Posts Tagged ‘funny’

Juxtapositions: Song Charts

February 26, 2008

How’s this for a concept: take a popular song, and create a graph or chart that communicates the content of the song lyric or title. There’s a slew of these over on Flikr. My two favorites are:

#1) [featuring a lovely Venn diagram] (by “moved”)


and #2) [not at all mathematical, but funny nonetheless] (by “brianmn”)


Well, ok, maybe these are my favorites because they’re nearly the only ones where I knew what song they referred to (out of the nearly 200 examples on Flickr). I guess I’m just too old to be down with the hep music the cool kids listen to these days. **

Challenge: Create your own, and post them in the comments! (Bonus points for songs or charts with mathematical references.)

This graph-making exercise is vaguely reminiscent of my favorite powerpoint example floating the interweb: Peter Norvig’s devastating ppt adaptation of Abe Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

** True: I received my AARP membership card in the mail today. No foolin’! Heck of a thing for them to send out en masse to folk on some mailing list or other in hopes of drumming up support and new members. Makes me wonder what mailing list I’m on that AARP purchased…

Charts used with permission of boyshapedbox, who had posted them to flickr.


Love Shaq?

January 30, 2008

heatwhitehouse.jpgAs reported in Bob Matthews’ Sports Exchange Blog (affiliated with the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle newspaper), Shaquille O’Neal of the Miami Heat NBA team is in the midst of a divorce.  Details of his monthly expenses have been leaked to the press.  Some of the numbers are rather interesting:  (more…)

Something to contemplate in the kitchen today

November 22, 2007

Consider the following advice for cooking the perfect Thanksgiving turkey:

The final temperature of the bird, after “resting” for 15 to 20 minutes, should be at least but not much more than 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature will continue to rise 5 to 10 degrees after the turkey is removed from the oven. []

Does this mean that turkeys violate Newton’s Law of Heating and Cooling?