CAVEAT : I AM NOT THE CREATOR OF ARIANE AND GET NO MONEY FROM IT. THE AUTHOR IS CLAUDE HOCHET
Added 2012 December
THE SIMPLETONS GANG STRIKES AGAIN
They are doing it again 6 MONTHS AFTER THEIR FIRST
BLUNDER OF STELLAR MAGNITUDE at the beginning of 2012
( read in French read in English topic
from beginning of March)
simpleton == in French it is not an insult but a description.
it is in in French which according to CNRTL
a bit simple-minded,
missing the complexity of
Simplet is in French the name of one of the 7 dwarves, I think it
in America ;
I prefer Simplet to Dopey that evokes a bit too much : "dazed with
Those dull persons
opposed to "bright" or "brilliant" or "shining") are quite
unable to really go forward making notable
They appear to me to be quite Dodgsonian or Alician
or Carrollian :
they run faster and faster just to remain at the same
place ( or about).
Chapter II - The Garden of Live Flowers in Through The Looking Glass
'Well, in OUR country,' said Alice, still panting a little,
'you'd generally get to somewhere else—if you ran very fast for a long
time, as we've been doing.'
'A slow sort of country!' said the Queen. 'Now, HERE, you see, it takes all the running YOU can do, to keep
in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you
must run at least twice as fast as that!'
encouragement I gladly offer to them this
and also that
to serve as
encouragement and friendly advice.
It has now been a year and a half that ARIANE
is publicly available to knot-tyers as a fully functional software but
the gang is promising ( 'promised, sworn, spat'
as goes a popular French expression ) again and again
a 'Oh! coming real soon" U.S equivalent.
God, whose ways are said to be impenetrable, alone knows why they are
doing that since their Grid Maker
is already so terribly inferior to RKnot Builder. RKnot Builder
handles REGULAR CYLINDRICAL KNOTS of the FOUR TYPES OF CODING (not at all the case with
their Grid Maker "thing" ) and it is for me readily
understandable why they don't dare to offer their produce for a pricing
other than for FREE.
Actually it is not worth much, neither as an item to be purchased (
My old HP48-GX program or EXCEL worksheets are wildly more
powerful ; alas with no
pretty image, just the HP coding of any type of coding ), nor
in term of
REGULAR CYLINDRICAL KNOTS scope.
Those knots include the THK that have a Row AND Column
O1-U1, but also, on the same
cordage route as THK knots : exclusive COLUMN
exclusive ROW coding and NEITHER Row NOR Column coding..
Just try, using
Grid Maker, to do ALL that
RKnot Builder empower you to do
and tell me what happened to you.
I feel that I am not finished pissing my pants while laughing !
public release of their
other software for their so-called """"interweaves""" is still
pending after months
and months and........and months and...
BUT REJOICE, REJOICE, REJOICE! IT IS FREE !
The public release of their ALL-AMERICAN PSEUDO-Ariane, always promised
promised again and again but always postponed, is still
"coming any day soon" -unless one counts their lamentable present
results as a valid copy, in which
case it is either
being a fool of the worst kind or knowing nothing about the
Ariane, or both!
Their ambition is to get a free software for their so-called
They revel in the use of this magical and 'gri-gri'
word : """interweaves"""".
A word that hides so
well a vast vista of ignorance as their so-called
""""interweaves"""" are NESTED-BIGHT CYLINDRICAL KNOTS and
there exist quite a lot of
those with specific names and specific (mathematical) characteristics
separate one from
the other without being arbitrary.
Saying """"interweaves"""" à propos of those knots is like
saying " something that cuts" to precisely identify : surgeon scalpel,
dressmaking scissors, wood chisel, kitchen knife , glass cutter, nail
cutter, razor blade, razor, switch-blade knife, fixed blade knife,
gravity knife, throwing knife, scimitar,cutlass, katana....
They want a tool for free !
Well they get what is
for free : not very much but still it feels as if each
failure or semi-failure certainly feels like quite an accomplishment
Let us hope the stingy guys with pockets full of sea urchins -
that explains why they
are so afraid to put their hands in their pockets
few Euros- will,
in the months or years to come - get for free
something that, hopefully,
will be a wee bit closer to what ARIANE offers.
