Monday 27 June 2016

S8.269 - Separation Anxiety

There’s an article (in the New Yorker) about Andrew Hacker and James Tanton debating “eliminating mandatory high school math”. Combined with the recent Brexit vote, you get today’s comic.
Originally there might have been more individuals with Maud, but I started the sketching after 9pm last night.


MAUD: Versine, about your plan to build a wall around science...
VERSINE: New plan! Math will separate from the entire curriculum.
MAUD: That's... what?
VERSINE: We can’t have mathematics combining with computers or physical activity! We must keep our maths pure!
MAUD: That seems narrow minded and short sighted.
VERSINE: Expert opinions are irrelevant. Personal logic is everything. Public fear is paramount!
VERSINE: Besides, we’ll separate from statistics too, so we’ll never know if it was a bad idea.

Monday 20 June 2016

S8.268 - Listen to Meme

Expona’s dialogue made me think of He-Man. And I had a student present on memes this past week. Of course, the He-Man meme is old, the song by "4 Non Blondes" is actually called “What’s Up?”, and I’m trying to get up this great big hill of hope for views while grading so many papers before exams so send help?


PARA: What’s up?
EXPONA: Para, I’m running against you.
RHYS: Maybe I’ll run.
EXPONA: It’s not that I hate all the extra attention you get...
RHYS: Since there’s no guys yet.
EXPONA: Actually, it is! You’re such a square. Stuck at two. It’s time for non-blondes! Time for me!
RHYS: And I try... and I pray...
RHYS: Heyyeyaey, what’s going on?
EXPONA: I have the POWER!

Monday 13 June 2016

S8.267 - Out Line

I’m trying my best to be relevant, yet not offensive. Any feedback from the crickets? ... Okay then.


QPARA: The i-Tans have chosen Para as a candidate. Now, if we all rally behind QSine--
QLYN: I’m also running.
QHYPER: Um. No offence, but I don’t think anyone will go for a gender neutral president.
QLYN: What makes you say lines are gender neutral?
QHYPER: I... thought you were born that way. What with being a self-inverse.
QRADIK:Which bathroom do you use?
QLYN: I’m not a piece of qualitative data to be categorized!

Monday 6 June 2016

S8.266 - Quadratic Formula

Lyn’s standard form was first seen way back in #31: Standard Transmission. I was surprised lines didn’t do better.
No idea why most votes vanished on my Twitter poll. :( Here was the bizarre progression:

CUBI: So, which polynomial was voted most popular?
LYN: Obviously it's me. Lines are essential. I’m everywhere, I’m...
LYN: ...below Quinn?!
CUBI: At 41% for you, Para. You’re our candidate.
CUBI: Though why does it say ‘3 days left’?
PARA: (shrugs) Twitter broke. Several votes vanished.
(Lyn walking away in Standard Form)
QT: Are you okay? Your slope’s become undefined.
LYN: I can’t function right now.