Monday, August 16, 2010

Discrete amounts

The population of a city is a discrete amount. At any given time, the population of a city describes a discrete amount of members because the population of a city is a whole integer. However, over a given period of time, the population of a city cannot be said to be a discrete amount because it varies with respect to time.

There is a measure of inaccuracy in the signs that designate the population count of a city at its border. This is due to the fact that after the sign is posted, there is an amount of time for the population count to waiver due to recurring births and deaths within the city limits. It would be reasonable to assume that the innacuracy of a population count sign is directly related to the rate at which the population is changing.

The rate of change of the population growth rate for a designated region has increased exponentially in recent years. As a result, population signs are exceptionally inaccurate these days.

Film Review: Toy Story 3.

Toy Story 3 is said to evoke a strong emotive response in many viewers. For what purpose, if any?

Toy Story 3, a modern tale of political upheaval, is visually compelling and emotionally exhausting. Viewers may wonder why they were elicited to feel so strongly about a group of toys and whether it was for a specific reason. At the end of the film, a judicial decision is reached regarding a character with intense political aspirations.

Toy Story 3 is a movie with a message, and that message is, "Treat your toys nicely, because they are secretly alive." Yes, indeed. Secretly alive. Perhaps it is beneficial to regard inanimate objects as capable of experiencing human emotions such as love, or sadness, or suffering. Toy Story 3 asks us to do this in a way that is emotionally compelling on a level that I find physically disturbing. Toy Story 3 sadistically toys with your emotions as if it requires it, organically, in the manner that parasitic aliens on Star Trek chemically induced primitive, warlike rage in the members of the crew of the Starship Enterprise so that they could feed off the stress energy released through physical exhertion.

Perhaps the most important lesson of all that we must take from Toy Story 3 is that every action we partake in releases a heat-chemical reaction that slowly tips the balance of the universe towards an increase in degradation due to entropy. Where is all this heat energy going, you might ask? Certainly, it is released into the environment and atmosphere within the vicinity of the expiring organism. A supplementary question you might ask is where is all this heat energy coming from? Clearly, a certain percent of this energy comes from the release of chemical potential energy stored within the cellular constituents of food particles. Certainly, another percent of this energy comes from solar radiation. And finally, another percent of this energy comes from the heat released from the center of the Earth. I further propose that it is certain that another percent of this energy is composed of an intersection of more than one of the aforementioned energy sources, since solar energy is stored cellularly within plants and would thus compose of a combination of energy from the Sun and energy from the Earth. Thus the sum amount of energy stored within a closed constituent such as an individual organism would draw from simultaneous sources. Thus it would be inappropriate to assume that the Earth is a closed system with respect to any potential energy equations designed to compute the rate of entropy of the known universe.

In short, you might consider that each physical action you engage in somehow draws from the energy of a dying star. I hesitate to propose that the sun is dying, because immediately, it is not, and it would not be appropriate to view the sun as dying for a very long time. The period of time that it would take to wait until the time that it would be appropriate to say, "The sun is dying," is so unimaginably great in magnitude that it would be easy to say we shouldn't worry about it because it is so incomprehensibly far in the future. But in my considerations I have come to consider that all things die, suns and stars also. As such, it is worthwhile to consider now that someday the sun will indeed die, in the manner that stars, and all known physical beings, expire also.

As organisms upon this earth, we necessarily draw from the energy of the Sun. As such, every action executed upon the Earth draws from the energy of a fusion reaction that will not last forever.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Comic, R is for

Hi everyone, I made more comics! There's a second part to this story that I'm working on.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Welcome to Cat Responder. Please select:

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Orange Cat.

Black Cat.

White Cat.

You have selected Orange Cat. Thank you!

Orange Cat gazes at you expectantly.

Submit an inquiry:

1. food
2. water
3. toy


You offer the cat a bowl of food. The cat eats hungrily until the bowl is empty then looks up at you expectantly.


You offer the cat a bowl of food. The cat eats until there is a little bit of food left in the bowl then sits down and begins licking its paws.


You offer the cat a dish of water. The cat ignores the water completely and continues to groom.


You offer the cat a toy. The cat bats it around for a while then walks a few paces away and lies down.


You offer the cat a toy. The cat gazes at you, uninterested.


Thank you for playing Cat Responder.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

public book double feature

Good evening, everyone. I am pleased to present tonight's Free Public Book Double Feature. The first book is a youth fiction following Amy Tan's journey to the store and back. It may also be used as the key to an alphanumeric cypher using the search and replace function of a basic text editor, which will generate a long, unreadable message. I might write a guide on how to do that later.

The second book is a political thriller. It's great, you'll love it.

