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  1. In this work, we introduce an approach to model topologically interlocked corrugated bricks that can be assembled in a water-tight manner (space-filling) to design a variety of spatial structures. Our approach takes inspiration from recently developed methods that utilize Voronoi tessellation of spatial domains by using symmetrically arranged Voronoi sites. However, in contrast to these existing methods, we focus our attention on Voronoi sites modeled using helical trajectories, which can provide corrugation and better interlocking. For symmetries, we only use affine transformations based on the Bravais lattice to avoid self-intersections. This methodology naturally results in structures that are both space-filling (owing to Voronoi tessellation) as well as interlocking by corrugation (owing to helical trajectories). The resulting shapes of the bricks appear to be similar to a variety of pasta noodles, thereby inspiring the names, Voronoi Spaghetti and VoroNoodles. 
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  2. An approach for modeling topologically interlocked building blocks that can be assembled in a water‐tight manner (space filling) to design a variety of spatial structures is introduced. This approach takes inspiration from recent methods utilizing Voronoi tessellation of spatial domains using symmetrically arranged Voronoi sites. Attention is focused on building blocks that result from helical stacking of planar 2‐honeycombs (i.e., tessellations of the plane with a single prototile) generated through a combination of wallpaper symmetries and Voronoi tessellation. This unique combination gives rise to structures that are both space‐filling (due to Voronoi tessellation) and interlocking (due to helical trajectories). Algorithms are developed to generate two different varieties of helical building blocks, namely, corrugated and smooth. These varieties result naturally from the method of discretization and shape generation and lead to distinct interlocking behavior. In order to study these varieties, finite‐element analyses (FEA) are conducted on different tiles parametrized by 1) the polygonal unit cell determined by the wallpaper symmetry and 2) the parameters of the helical line generating the Voronoi tessellation. Analyses reveal that the new design of the geometry of the building blocks enables strong variation of the engagement force between the blocks.

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    Deadlines are constitutional aspects of research life that the CHI community frequently observes. Despite their importance, deadlines are understudied. Here we bring a mixed art and science perspective on deadlines, which may find broader applications as a starter methodology. In a field study, we monitored four academics at the office, two days before a deadline and two regular days, after the deadline had passed. Based on face video, questionnaire, and interview data we constructed their profiles. We added a dose of fictionalization to these profiles, composing anonymized comic stories that are as humorous as they are enlightening. In the stressful and lonely days towards deadlines, the only common presence in all cases is the researchers’ computer. Accordingly, this work aspires to prompt an effort for a deeper understanding of “deadline users’’, in support of designing much needed affective interfaces. 
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