ARIANE V3 (
in the final polishing workshop with test users who don't even get a
user's manual for the test) offers a wide scope and range of tools for
the manipulation of crossings and colours and also,
main automated process, a special mode of manual placing of PINS for
NESTED-BIGHT CYLINDRICAL KNOTS.
V2 has no manual PIN placing mode nor colour manipulation :
was thought desirable to leave users time to fully train themselves on
those knots, anyway it
felt foolish to reveal "all" at one go.
Buyers were never tricked : the purchase of any one
them to all versions past, present, future at no extra cost, and that
since the very beginning of going "public" (ARIANE had already been in
existence as a private toy
well before being put 'on line' for the general public) ARIANE V3 offers to users a complete control over the
TYPE, inversion, standardisation ) and over the colours of those
crossings and that with several mode : by single
crossing, by full ROW , by full COLUMN, by full HALF-PERIOD and that is
not taking in consideration the manual placing of PINS mode that is so
easy to use once that you have conceived the complete "blueprint of the
Those slow-witted guys still have not realised that one must keep three
essentials concepts in mind when tackling those knots :
CORDAGE ROUTE, PATTERN OF CODING, COLOURS PATTERN (see this pdf and the "allied" topics in this page) ARIANE
does conform to that so that on the same CORDAGE ROUTE you can apply
the CODING PATTERN of your choice, and on a given CODING PATTERN you
apply the COLOURS PATTERN of your choice.
I do prefer to pay the modest sum of 40 Euros (for all versions past,
present and future ; which in
addition save me the purchase of a score of books
; as for the pricing just compare with some CD or "tube" tools ! )
a licensed ARIANE to cluttering
my PC hard-drive with junk like theirs, certainly "free" but with
no interest as at the moment, it is still awfully
power ; moreover it seems that nobody except its creators are able
to use it due it seems, from what I understand, to the hard
task of explaining in a simple manner how to use it with
ARIANE, is a great tool for any interested person of normal
intelligence and education who takes the small trouble of reading the
manual during their
training period and, of courses,who knows the different NESTED-BIGHT
CYLINDRICAL KNOTS and do not globalized their appellation as
One could even say that
ithis approach really enjoys accumulating the visual
to deliberately ( or if not deliberate then they are even more limited
skill that I
ever thought them to be
) interfere and hinder the quality control by onlookers.
PIN numbering is utterly inefficient and rather childish
leading to it being not congruent with
They are so desperately ignorant of the reality of the
that their strands do not even close on themselves in their
example pin 16
instead of joining with PIN 1 is said to be joining PIN 17
that DOES NOT
EVEN EXIST ON THE GRID !
They do not give the smallest sign of being
intellectually shocked by that absurd discrepancy.
This goes too
for PIN 34, 51, 68, 85, 102 which are non existent.
those asinine numbers it
should be ( in order to close the strand on itself )
16 with 1 and not 17 ;
33 with 18 and not 34 ;
50 with 35 and not 51 ;
67 with 52 and not 68 ;
with 69 and not 85 ;
101 with 86 and not 102
This is SO EGREGIOUSLY DUMB not to be able to use MODULUS with a proper
PIN's numbering. They
give me the feeling that they are taking us for complete fools.
This is what someone with a larger dose of indulgence and compassion
than I have would dub "a really screwed up" job and I prefer to refrain
from giving my
It would have been so easy, even using their childish numbering to give
PIN 1 to 16 included to the first STRAND ( also first COMPONENT in this
as the component here is not a multi-strand one)
PIN 17 to 32 included to the second STRAND PIN 33 to 48 included
to the third STRAND PIN 49 to 64 included
for the fourth STRAND PIN 65 to 80 included
for the fifth STRAND PIN 81 to 96 for the
sixth STRAND AND
THERE IS NO MISSING PIN.
Had they had a modicum of basic intelligence applied to the study of
the reality of those knots and the the smallest incipient beginning of
a germ of an
understanding of those
knots then they would have, immediately and with no
found the rather
simple formula to get the correct results even when using their
childish numbering of the
obvious that using, for the computations (the
apparence on screen is another thing, just cosmetic) a
numbering from 0 to 'N-1' for 'N' PINS would have been a lot
smarter than numbering from 1 to 'N' because it facilitates the use of
MODULUS, still even with 1 to 'N' it suffice to adapt the
formula and that is real easy..
