Monday, 28 November 2016

S8.280 - Other Whys

Today’s punch line courtesy Josh Fitzgerald’s vote for ArcTan. Josh also pointed out ArcTan has two horizontal asymptotes, and sends a compact interval to the whole real line. Justin Brown noted e^x makes differentiation easier. Hope Gerson said the logistic function was cool because it goes up quickly then evens out at the top. And Chris McCord liked that reciprocal was it’s own inverse.

Thanks to EVERYONE who voted - and especially to the 8 people who read last week's comic. Sine’s full reaction is next week.


MAUD: It’s decided. Sine is our president.
(QSine looks shocked)
VERSINE: With my help!
(Poll: Parabola 42%, Sine 45%, Versine 7%, Other 6%)
VERSINE: If my 7% had gone to Para, she could have won the majority instead! Thank me!
MAUD: Don’t forget the write-ins. We had reciprocal, logistic, e^x, arctan...
(background, Expona and Rhys High-5)
ARCTAN: My policies would have been so integral. So rational.
QARCTAN: Except it’s our derivative that’s rational...

Monday, 21 November 2016

S8.279 - Quotable Votes

Para is quoting Spock from "Star Trek: TNG". Sine is quoting Jedi from "Star Wars". Versine went for "Battlestar Galactica" followed by "Babylon 5". I've actually been waiting on a BSG reference since news of the film reboot.
Want to affect the storyline? You can Twitter Vote for the candidates, or comment below! (Their previous debate was here.)


??: Final speeches.
PARA: The union of i-Tans and Q-Tans will not be achieved by politics. But it will be achieved. And I must help.
QSINE: Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. It’s only different in our minds - we must unlearn what we have learned.
VERSINE: They evolved. They rebelled. There are many copies. And they have a plan. Vote for me.
MAUD: Versine, your opponents aren’t Cylons...
VERSINE: I am your last, best hope for peace.

Monday, 14 November 2016

S8.278 - Pretty Cured

Don’t underestimate the power of hurt feelings.
I realized we never checked back in with Sigma after QT’s Unification, so here’s what they’ve been up to. If you came here expecting Cured Meats, have this link. If you came here expecting Pretty Cure, have some transformations.


SIGMA: Barrier Jacket! Mean Median Mode!
(Hyper/Sigma fires beam at ParaB) ZAP!
QT: Still no good. I don’t think we’ll get ParaB cured in time for the vote.
HYPER/SIGMA: I dunno. A bit more smoking and she might be “cured”.
PARAB: I will hurt you...
HYPER/SIGMA: You’re still insubstantial.
PARAB: I will hurt your feelings...

Monday, 7 November 2016

S8.277 - Election Subjection

According to my research, the subjective (or nominative) case means the noun is the subject of the verb, as in “I hate”. Meanwhile surjective means what Maud said. And alert readers may recall the old serial played around with Jectives before, back in Entry 123.

Coincidentally, there is a bi-election coming up in my riding soon. There’s also that thing happening down in the United States tomorrow.


QRADIK: Any election news?
MAUD: Expona dropped out, throwing support to Para...
MAUD: QLyn dropped out, throwing support to QSine, and Rhys dropped out, his supporters choosing Versine. So it's a choice of those three.
QRADIK: And it’s all subjective.
MAUD: No, surjective. Each final candidate was mapped onto by at least one other.
MAUD: Or had you meant the subjective case for nouns?
QRADIK: I just hate this election.

Monday, 31 October 2016

S8.276 - Hallo Scene

I have spent the last several months working on edits to Time & Tied Book 4. That’s now done, and my NaNoWriMo plan involves personified math - so time for another run here? Yes? No?

QEXPONA: I’m a zombie. That's scary because of exponential growth.
QELLY: I’m a ghost. That's scary because they may be out of focus.
QSINE: I’m a vampire. That's scary because they transcend dental work.
QPARA: I’m a parabola.
(All stare at QPARA)
QPARA: Which is not scary! It's not! Please give me a hug? (QSine pats her shoulder)

Monday, 8 August 2016

S8.275 - A Tension

Yes, the Exponas are slightly different. And that’s entry 275. Comic #53. #54 if you count Strip 0, #55 if you count Tangent Pants. Every Monday without fail for a year while full time teaching.

And there’s been no activity on the blog for the last third of that (since March with WODB), my FB posts reaching about 10 people. I’m going crazy talking to myself. So I’m going to put more effort into parody videos and my time travel serial. From this point on, updates will be sporadic. Thanks for reading!


QEXPONA: Why are you running against Para? You’re splitting your own votes.
EXPONA: I’m tired of parabolas getting all the attention! Aren’t you?
QEXPONA: Those with the most visibility also get the most hate. That can’t be easy. I befriended my Para for mutual support.
QEXPONA: Besides, mathematics isn’t a competition for attention.
EXPONA: Without attention, I go crazy talking to myself!
QEXPONA: Ha ha, very meta.

Monday, 1 August 2016

S8.274 - The Rein In Splain

I was recently reminded of Math Misery’s post about “Annoying Function Notation”, which itself reminded me of something I saw on Twitter some time ago. I’m sure I’m guilty of trying to explain things when it’s totally uncalled for. Like the jokes.


QELLY: I’m not sure who to vote for. I thought more inverses would run.
RADIK: Well both Lyn and Rhys are self-inverses.
RADIK: Rhys even has similar notation to inverses, being x^-1. And thus his result varies inversely with the x-values input.
QELLY: ...
RADIK: Inverses are also gender opposite. Sounds like you should choose Rhys, the only male running, on account of those qualities.
QELLY: If I’d wanted you to mathsplain, I’d have said so!
RADIK: I believe the point is I do it without being asked.