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1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:20 pm UTC
by Jorpho
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Alt-text: Later, when I remember that I'm calling movers, I frantically scribble over the labels and write 'NORMAL HOUSE STUFF' on all of them, which actually makes things worse.

What, no monkey tacos?

Also, I'm a little surprised there's no thread for this already; I guess the comic was a little later than usual.

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:34 pm UTC
by orthogon
Putting membranes in the same box as shards seems extremely unwise.

At least his new house isn't going to be full of traps. Just one boxful.

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:49 pm UTC
by Rombobjörn
This reminds me of Ursula K. LeGuin's short story The Darkness Box in the collection The Wind’s Twelve Quarters, and especially the anecdote of how the story came to be:
Ursula K. LeGuin wrote:When my daughter Caroline was three she came to me with a small wooden box in her small hands and said, “Guess fwat is in this bockus!” I guessed caterpillars, mice, elephants, etc. She shook her head, smiled an unspeakably eldritch smile, opened the box slightly so that I could just see in, and said: “Darkness.”

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:51 pm UTC
by cellocgw
Rombobjörn wrote:This reminds me of Ursula K. LeGuin's short story The Darkness Box in the collection The Wind’s Twelve Quarters, and especially the anecdote of how the story came to be:
Ursula K. LeGuin wrote:When my daughter Caroline was three she came to me with a small wooden box in her small hands and said, “Guess fwat is in this bockus!” I guessed caterpillars, mice, elephants, etc. She shook her head, smiled an unspeakably eldritch smile, opened the box slightly so that I could just see in, and said: “Darkness.”


Daggone! I remember that foreword! She's one of my all-time favorite authors, any genre.

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:11 pm UTC
by peteispo
What, no Bobcats?

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:12 pm UTC
by ZeusTKP
We folded up and kept all our moving boxes in the garage. Now I think they are infested by a civilization of silverfish.

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:20 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
peteispo wrote:What, no Bobcats?

They're in the mail

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:27 pm UTC
by Archgeek
This reminds me intensely of what I'll write on such boxes -- "Live Scorpions (250 ct.)" "Ans. Machine + Grenade" (in my defense that box actually contained an answering machine and a hollowed-out grenade). The difference being I label things as such intentionally.

peteispo wrote:What, no Bobcats?

Instead of dark matter, package contained bobcat. 1/5

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:35 pm UTC
by ebow
Be careful when lifting the dark matter box--each pound in there weighs over ten thousand pounds!

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:37 pm UTC
by da Doctah
The ne plus ultra of useless labeling has to belong to Staples, the office-supply company. They had a contract to supply stationery and the like for the last office I worked in, so the supply room was filled with boxes of all sizes, all with the word "Staples" written on the side in big friendly letters. Which doesn't sound like a big deal until you go in to look for an actual box of staples.

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:37 pm UTC
by dysprog
I did label them as I boxed them. It didn't help much, because I am bad at labels. One box was labeled "other other books". When I opened it, it was mostly kitchen stuff (some of which was cookbooks, which I assume was why I named it that).

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:49 pm UTC
by orthogon
Rombobjörn wrote:This reminds me of Ursula K. LeGuin's short story The Darkness Box in the collection The Wind’s Twelve Quarters, and especially the anecdote of how the story came to be:
Ursula K. LeGuin wrote:When my daughter Caroline was three she came to me with a small wooden box in her small hands and said, “Guess fwat is in this bockus!” I guessed caterpillars, mice, elephants, etc. She shook her head, smiled an unspeakably eldritch smile, opened the box slightly so that I could just see in, and said: “Darkness.”

Ah, I see: are you suggesting that "Dark" and "Matter" are two separate things that the box on the bottom row contains?

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:23 pm UTC
by gmalivuk
peteispo wrote:What, no Bobcats?

The whole point was that the package contained a bobcat contrary to the expectations of the recipient. As such, any number of these boxes might actually contain bobcats.

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:26 pm UTC
by airdrik
And here I thought the mislabeling was an intentional obfuscation to reduce the likelihood that the moving company might "accidentally" lose the one with all of the valuables, and that the destination room could be determined by taking the last character from the hash of the label, using a simple mnemonic: k -> kitchen, m -> master bedroom, b -> bathroom, B -> upstairs bathroom, l -> living room, etc.

(and what average moving company worker or random friend who came to help move stuff into the new place doesn't know how to compute md5 hashes of random words in their head? I suppose they could cheat by using an app on their phone).

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:38 pm UTC
by Heimhenge
orthogon wrote:Ah, I see: are you suggesting that "Dark" and "Matter" are two separate things that the box on the bottom row contains?


Seems like all the boxes could be labeled with "dark" and "matter" and still be correctly labeled, even if empty and devoid of bobcats.

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:42 pm UTC
by orthogon
Heimhenge wrote:
orthogon wrote:Ah, I see: are you suggesting that "Dark" and "Matter" are two separate things that the box on the bottom row contains?


Seems like all the boxes could be labeled with "dark" and "matter" and still be correctly labeled, even if empty and devoid of bobcats.

Is it possible that the one labelled "particles" contains only photons, and hence neither matter nor dark?

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:40 pm UTC
by ThemePark
Three of the boxes contains Apples, Oranges and Apples & Oranges.

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:14 pm UTC
by deskjethp
Water hooves?

♫♪ Shoo be do. Shoo shoo be do. ♪♫

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:04 pm UTC
by colonel_hack
orthogon wrote:Ah, I see: are you suggesting that "Dark" and "Matter" are two separate things that the box on the bottom row contains?


No, no. Like Sherlock Holmes: ``The dark matter of the American seamstress''.
Ya gotta pack up those skeletons out of the closet too.

