Monday, 14 August 2017

S9.316 - L'Attitude


There’s 360 degrees of longitude running east-west (180 each direction, with the prime meridian), but only 180 degrees of latitude running north-south (90 up and down plus the equator). The fact that her stripes are N-S yet horizontal tends to mix me up, am I the only one? (It doesn't help that I confuse east-west.)

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LATTI: Hello! Need a tour guide?
HYPER: Does everyone in geography wear stripes?
LONGU: No, it’s a longitude and latitude thing.
LATTI: Call me Latti!
LONGU: Did your group want anything specific?
QLOGAN: We’re from math. We seek Ana Lemma.
(Longu & Latti react)
LONGU: I’ll take them.
LATTI: No, you’d bring them full circle. Latitude only has range 180.

Monday, 7 August 2017

S9.315 - Pan-Pan Door Aha



“Pan-Pan” is an international urgency signal, not as bad as a “Mayday” because there’s no immediate danger. (It’s from the French, “en panne” or “broken down”. “Mayday” is also from the French, “M’Aider”.)

Meanwhile, “Pandora” is not necessarily spoken with a stutter. Do people read the titles? Also, "pangea" is the name for the original land mass before the continents drifted.

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COUNT VON BEAT: Hey Longu, some folks want geography. Who’s that again?
LONGU: Me. I’ll handle it.
(Math characters are gathered)
LONGU: Welcome to A geography. We're not Hetalia.
QCOSEC: Let’s start investigating then.
LONGU: Five can enter. If you state the password. Here’s your hint. (holds frying pan)
PARA: Pan? Gee, ahh...
LONGU: Pangea is correct, pass.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

S9.314 - Who's the Bos?



Analogies can be interesting, if imperfect. I know MTBoS doesn't have a president (its power and its pitfall), but my comic does, after the 2016 Twitter vote (that most didn't connect to this blog).

For my two regular readers who don't know the connection, this video by Jason Slowbe from last week clarifies that's not a typo in the title. For my two regular readers who know the connection, better believe I revised this dialogue many times, hope it's taken in the right spirit. I think that's everyone out there?
Oh, for anyone discovering my secret club for the first time, the hairstyles are the graphs (that's the whole point) and also check out Jason's video if you haven't already.

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QUINN: As part of our math tourism plot, let's change the comic name. How do you pronounce ~Qs? Not Cues? Q Bars? Bah.
(QPARA reads TMC clipboard.)
QUINN: I bet even math people don't get the irrational pun! We're like some secret club here.
QPARA: People are welcome to join us here, or not... we do try.
QUINN: Except our whole point is to be maths inclusive. And funny.
QPARA: One personification cannot decide for our whole comic.
QUINN: I'm fixing community issues. I have DATA backing me up. I'll change, you don't need to join me.
QPARA: Um, we're in the SAME COMIC.
QUINN: So who chooses our name now, readers?
QSINE: I'm still the president.

Monday, 31 July 2017

S9.313 - Tan Lines



Less than 20 views on last week's stats video, eh? How about new 'tans, to go along with Tessie? The "tan" speaking in the last panel is naturally Tangent (aka Slope). If you're wondering why I'm calling them 'tans', well... you DO know about the Mascot-tan RPG, right? I think it's nice that XP-tan is still touring computer science despite being discontinued.

What might really blow your mind is the fact that Ella Mental is now a recurring character. (No? Nothing? Tough crowd.)

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HYPER + NIS: We seek Geography!
STAN ZAH: Seeking the unknown; You have found poetry here; I cannot help you.
PARA: Is this geography?
ELLA MENTAL: No, this is Ella’s Chemistry Cosplay. Nice bunny ears!
QLOGAN: Looking for... geo... graphy...
AYEL YEW: (holding flyer) XP-Tan’s giving a CompSci concert, wanna come??
SLOPE: I’m trying to find ice cream.
(COUNT VON BEAT stares at her)
RHYS: Slope, I’m sure there’s some on the ship.

