You should be skeptical about these so-called “leap seconds“. These scientists are giving away free seconds and something seems fishy about it. Our clocks can’t handle these extra seconds; are they out to sabotage us? And what if they come back to us at a later date to claim these seconds that they’ve given away? What will you do then?

Time is money, and people don’t give away free money just because. If I were you, I’d stay well away from this sketchy leap second business.

“One minute, it was 1:30, and when I look at the clock next, it was already 3:00! Then I realized that Daylight Saving Time had started.”

“What’s Daylight Saving Time?”

“It’s the eight months where we all try to conserve daylight. Similar to how you conserve electricity, you use less of it. Clocks move forward an hour to motivate people to start saving, because it makes it somewhat easier to save when they have one less hour to spend.”

“Ah, okay, makes sense. What about the other four months?”

“It’s too cold to bother with saving daylight. Plus, one of the reasons why we save daylight during the eight months is so we have enough for the other four months.”

“Huh, I thought that you’d do more saving in the winter because there’s less of it than in the summer. It’s a smart idea, though, to save up on daylight during the summer when you have more of it. But then, why is it still dark during the winter?”

“Because people are selfish and don’t like to share daylight. Instead, they use it in their own homes. Where did you think light from light bulbs comes from?”

What is 2+2? You’re going to say 4, aren’t you?

Well, yes, if you’re dealing with just 2. But did you know that 2+2=5 for very large values of 2? Amazing…

Yes I’m still on hiatus. I can never seem to not post at least once whenever I take a break…

I don’t usually post news here, but when I do, it’s usually for a good reason. Today’s is no exception.

I’ve heard that Canada geese are pretty notorious at the University of Waterloo up in Canada; apparently, they’re everywhere, even in the winter (they usually migrate south for the winter).

Not too long ago, a student was taken hostage in one of the libraries:

Hostage situation at UWaterloo by The Weather Network [YouTube]

Wow. Just “wow”. I don’t know what to say.

uWaterloo: BEAK

Advice for avoiding a goose attack by uWaterloo.

Valentine’s Day is over now1; it was the day where school kids were expected to give cards to each other and everyone stuffed themselves with chocolate. Oh, and it had something to do with love, too, and with that, you find the famous heart symbol everywhere.

If you were asked to show the heart shape, you’d probably just draw it. Doing it that way is really imprecise; how is your valentine supposed to take you seriously when they see how you don’t care about the little details?
We mathematicians can do better: we can give you an equation.

I’ll try to help you out: I’ve listed some of the ways you can represent the heart shape with math or computers, in order of increasing sophistication, so you can show your valentine that you care.


I’m sure you’re quite familiar with this one. It’s the best approximation of the heart shape using a minimal number of ASCII characters. Unlike most emoticons, this one is rotated π/2—er, 90°— clockwise from its upright position.


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