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:20 pm UTC
by Copper Bezel
deskjethp wrote:Water hooves?

♫♪ Shoo be do. Shoo shoo be do. ♪♫

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Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:32 pm UTC
by Rombobjörn
orthogon wrote:Ah, I see: are you suggesting that "Dark" and "Matter" are two separate things that the box on the bottom row contains?

That interpretation did occur to me. I also read "water hooves", "glucose kits" and "peat crowns".

orthogon wrote:
Heimhenge wrote:Seems like all the boxes could be labeled with "dark" and "matter" and still be correctly labeled, even if empty and devoid of bobcats.

Is it possible that the one labelled "particles" contains only photons, and hence neither matter nor dark?

If the box is made of cardboard and is handled by movers, then I can guarantee that it contains air and infrared photons, in addition to whatever else it may contain.

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:47 pm UTC
by ShifterCat
The people who most recently helped me move told the story of a guy who labeled every box "Pornography".

As it turns out, some moving companies have dishonest people, who might read a box label and decide to make off with an expensive item. This guy had been burned by one such company.

So, giving your boxes weird labels can serve the purpose of confusing potential thieves... but you'd want to have some sort of answer key for yourself.

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:53 pm UTC
by Pfhorrest
Label every box after some niche genre of porn, and keep a translation key for yourself, e.g. fisting = dishes, double penetration = linens, etc.

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:27 pm UTC
by fibonacci
I'd just label them all "ding an sich".

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:35 pm UTC
by CasualSax
Maybe I just hate moving more than the rest of you, but all of my boxes end up with profanity on them. "Fragile as @#$&" is one that comes to mind. Oh, and the box labeled "X-MEN X-MAS."

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:05 pm UTC
by leidentech
Which one has Schrodinger's cat?

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:13 pm UTC
by Copper Bezel
It's in a superposition with the one full of circus peanuts.

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:21 pm UTC
by Mike Rosoft
>Which one has Schrodinger's cat?
That's impossible to know until you open the right box. (Or all the wrong ones.)

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:30 pm UTC
by Mike Rosoft
deskjethp wrote:Water hooves?

♫♪ Shoo be do. Shoo shoo be do. ♪♫


I don't think that seaponies (or mermares) have hooves. :-)
Spoiler:
On the other hoof, Twilight Sparkle knows a spell which allows an ordinary pony to breath underwater. (For some reason, the spell doesn't work on dragons.)

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:33 pm UTC
by Jorpho
Jorpho wrote:What, no monkey tacos?

peteispo wrote:What, no Bobcats?


Oh, I forgot the other likely possibility:
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https://xkcd.com/1123/

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:03 pm UTC
by Copper Bezel
Mike Rosoft wrote:
deskjethp wrote:Water hooves?

♫♪ Shoo be do. Shoo shoo be do. ♪♫


I don't think that seaponies (or mermares) have hooves. :-)

Seaponies don't, but "mermare" implies they would, if only on the front end, and most of the G4-based seapony fanart I've seen interprets them that way.

Edit: Oh, and, duh, the Sirens. I knew I was thinking there was a canonical reference somewhere.

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:10 pm UTC
by Rombobjörn
Mike Rosoft wrote:>Which one has Schrodinger's cat?
That's impossible to know until you open the right box. (Or all the wrong ones.)

And until you open it, the box contains a superposition of Schrödinger's bobcat and Schrödinger's friend Catherine.

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:41 am UTC
by Coyne
If I'm doing the box moving, I'm leaving the "MANIFOLDS" box strictly unmolested. Might take a chance on that one on the bottom labelled "DOUGH", just on the off chance...

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 4:11 am UTC
by addams
uh-oh....Is someone moving?
xkcd: Soon to be coming from Canada?

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:06 am UTC
by ps.02
Coyne wrote:Might take a chance on that one on the bottom labelled "DOUGH", just on the off chance...

He should've labeled it BEWARE OF DOUGH.

The random-label thing could be fun. ICE CREAM, maybe, or PROSTHETICS, or CLOCKS (FAST), or THE NOTEBOOK, or TAM, R.

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:31 am UTC
by Flumble
addams wrote:uh-oh....Is someone moving?
xkcd: Soon to be coming from Canada?

Given his express interest in the Netherlands in the past, maybe xkcd will be dutch soon? :mrgreen:

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:38 am UTC
by azule
Is a box labeled Pornography more or less likely to be "mishandled" by paid movers?

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:31 am UTC
by YellowYeti
Flumble wrote:
addams wrote:uh-oh....Is someone moving?
xkcd: Soon to be coming from Canada?

Given his express interest in the Netherlands in the past, maybe xkcd will be dutch soon? :mrgreen:


South Norwessex

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:42 am UTC
by orthogon
ps.02 wrote: [...] CLOCKS (FAST) [...]

If the removal van travels fast enough, that might partially correct the problem. If you mean that the clocks gain time, a good GR-aware removal company will put them in the attic of the new house. (Or is it the basement?)

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:13 am UTC
by somitomi
CasualSax wrote:Maybe I just hate moving more than the rest of you, but all of my boxes end up with profanity on them. "Fragile as @#$&" is one that comes to mind. Oh, and the box labeled "X-MEN X-MAS."

I haven't experienced the pleasure of moving yet (yes, I am young), but I have a few boxes designated to a specific subset of things ("PC-parts", "wall wart plugs" etc.). I've picked up the habit of labeling them in blackletter, because I happen to have a permanent marker that makes blackletter relatively easy to make. I do it just for my own amusement, but it also makes them more legible than the average box-scribble.