I wonder how many people think that the abbreviation for Carbon Monoxide is "C.M." And I wonder how many of those people are in Marketing.
As for classroom technology, over the past 5 years, I've had three different web sites and two blogs. Neither the students nor their parents visit them. I've uploaded Powerpoint presentations, Flash videos, home video, and both audio and video podcasts. To my knowledge, my students haven't viewed them.
So I sit around making cartoons and wonder if any of my students will discover them. This particular cartoon was part of the IWC Remix Competition to reuse parts of old strips under the Creative Commons license. As such, this one strip is created under that license. (If you notice, my Copyright notice isn't there, and David Morgan-Mar's is there because I didn't alter any of the panels.)
It seems that they started taking hold of the Internet a week ago, and if not for the fact that the holiday has passed, they'd probably still be with us. What am I talking about?
The most prominent one on the web would have to be the one at xkcd, if only because he's got the largest following.
But over at the blog 360, there was a post on the same day showing you how to make your own pop-up Sierpinski Valentine card. As a bonus, there are photos taken with a dinosaur (a T-rex, not a raptor).
And then there's Extreme Cards and Papercrafting, which had a fractal pop-up valentine card and mentions Sierpinski's Triangle in the same post. (On top of that, it was posted a week earlier than the other two.)
Does three instances constitute a meme? It's hard to tell. A web search shows thousands of hits, but most are copies of the xkcd cartoon (did I mention Randall's popularity on the web?).
However, I was also able to track down one more. This was is a Java applet that draws the valentine while you watch: ColorAura Networks posted this with a copyright date of 2003. Well, if that started it, it was slow in spreading.
I was torn between adding an intersection pun or scouring Frank Sinatra lyrics. I'm sure I could have found something appropriate, but I kept having Strangers in the Night running through my head. That one doesn't quite work.
By the way, today is 02-09-2009. In case you cared. Nah, didn't think you did.
This cartoon, Calling Jenny, appeared about a year ago, on March 2, 2008.
And now an update: according to this MSNBC news story, the famous phone number is up for sale.
I read about this over the weekend, and thought it was a little bit humorous, but I had to wonder: who would pay a lot of money just to have a phone number that gets pranked 30 to 40 times a day?? (This estimate comes from the current owner.)
For that matter, what's the big deal? Tommy Tutone didn't specify any particular area code in New Jersey or elsewhere. Isn't this number available in every area code?
The number, along with the owner's business, is up for sale on eBay. He'd probably like it if I provided a link...
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.