0209: "Kayak"

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0209: "Kayak"

Postby Twasbrillig » Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:18 am UTC

http://xkcd.com/c209.html

"...but it doesn't have cool doors like a Delorean!"

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Postby Doozer » Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:03 am UTC

Not quite as good as usual.

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Postby thomsedavi » Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:45 am UTC

Doozer wrote:Not quite as good as usual.


I see it as geeky Calvin & Hobbes homage...

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Postby Pathway » Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:10 am UTC

It's better than usual. Don't be foolish.

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Postby thomsedavi » Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:25 am UTC

Pathway wrote:It's better than usual. Don't be foolish.


We're not being foolish, we're being subjective.

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Postby Benevolent Lion » Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:53 am UTC

I'm experiencing the future!!!

Honestly, to me the fact that he's poking fun at the term "The Future" is quite amusing.
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Postby pumix » Fri Jan 12, 2007 10:23 am UTC

I have nothing to say of this one.

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Postby no-genius » Fri Jan 12, 2007 10:23 am UTC

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Postby Verysillyman » Fri Jan 12, 2007 11:54 am UTC

My little brother and I have a habit of walking in a silly manner and saying in robot voices "The future is now. The future is here."

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Postby piels » Fri Jan 12, 2007 12:11 pm UTC

Today's "Cat and Girl" (http://www.catandgirl.com/view.php?loc=414) has a very similar theme. Is it International Webcomic Literal Time Travel Day?

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Postby athelas » Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:49 pm UTC

Well, you'd better not light a fire in that kayak. You can't have your kayak and heat it too.

*d&r*

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Postby Anoria » Fri Jan 12, 2007 2:06 pm UTC

athelas wrote:Well, you'd better not light a fire in that kayak. You can't have your kayak and heat it too.
*d&r*

The sad thing is, I first heard that joke from one of my high school planners, you know the kind with all the motivational crap in it that's supposed to get you to do your homework... I'm greatly disappointed in you. :P


"There's future everywhere" is just so quotable. That makes me happy.

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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Fri Jan 12, 2007 4:36 pm UTC

Also, you are looking into and hearing the past wherever you are, because light and sound take time to travel.
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Re: "Kayak" Discussion

Postby wisnij » Fri Jan 12, 2007 4:41 pm UTC

Twasbrillig wrote:http://xkcd.com/c208.html

ITYM http://xkcd.com/c209.html.

This is sort of the successor to Nihilism, isn't it? The guy even has the same hat.
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Postby Canoeman » Fri Jan 12, 2007 4:53 pm UTC

I liked this one.

Also, I think "it also goes over water" has entered my list of out-of-context quotes I use in everyday life.

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Postby Samej » Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:05 pm UTC

About the alt text: if the universe ends in under t years than there is no future a distance ct away. (to us here anyway)

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Postby Odeen » Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:31 pm UTC

Geography: It's everywhere!

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Postby Cctoide » Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:08 pm UTC

*flails hands wildly*

AAYEEEE! FUTURE! GET IT OFF ME!
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Postby Jerf » Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:25 pm UTC

One second per second - it's not just a good idea, it's the law!

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Postby Your.Master » Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:52 pm UTC

Not as fun as previous ones, but sentimental nevertheless because it also reminds me of the greatest cartoon of all time, Calvin & Hobbes (deal with second place, xkcd, deal with second place).

It reminds me a bit of the last strip:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/e ... 951231.jpg

and of course, the alt text brings to mind:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/e ... Hobbes.gif

"the future is a big place" tickles my memory too, but Googling variations on that got me the same damn quote list a million times over with that "surest sign of intelligent life in the universe is that it hasn't tried to contact us" quote (something like that) and another guy saying the other part of the phrase.

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Postby BeTheDuck » Fri Jan 12, 2007 10:17 pm UTC

Doozer wrote:Not quite as good as usual.


That's what SHE said.

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Postby william » Fri Jan 12, 2007 11:17 pm UTC

Jerf wrote:One second per second - it's not just a good idea, it's the law!

