Nerdy t-shirts

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Working at a software company, I’ve gotten to see a fair share of nerdy t-shirts. There are the those celebrating various video games, software launches etc. Then there are the programming references (“Wanna grab a byte?”).

Probably nobody does programming humor better than XKCD – their “my code is compiling” and “sudo make me a sandwich” shirts are pretty common. This week, I saw two shirts that are in contention for the title of “Most Awesome T-shirt Ever”.

The first had a decidedly complicated looking equation on the front, giving the value of Vs. The caption read “Airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow“. Priceless. I was tempted to ask if the swallow was African or European.

The second had a big bold “i2” on the front with the caption “keeping It real“. That made my day!

Here’s a gem from the Ars mathamatica blog.I don’t think I could put it better if I tried.

You know, mathematical terminology cannot be parodied. Mathematicians have invented groups, semigroups, quasigroups, pseudogroups, and two mostly-unrelated concepts both known as groupoids. They have invented both formal groups and quantum groups, neither of which are kinds of groups. And while the study of groups is a branch of algebra, most groups are not, in fact, algebraic.

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