Alternate title for this entry: “I Heart Function You Too” (G. Darlington, 2011)
Happy Valentine’s Day dear readers.
For those of you that celebrate this day, I hope you get to celebrate with someone you love – be that a spouse, partner, girlfriend, boyfriend, golf club, barcalounger, rocket powered massager, hand-held calculator, or your very own self.
I am not one who tends to celebrate this day, unless celebrating includes someone buying me chocolate1, or pouring me a glass of wine. I will, from time to time, send out inappropriate Valentine’s Day cards2. In fact, any card I tend to send is typically inappropriate3. For example, I may have sent this to a friend during a Valentine’s Day past:
I have also been known to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the mathy-est way possible. How does one do that? By plotting a Cardioid4, or a parametric heart5 of course. Yes, I am that nerdy.
These plots clearly indicate that Math is the language of love, despite whatever rumours you may have heard to the contrary.
Anyway, the reason I decided to blog about Valentine’s Day, apart from the obvious fact that it is Valentine’s Day, is that I received an awesome card from Steph when I got home on Friday. The card did three things at once, as detailed in this shiny list-o-love:
- It made me smile; something I very much-needed after a really long and painful week,
- It reminded me that I really do have the best friends ever. I love you too Steph! You’re pretty dino-rrific as well, and
- It reminded me that Valentine’s Day was just around the corner, thus prompting this post.
Hence, you can thank Steph for this walk-on-the-beach-hand-holding-make-love-all-day-to-math style of post.
I close with this dork-tacular tweet. Mathy Valen-time’s Day all y’all. Mathy Valen-time’s Day long time.
1 Dark chocolate of course. All other chocolates pale in comparison. Ha! Get it. Pale in comparison. PALE. Because dark chocolate is dark! Hilarious. I kill me.
2 Via email of course. I’m far too lazy to actually go to Hallmark to buy a card6. Note: I do not buy cards from Hallmark, as they are far too appropriate.
3 Some friends have caught on to said inappropriateness. Take for example this card that Rick sent me for Christmas. So full of inappropriateness, how can you not love it?
4 The Cardioid can be drawn using the following equation (in Polar coordinates of course).
5 The parametric heart can be drawn using the following equation (where t=-1..1).
In other unrelated news, there is only 1 month remaining until Pi Day (March 14, 2011). I know, I’m excited too!