So this is very important to me, in that I had a thought while falling asleep last night and then this morning tried to find out if judges wear black robes because priests also wore them. I still don’t know the answer to that. But what I did find out is that apparently…
I am Canadian and I used to date a law student and I can confirm that this definitely seems plausible. I think it’s for Supreme Court judges?
To be clear, some of them are Mrs. Claus.
(With all due respect to the Right Hon. Beverley McLachlin.)
Did I tell you guys I live across the street from a cemetery now?
I grew up just down the road from a large, Catholic cemetery in Oregon. It is a dominant landscape in my memories of childhood - especially from the wintertime. We would sled there because it covered a huge plot of sloping land, a series of many big hills, in fact. Best in the neighborhood. I remember how careful you had to be while walking - the granite gravestones were dangerously slick, sneakily obscured under inches of snow. And of course they were everywhere, this being the point of a cemetery. You also had to watch for standing grave markers, but those were easier to see and avoid.
You drive through this cemetery to move between downtown Portland and my parent’s hilltop neighborhood. It is situated at the pass - the high point on the west side of the city above Forest Park before you descend into suburbs. When there is fog elsewhere, there is thick, dense, road-concealing greyness. It is magical there.
Also there are dead people. I’ve always thought that they would be cool with us enjoying the space they inhabit, though. And even if they’re not, too bad, because they are dead and can’t complain.
Let a circle roll around a circle twice as big. The shape traced by a point on the outer circle is a cardioid. Now consider a third circle rolling around the second one as well (again half as big, and at the same speed); its trace is already less familiar. The more circles, the more fractal-ish the resulting curve will be. In the limit, the traced curve can be described with this parametric formula: