Tag Archives: Humor

January 22, 2014, 7:52 am

How about a little humor in higher education?

logoAre you like me, and think that higher education could benefit from a sense of humor? That we’re hearing lots of dystopian stories about how bad things are but little about what people – individual people – are doing to effect positive change in their situations? If so, you might find this upcoming workshop called There’s Something Funny About Higher Education appealing. Blurb:

This spring, the satirists behind the humor blog The Cronk of Higher Education at CronkNews.com will launch a workshop series “There’s Something Funny about Higher Education” to ignite a spirit of creativity, optimism and humor in the ivory tower.

“We started CronkNews in 2009 with a mission to generate dialogue and healthy laughs about the world of colleges,” said editor-in-chief Leah Wescott. “Poking fun at problems is fun, but making meaningful changes requires a certain skill set.…

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September 27, 2008, 8:38 am

Bailouts for all

From Harper’s, we have the encouraging news that the impending poetry bailout will restore the confidence of readers.

Cultural leaders have come together to announce a massive poetry buyout: leveraged and unsecured poems, poetry derivatives, delinquent poems, and subprime poems will be removed from circulation in the biggest poetry bailout since the Victorian era. We believe the plan is a comprehensive approach to relieving the stresses on our literary institutions and markets.

Let there be no mistake: the fundamentals of our poetry are sound. The problem is not poetry but poems. The crisis has been precipitated by the escalation of poetry debt—poems that circulate in the market at an economic loss due to their difficulty, incompetence, or irrelevance.

I propose a category theory bailout next.

September 26, 2008, 10:11 am

Some programmer needs to make this a reality

From the always-inventive xkcd:

June 4, 2008, 7:55 am

Garfield minus Garfield

Along something of the same lines as Nietzche Family Circus, here’s Garfield Minus Garfield — a comic strip obtained by taking an ordinary Garfield strip and airbrushing Garfield the cat completely out of it. Or, as the site itself describes it: 

Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness in a quiet American suburb.

Example: 

I have to admit, that’s pretty brilliant stuff. Jim Davis likes it too

[h/t incarnatus est]

January 8, 2008, 10:49 am

Mathematics and sex

Maria at Teaching College Math Technology Blog has the scoop. The comparison between manipulatives and sex toys is particularly, er, interesting.

November 19, 2007, 6:03 am

A real-life flowchart…

This graphic is eerily on-target. Although if you need a flowchart for this sort of thing, I worry about you.