The gang members have not yet fully integrated the essential
cyclic or periodic nature of those knots which make MODULUS so useful.
Here is, using their reference for ODD-numbered HP going from TOP-LEFT
BOTTOM-RIGHT, the proper numbering of the PINS
(this numbering in this illustration, is not arbitrary like
theirs but is dictated by the structure of the knots
the use of the proper mathematical formulas clearly shows).
The Number of a PIN is:
Number of that PIN on its own BIGHT-RIM - Number of the BIGHT
RIM plus for the dull brains the reference TOP /
BOTTOM knot border but knowing the
choice made for the ODD-numbered HP this is quite unnecessary and
The direction of the flow of the numbering of the PINS on a given
BIGHT-RIM is given by the direction of the ODD-numbered HP : in the
case here they go from
LEFT to RIGHT (had they -the
ODD HP- gone from BOTTOM-RIGHT to TOP-LEFT
the numbering would
have gone from RIGHT
A painful deciphering shows that
CONTRARY TO THE ILLUSION
CREATED BY THE
VISUAL APPEARANCE AVAILABLE CERTAINLY IT IS NOT
Theirs is an extremely poor presentation of the grid and saying that I
generous, forgiving in the extreme to the sinner and carefully
Toiled like a work horse and
succeeded like a donkey as a
school teacher from
century, XXth, was wont to say.
Here is the imitation
of their awful representation done using
ARIANE with the isometric grid ( I was obliged to "maim
ARIANE" in order to
such an horror).
Even with the superior ARIANE such a "parti pris" is
staggering in illegibility.
The square grid made using ARIANE
immediately shows that it is a multi-strand knot. Plus ARIANE
put on screen all the characteristics of the knot such as the
number of STRAND - (The number of component your have in the grid.)
the two grids, theirs and the one from ARIANE, and decide which one of
superior to the other.
This in spite of the poor choice of the square
grid (once again the isometric grid is what is to be favoured if your
the study of the knot structure).
The square grid can only be useful
when printed and put on a cylinder (vertical frame of
or mandrel (horizontal frame of reference) to lay the cordage route
(but then you well be
needing a greater length than on an isometric and the strain to make a
flawless dressing will be higher )
isometric grid is superior
(this one is from ARIANE ) in offered opportunities of
analysis of the true structure of the knot to what a square grid allows.
9x8x5x8, this nomenclature, for someone who have the slightest
knowledge about NESTED-BIGHT
CYLINDRICAL KNOTS is most
distressing due to its acute
debility.( According to French
CNRTL , debility : Extreme weakness of a thing,
Moreover 6-PASS is not the "natural" rhythm of the knot which
by "nature" is a 3-PASS .
( There are 3 BIGHTS per NEST - 3-PASS if you will -
which gives A=3 and not A=6 ), but they are not even able to see that
so afflicted are they by a vast
and persistent ignorance!
Most often, in my eyes, they are not even good
(spider = brainless knot-tyer who can only imitate or copy using handed
DOWN "recipes" he is always hunting and begging for - spiders
just neural ganglia, no brain yet they do marvellous geometry
about which they have not the slightest understanding ) most often
using ill understood
"recipes", they are not knot-tyers with solid and confirmed knowledge
of the knots they profess, urbi et orbi, to master.
My depressing inner feeling is that they are just good enough to copy
imitate but not to understand,
invent and create their own personal "recipes".
Their grid is so ugly and confusing that it is almost indecipherable
utterly unsuitable for the laying of the CORDAGE ROUTE if using it in
printed form on a
tool and ends confining the user (smothering him) to the
of the table of HALF-PERIOD ( not a bad thing at all to use
only the table but then you don't need the grid, just B*, A and offset,
so why give a grid of so low quality).
The quality of the tracing is so horribly inadequate that it inevitably
leaves you with the impression that it is a single-strand
knot, but this is not the case at
all : it is a 6-STRAND but with them you have to wait to get the
TABLE OF HALF-PERIOD to know that point while with ARIANE this
perception is immediate with
just the grid as
image shows. (also ARIANE have fields to show the
characteristics of the knot on the screen )
Their table does not comply with the "natural" direction , for a
right-handed person, (85% to 90% of the population) ( read topic 2011 January 17th if interested
the ODD numbered HP.
