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Who do you relate to more?

From my comic strip, LABS:

http://LABScomic.com/cartoons/LABS/2019/205.php
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Chaiftan wrote:
The calculator


You come with boardgames?
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These days, you'd have download an app.
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Toc13 wrote:
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The calculator


You come with boardgames?


No, but I always have to add up everyone's score for them.
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My problem is that I buy complicated games wanting to play them because they look and sound amazing in reviews and then I never can figure them out. Yes Forbidden Stars and World of Warcraft, I am looking at you!
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Did you really create that comic in 2019? Who even uses a graphing calculator anymore!
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m3tan wrote:
Did you really create that comic in 2019? Who even uses a graphing calculator anymore!

Me. Today.
My son. Today.
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ThomasAH wrote:
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Did you really create that comic in 2019? Who even uses a graphing calculator anymore!

Me. Today.
My son. Today.

Just curious for what? I was an aerospace engineer and now publish college level mathematics textbooks. I haven't seen or touched one in 20 years. I just had to buy one for my daughter (class requirement) and we had to order it from Amazon because we couldn't find any in a retail stores...
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m3tan wrote:
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m3tan wrote:
Did you really create that comic in 2019? Who even uses a graphing calculator anymore!

Me. Today.
My son. Today.

Just curious for what? I was an aerospace engineer and now publish college level mathematics textbooks. I haven't seen or touched one in 20 years. I just had to buy one for my daughter (class requirement) and we had to order it from Amazon because we couldn't find any in a retail stores...

My son wanted to play pacman on his (class requirement) TI calculator, so I installed the required shell and the game on it, and he played it

But I'm also a little bit of a collector of HP calculators, but nothing really fancy (48G+GX, 42S, 28S, 19BII, and the corresponding IR printers 82240B)
But sometimes I actually use some (not all at once, but every model has its benefits and drawbacks) for calculations (unit conversions, tax stuff, other small stuff ...), though not as often as in the past, and I must admit that I haven't used the graphing parts of those in ages.

You can still buy calculators of varying complexity in brick&mortar shops here in Germany, with Staples having the most variety, but some models are even available in the Supermarket.
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m3tan wrote:
ThomasAH wrote:
m3tan wrote:
Did you really create that comic in 2019? Who even uses a graphing calculator anymore!

Me. Today.
My son. Today.

Just curious for what? I was an aerospace engineer and now publish college level mathematics textbooks. I haven't seen or touched one in 20 years. I just had to buy one for my daughter (class requirement) and we had to order it from Amazon because we couldn't find any in a retail stores...


As a aerospace engineer, I would expect you to know the value of the ti89’s. Their ability to solve systems of equations is extremely helpful. (Especially in my mechanics classes, like dynamics and deforms, where you have systems of equations with 6+ unknown forces/variables) Sure there is wolfram and other computer programs, or you can set up matrices and solve, but these certainly as accessible or as fast as a calculator that you keep in your bag.

After university though, they are less useful. That being said, I’ll always have my 83 and 89. I find they are much more comfortable to do calculations on than other brands/softwares of calculators.
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m3tan wrote:
Did you really create that comic in 2019? Who even uses a graphing calculator anymore!

Yeah. I still see them occasionally.
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Graphing calculators are a huge scam. The only reason anyone needs one is for high school classes. Anything you would do in the actual world, you would use a computer for. Or your phone. Wolfram Alpha has a spectacular app for that stuff. Furthermore the calculators are intentionally nerfed so that they can be used in tests like the SAT. You can get a calculator that actually has more capabilities but costs less because it can't be used during a test.

Also, I'm a statistician in my career, so I work with math.
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The comic is spot on though. I often throw cheap solar calculators into games like my 18XX games for convenience. Though of course people can just use their phones.
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Pencils and Ink wrote:
m3tan wrote:
Did you really create that comic in 2019? Who even uses a graphing calculator anymore!

Yeah. I still see them occasionally.


