People have asked why they can’t add questions to these links. The only place you can ask questions (or skip them, if you’re bored) is on the homepage where they’re stripped of the author’s name, the author’s questions, and everyone else’s questions, all of which have the potential to bias your response. You might disagree with that call but it was intentional, not an oversight.
- Big Marshmallow, Christopher Danielson. Five out of six questions (as of this writing) concern calories. Coincidence? What could have been? (PS. 100% perplexity as of this writing also. Strong work, Mister Vice President.)
- Bart Acceleration, Tim Erickson. The placement of the beam adds an interesting frame of reference to the video. I’d like to see the timer saved for later, of course.
- Big and Small Cookies, John Golden. The photo’s blurry and already cluttered up with abstraction but I do like the question a great deal, “Is it a better deal to buy the three smaller cookies or the larger one?” Because the area of a circle is a strange thing.
- Danish Clog, Fawn Nguyen. I wouldn’t find this nearly as perplexing without the sandal in the clog. A little bit of whimsy goes a long way with me.
- Wheat and Chessboard, Carl Malartre. This is a task I’ve only ever seen posed verbally. The visual, for me, illustrates the fact that, my word, square 64 is going to have a ton of wheat on it.
Plus my own listings this week, which include some older material:
- Gears Ad Infinitum
- Bike Chain Recycler
- Short Yellow Lights
- Big Baby
- Bubble Gum Truck
- CD Burner
- Boat in the River
Let me run an idea by you: once we get these things tagged up by standard or objective or keyword or whatever, then you have ready-made gallery problem sets. ie. Rather than inflicting my own fascination with absurd gummi bears on a kid who doesn’t care about them, I can send her over to 101questions and she can pick out a problem that interests her and use it to demonstrate competence. Student-centered paradise? Logistical nightmare? Both?