gosper

Calls: Gosper
  • Gosalyn:swung her legs up on the couch, feeling proud of herself. All the good deeds she was wracking up - there had to be some good karma heading her way. Of course, it was for Copper so it really wasn't about what she could get out of it too. He needed her help, needed her to step up and do something for him - that was what she wanted to do then. She could be selfish but - that was with people that didn't matter. The people that didn't land on that spectrum of friendship she put out there didn't get this type of reaction, scouring want ads and placing calls and following leads. She had a list of things she needed for him, she wanted to make sure it was the best she could do and she had done it as she dialed his number and brought the phone up to her ear, listening to the rings as she grinned.
One Day While My Light Is Glowing // Gosper
  • Gosalyn:was well aware of certain life facts. Things changed, that was one thing that never didn’t - that was what they said. That was what had proven to her time and time again in her short life. You can count on nothing and no one because it was always on the verge of being different. For the girl looking for a thrill, a surprise, even it was too much for her. Maybe that was why she forgot sometimes. Working her crutches from her dorm and along the boardwalk, ducking under to find her favorite place and her sanctuary - that concrete canvas of all her thoughts and feelings and experiences that never could quite get made into words - and it was gone. All her work, whitewashed over to match the rest of wall that surrounded it. Everything changed, nothing would ever last. That familiar hollowness in her chest that she tried so hard to fill, why wouldn’t it go away as well? She’d tried drugs, she’d tried alcohol, sex. Insane thrills and dumb stunts and adrenaline rushes that would have made Evil Knievel take a step back. Nothing filled that void, giving up hope and relying on temporary fixes and enjoying the good things while they lasted with little belief they would ever continue on. That’s what took her to the grocery store. Picking through a shop, refusing the help offered over and over again as she tried to maneuver the ingredients she needed. That’s what took her to Copper’s door, adjusting the bags that she held and her crutches to knock at it and wait. Someday it/he/they would go away… and she needed to hold on while she can.
Like a Shot in the Dark // Gos

Waiting was Hell.

It wasn’t the first time Copper had been forced to stay put in a hospital waiting room. If today was to be taken into account, then it most likely wouldn’t be his last either. Almost dying to save Tod’s life hadn’t upset him nearly as much as this was, being forced to sit in purgatory while his friend’s fates were hanging in the balance. But they told him that he wasn’t Trusty or Gos’ family and he’d have to wait to see them. They wouldn’t even tell him if they were going to be okay or not. He felt like he was being punished for not sharing blood with the people he cared about.

Waiting was Hell.

When Ro got up to check on a friend or perhaps just to breathe (he couldn’t be sure), Copper pressed his palms into his eye sockets. It felt like hours ago when he had left his last voice message on Gos’ phone, when he had checked with the front desk to see if she was here, when he had to be restrained by nurses from going to check on her. Dried blood still clung to his shirt, Trusty’s blood, and he knew he looked as awful as he felt. But he just…he just needed everyone to be okay. The last time he had waited like this, Copper had been met with terrible news. Please, please, please don’t let this be a repeat.

“Sir? Um…Mr. Slade, is it?” a voice snapped Copper out of his reflecting, causing him to look-up at the doctor tending to Gos. He was up and out of his seat quicker than his heart could take a beat.

“How is she? What happened? Nobody’ll tell me anythin’ an’–”

“She’s fine, Mr. Slade. Or at least she will be. She was shot in her knee and we did have to perform surgery on it but it’s nothing life-threatening,” the doctor interrupted.

“An’…an’ she’ll be able to walk?” Copper asked in a small voice that didn’t belong to him.

“The wound shouldn’t affect her motor skills so yes, she should be able to. Might have a little trouble at first but that’s to be expected.”

Relief flooded over him like he plunged into the ice-cold ocean headfirst. He almost felt like kissing the doctor for being able to help Gos but he settled for slapping the shorter man on the shoulder.

“She should be awake now and able to have visitors but Ms. Mallard shouldn’t be too excited. You can go see her if–”

“Nothin’ too crazy. Thanks, Doc,” it was Copper’s turn to interrupt as he gave one last grateful pat before practically running towards Gos’ room. All that mattered to him right then and there was seeing for himself that Gos really was okay. He wouldn’t really be able to believe it until he saw it with his own eyes.

Poking his head in first, Copper was completely unprepared to see Gos in a hospital bed like that, wearing that gown and looking that way. It was next to impossible to remember how to breathe properly but he did. If he learned anything in his life, it was how to shove down negative feelings and put on a brave face. Which is exactly what he did because Gos needed him to be strong, not weak.

“Hey,” he quietly said, walking up to her bed to grab her hand and place a quick kiss to her palm. “I…I’m so glad you’re okay. Ya are okay, right?”

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Space Filling Portraits from Will Gallia on Vimeo.

A few portraits of dudes with space filling curves. In order:

David Hilbert: Hilbert Curve
Giuseppe Peano: Peano Curve
Claude Shannon: ZigZag*
John Von Neumann: Spiral*
Bill Gosper: Quadratic Gosper Curve

* These are not technically space filling curves, but on a discrete plane they do pass through all points.

The process takes a raster image, posterizes it using k-means, then plots the path of a space filling curve in different pens for the shades. The program was written using openFrameworks.

