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Figure 8 Klein bottle[edit]

... curl it to bring the edge to the midline; since there is only one edge, it will meet itself there, passing through the midline.

Now that is an elegant and pithy description!

Overdrive (mechanics)[edit]

Hi, thanks for your efforts to remove "a term used to describe" generally.

Overdrive is tricky though and the article has a long history of a difficult effort to give it a clear lead. The trouble is that "overdrive" has four meanings, all mixed up, and two (maybe three) of these are concepts rather than mechanisms.

It's hard to understand what an overdrive (mechanism) is without first understanding the concept #1 of it, and avoiding the trap of just stating "An overdrive (mechanism #3) is a gadget for making it do overdrive (concept #2)". That's a common definition that's widely given, but it's either inexplicable or actually misleading. We still need to start with concept #1.

If you can assist with any better clarification in the lead, I'm only too aware that it could use it. However I think we are legitimately stuck with "overdrive is a term" for this one, as that's the highest common factor between them. Andy Dingley (talk) 09:24, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

Feasibility of listing all German abdicated titles in 1918[edit]

Hi Tamfang, at a 2nd attempt, I've just been successfully fitted with a biventricular ICD at Guy's, linked to an emergency 24/7 home/hosp monitor. I am now returning to Wikipedia to create a number of List-articles &c, similar to the (List of German monarchs in 1918‎).

Am I correct in stating the day Wilhelm II abdicated his own titles, he also abdicated the titles of his wife, and his children as heirs and successors. He also abdicated all other titles belonging to the remainder of his relatives of the House of Hohenzollern. Could you estimate how many Hohenzollerns lost their titles as a direct result of Wilhelm's abdication?

Could you advise me if it is feasible or achievable, to list all of the names, titles &c of those from the (Family tree) of the House of Hohenzollern, who lost their titles on Nov 9, 1918? and if so, could you suggest a viable box style format to list the contents? Regards Steve. Stephen2nd (talk) 15:48, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

I had no inkling of your heart trouble! I can only wish you luck with it.
I also have no knowledge of the terms of the abdication. I would think he had no authority to abdicate the titles of the senior Sigmaringen branch.
I'd be interested to see the list – on your personal subpage of course (cf User:Tamfang/Stuart). Are you aware of Template:Family tree? I've used it a few times. —Tamfang (talk) 19:33, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Tamfang. Apart from a single US newspaper report stating Wilhelm abdicated in 1918, further references to most of these circumstances seem non-existent. These refs seem relevant, albeit I don't wish to swamp the article with too much text.

Statement of Abdication (1918). As translated and appearing in the 1923 Source Records of the Great War, Vol. VI, edited by Charles F. Horne.

I herewith renounce for all time claims to the throne of Prussia and to the German Imperial throne connected therewith. At the same time I release all officials of the German Empire and of Prussia, as well as all officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the navy and of the Prussian army, as well as the troops of the federated states of Germany, from the oath of fidelity which they tendered to me as their Emperor, King and Commander-in-Chief. I expect of them that until the re-establishment of order in the German Empire they shall render assistance to those in actual power in Germany, in protecting the German people from the threatening dangers of anarchy, famine, and foreign rule. Proclaimed under our own hand and with the imperial seal attached. Amerongen, 28 November, 1918. Signed WILLIAM.

Monarchism in Bavaria after 1918

The crown prince, The Bavarian monarch was one of only five of the 22 German potentates not to relinquish his rights to the throne, the others being the King of Saxony, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the Prince of Waldeck-Pyrmont and the Grand Duke of Hesse.

Regards for now, and good luck to us all. Stephen. Stephen2nd (talk) 22:53, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

Hi Tamfang, I've created an article and uploaded it into an old sandbox, Royals in the Nazi Party but Wiki will not allow me to upload it into a new article! Can you look it over and suggest anything I can do with it, to upload it? Thanks Stephen Stephen2nd (talk) 20:02, 17 October 2015 (UTC)
Hi again. RE: Nazi Nobs. Certainly much better, thanks. I changed the title to "Nazi Party nobility" but it still won't accept. I keep getting this message, which I don't really understand. We are sorry, but your edit can not be completed at this time. Your contribution appears to contain a link to archiving service / In accordance with RFC, links to the family are not allowed to be added to Wikipedia. Please feel free to make your contribution with a non-archived URL or a URL from a different archiving service (such as If you believe this message is in error, we apologize for the inconvenience, and ask that you please report this error for correction and assistance. Any suggestions? Stephen. Stephen2nd (talk) 23:09, 21 October 2015 (UTC)

Seems clear enough to me. Try asking at Wikipedia:Help Desk why that site is forbidden. —Tamfang (talk) 02:16, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

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  • The ambiguity was intended: the passage is about the (presumably shared) origin of the shared name of the two places. —Tamfang (talk) 17:44, 11 October 2015 (UTC)

Hyperbolic overlapping circle grid[edit]

Hi Anton, can you make a graphic like this for a hyperbolic plane? File:Flower_of_life_6-levels.png. Like on a {7,3} tiling, projection centered on a heptagon?

Here's a similar pattern on the sphere File:Flower of life on spherical dodecahedron.png. The trick is to make a {n,3} tiling, but instead of n-gons, you make circles, and instead of the circles circumscribing the n-gon vertices, you make the radius of the circles larger so they intersect in the center of the neighboring n-gons. So there just need to be 2 colors, for the digon flowers and triangular gaps. I can recolor from that. No hurry, but I wanted to pique your interest if I could. I'm surprised no one has tried this before.

You can do the same thing for other regular tilings {p,q}, but many have more overlap domains, like the regular icosahedron File:Flower of life on spherical icosahedron.png for instance. Some will be very pretty too if you could color them by intersection domains. Tom Ruen (talk) 17:18, 30 December 2015 (UTC)

It ought to be easy to adapt the code from this. —Tamfang (talk) 23:10, 30 December 2015 (UTC)
YES, the inner radii of the ring should be the triple intersections I want. (p.s. If only I didn't have 100+ T-shirts from running races!) Tom Ruen (talk) 01:14, 31 December 2015 (UTC)
Of course, at this time of year you don't want a t-shirt anyway, you want a mug for your hot chocolate! —Tamfang (talk) 08:10, 28 January 2016 (UTC)
Cool! I'm just not materialistic enough. If you need cashflow in exchange for uploads to Wikipedia, mailing a check to you would probably be more profitable. I made some Euclidean interlocking ring patterns in SVG. Tom Ruen (talk) 09:46, 28 January 2016 (UTC)
Flower of life 1000 interlocking.svgFlower of life square 0707 interlocking.svgFlower of life square 800 interlocking.svgFlower of life square 0577-16-circle interlocking.svg
Thanks for the thought, but you needn't worry about me right now. — Why polygons rather than cubics? —Tamfang (talk) 21:46, 28 January 2016 (UTC)
Inside the SVG? I wrote a program for other purposes, but here reads SVG, converts circles to polylines, intersects, allows interactive deleting polyline sections (for over/under effect) and computes closed areas from that, and assigning group colors to closed domains, and exports the SVG again. So its not minimum file sizes at all, but still better than bitmaps. Tom Ruen (talk) 07:12, 29 January 2016 (UTC)