( Those HP go, referring to Vertical Cylinder with the Knot
Borders at TOP
and BOTTOM from BOTTOM-RIGHT
Let us not speak again of their very curious numbering system.
Their table is also a compound of ignorance about "how to present
visual data" and is really trying for eyes.
Let us say it again - it will never be repeated enough -
their nomenclature is perfectly
ignorant of the bright studies and standardisation of the
NESTED-BIGHT CYLINDRICAL KNOTS made SCHAAKE & TURNER so many
dozen of years ago and that are so easily available to anyone curious
enough to search for them ( just try Google
Schaake nested-bight in the serach field )
While Schaake's nomenclature is enlightening on the knot
inner working theirs is absolutely dumbfounding and confusing.
9x8x5x8 !!! absolutely insane for me !!! This is first class
gibberish, nothing more.
Probably the American mania of "proprietary format" as they usually
believe ( a chronic delusion it is with them) that everything
from outside the USA, and
especially if it comes from France or Europe ( UK is not
Europe you know ) is equal to zero.
We will now use the usual notation (usual that is for those who "know"
B* == BIGHT-NEST
'A' denotes the number of BIGHTS (also called PASS for some knots) in a
L == LEAD
COMPONENT == Unit "knot" in an assembly of knots yielding the full
NESTED-BIGHT CYLINDRICAL KNOT
An identification card suitable for this knot could be :
IRREGULAR NESTED-BIGHT CYLINDRICAL KNOT
( Irregular by definition because *all* the BIGHT-NEST on one knot
border are not
"pinned" to BIGHT-RIM N° 1 - those interested can see
quick and dirty definitions in this document )
B*total = 16 (8 on
Bight-Rim N ° 1 and 8 on Bight-Rim N ° 4)
Each of the two sets B* has A = 3 (so-called
3-PASS) which means that there exist
B* x A = 16 x 3 = 48B
ALL ARE REGULAR CYLINDRICAL KNOTS (made on the cordage route of
THK but which are THK ONLY IF their coding type is strictly ROW AND
COLUMN and strictly alternating O1-U1)
are 9L 8B ==27L 24B THREE are 5L 8B ==15L
so 15+27=42 Ltotal
( by the way this is the
their absolutely silly 9x8x5x8
Absolutely silly because this does not uniquely identify
a 6 components 42
48 Btotal ) As you can see in this slide show those 11
grids (I could have tripled that number with ease)
ALL 11 grids CAN HAVE THAT ABSOLUTELY FOOLISH LABEL 9x8x5x8,
(Their components are 9L 8B and
5L 8B) , they
have between 2-COMPONENTS and
4-COMPONENTS -I have not enough time to squander it
doing 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-COMPONENTS but I am sure that you can find them in
the blink of an eye and those
11 grids are more than enough proof of the absurdity of this
nomenclature of simpletons !
You can shorten to
42 Ltotal 48 Btotal with
both B*set having 8 NESTS,
each of each 3-PASS
42 Ltotal 48 Btotal
for TWO series of 8 BIGHT-NEST each
in each NEST ( A = 3 or 3-PASS for some knots patterns).
A = 3 set of B* means that the NATURAL
number of PASS is equal to THREE.
If you are not really concerned about getting the best result then you
may choose any
number appealing to fancy more than to intelligence
not very smart not
to follow the "nature" of the knot ) 2, 4, 5, 6,
ARIANE so as to kindly accommodate all sort of knot-tyer offers 3
different types of grid and every possible orientation ( four ) for the
Let us insist again on the extreme visual confusion induced by their
grid and add a remark.
Their rendering is so deplorably deficient in quality that with it it
about totally impossible to get a swift and clear perception of
That perception is immediate in all the illustrations generated in a
few seconds by ARIANE the entire CORDAGE
their knot is on screen in less than 90 seconds once you have
done the analysis of the structure (image) of the knot to be drawn!
Their grid is so poorly illustrative that I had to "tinker" it to
things evident to be able to "get" the
crossings on the knot borders.
Following are four grids drawn ARIANE V3
6-PASS SQUARE (6 is not really consistent with the natural
structure of the knot)