The final images are on: byroland.tumblr.com/

The code is on github: github.com/whg/SpaceFilling

Rugby-Top officials to meet 2019 World Cup organisers over arena

By Karolos Grohmann

KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 (Reuters) - World Rugby officials will meet 2019 World Cup organisers on Thursday in the hope of thrashing out a solution after hosts Japan decided to scrap plans for a new stadium that would have hosted the tournament’s feature matches.

Costs for a New National Stadium, set to be the centrepiece of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics as well as the venue for the rugby World Cup opening game and final, soared to $2.1 billion, nearly twice original estimates.

The inflated price tag sparked widespread outrage and prompted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to abandon the initial design earlier this month, meaning the rugby World Cup will not have a new stadium in the Japanese capital.

“We are meeting with the 2019 team this afternoon to discuss this issue,” World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper told Reuters on Thursday.

Asked whether the 2019 final would now be moved to Yokohama, which was a late addition to the list of stadiums last year, Gosper said it was unclear.

Yokohama’s 72,000-seat stadium was not on the original shortlist of venues bidding to host matches but World Rugby agreed late last year to accept a late application from Yokohama and the Kanagawa Prefecture.

Hong Kong and Singapore both initially asked if they could host matches but their requests were rejected.

“We are obviously very disappointed at the news,” Gosper said. “We would have liked to have shared the stadium with the Olympics (a year later). This decision will change the makeup of our event.”

Japan spent years lobbying to become the first Asian country to be awarded the right to host the World Cup, which started in 1987 and has been played every four years since.

The stadium decision has also affected plans for the 2020 Olympics, with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) now wanting to be part of the tender for the new design to monitor progress and ensure it is ready in time for the 2020 Games.

This year’s rugby World Cup will be held in England and Wales. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann)

Rugby-Top officials to meet 2019 World Cup organisers over arena

By Karolos Grohmann
KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 (Reuters) - World Rugby officials will meet 2019 World Cup organisers on Thursday in the hope of thrashing out a solution after hosts Japan decided to scrap plans for a new stadium that would have hosted the tournament’s feature matches.
Costs for a New National Stadium, set to be the centrepiece of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics as well as the venue for the rugby World Cup opening game and final, soared to $2.1 billion, nearly twice original estimates.
The inflated price tag sparked widespread outrage and prompted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to abandon the initial design earlier this month, meaning the rugby World Cup will not have a new stadium in the Japanese capital.
“We are meeting with the 2019 team this afternoon to discuss this issue,” World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper told Reuters on Thursday.
Asked whether the 2019 final would now be moved to Yokohama, which was a late addition to the list of stadiums last year, Gosper said it was unclear.
Yokohama’s 72,000-seat stadium was not on the original shortlist of venues bidding to host matches but World Rugby agreed late last year to accept a late application from Yokohama and the Kanagawa Prefecture.
Hong Kong and Singapore both initially asked if they could host matches but their requests were rejected.
“We are obviously very disappointed at the news,” Gosper said. “We would have liked to have shared the stadium with the Olympics (a year later). This decision will change the makeup of our event.”
Japan spent years lobbying to become the first Asian country to be awarded the right to host the World Cup, which started in 1987 and has been played every four years since.
The stadium decision has also affected plans for the 2020 Olympics, with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) now wanting to be part of the tender for the new design to monitor progress and ensure it is ready in time for the 2020 Games.
This year’s rugby World Cup will be held in England and Wales. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann)

The Best 4 Hours / Gos

True to form, Copper missed his turn to pull into Gosalyn’s place of work. Shaking his head at himself, he continued to drive until he could make a U-turn. He wasn’t…nervous, was he? Nah, he decided quickly. Just anxious. From the brief moments they had shared through a computer screen, Copper could already tell that he liked Gos a lot. There wasn’t anything to be nervous about.

Copper missed the turn again.

Sighing exasperatedly, he turned off the radio streaming country music (the only station that did so, could ya believe it?) and attempted it again. He was gonna have to meet her eventually and besides, he wasn’t nervous. This time, he actually made it into the parking lot.

He cocked an eyebrow at the building in front of him. Copper would definitely have to ask her why she worked at a male strip club of all places. That is, if he actually got to talk to her at all.

Whipping out his cellphone, he texted her to let her know he was outside. And then…he waited. There wasn’t much else to do besides wait. In the meantime, he hummed a little tune to himself and tapped his fingers against the dash of his truck.

Nope, not nervous at all.

Voicemails for Gos
  • Copper:"Gos? Gos, it's me. Please...um, jus' gimme a call back if you're okay. I'm worried."
  • Copper:"Hey, um, it's me. Copper. Again. Ya haven't answered any o' my texts an' I jus' wanna make sure that you're alright so if ya could please gimme a holler or somethin', that'd be...yeah. Okay."
  • Copper:"Please tell me ya ain't still mad at me an' that's why ya ain't been answerin' me. 'Cause you can hate me all ya want but it jus' ain't right to have me 'ere all scared for ya. It's fine if ya hate me, ya jus' gotta be okay to do it, yeah? Jus'...call me. Please."
  • Copper:"Trusty's hurt. Real bad an' I...fuck, I'd really jus' like to know that you're okay. But ya ain't called or texted so I s'pose...I'm sorry."