Grendel and Beokitty
I haven't drawn a whole lot lately,
but getting extra credit is always a good excuse to draw some new stuff.
:) I drew Grendel, the big, purple dinosaur, entirely with my tablet.
It took maybe 4 hours or so. I need to work more with this stuff
and get it down to an art, literally. :) Now I kinda wish I did a
better job on the skin rather than just doing doodles with black, but oh
well. Don't worry, Grendel loves children... but I'm pretty sure
he likes the taste of healthy, well-built men better. The Beokitty
(take off of Beowulf, only it's not a wolf, it's a cat, get it? hehe..
heh heh... hmm, yeah, that was bad). Anyway. That was just
some random character I drew while taking one of Ms. Howard's impossible
AP Bio tests. :) I scanned it in and traced and colored it in Photoshop
(with the tablet). It was inspired by looking at some of J.Axer's
work the night before. It's not the best, but hey, I think it's
OK for a first shot at "furry art." :) I probably would have done
these on darker backgrounds had I not had to print them out, but, well...
at least it adds some variety :). Check 'em out in the Art / Computer
Graphics section.
AMC Winner
I found out yesterday that I received
the highest score in the American Mathematics Competition. I was
rather surprised. I only answered about half of the questions.
It turns out it was on the announcements a while before, but I didn't here
it. Ms. Gray caught me at the Academic Challenge pizza "party" and
informed me, though. I was 2 points short of going on to the next
level: 90 out of a possible 150 (the minimum for the next level is 92,
though it was 100 in previous years, but they had to lower it this year
because the test was harder). I must have answered all the questions
I did answer correctly, because I vaguely remember something about calculating
the score I would have gotten on the minute possibility that I answered
them all correctly. It was 90-ish. Now I wonder if I had randomly
bubbled some of them and gotten any right if I would have scored above
a 92 or lost points (points are deducted for incorrect answers) Oh well,
I don't think taking another one of those really hard tests is something
I'd look forward to anyway. They're almost as tough as Ms. Howard's
AP Bio. exams :). I've got my little AMC winner pin. I'm happy
:) I also got the solutions booklet. Too bad I don't have the
questions...
There was one problem I remember being
rather difficult. It was something about figuring out the probability
of a guy winning a lottery if both this guy's ticket and the winning ticket
had... something about logs. The answer was B, and here's
the explanation:
In order for the sum of the logarithms
of six numbers to be an integer k, the product of the numbers must
be 10^k. The only prime factors of 10 are 2 and 5, so the six integers
must be chosen from the list 1,2,3,4,5,10,16,20,25,32,40. For each
of these, subtract the number of times that 5 occurs as a factor from the
number of times 2 occurs as a factor. This yields the list 0,1,2,-1,3,0,4,1,-2,5,2.
Because 10^k has just as many factors of 2 as it has of 5, the six chosen
integers must correspond to the sic integers in the latter list that sum
to 0. Two of the numbers must be -1 and -2, because there are only
two zeros in the list, and no number greater than 2 can appear in the sum,
which must therefore be (-2)+(-1)+0+0+1+2=0. [Follow? Good! - yeah,
right] It follows that Professor Gamble [he's the dude with the lottery
ticket] chose 25,5,1,10, one number from {2,20}, and one number from {4,40}.
There are four possible tickets Professor Gamble could have bought and
only one is a winner, so the probability that Professor Gamble wins the
lottery is 1/4.
And there's another explanation, but
it's about twice as long and harder to follow - breaking it up into a bunch
of cases. I might have been able to figure the problem out if I had
remembered anything about logs, but not in the amount of time we were given.
Science Fair
Andy and I won regional science fair
(which was pretty small this year)... of course, we were the only senior
team project, so it made it kind of hard to lose :). Later they decided
to combine the junior and senior teams (all 4 of them), but we still won,
heh heh. Sticking motherboards in liquids... cooling them... overclocking
them... fun stuff, might as well be a science fair project! :) It's
been a good week. Busy, and I didn't sleep much, but a good week
nonetheless.
Time to Archive
Wow, I have most of this school year
(and all of this year) on here so far. I'm thinkin' it's about time
to archive some stuff!
Random Thought
Why are donut holes solid? Maybe
they're supposed to be donut wholes? :)
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