Amy Tan needed to go to the store. What did she buy there, and what did it represent symbolically?
    • Apricot-- resolution
    • Banana-- iniquity
    • Carrot-- misfortune
    • Date-- resolution
    • Eggplant-- generosity
    • Fig-- shame
    • Ginger root-- gnosis
    • Halibut-- birth order rights
    • Iodine-- necromancy
    • Jam-- mastery of horses
    • Kerosene-- dissatisfaction
    • Lemon-- victory
    • Mandarin-- tradition
    • Nectarine-- progress
    • Orange-- catastrophe
    • Plum-- mystery
    • Quails' eggs-- indignation
    • Radium-- radioactivity
    • Salmon-- certainty
    • Terrycloth-- duplicity
    • Umbrella-- class warfare
    • Valium-- consternation
    • Wort-- hope
    • X-rated films-- mortality
    • Zany mice [SELECT]

Amy Tan needed more zany mice. She went to the store to buy some. It was a fine and fulfilling day.

The Dog That Became President

Nobody paid any attention as Poochy slipped into the Oval Office. He had gone over it countless hours prior to falling asleep each evening. The location of the President's Hat. Yes, he kept it here, off and to the left as you go in, behind a special case that contained an exact holographic replica of the President's Hat in order to fool people. Suddenly, he heard footsteps. Poochy made a mad dive towards the President's Hat, which was glimmering against the background. The hat slipped on with assurance.

Two men stood framed in the doorway. One of them moved to speak.

"Mister President,"

Poochy looked up slowly. "Yes that's right. How may I help you gentlemen?"

"Mister President. . ."

Poochy drew out a long, level smile. The hat had done its work. "Yes, gentlemen, what is it?"

" . . .You look fantastic."


Saturday, January 16, 2010

café drawing + SAUCE IS NOT PASTE

I met this guy at a café because he had my friend Pris' old number. I showed him how to make spaghetti sauce because I thought he might like to know how to make it from scratch, but I accidentally bought tomato sauce instead of tomato paste. It's a big mistake, never make it. He wasn't really that interested in it anyway.

EDIT: If you accidentally use sauce instead of paste, don't worry, you can still eat it. It just won't be as good.

Well, this is my recipe for spaghetti sauce.

spaghetti sauce (olive oil, butter, onion, garlic, tomato, tomato paste, fresh basil)
  1. Dice the onion and mince the garlic. You can use either 1 or 2 onions or cloves of garlic, depending on how much you like either one.
  2. If you cannot cube a tomato quickly, cube 2-3 tomatoes now.
  3. Heat a skillet (I prefer iron) on medium heat. When a drop of water will sizzle and pop
    immediately after being dropped, you are at the correct temperature.
  4. Add enough olive oil to cover the minced garlic. Allow the oil to heat, then add some butter. Stir in the garlic. Stir enough to keep the garlic from burning. First the garlic will become yellow and sticky, then it will start to brown.
  5. Once the garlic begins to brown, mix in the onions.
  6. You don't have to stir as much as you did earlier, just keep sautéing until the onions become translucent and soft.
  7. Add the tomatoes. Sauté until they become soft.
  8. Add enough tomato paste to cover the vegetables.
  9. Turn the burner to low.
  10. Cut up the fresh basil into thin strips, then add them to the mixture.
  11. Simmer on low until ready.
I want to try making a batch of this without butter and compare it to the same recipe with butter, but I'd need a group of people for it to be scientific.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Turing Test Comic for Aaron Diaz

Hi guys, Aaron Diaz of Dresden Codak hurt his hands recently, which is sad because he is an extremely talented artist and a nice man. Let's hope he gets well soon, but in the meanwhile, here is a comic about a real, live robot that I hope will cheer him up.

And... notes!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

the news is dumb.

Here's a new comic for you guys. This one is in two parts, it's pretty big. I almost left the last panel out because it's pretty creepy, but then I decided to leave it in for the same reason.

By the way, the part about mailing to China is true. Well, it happened when I was like 5 and not today, but still. My dad got really mad at me for wasting all those postage stamps.

Someday I'll color these.

Monday, January 4, 2010

another comic

I just finished a comic based off the Ring of Gyges in Herodotus, except I replaced the characters with characters from Stargate SG-1. If you don't watch Stargate, Daniel Jackson is a scientist whose wife is kidnapped by aliens at the beginning of the series. In this particular episode, an aquatic alien kidnaps Daniel Jackson to help find his mate. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 3, 2010


Hi guys, I've been working on comics. I really need to get some drawing paper, because this computer paper isn't working out at all. I tried to get rid of most of the smudges, but I don't have any good image editing software on this computer.

The quote is from The Brothers Karamazov.