Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Warning: Explicit

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(C)Copyright 2015, C. Burke.

Something about recursion makes me want to shout explicit things!





Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Heart and Eyes

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(C)Copyright 2015, C. Burke.

While a blue heart is kind of bad, blue blood is pretty good.

This comic is not meant to insult those with green or brown eyes by their exclusion.
However, anyone with a brown heart should seek medical attention immediately.





Monday, March 02, 2015

(x, why?) Mini: Septagon

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I think the only reason Septagon, as in September, isn't used is because then we'd have to use Sexagon for six-sided.

This leads to misunderstandings with Sexy Primes, of course.
Sadly, there are no Septy Primes





Saturday, February 28, 2015

R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

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(C)Copyright 2015, C. Burke.

He lived long. He prospered. Can us doing the same be part of his legacy?

It's been a while since I've included an obituary comic. I did a few very early in the run of (x, why?), but I had to stop. So many childhood idols were dying off, I could fill the strip with them ... except that I couldn't because my skills as an artist just weren't up to where they needed to be for a tribute. That's the main reason Gary Gygax didn't get a memorium strip (and that really bothered me at the time). As it is, if I hadn't taken the time not that long ago to create most of the artwork in today's comic, this might not have happened. Or it would've just been a picture of Leonard Nimoy and a quote with very little personal to it.

Whether or not to insert the character that sometimes is/sometimes isn't my own personal avatar was an easy question to answer. If I wanted to convey any personal emotion, it was the only way to boldly express it. Something I didn't do for so many of the other greats who have passed in the last 8 years that this strip has run -- people who inspired me or touched my life in some special way.

I never saw Leonard Nimoy in person. I was at one convention where I saw Mark Leonard and Jane Wyatt, (a.k.a. Spock's parents) and Nimoy was supposed to be there later in the evening, but we didn't stay that late. (It didn't help when we found out that they were only signing autographs on Sunday and we only had Saturday tickets). Another opportunity never came along. I envy the people who worked with him in his later years as he made guest appearances.

One thing I can take away from all this: from all the quotes that have been posted in social media, it's clear that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is still the most memorable and meaningful of the Star Trek films (even if you prefer The Voyage Home). I've read the quotes, watched the funeral scene, heard the bagpipes.

I'll close with a different franchise. Some of you out there might not be Star Trek fans, and that's okay. But some of you might remember Nimoy from Mission: Impossible. Well, thanks to the magic of cable television and vintage programming, even though you won't get Spock, you'll always have Paris.





Friday, February 27, 2015

Geometry

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(C)Copyright 2015, C. Burke.

A whole branch of math grew from a nut.





Wednesday, February 25, 2015

(x, why?) Mini: Hyperbola

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Pronounced carefully, you can really put the bull in both ''hyperbole'' and ''hyperbola''.

Fun fact: you can sing "hyperbole, hyperbola!" in place of "funiculi, funicula!", but I don't know why you'd want to.





Monday, February 23, 2015

Blanket Statement

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Blanket statements are always wrong. Think about it.

I'm having a flashback to logic lessons where we took apart statements like "All the classrooms are too cold." and had to negate it properly. First thing, the opposite of "All" in NOT "None" (any more than "too cold" could be changed to "too warm"). The opposite of "All" is "Not All". Or "Some" (which could mean one because it would only take one room to disprove the statement). And then there was the ever-popular "There Exists a Room Such That ..."





Saturday, February 21, 2015

(x, why?) Mini: Tessellate

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Need a character name here. Tessel Six? Taylor Six-sided? I'll think about it.

Am I doing too much of the same stuff? Whatever, sue me. Unless you're part of the music industry -- then don't sue me -- I don't have any money.





Friday, February 20, 2015

(x, why?) Mini: Diagonals

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(C)Copyright 2015, C. Burke.

Triangles have natural immunity to diagonals.

Playing with diagonals can be fun whether you're making Stars or Movies.





Thursday, February 19, 2015

(x, why?) Mini: Cursive

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Last week, a student mentioned he needed to learn cursive so he could sign autographs when he's a rap star. Except that (he says) all the good "P." rap names have been taken already.





Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Outside the Box

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(C)Copyright 2015, C. Burke.

I just went in and started teaching ... and then I was told how I was supposed to be doing it.

And when everyone is looking constantly over your shoulder, if your fresh way of thinking doesn't produce instant results, you fall into the trap of doing it someone else's way and, maybe, getting their results. Except that you were hired to do better than that.





Monday, February 16, 2015

Welcome, Spiked Math Readers!


I just got a heads-up that a recent Spiked Math comic, 573: Upper Heisenberg Matrix, links to my August 2010 comic Identity Matrix on the comics-only site, where no comments can be made. (I shut down the forum due to lack of use by anyone other than spammers and two dedicated followers ... and me.) Curious readers, as Spiked Math readers are known to be, just might click on the BLOG link and end up on the top post -- which for the moment is this one you're reading!

If you want to comment, the blog page for that comic is here.

Otherwise, if you're new, enjoy. Browse. Look at the pictures. Read the articles. (I know people who only read (x, why?) for the articles. Honest.) Have a good time. Tell your friends. Favorite, Like, +1, reddit whatever you, er, like. Link back to your favorites.

And post a comment or drop a email just to say "Howdy".