"I Shall Live Again!"
proclaims the polyhedron
Small Inverted Retrosnub Icosicosidodecahedron
the culmination of four months of table saw production in 2001, particularly
the10-12 hour days every day during the final month. This shape is composed
of 100 triangles and 12 pentagrams that all run through each other in
the manner of a gang of mosaic makers with too much time on their hands.
Its common names in addition to the above are Yog-Sothoth, #118, or
the clearly superior title Siri. If one gets laid off, building such
a thing is a good way to foolishly squander one's severance pay.
I could not have completed this monstrosity without shamelessly exploiting
PNCA's maintenance staff such as Michael (welding,
holding, cajoling, offering resistance), Will (holding, gluing),
(cajoling, lighting). Also thanks to Magnus
Wenninger, whose books have inspired many a polyhedron maker, and
who sent me someone's masters thesis about this shape, which helped
a lot in the beginning. Robert
Webb, who sent me additional numbers not in that thesis that saved
me from a couple months of algebraic wrangling, and who was since published
a nice shareware polyhedra exploration tool. Plus others who helped
in my 500 hours of need including Mom and Dad, Christina, Nick, Emily,
Rochelle, Lynn, Ken, Paul (for the food), and anyone else I've inadvertantly
blocked out of my mind.
Which of these is different?
(When parking polyhedra,
always read the signs!)