It's always the same old story, a case of x or y... And I'm shocked -- SHOCKED! -- to find math in this comic!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
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:
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
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!)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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
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
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I was happy to be included. 8-)
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
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
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
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
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
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).