December 03, 2003
The Return of the Venn Diagram
Well, as a math major (ok, i wasn't a math major, but i did get a B- in Differential Equations, and I was smart enough to call it "diff-E-Q's" like all the other hip math majors) I am saddened, I say I am saddened by the sorry state of the Venn Diagram on today's Internet. Use google to search for venn diagrams, and all you get are these stupid classic three same-sized symmetrically overlapping circles. That's not a good venn diagram....so like any good citizen, I solved this problem by going out and building my own fun Venn Diagram. Actually, that was a lot of fun and I left out a whole bunch of stuff. Next in the series will highlight the lameness of both political parties and the irrational hypotheses in the subtext of Thomas Mann's "Magic Mountain" in 3D. Nothing like a math/graphics/germanic-lit challenge to get you through those cold midwestern winter nights!
Posted by Dick at December 3, 2003 10:43 AM
yes, andrew dice clay is really really bad, however i bet you lunch you can't read the following page without laughing < snip >
This is a major step forward for Science.
Wait, are all assholes really irrationally disconsolate?
Chingy, not only did i read that page without laughing, i read that page without bookmarking it, and i read that page wondering if it was cobbled together by a fourth grader, which, I'm pretty sure it was. Now, marc, on to your more important question: yes, all assholes ARE irrationally disconsolate; that is one of the more telling traits of an asshole. HOWEVER HOWEVER HOWEVER, it is just this sort of curious poking at the underpinnings of the diagram that I want to encourage around here. Why isn't fred durst in the asshole layer?, one might ask. Good question, i might answer. I think i added that layer after i'd already positioned fred, would be the honest response, but i'm also willing to try my hand at a more creative retort that gives more credence to his current positioning.
One issue: your definition of the set titled "the intentionally evil or ignorant." Shouldn't you break that set into its component parts?
Oops, I was going to try to weasel my way out of this by saying "it's an INCLUSIVE OR not an EXCLUSIVE OR" or something like that, but basically, you have totally busted me. Five points deducted for improper linguistic reflection of the actual set being illustrated. Mea Culpa
boy oh boy, of all the things in this diagram that I didn't think I'd get email about. I've gotten now about 7 emails arguing marc's point that all assholes are not irrationally disconsolate. Some people have pointed out generally that they know a lot of consistently happy and cheerful assholes, while others have just sent along examples of assholes that aren't disconsolate, to say nothing of irrationally so. Fine. I'll change it in version 2.0 which i plan to get to sometime before I die. it's on the list right above "ride on a submarine".
So I started reading a short little history of London, partly because the service was so terrible in the London restaurant that I needed something to pass the time, and partly because I'm wondering how London came to suck so thoroughly. And it says in there, in the middle of an astoundingly long and dense history of events that sucked, that in the late 1300's there was a tax on men. You got taxed just for being male. Even if, like some really huge percentage of men at the time, your net worth was pi over the square root of fuckall. For some reason this made me think of the Venn diagram's reference to French Men, and it occurred to me that it would be a great tool if say, you or I were King, to decide Whom To Tax. I revisited the diagram, and entertained myself anew by thinking beyond the amusing nested categories to wondering about appropriate legislation / decrees against them. I recommend this exercise for all children.