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  1. Peter is thoroughly underwhelmed at Thor’s “creation”. His
    expression shows that his last comment is purely sarcastic.

  2. It IS a sarcastic response, but the ability to freehand draw a good circle (as opposed to a lumpy oblong) is somewhat rare.

  3. I think he was expecting a magic trick of sorts, like a circle to appear in the air or something. Thor’s holding the stick like a wand in the first panel.

  4. On a semantic point, is he really creating it from nothing? He’s using the sand, therefore creating it from the sand. Right? Ok, the circle is not made out of the sand per se, and the circle itself is a mere divot in the sand which perhaps could qualify as nothing, but he hasn’t CREATED it from nothing…if you see what I mean.

  5. There’s the same amount of sand before and after. There are no circles before, and 1 circle after. That sure looks like creating a circle from nothing.

    On the other hand, it can be argued that the circle was there the whole time… he just brushed all the sand off of/out of it.

  6. JP: you’re right, Thor is the Michelangelo of sand-circles; “Every expanse of sand has a circle inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” Which is why Peter doesn’t “dare challenge the master”. 😉

  7. “There’s the same amount of sand before and after. There are no circles before, and 1 circle after.”

    So, I’m thinking you’re saying he has truly created a circle, one that came from nothing into existence. But what happens to the existence of the circle when the sand is removed? The circle is dependent on the sand for its existence. In fact, isn’t it fair to say it has been created from the sand…not from nothing? Since he was referenced, I think our buddy Mike who simply hewed away the rough walls of marble, would likewise say his sculptures were created from marble…not nothing.

    I dunno’.

  8. “‘Every expanse of sand has a circle inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.’”

    It is the task of the geometer to discover it. The Greeks were finding truth and beauty in sand tables a few millennia before Michelangelo came on the scene.

  9. What’s really happened is that Hart created a philosophical dialogue out of nothing.

  10. I can’t shake the feeling the circle was going to be understood as a zero, and in turn as meaning “nothing”. Tho that is not the order he was proposing.

  11. It is not a circle. As I see it, there is a gap between the beginning and end points. It is, therefore, just a curved line.

  12. … the ability to freehand draw a good circle (as opposed to a lumpy oblong) is somewhat rare …
    I remember attending a lecture in which the professor drew such a good circle on the blackboard that the students actually applauded.

  13. Kilby: When I took drawing in college, I remember the professor saying

    “Lots of people will say ‘I’m no good at drawing, I can’t even draw a circle.’ Well, that doesn’t make any sense, because a circle is really hard to draw. And you’re hardly ever going to have to draw one anyway, so don’t worry about it.”

  14. BTW, unrelated to this comic: Bill, I see a “Your Random (but comics-related) Comments” link at the top. But when I click on it, I don’t see any way to leave comments there.

  15. Yep, it’s a separate Page (as I think WP calls it), meant to hold posts and replies just as the Home page does. So for us to leave replies, it needs to be seeded with a post from CIDU Bill.

  16. Okay, what happened was, Posts accept comments by default, while Pages do not. Who knew? But it’s fixed now.

    One thing I really like about the new set-up is that I can easily make changes via my phone.

  17. One of my math teachers taught us how to draw a circle. Stand in front of the blackboard facing away from it. With your arm straight down at full extent, put the chalk against the board behind you and move your arm upward fully extended in a half circle until it is straight up. Turn around to face the board. Move your arm downward fully extended to finish the circle.

  18. It is easy to draw a circle. Find something that is a circle shape the size you want your circle to be – a glass, a coin (without a milled edge), a plate, a tire, etc. Put that down where you want to draw a circle – draw around the the item and carefully remove it. 🙂

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