The video sorely lacks for detail, but features three alleged Scientology “top managers” showering abuse on a former Scientologist at LAX. Why were the there? Why was he there? Why did he leave the church? We may never know. (Thanks, Melted_Crayons!)
Pretty surprised to learn that the middle school I’m visiting for a book event wants to scan my ID but has no readily available policy regarding the handling, retention, and storage of my personal, sensitive information.
Samuel Hansen’s fantastic math podcast is everything a technical program should be deep but accessible, thoughtful but funny, and free for all; the new season is on Kickstarter for a few more hours! I put in $35.
Series one of Relatively Prime was released in 2012 and had stories about checkers, survival housing, swine flu, juggling, a Spanish basilica, and an alien civilization in England. Now the creator, Samuel Hansen, wants to produce a brand new series of 8 episodes that will feature yet more amazing mathematical stories. Stories like these:
* Can the complexity of cities be measured, and is it possible that a computer game is the secret?
* Why is modular arithmetic a clock? Can we really not compare apples and oranges? A study of mathematical metaphors.
* Is it possible to know all things in mathematics?
* If you can’t, just what are mathematicians doing all day?
* Where do you end up if you start with a single mathematical paper and follow it to the end of the line?
* How can mathematics help you make better everyday decisions and do your chores with more ease?
Relatively Prime is a small show with huge ambitions, and as good as the first series was the second one will be exponentially better. Please help us tell these wonderful mathematical stories.
Joly sez, “On October 10 2014 UK activists, concerned about EU-US TTIP and EU-Canada CETA agreements that could make it possible for corporations to sue governments for banning fracking, invoked Article 61 of the Magna Carta to temporarily seize control of Glastonbury Town Hall. They claim that the 1215 Magna Carta’s Article 61 - the Lawful Rebellion clause, which some say was later was later revoked in 1297, was validated by 25 Barons in 2001. A full video, including negotiations with the police, is posted on Youtube.”
I have never heard my daughter laugh as loud or as long as she did when I read her James Kochalka new kids’ graphic novel, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza. My six year old literally howled with laughter as I read this to her at bedtime, and kicked her legs in the air, and thumped the pillow — tears of laughter rolled down her cheeks. After reading this to her twice at bedtime, I had to declare a moratorium on further bedtime reads because it wound her up too much to sleep.
I loved it too. The Glorkian Warrior is a dopey, destiny-seeking superhero who finds himself on a quest when he intercepts a wrong-number pizza-order and decides to deliver the leftover pizza in his fridge. His straight-man is his wisecracking, laser-zapping sentient backpack, which helps him fight off a giant mecha-suited doofus named Gonk, a mysterious pizza-snatching saucer-craft, and a magic robot in an impenetrable fortress.
It’s pretty much perfect slapstick, with Don-Martinesque onomatopoeia that’s a pure delight to read aloud, as well as hilarious characters drawn with charming style.
James Kochalka is one of those polymaths whose work you may have encountered in webcomic form, as music, or in bizarro adult comics. There’s also a kickstarted Glorkian Warrior game that’s now available.
This is the first time I’ve read him as a kids’ creator, and I think it’s his best work to date. But maybe not at bedtime.