
No reason to shirk color inside,
it makes up for the greyness outside.
I’ll show you the stool when I’m done.

#522: Tobias won!

He won! He won!
Oh, I’m so proud of him.

The vote count:
Tobias Glidden 1,183
Matt Fee 1,080
Patty Roggeveen 1,033
Stephen Maury 729
Allen Reinhard 699
Carol Dunton 139
Joe Dooley 89
And Matt Fee was my other choice,
I’m dancing inside.
All that campaigning, sign painting, networking,
hand-shaking and talking, talking, talking to people
bore fruit.
Now the real work begins.
He says it feels like getting into the college of your dreams,
and having to start classes the next day.
You can do it, Toby.
And you’ll continue to have lots of help.

#499: NCMC building burning

At 2 o’clock this afternoon,
the Nantucket Community Music Center,
across from the Jared Coffin House on Center Street,
caught fire.
Men working on the roof were spraying a liquid bonding agent
onto a rubber membrane on the rear roof and
got too close to an ignition source (a propane heater?).
The video was shot by Geoffrey Smith,
just before the fire department got there.
A sad day for music on Nantucket.
think I’ll play something Celtic on my flute for solace.

#384: Sermon Haiku 34: Matthew 28

All authority
Has been given to Jesus
All Him, all the time.
If Jesus is King,
Why does darkness rule the world?
Where are His servants?
Um, that would be me
Only I’m no extrovert
That’s fine, don’t need tracts
My marching orders:
Share the good news, disciple
Holy Spirit spark
Here’s the shocking truth:
In a dark world, we’re the light
Jesus shines through us
Light in the shadow
Introducing friends to Him,
Pushing back the dark.

Pure and Simple Life

Okay- I finally got around to posting it.  Here’s the collection of no sew T-shirt flowers to go with the no sew T-shirt scarves collection.

First, some tutorials from other sources.

For a folded petals flower, we’re going over here (the same place I found the simple loop ombre dyed scarf).  A scrap circle of t-shirt will also work as the backing, just as you would use the felt.  The felt may add a bit of stiffness to the flower if you prefer it.  Here’s what mine look like:  (if you can see the smudge of hot glue in the center, let it remind you to glue carefully!)  Different size petals make different size flowers.


ETA:  and if you want to make it a puffier flower with no button, there’s a tutorial here that’s very similar, but takes 9 petals and finishes it a bit differently…

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Fish market

This is our family fish market.

#162: Summer Serenity

Folk complain about how crowded the island is in the summer. 
We go from a winter population of nine thousand
 to a summer population of over forty thousand. 
But, even on the 4th of July weekend you can find serenity:
Surfside Beach, July 3rd, 8 pm.
Look at all those footprints!

Siasconset driveways

David and I went for a 5K walk in ‘Sconset. It is absolutely lush out there! Here’s some perfect driveways:


Bluffwalk Begins.                              Perfectly Private.

Hello WordPress!

These two chicks are WiFi and Flashdrive. They are a month old, teenagers in chicken years. An awkward age in any species: half feathers, half fluff. They are betwixt and between, as is my blog. Blogger has been down for three days– just when I had completed my 101st post. So here I am at WordPress hoping my baker’s dozen of followers will find me.Wifi and Flashdrive are White Cochins, the Emperor’s chickens in ancient China. Because of the feathers on their feet, they had to be picked up and hurried inside whenever it threatened to rain. Mustn’t have dirty feathers on the imperial chickens. Cochins are so-so layers, not overly productive. They go broody quite easily. They are attentive mothers and, because of their thick, pillow-soft feathers, a comfort to hug. I have a lot in common with this breed. No feathers but plenty of cushioning. And a fondness for home and children. This morning in particular I am being spectacularly unproductive but, in my motherly way, keeping in touch with my family. Must go now, there is a seventh grader, also goofing off on-line, who needs instruction in Geometry.