Thursday, December 30, 2010

Snow Days

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This comic is a couple days late because I was out shoveling snow. And then resting my back and sore muscles.

Ironically(*), this one occurred to me back in the beginning of the summer. I made a note to remember it. I didn't need the note as it turns out because I wound up living it.


(*) - Ever notice how people overuse "ironically" when they really mean "co-incidentally"? Who am I to go against the popular tide?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Graph 2010

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For full credit, you need to label the lines and put a big 'S' ornament in the center. Or buy me lots of presents.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Troll

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Fa la la la la, la la la la!

Carol dates back to a Bard's Tale rip-off I developed as a side project back in the mid-80s on my office's mainframe. It was written in a couple thousand lines of COBOL. Of course, those images were ASCII graphics.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bases

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It was supposed to just be the Christmas specials, but I couldn't pass up the other ones.
The images were found around the web.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Once Upon a Time, There was a Card Game named Guardians...

Back in the mid-90s, there was a glut of collectible card games, also called trading card games. Many were quickly-produced, jump-on-the-bandwagon, make-a-quick-buck games, which tried to cash in on the success of Magic: the Gathering.

One game that was better than all that was FPG's Guardians. It was fun to plan, had great artwork and simple rules. And it didn't take itself too seriously. Sadly, I discovered this game right about the time the company decided to discontinue it.

That didn't bother me much, because there was a fan base on usenet and a handful of webpages. In fact, at one point, I had risen in the ranks of geekdom to have been the go-to guy for information if you couldn't find a representative from FPG. (Paging Dave Gentzler! Paging Dave Gentzler!) Folks said that if you stopped by my webpage, you might learn a thing or two. (I'd point you to the webpage, but I really need to take it down as I haven't used that account in many, many years even though I'm still paying for it. But I digress...)

When I posted on usenet, and later on a mailing list, I used to add what I called ".sig cards", homebrew card ideas which might've been serious or silly or possibly related to whatever I was posting. (As an aside, the idea to try to have different funny signatures came from following a Master, the late John M. Ford. If only I could be that good!)

I have recently discovered (as in a half-hour ago) that there is a Guardians blog (which I knew about) which has been taking my ideas and creating cards out of them using artwork from some of the original contributors of the game. He specifically took my cards and wanted to make a set out of them. In fact, he started this past May and just finished, and I discovered it accidentally while looking for something else.

Okay, now this doesn't have much to do with math, other than stuff about Probability and Statistics and Game Theory and the fact that Magic was created by a mathematician, but it's something I'm proud of, and I would like to share it with as many people as I can.

And it's frikkin' cool.

My .sig cards, as imagined by Jackalware.




Monday, December 13, 2010

NPR

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And NCR stands for National Cash Register, which is good when you order a Combo meal.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

But Wait! There's More!

Everyone who found this blog because StumbleUpon sent you to this comic, also entitled But Wait, There's More!, look around. There are other hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

In the meantime, thanks for the 4,000 hits over the past two days, which is roughly 20-40 times my normal traffic!

Friday, December 10, 2010

State Capitals

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Juneau, you can look it up online?

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

A Late Leslie Nielsen Comic

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Your mind tricks won't work on Leslie Nielsen.
And, technically, it's a late Late Leslie Nielsen comic,

which references this comic.


Monday, December 06, 2010

Math & Technology

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I know people like this.
Sometimes I *am* people like this.
I can only imagine what poor Michele is thinking caught in the middle there.


Friday, December 03, 2010

Student Excuse Functions

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But you didn't.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Saddest Function

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Coming Soon: the Top Excuse Functions for Students!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Applying the Fundamentals

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It's always the same old story, a case of x or y... And I'm shocked -- SHOCKED! -- to find math in this comic!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Numerical Turn of Phrase

I enjoy numbers, and I enjoy reading even though I don't always enjoy reading about numbers because it can get very tedious. Nevertheless, occasionally someone puts chocolate in my peanut butter (or gets peanut butter on my chocolate), and you get something like this:

"Samia of Fife was five feet tall, exactly, and all sixty inches of her were in a state of quivering exasperation. She weighed one and a half pounds per inch and, at the moment, each of her ninety pounds represented sixteen ounces of solid anger."

I just enjoyed that line and thought it a great way to open a chapter and introduce a character. And two things occurred to me only as I type it: even though it's science fiction, the measurements are not in metric, and the weight of 90 pounds is given without any consideration for actual gravity of the planet. What would the Galactic Empire think?

