Caption This: Running Like A Chicken Edition


As I promised my other blog, the serious one, talked more about comic strips with mathematical themes yesterday. At least it did if the automated posting worked right. I set that one and this to appear without my specific intervention because I think I’m going to be busy? I might be busy anyway.

I’d post an update with a later report of just how busy I was and when except I can’t figure that’s in fact interesting either. My point is, if I did have something posted there yesterday, it might be something interesting to you today.

And if it’s not then I’ll just go back to grabbing frames from Star Trek: The Next Generation, such as for instance this:

Data's disembodied head plugged in to one of the pull-down tray tables in Lower Engineering. From the episode 'Disaster'.
Shortly after this episode Data began reviewing music, if I may make a needlessly complicated Mystery Science Theater 3000 reference. Say what you will, but Next Generation had some great severed-talking-head effects.

“Counselor? Do you know when you might be able to resume my exploration of the idiom `would lose my head if it were not attached’ anytime soon? And in … I am not certain which corridor?”

Have something better? I’m not surprised. Give it a try.

Another Blog, Meanwhile Index

Traders lifted the Another Blog, Meanwhile by two points today after stretching carefully and bending at the knees before they realized the index was a lot hotter than they realized and nobody had brought any oven mitts.

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And Commander Data Tries Out Something Else Wrong


Data holds Riker by the chin in the famous 'smooth as an android's bottom' scene that always gets on the Top 100 Moments From The Last Two Star Trek: The Next Generation Movies lists.
Both characters hope if they’re very quiet then Star Trek: Insurrection will get bored and go away and they can be in a more interesting movie. Unluckily, they got Nemesis instead.

Riker: “No, this isn’t how wrist puppets work, Data.”

Statistics Saturday


The figures don’t lie, so, let me do another statistics post. Here, the good reasons for something versus the number of bad reasons:

Thing Good Reasons For Bad Reasons For
There Being 360 Degrees In A Circle 6 4
Discount Mattress Sales 5 3
Cement Repair Kits 12 9 [*]
Gerunds 3 8
Indoor Leagues 2 0
Needlessly Complicated Rock Operas 18 [*] 3
Parades 9 4
Ironic Dentistry 2 3
Search Engine Terms 4 2
Silicon Dioxide [*] 42 2.2
In-Jokes 2 6

[*] Not counting the obvious.

Oh, wait, by the Official WordPress Publication Date this is Sunday. Well, now I just look foolish.

A Few December 2013 Numbers


I really wanted to use this space to give a couple numbers about my readership for December 2013, but what with my living-ship for December 2013 I don’t have the chance to write that up so it’s actually correct, so, let me offer you this as a little placeholder while I try to catch up:

  • More than two-thirds of all numbers between 0 and 1 are greater than one-quarter.
  • According to the World Almanac and Book of Facts, in 1945 the United States produced what sure seems like a lot of both iron and steel.
  • No number, written in base ten, which ends in seven has ever been successfully sued for plagiarism in a United States civil court.
  • I read something like 25 comics through gocomics.com that can’t possibly exist because I have never encountered anyone else who has ever read them even when I’ve pointed out the links to them.

I’m sorry these aren’t very good numbers. It’s the best I can do right now.

What To Do With The Raw Data


These days pretty much everybody has raw data, as part of their work or their recreation or that horrible new blend, the recre-career in which you do what you want to do for a living, only without earning any money, in the hopes of building enough of a buzz to make a killing on the world molybdenum markets. The trouble is what to do with it. Here’s a recipe from my grandmother that pretty near always worked:

Ingredients:

  • 3-5 cups raw data
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup milk (skim OK)
  • 2 tbsp murfrews [ we can’t read her handwriting ]
  • 1 tbsp anise
  • 2 tsp tbsps [ we think she was joking here ]
  • 1 tsp shelled morplex [ obviously a copyright trap ]
  • chives

In salted pan, stir data, milk, anise together. Sift with flour into unsalted pan; dice with morplex until finger poked in belly produces giggles. Add murfrews, mix in morplex again if you forgot any. Bake at 350 or what have you until golden-brown; sprinkle chives on the cat [ She didn’t have a cat; maybe she copied the recipe from somewhere ]. Place on unpanned salt, cover with salted unpan. Correlates 4-6.