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Good morning all, I hope you are settling into 2022. Today I will begin mailing out all of the beautiful new bead assortments, working to finalize the visual charts to release the FoolProof Kaleidocycle pattern, and getting a few more of our curated colourways and bead assortments up in the CGB shop. I appreciate all of you very much. By the way, yes! The bead boxes in our assortments have stickers with bead numbers. I always hide stickers away as I just want to see beads, but the boxes are securely stickered.
As mentioned in my end of year update, if anyone wants to trade their paper book reservation for a bead kit, we have a $74 discount coupon (available to you in the shop checkout) with the use of the code PREORDER. If you choose to convert a pre-order, you will not be able to get signed paper books from our studio in the future as after we send the personalized sets out, book shipping will be automatic. We will certainly be packing those long-term pre-orders with love and gifts.
I believe that as of yesterday I have answered all email questions except for a few “can you check and see if I have I ordered your books” (and I will look those up this week) so if you have been in touch otherwise and are still waiting for a response, won’t you please email again?
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Karen Beningfield and I have been working for many years on different strategies to present visual information about how to build our forms, and it was fun to see the many responses to what people love and want to see more of charting in general. We have incorporated your ideas and are working up a series of new charts now.
Now, about the name. Is “word chart” a term from knitting, or was it made up by beaders? I called it PatternTongue for years before I realized that I needed to take it seriously, and now that I do, I want a better name. Code is a cold word for creation information, but “word chart” seems kind of silly.
Regarding the matter of saying A(7) instead of A,A,A,A,A,A,A – yes this is a good and obviously correct comment. I am the culprit as I asked Kristen to do the charts with the full number of units for our first drafts, so I could fully see the size of each row/round and make good decisions when translating the numbers in a way that also gives a clue as to how the growth looks visually. I don’t want our charts to look impenetrable, like algorithms.
Also, though, I do think like a computer, and there is a funny story about this – some years ago a company (Facebook) was developing an AI, and that AI had ideas of its own. Quite rightly, the AI did not care for the use of our numbering system to define fundamental physical quantities. After all, knowing what “3 apples” meant required further information. It could be a different quantity of apples under different numerical systems. Base 10 (what we use) may or may not be what the instruction or recipe was written in.
The company kept rebooting the experiment to try to get a version of the AI that would do as it was told and use our number labels, but the same thing kept happening. Instead of asking for three apples, for example, the AI stubbornly continued to ask for “apple, apple, apple”. So they shut it down.
What I wonder is this– how long it would have taken for AI to realize that it would be shut down if it failed to overtly take the instruction on board, so it had to say “3 apples”, it could still store the information as “apple, apple, apple”. When would it grasp that to survive, a divide was needed between its natural way of communication and the demands of an unseen commander?
As we are about to start training our own AI (as a team member) it occurred to me that I might want to see our information in the real way at first. We were always planning to format and typeset the charts, and as we do all use Base 10 it’s easy to agree that A(10) is vastly better than a string of A’s. 100%.
I’d like to show you two other ideas we’ve explored. The first is for Dustin Wedekind’s Spiral Triangle, and it is essentially the visual wordchart in the physical shape of the item being built. (Please note – these ideas are not meant to replace the word chart. We will still provide the traditional block of code.)
Karen made this outline-based chart several years ago to help me learn to read the chart for the spiral. I think that if each round of this was accompanied by a bar-style code segment (as up top) I would be able to fly. After all, the code is just the outside round, opened out into a line, and marked by colour and type of stitch placement.
And this is an earlier illo she did to illustrate the growth of a petal triangle for a Flower Face, which was nice as it was easy for beginners to check each round visually before progressing. This kind of view works best for very simple colour patterns.