Monday, 24 July 2017

S9.312b - We'll Want Stats

ParaB walked up to the President, who was sipping a glass of water in Maud's bar.

"QSine? Here's the thing," the conic parabola began. "We need you to sign an executive order, which will allow us to run a serial sequence off-panels."

The trigonometry woman looked up. "Like we do at Christmas?"

ParaB shook her head. "No, more. We want this sequence to be a Monday update, within the continuity of PREVIOUS and NEXT."

QSine frowned. "But why? And who's advocating for this?"


ParaB pointed back over towards a group of assembled math personifications. "A bunch of us. Because here's the thing, you know how, this past December, last year's Cubic Formula Song Parody had topped 100 views?"

QSine nodded, having another sip of water.

"It's nearly reached 700 now."

QSine spat her water out all over the table. "600 views in 6 months?! Our last Christmas song barely has 20 views for the same time period."

"And the Christmas song wasn't in a continuity of PREVIOUS and NEXT," ParaB said, crossing her arms. "So for the new Statistics video, which we've been planning over the last couple weeks, we want to draw more attention to it. I mean, when you think about it, Stats is even more important than Cubics. Plus it doesn't help that, with the whole Twitter Math Camp thing going on soon, it'll be easy for educators to miss this one."

QSine blotted the water as best as she could with some napkins. "What's the new video use?"

"It's the tune of a Savage Garden song, one which was also used in a recent anime. There's shout-outs. It'll be cool."

QSine looked back up. "Well, maybe. I don't think we can put it on the Index page for Series 9 though... you really think mere continuity will help?"

ParaB shrugged. "Given how this site still gets zero view days across close to 270 posts of material? We actually don't know. Which is kind of the point. Can't hurt, and gives us some data. Woo, data!"

QSine looked back over to the others who were watching them, then back to ParaB. She half smiled. "Can I be in this video too?"

ParaB smiled back. "For sure."

President QSine pulled out a pen. "Consider your approval granted, retroactively. You think people coming here will click on the video link? Or for that matter, will have even read this far?"

ParaB ran her palm down over her face. "Gawd I hope so."





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Monday, 17 July 2017

S9.312 - Over Board



"Lemmata" is an acceptable plural for "lemma" (which is like a mini-theorem). Hence, "Hakuna" (from Swahili, there is not) and "Lemma" (from Greek, something is assumed). Assume nothing!

With another shout-out to Tessie there, know that recently, pentagon tiling has solved a century old math problem. The other big math news this week: Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the Fields medal, died from cancer. Cancer sucks.

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PARA: We’ve found that publicity bulletin board Tessie mentioned.
NIS: Seems to be for elective courses.
QLOGAN: Hmm... tape our flyer up anyway.
 (Flyer: Come to Math for Equality!)
HYPER: Hey...
HYPER: ...someone trying to get our attention here?
 (Flyer Piece: Geography. Home of AnaLEMMA. Hint, hint.)
PARA: What are they trying to prove?
QLOGAN: Hakuna lemmata?

Monday, 10 July 2017

S9.311 - Hear We Go



Cubic splines are a real thing for curve approximations. Maybe you’ve seen them mentioned in drawing programs (for interpolation)? Here’s a quick overview video. (First minute’s a simple explanation, last two minutes involve actual calculations.)

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RHYS: QCubi, can you come up with a hearing aid for Signum? She mishears QLogan’s orders.
QCUBI: Dammit Rhys, I do splines, not spines! Why does QLogan think I can be a medic? Just because QT did it?
RHYS: (thinks) Maybe since you’re as testy as ArcTan?
QCUBI: Anyway, Signum’s only here to point us back to Maud. What’s QLogan ordered her to do? Bring him tea?
RHYS: No. *sigh* That’s my job.
SLOPE: Tea? Come on, where’s the ice cream on this ship? I came along to relax.