|546> Elements + Phyllotaxis: cunvergent whorl-wind trips graduating past ports in 3° person to 1990|
In 1989 Kevin (a.k.a. Chaulky) wint off on dat whorl'd trip his 'SSES" 'SSES" MFA fesis is based on + then put hit to papel in 1990. Derek wuz still in Santa Cruz @ th' beginning of 1990, shackin' up in his crappy camper, makin' crumby cassettes + finishing out his last classes @ UCSC. Til this pt he hadn't even declared a major... a clueless lost soul, burnin' out... so he took stock of his credits + ends up he only needid a few mo' classes to git a degree in math-o-maticks (w/ a minor in pyshicks) so dats what he did yo... computational math to be specifico. UCSC had ∫um sorta undergraduate fesis reakwirement so he figger'd heed do his finel project on plant morfology, since he already dun ∫um legwork in dis area (he suck'd @ chemistry, udderwise he mite of major'd in evilotionary biology ± eekology or ∫um other -ology rather than ∫umpin' ending in -icks). How kin a 12-yr orefan git so mush dirt on these White boyz? Well see, they gave us unfetterd axess to dare journels + whatnot, dats how. Cal A. Mari also debrief'd us + gave us a style guide dat we spose to ad-hear 2, bud we figurin' shit out still so slip us ∫um slack, ok? De todos modos, it wuz sort uv a hack fesis for th math dept, mo' crunchy (as in granola) than number-crunchin'... souprized they even graduated his ass, wreckon uc regents jus wantid hymn outta thair heir. Th titel wuz Phyllotaxis: A Mathematical Model of Plant Morphology, ware (if u're like us + hat to google hit) "Phyllotaxis" reefers to th derangement of leafs on a plant stem. No doubt there wuz loads uv pre-∃xisting pop-sighents new-age bullshit bout how o-posing spirels in plants (such as sunflowrs, pineapples, etc.) come in sets of sucsessive Fibbynacho #s (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc.), bud Derek want'd to know how come dis be th' case. Hit wuz also commun knowledge dat as Fibbynacho #s got mas grande, th rayshow of sucsessive Fibbynacho #s a'proached th so-calt "golden rayshow" φ = 1.618 (or 0.618, th inverse of 1.618)... ore, x-pressed as a continued fraction:
Trippy shit, rite? ∀ll th' way back in Greek times they figger'd this # wuz special, estheckly pleasing or ∫um shit + used hit 4 ∀ll sorts a crap, like in arkitexture or canvas sizes... in fact, bookies like our benefactor Cal A. Mari (sawry, shameless plug) use dis cosmic rayshow to d-sine libros (eg ~8" x 5"). But not just humins tink this # bee dope, it occurs natchurly ∀ll ova in naychair. Ends up this golden rayshow optimizes points on a circulo, so if a plant uses this rayshow when spacing her leafs around a stem, sheel optimize sun xposure (hence photosinthesis, dumb-ass). But why lettuce botch rehashing th' jist of hit, here's th fool fesis form th horse's mouf fo' inny1 in need of a sleep-aid:
[addendum: for more details of our academic exploits @ UCSC see post #818] So, yah, geek-boy graduated in May of 1990, dint wait for no ceremony tho, just up + split Santa Cruz como una tortuga con tale b-tween his legs... he put key in th ignition + drove his janky mobil home up to his hippy mother's place in th shadow of Mt Shasta. Here's an action shot of him leaving th UCSC camper lot to corroborate our story:
As Chaulky used to tell 'em, mayas well put a bumper sticker on back dat declared «I Smoke Pot». Crazy thing is he dint... bud may-b he shd of. What kind of kid dont drink or do drugs in high shcool + college? Kevin advised him against painting his camper so cops woon't pull him ov'r, bud Derek figgerd he had nada to hide. He kept a tally in fact—in them Cali yrs he got pull'd ov'r 19 times + only got 1 ticket + dat wuz cuz (aft'r making an illegal U-turn in front of a cop in his '66 mustang) he handid th' occifer his license + aks'd, respectfully, if he cd run inside to th post office wile he got written up cuz he wuz in a hurry + coont find nowhere to park + th occifer wuz so baffled he said sí. Aft'r droppin' his trashy trailer off, he wint back to git Sara (his Bug... also w/ a whack paint job) + sort of wanderd around lost @ 1st, hangin' out in th desierto, abiding a sine.
