Grapeshot Volume 10, Issue 8: Lost Property

If you're around Macquarie Uni, go hunt down a copy of this (featuring yours truly). Guaranteed to make you forget the terror of impending exams. You’ll find me on p.44, with a review/article about the games Night in the Woods, Celeste, and how they portray mental health.

Cover Illustration by Sam van Vliet

*(No liability is accepted for forgotten exams - read at own risk)

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A Map of Every Place I've Ever Been

You could fit a linear trend to the points on this map, if you wanted, and probably get a pretty good χ2. If you follow that through logically, I must be destined to travel to northern India, Greenland, and the Antarctic Peninsula. Maybe I can go other places where the line wraps back around the Earth.

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Some kind of trout

The fish was minding her own business when a fissure opened in the ice above her, and she was sucked unceremoniously upward.

She wasn’t really a fish, of course. But she had fins, she had gills, her shape was ideal for slicing through Europa’s subsurface oceans. The obvious difference, biochemistry aside, was her lack of eyes, and some deep-water Earth fish don’t have those anyway.

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Essay: "Tens and tenths: decimalising calendar and angle"

Way back in first year, for an elective about soft mathematics (that wasn't the official description), I wrote an essay about the advantages and disadvantages of adopting further decimal units. I tidied it up a little, and here it is!

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Which Nintendo characters would burn in holy water? A comprehensive study

Yesterday, Simon Belmont (of Castlevania fame) was announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. One of Simon’s attacks is holy water. The only possible conclusion to is that, in some way, every character in Smash is an unholy monstrosity that must be vanquished. Here, we try to work out why.

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The Ultimate* Cheat Sheet for Astrophysics Students

At some point during my undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics, with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing) I thought, "wouldn't it be cool if I collected all the physics and maths formulae I've learnt into a notebook?" This became three notebooks, then, when I realised how untidy they were getting, a LaTeX document. In the hope that others might find it useful, I decided to put it up here. Three years after it began, here it is!

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