Linkage for the end of summer
Fewer links than usual this time because of all my Japan posts.

The number of convex layers in a square grid (G+). A new entry in the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.

The program from the Canadian Conference on Computational Geometry, now with video links for most of the talks.

Awards from ALGO 2017, including the Nerode Prize to Fomin, Grandoni, and Kratsch for “measure and conquer”.

Perimeterhalving centers, a possiblynew triangle center defined by Joe O’Rourke based on distance to the nearest chord that bisects the perimeter.

The forgotten history of the Harvard Observatory computers. “In the late 1800s, they were famous, only to be virtually forgotten during the next century. A recent discovery of thousands of pages of their calculations by a modern group of women has spurred new interest in their legacy.”

The readability of scientific texts is decreasing over time according to a new research report (G+). Many scientists could do much more to make their work readable. But in the G+ comments, Mark Wilson points out that they might not have much incentive to do so.

Kawasaki’s theorem characterizing flatfoldable singlevertex origami patterns, now a Good Article on Wikipedia.

The complete Graph Drawing proceedings, now on arXiv (G+). See G+ for discussion of why we still might need conventional publishers.

Divination by program committee (G+, more G+ comments). As Moshe Vardi points out, after picking off the easy accepts and easy rejects, the remaining selections of conference submission acceptances are essentially random. So why don’t we save a lot of effort and produce a more scalable system of fewer bigger conferences by just taking them all?

Minima Maxima by Marc Fornes (G+), a tall selfsupporting structure resembling a minimal surface built out of thin layers of aluminum composite.