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Posted 08/20/2017 18:00:00

Never wear your eclipse glasses while driving, Mike.

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0700 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=264
Condor http://cesiumcomics.com/2017/03/19/Condor

Posted 03/19/2017 18:00:00

That is not an actual password I've ever used. As far as I know.

As for my earlier comic about Shakespeare Programming Language, I've gotten around to uploading my version of the Python implementation to Github, and I've implemented a floating point "library" for Shakespeare, including two programs that demonstrate division of two numbers, and calculation of the square root of two using the continued fraction method.

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:00:00 -0700 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=263
So much coffee http://cesiumcomics.com/2017/02/19/So-much-coffee

Posted 02/19/2017 18:00:00

In 2033, Mike's coffee drinking paid off the national debt and got every stray cat in the country a well-paying job.

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:00:00 -0800 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=262
Shakespeare http://cesiumcomics.com/2017/02/09/Shakespeare

Posted 02/09/2017 18:00:00

I've been getting back into some esoteric programming languages lately, mainly Shakespeare. Unfortunately the original version of Shakespeare no longer seems to work on recent versions of Linux. There's a Python version on Github, but it lacks support for stacks (which turn out to be a pretty important part of Shakespeare...) So I added on support for stacks to the Python implementation. Maybe someday I'll figure out how to upload code to Github. Meh.

Future possibilities for new things I'm considering implementing in Shakespeare include floating point numbers (so I could actually calculate Rydberg atom state energies), and random numbers.

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:00:00 -0800 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=261
Ninetales http://cesiumcomics.com/2017/01/29/Ninetales

Posted 01/29/2017 18:00:00

Sorry for going so long without an update. I had gotten very busy with work and the comic got put aside. I probably won't be able to update on a regular schedule, but it'll probably be more often than once a month...

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0800 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=260
Scary Stories http://cesiumcomics.com/2016/12/03/Scary-Stories

Posted 12/03/2016 18:00:00

Real story. The guy joined our lab in my fourth year. All he managed to do in his time there was blow out some laser diodes. But then he switched to theory and ended up defending his thesis before I did.

And the lights aren't off to be spooky. They're off because they bother the experiment.

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:00:00 -0800 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=259
Grad Student Fantasies http://cesiumcomics.com/2016/11/26/Grad-Student-Fantasies

Posted 11/26/2016 18:00:00

Inspired by this tweet by Chemjobber and based on my reply to that tweet.

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 16:00:00 -0800 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=258
New car http://cesiumcomics.com/2016/11/19/New-car

Posted 11/19/2016 18:00:00

Hopefully I did the math right.

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 16:00:00 -0800 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=257
Mexico http://cesiumcomics.com/2016/11/12/Mexico

Posted 11/12/2016 18:00:00

Bob parties hard.

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 16:00:00 -0800 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=256
Evaporative Cooling http://cesiumcomics.com/2016/11/05/Evaporative-Cooling

Posted 11/05/2016 18:00:00

Never let minor details get in the way of using physics to ruin the economy.

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 16:00:00 -0700 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=255
Enhance http://cesiumcomics.com/2016/10/29/Enhance

Posted 10/29/2016 18:00:00


So, shortly after writing this comic, I was asked this exact question by my advisor. Karma, I guess.

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 16:00:00 -0700 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=254
Lesson http://cesiumcomics.com/2016/10/22/Lesson

Posted 10/22/2016 18:00:00

I've heard it said a bunch of places that in Pinky and the Brain, Pinky was actually the smart one. That's definitely the case here...

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:00:00 -0700 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=253
Villainous http://cesiumcomics.com/2016/10/15/Villainous

Posted 10/15/2016 18:00:00

With as much of a pain as it's been to render these night-time scenes with Soonerman in them using radiosity in POV-Ray, Soonerman is now officially banned from my comic.

Oh, and except for the whole superhero-returning-to-fight-me part, this story is true... I once had a student who never showed up for a lab course except for the final, failed it, and signed up for my section again the following semester. That time his mother emailed me asking me to make sure he made it to class. Needless to say, he failed the course again.

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:00:00 -0700 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=252
Soonerman http://cesiumcomics.com/2016/10/08/Soonerman

Posted 10/08/2016 18:00:00

*sinister-sounding background music*

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 16:00:00 -0700 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=251
The Evil Laugh http://cesiumcomics.com/2016/10/01/The-Evil-Laugh

Posted 10/01/2016 18:00:00


Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:00:00 -0700 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=250
Distracted http://cesiumcomics.com/2016/09/24/Distracted

Posted 09/24/2016 18:00:00

Ahem. Calling Sooner football stupid is Mike's opinion, and does not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Cesium Comics. *dodges rotten tomatoes*

Oh wait, I'm like 800 miles away now. Okay, fine, it represents the viewpoint of Cesium Comics. :)

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0700 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=249
Weedle http://cesiumcomics.com/2016/09/17/Weedle

Posted 09/17/2016 18:00:00

Transferring someone's dragonite? That's just mean.

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0700 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=248
Final Exam http://cesiumcomics.com/2016/09/10/Final-Exam

Posted 09/10/2016 18:00:00

I am apparently so disconnected from the academic schedule as a postdoc that I ended up writing a comic about final exams at the beginning of a semester. And yes, I've had a student who actually thought he could do this and get away with it.

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0700 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=247
Quantum Computer http://cesiumcomics.com/2016/09/03/Quantum-Computer

Posted 09/03/2016 18:00:00

Bad Carlos. Very, very bad.

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0700 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=246
Chu http://cesiumcomics.com/2016/08/27/Chu

Posted 08/27/2016 18:00:00

After a month and a half of playing Pokemon Go I finally caught a Pikachu on Wednesday. I can get revenge on the grad student from my lab who keeps sniping my gyms with Pikachus... (And I know Walls o' Text are generally a bad thing in comics, but I think it's justified in this one.)

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:00:00 -0700 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=245
Fingerprint http://cesiumcomics.com/2016/08/20/Fingerprint

Posted 08/20/2016 18:00:00

This may be something I've on occasion considered forcing the grad students in my lab to do.

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:00:00 -0700 http://cesiumcomics.com/index.php?number=244