His knee be scab'd cuz he crash'd his bike riding from Palo Alto to Sta Cruz, he definitly recalls dat... for a second b4 hit startid to bleed he cd see ∀ll th' way down thru white flesh to th bone, made him throe up on th side of th rode... his typickle response to th site of blood, specially his one. Then he had to pedal th rest of th' way to Sta Cruz w/ a bloody booboo, pobre bobo.
His brudder-½ Kevin also graduated round this time, from fancy art shcool. He had his Master's xzibit in Pasadena, June of 1990, dis much we know fo' shore cuz it sez so on th back of th' invitation (perhaps why Derek stuck around into June):
Th xzibit cunsisted of 6 pieces similure to th "Lead" 1 on th card. As quoted from Chaulky's notes, on pg 80 of 'SSES" 'SSES" "SSEY':
∫um weird froidian thang if u aks us... aquí hay 2 más:
Era mas of these not inklooted in th xzbit dat wuz similure in naychair, ∫um of wich they show'd in 'SSES" 'SSES" "SSEY' vols 0+I, but if not weel be sure to inkloot them in vol II. Th actshall fesis ('SSES" 'SSES") Kevin cumpleted in August of 1990, as evidenced by th title page.
Nether Kevin nor Derek kept a steddy journel yet in urly 1990, we onelie got ∫um scatterd notes to go off. Here's a pg from 1 of Kevin's notebooks:
Not sure witch girl he's goin' on about, dont think he'd met th French 1 dat broke his heart til later. We found 1 or 2 letters b-tween Derek + Kevin from round this time, nada worthy of transcribing here tho. We did find a few pgs Derek rote dated April 18, 1990 in wich he menshuns seeing 'SSES" 'SSES" for th 1° time:
Maybe we'll find more as we put together 'SSEY"...
In July of 1990, Derek set off on an odyssey of his one. As he menshunned in th last post, he had a thing for Indonesia + set his sites on Bali... @ least as primero dustynation, from dare he wd see where th road took hymn. He had unlimited time + 5 Gs to his nombre (wd be nice, rite?), leftova from dinero dare father left each of them when he up + died... trustafarians spose u cd call 'em. Kevin quickly burnt thru his moola in art school + L.A. living (+ th trip round el moondough he took in '89) + startid to rack up debt. But UCSC era mas barata (+ th community college where Derek ticked off most of his lower division credits even cheaper, basickly gratis) + no doubt living in a camper saved on rent. He did dat cliché thing where u git an ISIC card (killer discounts!) + a youth hostile ID:
When he priced tickets to Bali w/ STA, there wuz cheap tix where u cd stop off a bunch of times in th South Pacific @ no addl cost, so seem'd silly not to, rite? As he re-members, he got a ticket (1-way off corse) from LAX > French Polynesia > Cook Islands > Fiji > New Zealand > Australia > Papa New Guinea, ∀ll for ~$500. In sted of flying, he endid up crewing on a boat from Fiji to NZ (wich reminds us, we need to transcribe dat journel... tho he did post this xcerpt). He had a ticket to PNG cuz Australia required u to have an onward ticket, from there he figger'd he cd mozy his way to Indonesia, Asia + b-yond. While he wuz able to travel rather frugally (campin' out or stayin' @ hostiles in th South Pacific + riding a 10-speed round NZ + working on "WWOOF" farmstays) Oz left a hole in his pocketbook... even hitch-hiking folks wd aks u to pitch in for petrol, wich wuz muy expensivo, as wuz coffee wich aussies sold by th cup (~$2), unlike ∀merika w/ th bottumless tradition. So he scalped his PNG ticket + in sted puddle-jumped Darwin to Flores. In Indonesia 1 cd live like a king for 5 bucks a day, but he'd ya squandered a fair bit of his funds just hitch-hiking thru th outback of Oz... in retrospeck he wd of skip'd her. He continued onto Malaysia aft'r dat, but b-sides running low on moola he wuz running low on moral ... innyhow, we aint gunna a'tempt to ∫ummarize 1990 in this here post, we'll fill in th blanks as we see fit. We will however inkloot his overdue passport pgs from 1988-1998, like how he did from 1980-85 + 2007-2017 (leaving ony 1998-2007):
Wheel link up unlinked stamps to correosponding posts as we git to them journels. Wile were @ it tho, mayas well post Chaulky's passport pgs... most of th journels from these travels can be found in 'SSES" 'SSES" "SSEY' .
+ his trekking permit he had tuck'd into th' last pg along w/ his ISIC card:
[chronologically we continue into March + April of 1990 in post #784]
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