Pizza from Scratch, 45

14 September, 2006

More Dyslexic Borg Pet costumes

© Bill Lemmond (Actually, you're welcome to download and share these web-resolution images, and you probably won't be happy with printing them.)

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I wanted to do more with the cats' costumes, and I want to do what I can to make others' studies less of a burden. So this cartoon is also an excuse to make jokes about a few matters of computer science (discrete math), statistics and linear algebra.

There really is something called an Eigen Vector which works with a specific matrix. It is whichever vector that, when multiplied across that matrix, turns the whole matrix into copies of itself.

I was taking linear algebra when I created this cartoon. That's why I did bad jokes about varieties of theorems (I'm pretty sure that plural is wrong, but more people will know what I mean.): the corollary and the lemma. These don't explain anything, but maybe readers will be aided by more pleasant associations with the words.

There are three of my professors in the picture. My statistics professor really does have a mortarboard hat with Mickey Mouse ears on top, and a string of tiny battery powered lights around the bottom. He also uses humor to teach. His robe is marked with symbols related to statistics, much as a wizard's robe would be marked with arcane symbols.

My professor for Discrete Mathematics is the Asian man in the other robe. His robe features symbols related to his subject. Red, the fox-amoeba cross, is shaped similar to the sketch notation for a "finite state machine," if I recall correctly. It simulates some process of a simplified computer.

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