I love the idea that someone’s ego could FILL up a space and crowd you out. Leave it to Judy the poetic wordsmith to lend me that one!
Hey, Kids! It’s time for:
ACCEPTABILITY OF OBNOXIOUSNESS = Weight of TALENT – Volume of EGO
a> If the result of this formula (ACCOBNO – wT – vEGO) is a positive number, then the result is measured in “Idiosyncrasies per Completed Work”, with the scale running from “Odd Bird” to “Reality Altering Genius”.
b> If the result is a negative number, then measure using the Me Me Me Jerkiness scale, which ranges from “Annoying Wannabe” to “Whiny, Why-Won’t-He-Permanently-Martyr-Himself-Already-So-I-Can-Get-Some-PEACE”.
NOTE: While the formula is an established constant, the subjects to which the formula is applied rarely are.
Well done, Pete. And the formula ACCOBNO = wT – vEGO can be applied to other areas than just art, too, especially if you add the degrees earned modifier, DE.
The DE modifier is multiplicative, and modifies the vEGO component for your formula. The more higher level academic degrees earned, the more obnoxious the vEGO factor! So this modifies your formula to:
ACCOBNO = wT – (vEGO * DE)
Okay, I am an admitted math-loser… but I appreciate the rather complicated math-y equation you’ve laid out here, Pete. And a good addendum DCS! I am most impressed.
You both, obviously, paid attention in algebra (I scraped by with the help of the very kind and geeky fella who sat in front of me in Mr. Shea’s Algebra 1 class… geeky fella gets the credit of introducing me to the graphic novel MAUS). See, I wasn’t at all paying attention in math class… I was reading comics.
I loved algebra at school – well, I loved Math generally, except for calculus – and I was no good at art… Now I just use addition and subtraction in my job, and I have a web comic. Go figure
(Mind you, my art still isn’t that great anyway…)
Funny thing is, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago (after having left school for about 20 years) that I finally worked out what simultaneous equations are for We certainly weren’t told their purpose in Math class (unless I wasn’t paying attention at the time, which was entirely possible, because my Math teacher was awesome).
Poor Spill, meanwhile… I’m inclined to wonder how she’s going to get out of this one.
The wonderful thing about art is… you can improve with it’s application! If you don’t GET math, there’s little room for improvement… (can anyone prove otherwise? I would love to be proven wrong on this one)… Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is a great book for working on the art skills.
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