This Week’s Baffling Compu-Toon Comic Strip


I don’t want folks to think I’ve stopped reading Charles Boyce’s Compu-Toon, although I admit that’s not the worst thing people could think about me. That would probably be in the lowest quartile of worst things people could think about me, a little worse than “has an inflated opinion of how good he looks playing Dance Dance Revolution” but better than “has a couple people he keeps trying to make nicknames happen for, despite the abundant evidence that they will not”.

Anyway, the point is, believe it or not I do still read Compu-Toon and that doesn’t mean I really quite get this Sunday’s installment. I think it’s supposed to get at the reasonable fear that your online friends hang out somewhere repulsive or a least disappointing, possibly with their own friends. The one thing the Internet has taught us is that under no circumstances should we ever interact with the friends of our friends, because it ends up in horrible fights and a sense of dread that people like that are allowed to drive cars and hold down responsible jobs and breathe and all that. But a “wolf in sheep’s clothing web site”? That’s just 44 moribund and two active DeviantArt communities.

'Murphy was stunned that some of his friends have a link to a wolf in sheep's clothing web site.
Charles Boyce’s Compu-Toon for the 5th of April, 2015.

In the meanwhile, I’ve had two mathematics-comics roundup posts: the Closing Out March edition, and then the Little Infinite Edition, built around a couple of name-drops of infinity. Please enjoy, if you like that sort of thing.

Statistics Saturday: How Many Things It Takes To Make A Hundred Of Things


Thing How Many It Takes To Have A “Hundred” Of That Thing
Bowstaves, oars, and staves for hogsheads, as well as other certain types of pieces of wood 120
Canvas and linen cloth 120
Cod, Ling (which turns out to be cod), and Haberdine (which is also cod) 124
Dried fish that’s somehow not just cod? 160
Drinking glasses 100, mercifully
Eggs 120
Fish, not excluding herring 120
Onions, Garlic 225
Pins, Nails 120
Sheep or lambs, in Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire 106

Reference: http://www.sizes.com/units/hundred.htm, from the Index to Units and Systems of Units page, which is just absorbing every minute of my time anymore because there’s things like a “stathmos” that’s equal to “about five parasangs”, which clears up things if you’re in Ancient Greece and taking units from the Persians when they aren’t looking.