0568: "Well 2"

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0568: "Well 2"

Postby hthall » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:02 am UTC

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title-text: But I've made $13.72 already today! Ow, stop throwing pennies.

Hey--every year, people die by falling into wells. Don't you remember baby Jessica? She made it, but was that funny?

Not cool, not funny, not a good comic. ;)
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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby athelas » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:03 am UTC

Mike sounds like a pretty creative guy. Worth a shot, stick-figure girl!

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby alitheiapsis » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:04 am UTC

Get out of my head, Randall! I was just hiding in a well the other day!


/sarcasm

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby Master Gunner » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:06 am UTC

About a forgone conclusion on these boards, but I'd totally do the same thing as Mike if there was a well like that around here.

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby irishnut » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:07 am UTC

Mike digs a well just to get with you...and make the money to take you out on a cheap date...come on stick lady! lol

p.s. i was so holding out for the immortality thing...dammit

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby dennisw » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:08 am UTC

Uncomfortable truth: You could probably make more money hiding in a well by telling people what they wanted to hear.
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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby Storm » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:13 am UTC

Speaking of sequels we wished didn't exist. Kidding, another awesome comic! No pun intended.
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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby Troger64 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:43 am UTC

well 3?

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby yadumey » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:47 am UTC

What was Sean Astin doing down in the well? Were Corey Feldman and Josh Brolin with him?

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby psion » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:55 am UTC

Master Gunner wrote:About a forgone conclusion on these boards, but I'd totally do the same thing as Mike if there was a well like that around here.

Make one. That's what Mike did.

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby x1372 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:57 am UTC

OK, this is kinda strange. This is the second time Randall has used my number in his strip (the first being the time on the insanity digital clock). Does it have some importance to him, or is it just a coincidence that I'm dragging way out of proportion>?

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby Quicksilver_Johny » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:01 am UTC

The first frame is a definite "get out of my head Randall".

Science, hurry it up already.

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby Wareya » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:12 am UTC

I'm 14, I have good chance to live forever! :D

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby berto17 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:20 am UTC

First "Get out of my head, Randall" moment in a while.

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby 6453893 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:20 am UTC

The diameter of the well is smaller than her head! Mike must be twelve years old to fit in there.

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby aleflamedyud » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:23 am UTC

alitheiapsis wrote:Get out of my head, Randall! I was just hiding in a well the other day!


/sarcasm

Yeah really. This one's just desperate and creepy rather than funny.
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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby tyen » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:29 am UTC

x1372 wrote:OK, this is kinda strange. This is the second time Randall has used my number in his strip (the first being the time on the insanity digital clock). Does it have some importance to him, or is it just a coincidence that I'm dragging way out of proportion>?

A. It's not *your* number
B. It's not your number. 4978 is.

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby lifeismusic434 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:30 am UTC

x1372 wrote:OK, this is kinda strange. This is the second time Randall has used my number in his strip (the first being the time on the insanity digital clock). Does it have some importance to him, or is it just a coincidence that I'm dragging way out of proportion>?


Darn, beaten to it. I too was going to point out that's he's used 13.72 before. See here.

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby RamblingPants » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:31 am UTC

So has it been Mike this whole time? Did he build the Well just so Girl would eventually stop by? Or did he take the opportunity when he found out that Girl would be going to the Well that day?

My vote is that the well already existed.

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby pliny » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:37 am UTC

6453893 wrote:The diameter of the well is smaller than her head! Mike must be twelve years old to fit in there.



There might be a tunnel connecting a wider chamber under that well to an exit somewhere.

Also, in response to the immortality thing, I remind you of the Wondermark comic wherein someone realizes that we don't have to stop aging, we just have to extend life-spans by a year per year (preferably more). This is a big point of one of one of my favorite slightly-crazy scientists, Aubrey de Grey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey_de_Grey). As long as regenerative medicine accelerates its advancement, indefinite lifespan isn't so far-fetched.

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby dennisw » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:50 am UTC

6453893 wrote:The diameter of the well is smaller than her head! Mike must be twelve years old to fit in there.

And you thought "uncomfortable" was figurative!
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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby cephalopod9 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:05 am UTC

You also have to wonder how he sees who's throwing money in.
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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby pliny » Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:10 am UTC

cephalopod9 wrote:You also have to wonder how he sees who's throwing money in.