Unfortunately, I was left scratching my head by a phrase used two pages later:

"... made her an object of mild derision to people who were accustomed to thinking of the aristocratic Ladies of Sark as devoted entirely to the glitter of polite society and, eventually, acting as incubators for at least, but no more than, two future Squires of Sark."


Now, since "at least" means no less than, what this sentence is saying is that ever "Lady" is expected to have no less than nor no more than two children. In other words, two children. Now, I'd want to call this guy some kind of hack, but since it was Isaac Asimov, most would likely disagree with me.

So, okay, so maybe "hack" is too strong, but it was still a weird way to say "two and only two", or simply "exactly two".

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Four-Color Theorem

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According to the Four-Color Theorem, four crayons should be enough to color in any turkey.

This year, I'm thanking for places like Raising Our Kids for having pictures of turkeys to color in because I didn't have the time nor patience to make my own. For that matter, I didn't have the patience to color in a turkey that had 2 or 3 times the number of sections. (And let's not even get into the grayscale pixelation issues!)

Happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Additions

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The last of the original sketches from the year before I started the comic. It was on the back of an index card and slightly faded, so it didn't scan too well, but you get the idea.

Monday, November 22, 2010

It's About Time

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B.C. or not B.C, that is the question ...

You know why there is no metric time? Because they tried it and everyone thought it was stupid.
A cm is not the same as an inch, a meter is not a yard, a liter is not a quart, so "BCE" should not be the same as "B.C."

If they need a new calendar with a different start date, might I suggest "After Ford"?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Try, Try Again

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Yes, it should be "Seven of Thirteen", but any geek would rather have "Seven of Nine".

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

On the Run

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They should catch it. It's a relatively slow bus.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Frigg's Day

Friday is "Frigg's Day" name for Frigg, the Norse Goddess of Foreknowledge.

This explains why when I walked into a classroom today which had gone bezerk and hollered, "What's friggin' goin' on?", I already knew the answer even before I asked.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mouse Troubles

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The farmer's wife and his grandfather clock -- oh, the murinity!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Minus X? Why?

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I hope branching out into a new quadrant doesn't reflect poorly on the comic.

This bonus comic brought to you courtesy of "Supplyman" and "SpikedMath".
Yes, my own stuff is coming...


Monday, November 08, 2010

Transcendental Addition

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Some numbers transcend ordinary mathematics the way a good pie transcends ordinary desserts.

Oddly enough, it isn't known whether the sum of pi and e is transcendental.

Evenly enough, this comic was suggested from a comment made on a recent Spiked Math comic.


Sunday, November 07, 2010

Daylight Savings

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And the funny thing isn't that I get to go back to "EST", but that everyone I know uses the abbreviation "EST" all year long even when "EDT" would be correct (for those in the Eastern Time Zone).

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween! / Merry Christmas!

Yes, it's a Merry Christmas! for all mathematicians because, as everybody knows:

31 OCT = 25 DEC


Okay, lame joke, which has been told a million times, which is why I didn't put it in a cartoon.

No Halloween comic this year because Real Life caused me to be away. Oops. Be back to a semi-regular schedule soon.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

R's Cube

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Not to imply that grading standards, while somewhat adjustable, are totally interchangable just by rotating your position 90 degrees ...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Benoit Mandelbrot

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This conversation, more or less, occurred in the Teacher Center a few days ago.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Happy Birthday!

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Happy Third Birthday to (x, why?)!

When I was writing this up, I remembered that in the opening of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (maybe that should be 4um??), Psuedolus holds up the masks of Comedy and Tragedy -- except that both
are Comedy, so he turns one upside-down and ...

Oh, great! Now I have "Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone ..." running through my head!


Friday, October 22, 2010

Third Anniversary This Sunday

The blog itself might be a little bit older, but this Sunday, October 24, 2010, marks three years since I first posted the Co-medians strip, which started something that I never expected to last as long as it has. So far, 528 strips had been posted, which is an average of 176 per year. An average of a little less than one strip every two days. Not bad when I'm shooting for three times per week (more or less).

Barring any unforeseen problems in the next couple of days, there will be something posted on Sunday.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

What You Gonna Do?

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I spent a lot of time on the dialgoue. And then realized it worked better without any.
Same with the bonus text.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Chekhov's Gun

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Must be the radiation.

EDIT: FYI: The variation in spelling was to prevent giving away part of the joke in the title.