Not if you have a sufficiently fast spaceship or a black hole.
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Postby Twasbrillig » Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:46 am UTC

william wrote:
Jerf wrote:One second per second - it's not just a good idea, it's the law!

Not if you have a sufficiently fast spaceship or a black hole.



Or any combination of the two.
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Postby Jerf » Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:25 am UTC

Locally, you always proceed "forward" at one second per second. The only exception is at a black hole where you eventually run out of seconds at the singularity.

But otherwise, one second per second is the law.

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Postby Maltheos » Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:27 am UTC

No -- actually its still 1 second per second. Its just that your seconds and my seconds choose to disagree.

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Postby Boomerang » Sat Jan 13, 2007 4:36 am UTC

I think this comic is subliminally trying to tell us that the secret to time travel lies in palindromes!

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Postby Twasbrillig » Sat Jan 13, 2007 7:10 pm UTC

Boomerang wrote:I think this comic is subliminally trying to tell us that the secret to time travel lies in palindromes!


Sit on a potato pan, Otis.
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Postby Decker » Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:19 pm UTC

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Postby hyperion » Sun Jan 14, 2007 2:30 am UTC

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Postby warriorness » Sun Jan 14, 2007 3:38 am UTC

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Postby Hawknc » Sun Jan 14, 2007 7:42 am UTC

That's pretty awesome.

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Postby kertrats » Sun Jan 14, 2007 5:59 pm UTC

That's unspeakably awesome.

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Postby Vandole » Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:45 pm UTC

What's the difference between a two-seat kayak and a canoe? Is it that the canoe is open topped, while a kayak isn't?

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Postby Verysillyman » Sun Jan 14, 2007 11:11 pm UTC

A kayak is thinner and stuff.

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Postby thomasjmaccoll » Sun Jan 14, 2007 11:35 pm UTC

but canoe really tell the difference?

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Postby DigitalMeatball » Mon Jan 15, 2007 5:22 am UTC

Maltheos wrote:No -- actually its still 1 second per second. Its just that your seconds and my seconds choose to disagree.

Yay! I really liked this response. :D

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Postby PotatoEngineer » Mon Jan 15, 2007 5:50 am UTC

If it wasn't one second per second, how would you possibly tell? I mean, your clock or other timing mechanism would move at the same rate...

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Postby Pathway » Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:41 am UTC

thomsedavi wrote:
Pathway wrote:It's better than usual. Don't be foolish.


We're not being foolish, we're being subjective.


I dream of a world where everyone is subjective to my opinion.

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That wasn't future. That was past, as I'm sure you can clearly see now.

PotatoEngineer wrote:If it wasn't one second per second, how would you possibly tell? I mean, your clock or other timing mechanism would move at the same rate...


All 'one second per second' tells us is that time passes at 1x the rate at which time passes. Which is true by identity. So your hypothetical conditions are meaningless.

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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:44 pm UTC

Bah. If you're in the present, can see what's behind you and can't see what's in front of you, you're going the wrong way.
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Postby Tractor » Tue Jan 16, 2007 6:55 pm UTC

warriorness wrote:('shopped Calvin & Hobbes goodness goes here)
I hope this doesn't make me a bad person


Nope, I vote it makes you the winner.

In other news, the future and past may or may not exist. It may not even matter whether or not they do anyway.

Given that nothing may be absolutely proved as existing (Since apart from what I am currently experiencing, I have no proof that anything else exists; and even that may only be imagined), only the current instant of experiences matters at any given time. Past instants may not have actually occurred, and future instants may not ever exist. And since the past is subject to dispute, if any future moments do occur, they cannot be proven to have been caused by the alleged past.

For example, this post may or may not have been written by me, as it would have occurred in the past and cannot be proven. Any 'proof' that shows I wrote it could have been fabricated for use at the current instant. Any responses to this post may also not be written, but may appear anyhow, but we will never know for sure.



Although really, this is all just distracting me from what I SHOULD be doing this instant...work :P
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