Stop by the first ever Kresge Library “Creation Station” this reading period to recharge and give your brain a rest. We’ll be putting out a variety of activities to suit everyone’s interests this November 18th, 19th and 20th. Come by whenever you need a break.
One of my favorite short films is Geri’s Game. I still watch it from time to time on my DVD copy of A Bug’s Life and marvel at the animation and delightful story. When my colleague forwarded this Mental Floss article (Talking Math at Pixar), I couldn’t resist sharing. Numberphile interviewed Tony DeRose about the mathematics used in Pixar animations and Geri was where it all started. It’s quite math heavy but nothing we can’t handle!
In fact, if you’re looking for more math, here’s a summary of a talk he gave for the Mathematical Association of America. Another summary from a talk he gave at MoMath — read the end about software. Tony also did a math light TED-Ed talk that’s worth a look:
If I’ve piqued your interest, check out some of the following books and DVDs from the Library:
- Moving innovation : a history of computer animation
Sherman TR897.7 .S48 2013
- To infinity and beyond! : the story of Pixar Animation Studios
Sherman NC1766.U52 P5837 2007
- The art of Pixar short films
Sherman NC1766.U52 P5833 2009
- Pixar short films collection: Volume 1
Jones Media Center DVD 6053
- Pixar short films collection: Volume 2
Jones Media Center DVD 17233
- Computer animation showcase
Jones Media Center DVD 92
If you haven’t yet heard, Dartmouth has a site license to Mathematica 10 and Wolfram Alpha Pro (supported by ITS)! I attended a demo two weeks ago and there are a number of cool new features in the new Mathematica, including integration with the Cloud.
When: Thursday, October 30
Time: 4-5pm (drop in anytime)
Where: Kresge Library Conference Room
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Stop by for 10 or 15 minutes during this open ‘Zotero Clinic,’ and see how it works. If you’re interested, I’ll help you get Zotero up and running in your browser in no time. Zotero’s a great way to save time and hassle when you’re writing papers!
The Libx Toolbar is a browser plug-in that allows you to highlight the text on a web page and search for it in a set of key databases, such as the Library Catalog, Summon, JSTOR, Borrow Direct, and more. Watch this short screencast to see how it can work for you!
Please join Kresge for two Halloween events next Friday!
Submit your photo for Kresge’s Halloween Costume Photo Competition!
Then, join us at Book Arts, between noon and 1:30 pm, to print a spooky mad scientist poster!