Friday, January 30, 2009

Bardic Geometry

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(C)Copyright 2008, C. Burke. All rights reserved.


Actually, some English teachers are impressed that a math teacher knows enough Shakespeare to poke fun.
Others are impressed that a math teacher knows the difference between "continual" and "continuous".



Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Oxymoron

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Oxymoron: a seeming contradiction like jumbo shrimp or impartial journalist. Deoxymoron: sucking the oxygen out of them.


Monday, January 26, 2009

The Kings of Comedy

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It's good to be King.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunday Comic: Super-Stickman 37: The Big Sham

Dateline: Stick-World!
Lurking in the shadows of the city, criminal dealings transpire, dealings that don't end well. Then the participants must deal with Our Hero!

Go to the comic and follow the exciting story!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Another Comic Spotted on Another Math Blog

Have you spotted any (x, why?) comics on any other weblogs, particularly math blogs (and not spam blogs)?

The Fantasy Island comic turned up at Carnival of Mathematics, a post on the JD2718 weblog, complete with attribution and link to the Comic Genesis site.

There was one other blog that had a link to the Interest comic, but the URL changes as it gets pushed back to older pages.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Ken-Do 2: What Kind of Boat?

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(C)Copyright 2008, C. Burke. All rights reserved.


A lesson for all new teachers: don't do this in class.
Don't do it in a blog or a webcomic.
Don't even do it in a webcomic about making webcomics....

Um... This comic was intended for instructional purposes only.



Monday, January 19, 2009

Is anyone else having trouble viewing the comics?

For some reason, I can't see the last five or six comics on my site, even though they were there this morning. They're stored on a geocities website and their server is having a problem, I guess. So I uploaded new copies ... but I still have the same problem.

The weirder thing is that I can't see the last two comics at Comic Genesis even though they were there yesterday and this morning! And those images are stored on the CG server!

Update: The Fantasy Island cartoon was copied at Carnival of Mathematics blog, and there have been quite a few visitors to this and the comic genesis site because of it. That might be the reason why some of the newer images are unavailable.

Update 2: Things seem to be back to normal ... except my banner is missing. I'm working on it.

Roman Elite Guard

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(C)Copyright 2008, C. Burke. All rights reserved.


The Romans were the original 1337.


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sunday Comic: Super-Stickman 36: The Purse Snatcher

Dateline: Stick-World!
It's a fine day in the city. That is, until is ruined by a random purse snatching. But even as the light of justice swoops down from above, what is lurking in the shadows?

Go to the comic and follow the exciting story!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Fantasy Island

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Calling it "Imaginary i-land" would have been as redundant as having an assistant named "Two-too".

And so we have also lost Ricardo Montalbán, who will be forever known to those of a certain age as the enigmatic Mr. Roarke as well as the subject of the cheesiest line ever uttered by William Shatner, "Khaaaaaaan!!!"

And, no, I don't know why today I decided to use only shades of gray.



Thursday, January 15, 2009

Be Seeing You

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R. I. P. Patrick McGoohan, Number Six (1928-2009)

It was a strange co-incidence that I sent everyone packing yesterday.
Somehow, that strangeness seems a little bit fitting.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

R. I. P. Patrick McGoohan (1928-2009)

Here's a link to a story on the passing of actor Patrick McGoohan, known most notably for the short-run program, The Prisoner.


I used the "Number Six" joke a long time back (last April), and I've continued to use No. 2 as a recurring character -- even though, in the show, most of the Number 2s didn't get a chance to recur.

I almost wish I'd used Six in this cartoon. Ironically, today's episode (below) shows them closing up shop.

Trivia: Number Six was born March 19, 1928. McGoohan used his own birthday for the character as a way to show it was his character and not a continuation of "Secret Agent".

Almost That Time

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Yes, it's almost tax time again.

Oh, c'mon! I had to make at least one W-2 joke before they left!



Monday, January 12, 2009

How Cold Is It?

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Yeah, that's cold.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Comic: Super-Stick-Man Meets His Match

Dateline: Stick-World!
The final showdown between Super-Stick-Man and the firey, fiendish arsonist? Who is this terrible torch. His identity is revealed!
Go to the comic and follow the exciting story!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Now Viewable in All 50 States!

Okay, so this blog was always viewable in all 50 states, but according to Google Analytics, referring to the United States, This country/territory sent 1,301 visits via 52 regions in the past 30 days.

That includes the District of Columbia and some unknown, unnamed region that sent two visitors. Nice to be popular.

Outliers and Outright Liars

Just to demonstrate how statistics can lie or, at least, disguise the actual numbers, take a look at the hit counts for the Comic Genesis page.

Take a look at the Average Daily Visits and the Average Daily Hits for the last few months:

MonthVisitsHits
Sep 2008951297
Oct 2008881243
Nov 200879878
Dec 20082593411

Hey! I suddenly got popular! People are showing up in droves every day!
Not quite.

Here's the daily breakdown:


On Dec. 16, I had 3,464 visitors, who made 52,121 hits on my pages, mostly due to a one-day link in the News section of Irregular Webcomic, after the pseudo-crossover. Sadly, the large majority of them didn't come back. I could figure out what my average would be excluding that one day, but I'm afraid to.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Sammy Davis, Jr., Mathematician

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And I didn't make a pun about the groovy lemon pi!


Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Full and Complete Stop

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Standing in the middle of the intersection, shouting "Halt! in the name of the Theorem!" probably wouldn't work so well.

Maybe change the sign from "STOP" to "GO". That'll confuse drivers so much that they'll have to stop and think about it.



Tuesday, January 06, 2009

One Thing Worse Than . . .

Today we start a new feature here at (x, why?) called One Thing Worse Than . . . because it is better to take out our frustrations with our keyboards on the Internet than to use a baseball bat on an object such as a vending machine or a skull.

There are many of life's little annoyances that can be tolerated to some degree, but every so often something happens that's just a little worse, something that takes the situation just a little more out of your control.

Feel free to guess which of these happened this morning, and feel free to join in with your own as well.

You know what's one thing worse than having a vending machine repeatedly spitting out your dollar?
Standing behind a guy whose dollar is being repeatedly spit out by the machine.

You know what's one thing worse than being stuck behind a garbage truck?
Being stuck behind a guy who has plenty of room to pass that garbage truck but just won't do it.

Okay, I feel a little better.
Back to the cartoons tomorrow.

Monday, January 05, 2009

In Trouble

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And guess what? He's having more fun ... than if he'd seen some chick flick last night.

na na na na, na na na, I'll shut the radio off.



Sunday, January 04, 2009

Sunday Comic: Super-Stickman 34 -- Something Completely Different

Dateline: Stick-World!
An arsonist is on the loose and Our Hero is searching the city for signs of this sulfurous scoundrel when he meets a mirthful, madcap merrymaker. Could he hold the key to extinguishing this torch?

Go to the comic and follow the exciting story!

Friday, January 02, 2009

The Architects

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There's a book about these two that starts: "I. M. Pi. Pi am I. I build things that scrape the sky."

For those who don't do crossword puzzles and don't know much about architects in general, you might want to check out some information about I. M. Pei.

By the way, that isn't a "P", that's a "rho", named Karl.