Saturday, November 16, 2019

(x, why?) Mini: BASIC

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COBOL wouldn't fit in the window, and forget about my knowledge of FORTRAN!

Seriously, I went to review some FORTRAN IV online and I couldn't tell if it was what I learned back in college or some version from the past 30 years or so.




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Friday, November 15, 2019

Temperature v Time

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That second area is known as "Fiddling with the knobs" or "Piddle, Twiddle and Resolve".

But I probably don't want "piddle" and "shower" in the same comic.

The Goldilocks zone is actually a little narrower than that. The y-axis is adjusted for readability.




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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Subscripts

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I'm shocked -- shocked -- that I haven't used this pun before.




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Monday, November 11, 2019

Happy Veterans Day 2019

A little late, but a message to say Happy Veterans Day! and "Thank You! to all the veterans out there.

In the twelve years that (x, why?) has been published, this is one of the holidays that I've tried not to miss. However, there isn't a comic for it this year. Why?

The short answer: I couldn't think of one, short of another picture of a flag. The next to last resort is trotting out Mike's Dad and Uncle for a joke with the other vets.

Slightly longer: I'd rather not have one than to force one for a particular day. There were only a couple of Halloween comics this year due to fewer updates and less inspiration. Christmas is coming and it may suffer the same fate. When I make fewer updates and don't keep a regular schedule, I raise the bar on myself for what I should post. And holidays present their own problem in that they don't move, so I can't just post a comic a day or two later.

In the meantime, allow me to repost something that I found on the Internet some time in the 90s. I don't know if Father O'Brien, USMC wrote the entire thing, or just the part at the end. I used to post it every year when I had my own web pages when I was new on the Internet.

WHAT IS A VET?

Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC

WHAT IS A VET?

Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.

Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity.

Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.

You can't tell a vet just by looking.

What is a vet?

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come back AT ALL.

He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

He is the parade - riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU".

Remember November 11th is Veterans Day

"It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protestor to burn the flag."

Father Denis Edward O'Brien
USMC

Sunday, November 10, 2019

1 + 1

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Simple math: two became one.




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Thursday, November 07, 2019

What Kind of Slope?

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Pretty much a given that it's negative, right?




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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Relation

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I think it's mapped out pretty well.

The function is left as an exercise for the reader.




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Saturday, November 02, 2019

How the Knight Moves

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Number 1 with a Silver Bullet.






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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween 2019

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The waves are in motion.

One thought I had this year was to have Missy as herself while the others were dressed as Pokemon. Don't know if it would've worked.




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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Math Horror Movies: Things To Come

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But is it a good sine? You could ask the Wishing Wells...

Depends -- is y = |.3x| sin (.8x) a good sine?




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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Math Horror Movies: Kong

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Tis twin beauties killed the identical beasts!

I enlarged the size of this comic so I wouldn't have to crop the image too much. I was going to shrink it again afterward, but I think I've been making these comics too small all along -- something that I discovered when they asked me to increase the size of some comics so that they could be used in a text book.




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Thursday, October 24, 2019

12 Years From the Day I Made (x, why?)

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You know that I had the Weird Al version in my head as much as the original, right?

Actually, I've heard the original more often lately, albeit in a shortened form. A local singer, Charlie Romo, bookends the beginning and end about his tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. I'm dropping his name right here because you'll hear about him within the next couple years when he really breaks out. Anyway ...

Obviously, I shortened the song, but it's still longer than I originally had planned because I'd left so much out of it. Not that I had to mention everything, but when I looked at what I had mentioned, I wondered why I didn't include other stuff. And I wasn't doing any more rewrites.

As it is, I had to go with a background frame (and there are nearly 100 images behind the lyrics) and not include any characters, like Quinn correcting the pronunciation of "psi" and "phi", or any of the referenced numbers.

I don't use psi or epsilon much, either in class or in this comic, but it seemed like a good hook. Originally, it was "phi, psi" but then I realized what it sounds like the other way (Quinn's pedantry notwithstanding).

It was interesting looking back at the first 100 strips just to see how much has changed from my first year -- and not just the artwork. I used the Antronumerics(tm) a lot more (even if I didn't use that name), and they started developing personalities. But they've been used less in the past few years. The classrooms and the teachers lounge got more of the focus, especially when I started giving them names. And now I'm looking on the students so that they won't be the butt of all the jokes. Mr. 0 from f(x) News was featured quite often, but that program fell into lesser use even before a similarly named show program left the air.

Also, 2008 was an election year, and when I ran out of math jokes and needed to fill in those updates, I "went there". Looking back, even though a couple of those comics weren't too bad, overall it was a bad decision. On the other hand, there was a logo that looked like a zero that paired nicely with Mr. 0, but any plans for "Nillary" were cancelled. I avoided politics in 2012 and 2016, and I look to avoid it again this year. If I ever released a book of my first 100 strips, I'd want to leave most of these out.

Other changes are the upgrades of Paint, along with assists from a couple other programs to do little things. I'm still playing around with the size, but I'm making pixel size a little less random.

More song parodies when tunes stick in my head. Math horror movies around Halloween (fewer this year, sadly). And more Christmas comics because Christmas is fun.

What's up for the next year? I really want a wiki page of some kind. The existing one is poor, and that other wiki won't list me, despite 12 years at this. But I do have a TV Tropes page, which I did NOT create, but do occasionally try to maintain.

Thank you to everyone who comes by here to the actual blog posts, and doesn't just glance at them on social media. Thank you to the people who have been here for the long haul and gave words of encouragement.

By the way, everything in that song actually happened, just maybe not in the order presented. So there was a guy with a PhD and there was a girl who liked my parodies who didn't say much.

And despite my not having much to say, at times, I'll keep at it. Maybe even with a post for tomorrow! (Wouldn't that be cool? I have to work on it.)




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