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$\sum_{i=1}^{n} \frac{x_i}{x_{i+1}+x_{i+2}} < \frac{n}{2}$

There are fourteen possible Bravais lattices that fill three-dimensional space.

The cuboctahedron, the truncated cube, and the truncated octahedron each have fourteen faces. The rhombic dodecahedron, which tessellates 3-dimensional space and is the dual of the cuboctahedron, has fourteen vertices. The truncated octahedron, which also tessellates 3-dimensional space, is the only permutohedron.

December 7 people must be careful, however, not to become too peculiar or insulated against the world, particularly as they grow older. Dreamers and fantasizers, they run the risk of winding up living in a strange mental state that has little to do with the daily lives of most people. They should at the very least keep busy with certain minimal social and family activities, maintain close contact with their friends, write letters and in general continue to communicate, no matter how difficult it may be. In personal relationships, making an effort to bring attention to themselves may not be a bad idea at times. Indeed, they should keep in mind that it is the squeaky wheel that gets the oil and that self-pity in all its insidious forms is poison.

designed by bolle tham and martin videgård, the mirrorcube is a treehouse found in swedish lapland. measuring four metres cubed, it comes complete with a double bed, bathroom, lounge, and rooftop terrace. the mirrored walls are clad with infrared film invisible to humans but visible to birds.

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An animation of the hexagonal storm present on Saturn’s north pole.  The hexagon is 30,000 kilometers across and has constant winds of more than 300 kilometers per hour.  Images acquired by the Cassini spacecraft on December 10th, 2012.

(Source: photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov)

### December 2013.

ALLO!
life….IS LIFE.
and it’s funny and crazy. WHEEE!!!
yay.
this month seems to be THEE month for elven slavery…
Ei’ve been captured by a money hungry chinawoman… she keeps me for 12 hour… crying over thousands ov onions and cutting my hands on thee foiled again silver chicken… serving an army ov zombies.
so yeah Ei’m booked till January.

2014 and Ei’ll be FREE!!!

oh yes. and with VENGEANCE.
all thee creative flanges will be under my command… and furthurmore… the rest ov my body as well.

no strings.

no ropes.
no obligations.
Ei don’t owe you, don’t owe me.

HA!

### What’s Your Escape Route?

ya know… in case ov Emergencies…..

The House of Man

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Beatrice Addressing Dante, by William Blake, showing the “chariot triumphal” bearing Beatrice and drawn by the Griffin, as well as four of the ladies representing virtues, Canto 29.

Jurassic Sex Set in Stone

About 320 million years ago, a pair of sharks died in a mating embrace. No one knows if they got a chance to finish their dance before they perished. Much later in time, about 47 million years ago, coupling turtles died as they sank into the toxic depths of an ancient lake. Their efforts were for naught. Then there were insects. So far, invertebrate paleontologists have found at least 33 examples of prehistoric insects caught in the act, many of these preserved in amber. Now researcher Shu Li of China’s Capital Normal University and colleagues have added another delicate example to the list – a pair of froghoppers found in the Jurassic rock of China that have been stuck in their sex position for 165 million years.

Froghoppers are still around today. They got their name, Li and coauthors write, “because the adults hop around on plants and shrubs like tiny frogs.” And the juveniles are often called spittlebugs because of their ability to cover themselves in a kind of foam. And while the fossils described in the new study belong to a new species, Anthoscytina perpetua, they are mating in a way strikingly similar to the way their living relatives do it.

Paleontologists were lucky to find the pair. Besides being a rare find – this is just one of 1,200 specimens Li and colleagues examined from the one locality – the mating froghoppers are special because they’re preserved as flattened fossils rather than being encased in amber. The fact that there was no ancient sap between researchers and the insects allowed the paleontologists to zoom in on the petrified pair to see the exact mechanics of froghopper fornication. These two were not just preserved belly-to-belly, but, in the words of the paleontologists, they’re fossilized with the “male’s aedeagus inserting into the female’s bursa copulatrix.” I think you get the picture.

The question is whether or not the froghoppers are preserved in their true mating position. Living froghoppers mate side-by-side, not belly-to-belly. Without similar fossils of copulating froghoppers, it’s currently impossible to tell whether the fossil represents the true mating position or if the intertwined insects were preserved that way after death. Nevertheless, the genitals of these ancient insects are strikingly similar to those of their modern counterparts, suggesting that froghoppers have been copulating more or less the same way through the ages. Should you ever stumble across a pair of mating froghoppers, stop and consider a scene that has been playing out since the Jurassic.

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Here is the journal article in PLoS ONE.

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