Thursday, December 29, 2011

Probably off-line for a few days

A family situation. Not a creative time and not feeling particularly funny right now.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

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Wishing you exponential joy this holiday season.

Merry Christmas!
and Merry=2^xmas



Friday, December 23, 2011

Marley Was Dead ...

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Read the original story. You'll be amazed at the stuff that's either left out or altered.

I'd love to see John Cleese do a "Dead Marley" sketch.



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Stars

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Stars R Ours

This one was a little late because I redid the original version.
Originally, I had the regular polygons included along with all the diagonals, which formed all the stars.
At the last moment, I realized that Little Miss Tree was asking for a pentagram, which wasn't really the mood I was shooting for. Back to the drawing board.

And for once, I can actually use that expression in almost the way it was originally intended.



Monday, December 19, 2011

Venite

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This is what Bing Crosby was singing, wasn't it?

I was going to name him "Benito", making him Italian, and a paesan of Dominic the Donkey, but I thought something might've been lost in translation.



Saturday, December 17, 2011

Figgy

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Whether I want some or not, I won't go until my designated driver gets some.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tis the Season

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Counting down the days.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Trapezoid

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The rule of the Trapezoids swept over the domain like a wave.


Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Chocolate

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My comfort zone for comfort food is a balancing act along a trend line, looking for rich chocolate for the not-so-rich consumer.


Friday, December 02, 2011

Talking Too Much

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This is similar to an older one, but the difference here is that this one happened, except it was more "not a logical fallacy".

But, seriously, anyone who gives people permission to tell him to shut up should realize that those around him will most likely feel free to do so even without his permission.



Thursday, December 01, 2011

Third Millennium Mathematics

Well, I know where I'm going to be spending some upcoming spare time ...

Third Millennium Mathematics

And then maybe I'll "Go to Mesopotamian Mathematics".

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Extra Credit: Mathy Thanksgiving

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Some of the kids had fun and some of the kids just scribbled on the paper for points. I was happy at those who did the work -- even though it was 'Make-Up' Day and they were supposed to be finishing undone assignments.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Logic

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Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you weren't expecting a pumpkin pi joke or something.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Coffee for a Saturday Morning

I've been a little under the weather this week, so fewer updates (sorry).
So here's a bonus comic. The link was posted by Anonymous on the thread back in September when that thread seemed to get a popularity boost.

I've chosen to be sincerely flattered by the imitation, particularly because all my marks are still included. It makes for a good explanation of the first comic were it introduced in a math class.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Middle of the Road

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One of those things ... maybe more than one ...


Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day 2011

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He exaggerates with the grandkids. It was really Rommel.

Good thing he'd been raising those dinosaurs since he was a wee lad himself. Actually, that's a story we used to tell him.... and, occasionally, still do.




Monday, November 07, 2011

Probability Question: Monday

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The only good thing about Mondays is that many students hate them more than I do. I still show up.

For the decimal expansion of this answer, please recall the Remainder of 7 wheel.



Saturday, November 05, 2011

A Couple of Shoutouts

Every now and then I check the traffic to my two websites. The numbers are nice to know, but even nicer is where people are coming here from. Just curious, really.

And curiosity gets the better of me when I see a domain name that's unfamiliar. Yeah, I have to check it out. Usually, it's nothing more than a mention in the blog roll that someone clicked on, probably the blog's owner. I use my own blog roll as a set of bookmarks, and I can't be the only one.

However, sometimes I get a real mention, in an actual post, and that (usually) makes me happy. (Okay, so bad reviews can sting, even in no-name blogs.)

Two recent ones, which I'd like to give a shout-out to:

Yan Jiang's Blog Site calls (x, why?) "Math without tears", and singles out the Coffee Logic post, along with its Spiked Math variant. Yan Jiang is an academic staff member at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. So my modest, humble little side project is making people happy all around the world. Yes, that makes me happy, which, I guess, means no tears.

The second recent mention was in Tech @ BB&N, the blog of Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School. A recent entry (actually from July, but I'm still getting pings) spoke about the use of technology in the classroom, mentioning iPads and webcomics. While they primarily mention Brown Sharpie, there's a list of other math and science webcomics. The review: (a math comic - tends toward puns)

Can't dispute that. And I'm happy to be mentioned in the company of xkcd, Peebles Lab and (again) Spiked Math.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Batteries

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Not currently a problem, but when the zombie apocalypse comes, do you think that these won't be included?



Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween 2011

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Sounds totally logical, so he should wear blue.

Except that he isn't 100% correct. In fact, in Mike's first appearance, he wore a blue shirt. I was determined not to have my characters wear the same thing all the time, so the second appearance, he wore a yellow shirt.

And it ended right about there.



Friday, October 28, 2011

Tragic

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In this area, you encounter many accents which will make this joke work as well as a lot of outdated linoleum.



Thursday, October 27, 2011

Irregular Webcomic Guest Comic

David Morgan-Mar, creator of Irregular Webcomic asked me to contribute a strip to his Guest Week of strips, which is now in its second week. My strip appeared yesterday.

It's my first Lego bricks strip that I photographed myself, rather than adapting David's previous work. (Look up some to the strips with the Teacher Center tag.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Chai Tea

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1/2 a tea squared. That's my position, and I'm sticking to it.

Inspired by some of the comments on the Coffee Logic thread, and those over on the Language Log blog.



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

HAPPY FOURTH BIRTHDAY!! (A Day Late!)

I did plan to put it on my calendar, so I wouldn't forget.

But I didn't, so I did. Oopsie.
It's probably just because it seems so hard to believe that it's been four years since I published that first comic on this blog.

The blog itself is older as it was originally intended for my students, a few of whom actually viewed it and left comments. And then I decided to take the plunge into posting some poorly drawn MS Paint pictures with words attached. I figured I could come up with a few jokes and pass a couple of months. But 600 comics? And four years? That's a Leap Birthday!

New comic tomorrow.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Side-Side-Side

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Everything shines, How sweet!
Parallel lines Who -- wait, what now???



Wednesday, October 19, 2011

BASE Jump

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Remember, kids, don't try this at home!
Well, I guess you really can't try this at home
unless you live in a really tall building
or have a cliff in your backyard . . .



Monday, October 17, 2011

Sandwich

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She gave me a chance! She gave me a sign!


EDIT: Yes, it's an unauthorized follow-up to this xkcd comic, set to the sounds of the 80s.

Another EDIT: Apparently, it's also an unauthorized follow-up to this (x, why?) comic, which I'd totally forgotten about. (Pretty sad when I forget my own comics.)


Friday, October 14, 2011

Fridays

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Do you know one person who you have to constantly tell, You know what I meant.
Only one?

It was a short week, and I was still ready for Friday early.




Monday, October 10, 2011

Coffee Logic, Part 2

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And there's probably a .9375 probability that someone will be offended by the phrase my girl.

Follow-up to Coffee Logic, which has been getting a bunch of hits and comments lately, which in turn inspired this and another forthcoming comic.




Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The Funniest Joke in Grad School

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(*) I didn't say it was a Math joke. 

 

Friday, September 30, 2011

On the Edges

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Sometimes I like to get a little edgy.


EDIT: Another mathematical take on the same song is here:https://sites.google.com/site/taylorspolynomials/specials/003-parasingsedgesareglorious.

The site is Taylor's Polynomials, written by a math teacher who likes anime. How could I NOT plug that??