0525: "I Know You're Listening"

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0525: "I Know You're Listening"

Postby HenryGifford » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:01 am UTC

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Alt Text: It's basically Pascal's Wager for the paranoid prankster
Link: http://xkcd.com/525/

This is clever. I would like to try.
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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby mmx49 » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:03 am UTC

...I've done this before, for exactly the same reasons.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby SocialSceneRepairman » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:03 am UTC

mmx49 wrote:...I've done this before, for exactly the same reasons.


And now you know who's listening.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Sirobin » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:03 am UTC

Hahaha, that's hilarious. I'm so going to do that from now on :mrgreen:

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby wizzfizz » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:04 am UTC

Did anyone ever have a "Truman" moment when they were young, like the world existed just to study you and your every move? Or was I just crazy
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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby HenryGifford » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:05 am UTC

wizzfizz wrote:Did anyone ever have a "Truman" moment when they were young, like the world existed just to study you and your every move? Or was I just crazy

http://io9.com/5098137/truman-show-synd ... reality-tv
I get little cases of this sometimes..

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby dennisw » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:05 am UTC

I act like there are hidden cameras everywhere I go.
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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Rowan_of_Rin » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:05 am UTC

I used to duck every now and then. I think I will take up this habit as well, to add to my 'odd habit' portfolio.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby trvsdrlng » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:06 am UTC

Dammit, Randall, get out of my head!

No, for real. I hear your voice echoing throughout my room...
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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby GodShapedBullet » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:06 am UTC

The connection to Pascal's Wager is pretty good.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Vladamar » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:08 am UTC

Yep, definitely do this sometimes just in case.

Helps that my brother loves to try to sneak up on me or eavesdrop, so once in awhile I win!

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Freiberg » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:08 am UTC

Alright, alright. Calm down people. Everyone has done this now and again.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Alchemyprime » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:11 am UTC

As for Pascal's Wager, all the deities will just look at him and hold a bunch of sticks, saying "We'll show Mr. Clever Dick what we think about that." {/pratchett]

I can only assume government agents will one day do the same to me.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby RandallGetOutOfMyHead » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:11 am UTC

I just heard my friend say something in the next room yesterday!

How strange.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby mmx49 » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:12 am UTC

Freiberg wrote:Alright, alright. Calm down people. Everyone has done this now and again.


No! We will not calm down! In fact, how do you know we all do this?

*accusatory glare*

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Freiberg » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:14 am UTC

mmx49 wrote:
Freiberg wrote:Alright, alright. Calm down people. Everyone has done this now and again.


No! We will not calm down! In fact, how do you know we all do this?

*accusatory glare*


Ummm....


Ummm....

I am NOT a raptor. I assure you.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby aleflamedyud » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:16 am UTC

GODDAMN IT RANDALL, GET OUT OF MY HEAD! That phrase has just taken on a whole new level of paranoia.
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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby mmx49 » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:17 am UTC

Freiberg wrote:
Ummm....


Ummm....

I am NOT a raptor. I assure you.


Oh, of course not.

Cuttlefish.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby podbaydoor » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:20 am UTC

As usual, brilliant simplicity from Mr. Munroe.

Or, I guess, not so simple.

Is it?
tenet |ˈtenit|
noun
a principle or belief, esp. one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy : the tenets of classical liberalism.
tenant |ˈtenənt|
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a person who occupies land or property rented from a landlord.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Balsamic » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:25 am UTC

Have I done this with sporadic regularity this? Haha... ha... ... no comment.

When I was younger, I could relate to that truman show syndrome concept (or is it simply repackaged narcissism?) but not anymore. I'm fully aware that my daily life would yield record low ratings.
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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby azngenius » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:27 am UTC

Question: For those of you who are sitting in an empty room and just read the comic, did you say "I know you're listening"?
I know I did :D

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Freiberg » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:29 am UTC

mmx49 wrote:Cuttlefish.


It is too late for you, my friend. My ink jets are ready and holding at 200 dpi, camoflauge in place, hiding spot staked, computational linguists ready, and duct tape armed and dangerous.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby irdsm » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:30 am UTC

I kind of do the same thing now and again....

Except I'm paranoid about mind readers :shock:

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Synthuir » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:31 am UTC

mmx49 wrote:...I've done this before, for exactly the same reasons.


I ALWAYS do this EXACTLY in the same way! TYVM!!!
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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby chuckstudios » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:36 am UTC

Strangely enough, I occasionally do this in my head to throw off potential mind readers.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby atimholt » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:37 am UTC

azngenius wrote:Question: For those of you who are sitting in an empty room and just read the comic, did you say "I know you're listening"?
I know I did :D

How could we do anything else? But it doesn't mean we're manipulable sheep. It doesn't!
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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby mmx49 » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:37 am UTC

Freiberg wrote:
It is too late for you, my friend. My ink jets are ready and holding at 200 dpi, camoflauge in place, hiding spot staked, computational linguists ready, and duct tape armed and dangerous.


Wait! There are still physicists you have to destroy! Go after them first, I'm just a simple mathema--biology major.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Rehio » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:40 am UTC

Sadly, I have done this a few times before, for that exact reason.

Also, ever since I saw The Truman Show, I've wondered about cameras in the vents/mirrors/wherever. "Stop watching me" works just as well as "I know you're listening."

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Master Gunner » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:42 am UTC

I often do this too, out of a mix of rampant paranoia, curiosity, boredom, possible schizophrenia, and a feeling that someone's watching me.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Freiberg » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:44 am UTC

mmx49 wrote:
Wait! There are still physicists you have to destroy! Go after them first, I'm just a simple mathema--biology major.


Ooohhh. Sorry for the little mixup there. I'm making mistakes because I am feeling kinda skittish, its as if people know I am listening...

Anyway, I also salute bio majors. Happy New Year. My gift is insanity and fear.

Actually, my gift is abundant and overly spiced tacos in large pots, but don't tell anyone.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Middle Child » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:50 am UTC

my first "GET OUT OF MY HEAD" :O

Not two hours ago was my younger brother pissing me off. He was standing in the doorway to my room and I asked him to leave. He did not.

I closed the door. He said he was leaving. I said "I know you're still there" really quietly. He said "DAMN" and left.

Pretty close :P

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Bulvox » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:52 am UTC

I shall start to do this, just for the lulz.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Awesometastic » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:53 am UTC

May I say: GET OUT OF MY HEAD, RANDALL!
(I know you're listening. Yeah, you.)

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Archosaur » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:55 am UTC

I do this too!

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Freiberg » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:56 am UTC

Bulvox wrote:I shall start to do this, just for the lulz.


Quiet down, will you? I am trying to sleep here!

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Patashu » Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:11 am UTC

This is pretty solid advice for both the meat- and cyber- spheres.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby cmd » Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:12 am UTC

I used to do this when I was about 8 following the exact same logic.

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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby Bulvox » Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:17 am UTC

Freiberg wrote:
Bulvox wrote:I shall start to do this, just for the lulz.


Quiet down, will you? I am trying to sleep here!
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Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Postby aleflamedyud » Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:21 am UTC

Freiberg wrote:
mmx49 wrote:Cuttlefish.


It is too late for you, my friend. My ink jets are ready and holding at 200 dpi, camoflauge in place, hiding spot staked, computational linguists ready, and duct tape armed and dangerous.

Ahhh.... but I have a staple-gun. En garde!
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