Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Origami Koi Fish

The most recent origami from Lang’s book Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art that I have folded is the koi fish. It was fun to make. It looks complicated, but it isn’t. Lang does show how to make scales, which you can implement on the koi. However, this makes it much more complex and time-consuming, so I started with just the non-scaled koi.

I might try to make some scales on a plain piece of paper, just to learn how to do them. If they are easy enough, then I might try folding a new koi with scales.

Click here to see the other origami I have folded so far.

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Complex Origami

My wife gave me an origami book for Christmas: Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art by Robert Lang. It has many folding instructions for some very cool designs. What really stands out about this book is what its subtitle suggests: “Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art.” That’s right, Lang has gone to the effort to explain why certain folds are used and the mathematical theory behind them. This can result in some very complex designs. Some really amazing things he explains are how to make scales that cover a fish’s body, and how to make long, thin appendages (like for a tarantula.) Every design uses a single piece of paper (sometimes large, sometimes non-square) without any cuts or adhesives. Continue reading Complex Origami

First blog post

It is 8:38 pm (Arizona time) on 12 September, 2007. I have finally succumbed to creating a blog.

I have actually been thinking about starting a blog for quite some time now. I’m not very interested in the kinds of blogs written about taking Fifi to the vet or barber, or ones that have little practical value. In other words, I am hoping that my blog will be helpful to some people. More specifically, my goal is to have a tech reference for people who are looking for answers to techie questions.

You see, throughout the years I, like most people, occasionally come across golden nuggets of useful information. My discoveries are generally related to my current interests, jobs, or school courses. Hence, you will only find information about things that can fit in the categories listed at the right side of the screen. Yes, I realize this isn’t a very useful statement because I have a category called “Miscellaneous,” where anything in the word could be assigned to. However, I will keep my focus on all of the other categories.

If you have read this far in this fairly useless post, then you must be very bored or lonely. Go eat some jelly beans.