Easy-- mirrors down at the bottom and mirrors inside the little roof. Might involve a tilted mirror somewhere on the wall of the well.
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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby hotaru » Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:38 am UTC

Wareya wrote:I'm 14, I have good chance to live forever! :D

but by the time they figure it out, you'll be too old to enjoy it... i don't know about you, but i'd rather not spend eternity as a 94+-year-old...

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby appleguru » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:09 am UTC

lifeismusic434 wrote:
x1372 wrote:OK, this is kinda strange. This is the second time Randall has used my number in his strip (the first being the time on the insanity digital clock). Does it have some importance to him, or is it just a coincidence that I'm dragging way out of proportion>?


Darn, beaten to it. I too was going to point out that's he's used 13.72 before. See here.


Could be a reference to this:

http://www.buttercupfestival.com/58vol5.htm

Significance here:

http://xkcd.com/73/

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby Matterwave1 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:46 am UTC

hahahaha, this is the first comic in a while that made me chuckle.

I usually just smile. :P

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby UmbralRaptor » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:49 am UTC

"But I know what I mean!"
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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby the tree » Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:14 am UTC

"You just wasted a penny: you knew it would be a waste, but you did it anyway. What the hell is wrong with you?"

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby SEE » Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:12 am UTC

hotaru wrote:
Wareya wrote:I'm 14, I have good chance to live forever! :D

but by the time they figure it out, you'll be too old to enjoy it... i don't know about you, but i'd rather not spend eternity as a 94+-year-old...

They'll eventually figure out how to reverse aging such that a 94-year-old would have the body of a 24-year old. As long as you're immortal, you'll be there when they work it out!

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby hotaru » Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:20 am UTC

SEE wrote:They'll eventually figure out how to reverse aging such that a 94-year-old would have the body of a 24-year old. As long as you're immortal, you'll be there when they work it out!

but what are the chances that you'd want to have the body of a 94-year-old for that long?
would you want to be stuck in a hospital bed for several hundred years? several thousand? several million?

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby Wareya » Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:45 am UTC

Who said they wouldn't have the technology to let me use computers without moving any part of my body? They're already helping paralyzed people play games, and people with speech disorders talk, in similar ways as I intend to use.

If I live longer than I should, I'm happy.

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby Belial » Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:12 am UTC

Wareya wrote:I'm 14, I have good chance to live forever! :D


The trick isn't to live until they invent immortality.

It's to live until they invent the technology that lets you live long enough that they invent the technology that lets you live long enough that(rinse, repeat) they invent immortality.

In other words, they don't have to invent immortality in the next eighty years for me to live forever. They just have to invent something in the next eighty years that lets me live until I'm 200. And then invent something in the hundred years after that that lets me live until I'm 400. And then in the next 200 years......

And whenever they get to immortality, that'll be keen.

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:31 am UTC

There's nothing wrong with lojban, it's just that thought isn't determined by language.
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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby Belial » Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:48 am UTC

Well, and vice versa. Basically, as long as language is a system of symbols that signify something else, there will always be a gap between sign and signified, so there will always be slippage, and there will always be a requirement for clarification in order to communicate clearly (and there will always be room for multiple interpretations of any communication that isn't clarified).
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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby Apemeat » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:05 pm UTC

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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby Screature » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:20 pm UTC

Woah, my first "Randall, get out of my head!" moment.

My name is Mike IRL and there's a girl who likes me, and has told me so, but keeps her distance all the time. It's confusing us both :-(
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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby theyranos » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:35 pm UTC

Scott Adams in The Dilbert Future wrote:On an average, 'Induhviduals' who are alive today will experience 80 years of complaint-free living. Unfortunately, they'll live to 160.


Personally, I want to live long enough for someone to invent a programming language that doesn't make me clarify my ideas. All we need is a way to send information through time.

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# perfect language compiler.
import timetravel
import time
import quantum
import os
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start = time.time()
try:
    src = timetravel.information_waiting()
except timetravel.NovikovException:
    src = quantum.randomness()
f = open('temp.py', 'w')
f.write(src)
f.close()
os.system('python temp.py')
print('Did that do what you wanted?')
if raw_input() == 'y':
    timetravel.sendto(start, src)
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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby neoliminal » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:58 pm UTC

Anyone else think Mike should have been named "Timi"?
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Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Postby abstractpotato » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:06 pm UTC

theyranos: that would be cool, but you'd have to know what time in the future you would come up with the code
Immortality is great as long as they also come up with a scheme to stop the other detrimental effects of aging, otherwise it's like that greek myth.


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