I'm an engineer and use both of mine (HP 48GX and TI89) quite often. Though I grew up in the generation where you had to have them in school. I do use Mathcad and Matlab often too which are way more powerful. The graphing calculator is probably mostly obsolete now. Kids now days should focus on computers and software applications to do calculations. Or even apps on your phone. Anyways, back to the original subject of this thread. The comic does make a good point. I just bought high frontier and even with a masters degree in engineering i feel overwhelmed.
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m3tan wrote:
Did you really create that comic in 2019? Who even uses a graphing calculator anymore!


Graphing calculators are fun!
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Toc13 wrote:
Chaiftan wrote:
The calculator


You come with boardgames?


Calculate!
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JavaJack wrote:
Toc13 wrote:
Chaiftan wrote:
The calculator


You come with boardgames?


Calculate!


*stunned silence* wow
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That reminds me .... do you have a microbadge for Labs?
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I showed this comic to my wife and she literally laughed out loud.
Let's just say I resemble that remark.
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That reminds me .... do you have a microbadge for Labs?

Hmm... I hadn't thought of making one. That's an interesting idea.
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Pencils and Ink wrote:
anjulka wrote:
That reminds me .... do you have a microbadge for Labs?

Hmm... I hadn't thought of making one. That's an interesting idea.

I submitted one for initial review.
https://boardgamegeek.com/article/31689536#31689536
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Alextnorris wrote:
m3tan wrote:
ThomasAH wrote:
m3tan wrote:
Did you really create that comic in 2019? Who even uses a graphing calculator anymore!

Me. Today.
My son. Today.

Just curious for what? I was an aerospace engineer and now publish college level mathematics textbooks. I haven't seen or touched one in 20 years. I just had to buy one for my daughter (class requirement) and we had to order it from Amazon because we couldn't find any in a retail stores...


As a aerospace engineer, I would expect you to know the value of the ti89’s. Their ability to solve systems of equations is extremely helpful. (Especially in my mechanics classes, like dynamics and deforms, where you have systems of equations with 6+ unknown forces/variables) Sure there is wolfram and other computer programs, or you can set up matrices and solve, but these certainly as accessible or as fast as a calculator that you keep in your bag.

After university though, they are less useful. That being said, I’ll always have my 83 and 89. I find they are much more comfortable to do calculations on than other brands/softwares of calculators.


You young whipper-snappers and your graphing calculators... Start throwing these into games and watch the chaos that ensues.


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Halborn wrote:
Alextnorris wrote:
m3tan wrote:
ThomasAH wrote:
m3tan wrote:
Did you really create that comic in 2019? Who even uses a graphing calculator anymore!

Me. Today.
My son. Today.

Just curious for what? I was an aerospace engineer and now publish college level mathematics textbooks. I haven't seen or touched one in 20 years. I just had to buy one for my daughter (class requirement) and we had to order it from Amazon because we couldn't find any in a retail stores...


As a aerospace engineer, I would expect you to know the value of the ti89’s. Their ability to solve systems of equations is extremely helpful. (Especially in my mechanics classes, like dynamics and deforms, where you have systems of equations with 6+ unknown forces/variables) Sure there is wolfram and other computer programs, or you can set up matrices and solve, but these certainly as accessible or as fast as a calculator that you keep in your bag.

After university though, they are less useful. That being said, I’ll always have my 83 and 89. I find they are much more comfortable to do calculations on than other brands/softwares of calculators.


You young whipper-snappers and your graphing calculators... Start throwing these into games and watch the chaos that ensues.



If I am remembering correctly, I was originally thinking "slide rule" and changed it to "graphing calculator".
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Pencils and Ink wrote:
Pencils and Ink wrote:
anjulka wrote:
That reminds me .... do you have a microbadge for Labs?

Hmm... I hadn't thought of making one. That's an interesting idea.

I submitted one for initial review.
https://boardgamegeek.com/article/31689536#31689536


The LABS microbadge is now approved!
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/microbadge/46861
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