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(This math class doodle from 2008 is an artifact from a past December, one where the year 2009 still held much promise for us. Inspired by that spirit of avoiding taking math notes, here is an unfinished form letter to help you mark the new year, whichever one that might be. I designed it to be generic enough to work for any situation. Either write in or choose your own answers where indicated.)
Dear future self,
The year ____ approaches. While this year was awesome/OK/crappy, I am optimistic/pessimistic/eating cheese balls for what the future brings.
For example, this year, I rode a donkey/camel/giraffe. Next year, I hope to ride a bison/goat/crocodile.
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I try to refrain from editing these scanned-in doodles. Occasionally, editing must happen, such as in this drawing. This was sketched during a spring 2009 math course, one of the few subjects where I took notes in pencil. This by itself makes it harder to see the image after scanning. On top of that, I drew this picture very lightly for some reason. I halfway remember just wanting to try something different and barely letting my pencil touch the paper. Once I get my time machine, I will warn myself that my lines are going to be too light if I continue down that path. In the meantime, please accept this extremely darkened and contrasted image.
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It was Friday, and Loreena the witch was lonely. She had two choices: Head down to the tavern in search of a man or get to brewing one herself.
She grabbed her cauldron.
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It is unclear why this creation would need two legs. Maybe it can step out of its tracked base should the need arise? That could be a handy ability for a death-dealing robot to have, such as when an undesirable tries to escape up a ladder. Nice try, arbitrarily lower-class citizen of Earth’s Moon!
Alternately, this robot could have been caught between a manufacturing switch from continuous track propulsion to bipedalism, and it ended up being built with parts of both systems. Look how it tries in vain to dance as it looks away from an unfinished version of its better, newer self off to the right. The scene almost brings a tear to your eye, but don’t let it. This robot might be hunting you down on the Moon one day. Continue reading …