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Most of this dialogue sounds like cartoon characters speaking techno babble.


Lancelot Link Peeled Banana Productions Presents:

Bleep and Blip: All in a Daze Work


Teleplay by GingerAle 

Based on original dumbness by select members and guests of


Shanghai’d Technical Consultant: Alan

Shanghai’d Silent Technical Consultant: Rom

Shanghai’d Post Production Supervisor: Melody


Sponsored by Naus Corp: Quantum Dumbness Detection Systems  


We join the universe-saving characters in progress....


Blip: How did you do that? That number is bigger than my pecker...


Bleep: Well, it’s smaller than mine. Anyway, Blip, I used an ultra-sophisticated proprietary algorithm with ternary protocol subzero three (3) and integrand containment post zero (1) metaphase. This commutes the large number, delineating it into a unified matrix, placing the tertiary integers adjacent to each other in the first three (3) natural dimensions.


Blip: Does this index the residuals that exist in subspace? If not, then we will be leaving half our math in another universe. That would be bad!


Bleep: Ahem, yes ...I see your point. I’ll just run the numbers and algorithm through my other ultra-sophisticated computer with advanced proprietary subroutines programmed by a Martian who was educated on Zork Prime. His algorithm can actually divide by zero (0) without blowing up the universe.


Blip: That is impressive! It’s so cool that we can save the universe!


Bleep: Yes, it is. But we must keep it secret.


Blip: Why?


Bleep: Because anyone who knows anything more than the multiplication tables will make fun of us.  It will distract us from our important work.   


[Fade out scene while Blip nods in agreement.]


[Fade in:  Shrine of Organized Stupidity and Perpetual Quantum Dumbness]

Speaker: Thank you for joining us for the canonization of Aaron Traywick


Blip: Aaron was a great leader for our scientific and mathematical theories.


Bleep: Yes he was. He will be greatly missed and hard to replace.


Blip: Maybe you could replace him.


Bleep: No: I would never be appointed to such a lofty position as the Great Arron. I know my times-tables too well and I’ve squared too many numbers, which is really just the same as multiplying, but it sounds better.


Blip: What about me? I only know the ones and five times tables. 


Bleep: No Blip. Once you went past the fives times tables, you were effectively disqualified.

Ours is to work in obscurity and to support the great work of Arron T. and his successors. Maybe someday our contributions will be recognized beyond the elites of our vocation, but it will take awhile for the devolutionary processes to work on the majority population, so it may not be in our life time.


Blip: Such is the pity.


Bleep: Yes it is. 


[Fade out scene while Blip and Bleep gaze into the future, nodding.]


Hear, Hear!


Other irritating posting behaviors include:

*Titling the post with Help #, or halppppppppppp  or help pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

*Posting a question as an image –worse, using a link to an image. 

  The links often become inactive after a length of time, and these are very difficult to search for in the archives.  


*Deleting posts after the question is answered.

*Posting numerous, closely-related questions.

  Some students just dump their homework on here with abandon.


*Questions presented without context or related charts, graphs, or tables.

  I wouldn’t expect younger students to have skills in presenting well-couched context, but presenting a proper question (in context) is necessary for learning advanced mathematics.   


*Repeating questions.

  Students repeat questions because the answer is wrong or not understood. Rather than belaboring themselves by asking for clarification, they repost them, without so much as a hesitant “f**k you!” Sometimes the questions are repeated as part of the curriculum (AoPS is well known for this), but the students don’t remember them, nor do they bother to look through their posts, so they just post them again.  Another form of repetition is where a question was previously asked (often many times) by other students. It’s easier to repost the question than research it.  


This doesn’t address the intentional bratty, rudeness I see on here –usually directed toward Melody.  I address this (on what’s left of the post) here:


Unfortunately, none of these posting behaviors are likely to change as long as the askers receive answers to their questions.  Obnoxious postings of math questions should be categorically locked and hidden and/or edited (with directions for proper posting) to prevent feeding of the bears and the answers’ eventual mulling. Here’s a very funny troll-post that makes a very good point: 





It’s too bad the Mods can’t make you invisible. 


In response to your complaint that the moderators chose to delete an anonymous post, lamenting about homework and feeling suicidal, instead of helping the situation


I think they are helping the situation. The Moderators are skilled mathematicians, not trained psychologists.  They are not obliged to help with psychological issues and neither should they

–especially for lamentations that express suicidal ideations. Hiding such posts does help the forum, because shared suicidal ideations may be contagious –especially in young persons.  


This may be the only public math forum on the net that allows social posting. Andre Mossow created and implemented the “off-topic” label and filter for this purpose.  When used, readers of this forum can filter out the social posts and focus on the math posts or the vice versa. 


Some of the forum’s social posts are wondrous examples of coming-of-age social interaction, and a few have anecdotes of life with amazing narrative commentaries. And, of course, there are hilarious troll posts relating to math and social commentary.


In contrast to those wondrous examples are the many social posts that fit in the category of mind-numbing drivel –often posted as hyper-emotional teenage angst. This mind-numbing drivel, requires purging to de-clutter (and sanitize) the forum. This was known in the old-days as much ado about nothing!  Now it’s known as piss-and-moan about everything!


 Most of your posts fit in the mind-numbing drivel category. You rarely post anything beyond mumbling idiocy; others add their own mumbling idiocy to your posts, creating a cauldron of synthetic offal that you slowly heat with your slow burn about being maligned and dissed. You are attempting to breed contempt toward the moderators, and Melody in particular. 


Your attempt at contempt is contemptible in reason and application. Your communication skills consummately suck in your single phrases of mumble and murmur about being dissed for posting sewage and slop. 


Have you noticed that those who post on the thread never agree with you? At best, they only sympathize –a little.  If Melody bit your head off, half the forum would applaud. The other half would if they were aware. None would applaud as loud as me, except for the other troll on here who was the first to define you as a synthetic floater that won’t flush


On this forum, you have an amazing opportunity to learn mathematics, yet, you’ve never asked a single math question.   You should avail yourself of this opportunity.   Of course, it is easier just to piss-and-moan about everythingindecision




Oh yes, they can!


This Oxidation-Reduction Potential is well known in theory and practice for oxidizers and reducers.


Of all the members, you should know there is COOL STUFF that can measure this phenomenon.  

You really should do some research before you blindly answer questions, because,

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. 

In case you don’t understand this, the general idea is to start up your brain before putting your mouth in gear. 


You are very welcome annoying!