Just try telling someone in the morning that your head hurts because you walked into a bar.
Another "Oops" on my part. Part of the problem comes from not being able to load pictures onto Google's website at work. I can't use geocities anymore -- it's going away soon, and I prefer Google to Flickr for these cartoons.
If you read Spiked Math, you might have had the feeling of deja vu this past week. That's because Mike, the artist at Spiked Math, was inspired by the Circle in the Square comic, and created a response of his own.
It's nice to know that I'm inspiring someone, even if he isn't one of my students.
Okay, not everyone. And being critical isn't necessarily a bad thing. Besides, it means at the very least that I got noticed by someone.
Looking at my statistics for the xwhy page for the past couple of days, I noticed a couple of unusual entries. First, there was MathFail.com, which I believe I punctuated correctly. There were only a few visitors, but they averaged 14 pages per visit.
I'll put aside for a moment my feelings for the use of the word "Fail" as a name, exclamation or expletive, even though that is as much Internet culture as calling a web log a "blog". This site is a blog with math jokes and other related links. Although I didn't make it onto the list of Favorite Math Blogs (and I can't argue with the choices because I read several of those myself), but I did make it onto the Top 10 list of geeky math comics / webcomics, with the following comment:
5. (x, why?) - A funny webcomic, and has over 350 comics published to date. The mot recent ones are kind of meh.
I don't mind the comment, actually. That's feedback. I like feedback. And I'll be the first to admit that as much as I like the current series of strips, even I didn't envision it going on for as long as it has. It will be taking a break before it runs its course so I can rework the conclusion.
The bigger spike came from Slashdot.org, which sent a couple dozen hits. Unfortunately, most didn't hang around long and none have come back so far today.
It took a while to track this one down for two reasons: first, because I linked to slashdot article about Mersenne primes, and second, because there is a poster there named Chris Burke, who isn't me.
In the end, it turned out that the MathFail.com post was crossposted where more people clicked on it. Mystery explained.
Mr. Burke is a high school math teacher in New York as well as a part-time writer, and a fan of science-fiction/fantasy books and films.
He started making his own math webcomic totally by accident as a way of amusing his students and trying to make them think just a little bit more.
Unless otherwise stated, all math cartoons and other images on this webpage are the creation and property of Mr. Chris Burke and cannot be reused without permission.