Monday, 23 January 2017

S8.288 - Bio-Technicality

New hairstyle! Thoughts?
For other reading, I recently participated in an interview on Alastair Luft's website; he's interviewed a number of other writers. I also wrote a short story for post #300 on my personal site - there's a magic bunny (sort of)!


QT?: First I turned into a cubic, now I’m quadratic.
QSINE: So this virus is biological.
QT?: Except my i-Pad shocked me before I changed. Each time.
QSINE: So this virus is technological?
QT?: Can’t it be both? Aren’t we both?
(ZAP in background on QArcSin)
QARCSIN?: I feel weird.
QT?: Shut down technology already!

Monday, 16 January 2017

S8.287 - Dressing Down

Thanks to John and Scott for comments last week, giving me a direction. If I do this right, you may think I planned it this way.


QT?: Emergency! Sine needs to shut down all technology, fast.
ARCSIN: Sine’s talking to cabinet. What’s this about?
QT?: A virus has spread from the election database.
ARCSIN: You don’t have database access. Who told you this?
QT?: I have access. I’m a parent function.
ARCSIN: You look like 12x^2 to me.
QT?: I’m QT. I’m Quartic!
ARCSIN: Your choice of cosplay isn’t my concern.
QT?: Will you just call Sine before things get any worse?

Monday, 9 January 2017

S8.286 - Re: Cycling

Where do I go now? What might people read? Anyone?? I considered personifications for death, time and love, only to learn the movie "Collateral Beauty" already did them. Incidentally, the banner for the new year is now up on the Facebook page.

Content-wise, "linear space" (vector space) includes normal Euclidean space, like from school. "Topological space" includes metric space, where elements are subsets, and I haven't wrapped my head around it - feel free to enlighten me. Alternatively, see TV Tropes for concepts that get Recycled IN SPACE.


QSINE: Okay, cabinet. My plan is to investigate other subjects.
PARA: We did that in series 4. It failed.
VERSINE: Let’s cover archaic trig, like me!
EXPONA: Series 3. No one cared.
QHYPER: Step Functions?
PARA: Late Series 4.
QHYPER: Fractals?
PARA: Series 5 onwards.
QHYPER: Statistics? Pop Culture? Homosexuality? Breaking the fourth wall?
PARA: Series 6 was all over the place.
QSINE: Fine! How about space, have we tried personifications in space?
GAMMA: Linear space or topological space?

Monday, 2 January 2017

S8.285 - Secretive Service

Pronunciation makes all the difference there. Welcome to 2017! I remembered to update the (c) year.


QSINE: You wanted to talk?
QLYN: Versine is merely 1-Minus-Cos. Why not make Cosine the minister instead?
SFX: Fwoosh!
(Sine shifts into Cos form)
QCOS: Conflict of interest.
QLYN: Heck of a secret. Why tell me?
QCOS: You’re my new minister of defence.
QLYN: What if I take offence?

Monday, 26 December 2016

S8.284 - The Cookie Crumbles

QSine is keeping a campaign promise. Incidentally, there was a holiday special on Dec 24, if you missed it. Or check out the “Do We Have a Square Here?” video directly. Funny enough, the comic (x, why?) used the same song for their 2016 Christmas Day parody.


(SIGN: Versine HQ. Free cookies.)
VERSINE: I don’t recognize QSine as president! We are going to protest until our voices are heard!
QARCSIN: QSine wants you to be minister of Public Services.
(Silent Beat Panel)
VERSINE: She’s ruined a perfectly good movement by listening.
QQUINN: Do we still get the free cookies?

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Holiday Singalong 2016

“Madam President,” chorused both QT and Hyper, coming to attention as QSine entered their lab.

“At ease,” QSine said, gesturing uncomfortably. “I’m not a Transcendental Pi-Type Being.”

“I noticed,” Hyper remarked. “Seeing as we’re not four panelling today. Are we a serial again?”

“No. We’re a webcomic with curiosities,” QSine said. “The thing is, last summer’s ‘Cubic Formula Song’ just reached over 100 views on YouTube. To build on that, I’ve heard you do a traditional holiday singalong parody at Christmas.”

“Build on? Ha! My holiday statistics special from last year has merely 36 views,” ParaB remarked, her incorporeal form floating in through the wall. “And after two years, Expona’s ‘Polar Plot’ is only nudging past 80.”

“Oh.” QSine tugged on the waistband of her holiday sweater. “Well, never mind then.”

“Except maybe it’s not about views,” QT broke in. “It’s about coming together. And it’s about mathematical tradition. I mean, we’ve been going for over five years now - why stop in year six?”

“Because we’d have to pull things together in under a week?” Hyper remarked.

“My mornings are free,” QT insisted. “And I maybe have an idea.” She shuffled through some pages on the lab desk and handed a sheet to QSine. “Here, pose while holding this.”

QSine took the sheet. “How, this way?”

QT smiled. “Sure! In fact, if you can get our counterparts together, I think we can have an annual special after all. Blending both personification groups. Okay?”

“I hope you know what you’re doing,” ParaB said.

“Why do we have to cut these things so damn close?” Hyper sighed.

QSine simply smiled. As she was the new personification president, it would be no trouble getting the other functions to participate.


Monday, 19 December 2016

S8.283 - My, Am I Vice

Yes, cabinet positions go to others who ran (or in ArcTan's case, for the write-in). Can anyone pinpoint good reasons for the choices? There was the "Bunny Ears Lawyer" gag from years ago.


QARCSIN: You still made Gamma foreign affairs minister?
QSINE: Spy or not, Gamma’s qualified.
QARCSIN: Expona for finance? Para for justice? Arctan for health? They’re not even in our Q-Continuum.
QSINE: We need that communication. The original ‘tans can keep us honest.
QARCSIN: Who will your Vice President be, Rhys?!
QSINE: No. You.
QARCSIN: Oh. I would be good at undoing your screwups.