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17 April 14

Onwards

I put together some thoughts about our passing the first anniversary of the Marathon bombings as part of my bonus STW for the week.  I feel like it kind of applies to any time we hit one of these anniversaries.  Remember to remind yourself: memories are good in honoring those we lost, but focus on the lessons we gained so that we can all move forward from it for the better.

Onwards

11 April 14

"Destroyer of Lab Reports"

My first semester of teaching, the students in my technical writing / advanced chemical engineering laboratory course started informing the younger classes that I was a “destroyer of lab reports”.  It was such a perfect student-perspective title that I had it pasted on the nameplate outside my office for almost six months.

Because my course schedule is shifting for the fall, I went back through my old undergraduate notebooks trying to find certain lectures that I could pull from.  In doing so, I found my undergraduate advisor’s comments on a very early preliminary draft of my undergraduate thesis.  It was pretty brutal.  You can see a few samples below.

Just remember: people are often just trying to help you get better. Whether they do or not, well, that’s pretty equally up to you and to them.  And sometimes, being frank and direct is the best way to drive the message home.

Thanks, Dr. Martin.

4 April 14

Dr. Loki Skylizard and Jeremiah Kilimanjaro

I wrote a longer piece on NotY and the appreciation of great names: “Hello, My Name Is Dr. Loki Skylizard”  Please enjoy!

Hello, My Name Is Dr. Loki Skylizard

25 March 14

Reblogged: topatoco

20 March 14

Exclusive STW: The Bracket of Slippery Slopes

Hey, I’ve got a new exclusive STW up over on I Love Charts on Medium, and I’m really pretty happy with it.  Enjoy!

«Slippery Slopes

Tags: brackets
19 March 14

An Exam, Part II

17 March 14

Emerald City Comic Con

ECCC is only about ten days away!  And while I am excited to head out to the Pacific Northwest and meet readers and make new readers and meet friends and make new friends, I am also unbearably nervous because I in no way belong among the amazing other people at the same set of tables as me.

The list of artists that Topatoco is sending out make me feel like they had a extra spot at the main table at Thanksgiving and what the hell, no need to make that guy sit at the kids’ table on his own, so why not let Dante sit with us?  And I do not anywhere near belong with them and it’s kind of nuts.

I mean, seriously:

Jeph Jacques, creator of Questionable Content?  The comic that made me realize that comics on the internet existed?  One of the absolute bests in the business?

Aaron Diaz, creator of Dresden Codak?  The guy who is probably the absolute best webcomic artist there is?  The guy who I’ve accidentally backhanded compliment insulted to his face the two times I’ve met him and I still feel terrible about it everytime?

David Malki!, creator extraordinaire of Wondermark and Machine of Death and incredibly great guy who did so much to help make the STW calendar not only a reality but also a thing that would have sucked if I hadn’t gotten help?

Chris Yates, the guy whose puzzles in my office have delighted every student who comes in?  Who produced what is certainly the best guestcomic I’ve ever received?

Joey Comeau and Emily Horne, who have made the absolute king of photocomics, A Softer World, and have completely legitimized the use of the artform?  Who I am utterly indebted to for their work?

And that’s before we even get into Tyson Hesse, Sam Logan, Becky Dreistadt, and Frank Gibson?  Or the great Holly Rowland who has for some unknown reason welcomed me into the Topatoco family?

I do not belong in the same building as these people, let alone the same room or even the same general table.  This isn’t hyperbole!  I’m entirely serious.

Look, if I was teaching, the only one true area that I am completely lacking in self-doubt, then I wouldn’t have a problem!  Give me a chalkboard and some derivations and we’ve got no problem.  But this is webcomics, and I really don’t believe I deserve to be as fortunate as I have been to be able to be in the same grouping with them!

So please, if you’ll be there, come swing by and say hello?  Your friendliness will help me be completely ignorant of the amazing people all around me, and help keep me from melting or self-combusting.

Tags: eccc
13 March 14
ilovecharts:

More from Dante, about You, Me and Us here.

Another exclusive STW over on Medium!  Three Venns, all for your viewing pleasure!

ilovecharts:

More from Dante, about You, Me and Us here.

Another exclusive STW over on Medium!  Three Venns, all for your viewing pleasure!

Reblogged: ilovecharts

7 March 14
ilovecharts:

Very Important Cat Math

I’m now going to be posting exclusive comics over on the new I Love Charts collection on Medium!  Pretty excited about this opportunity, and I think you’ll like a lot of the work that is being contributed by everyone on the team.  This is the first exclusive STW went up yesterday, and you have no idea how hard it is to get a cat in a labcoat.

ilovecharts:

Very Important Cat Math

I’m now going to be posting exclusive comics over on the new I Love Charts collection on Medium!  Pretty excited about this opportunity, and I think you’ll like a lot of the work that is being contributed by everyone on the team.  This is the first exclusive STW went up yesterday, and you have no idea how hard it is to get a cat in a labcoat.

Reblogged: ilovecharts

Posted: 2:01 PM
Grading papers, wearing swim trunks, drinking coffee out of a coconut. Just the usual professor on Spring Break.

Grading papers, wearing swim trunks, drinking coffee out of a coconut. Just the usual professor on Spring Break.

(Source: survivingtheworld.net)

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh