0288: "Elevator"

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Postby curious and questioning » Wed Jul 11, 2007 6:39 pm UTC

predatormc wrote:
curious and questioning wrote:On an unrelated note, pardon my lack of knowledge, but how/where would I find a place to host my parody image?

I'm using photobucket. Imageshack can be acceptable for temporary things.

Thank you!

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Postby Tractor » Wed Jul 11, 2007 6:49 pm UTC

curious and questioning wrote:this is my hundredth post! again, nobody cares


dude, one of the best uses of the 100th post yet. Nice work.
also, xs.to is handy for img hosting too.
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Postby wing » Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:01 pm UTC

gazzaj wrote:
wing wrote:
Peripatetic wrote:Every certificate of inspection I've ever seen on an elevator has always been expired for at least a year. I wouldn't want to try this trick.
The elevator in my office building has a sheet of paper in the slot for the inspection certificate telling us to go to security for a copy of the certificate. Security doesn't know wtf you're talking about if you ask for one. The elevator has outright FAILED no fewer than 8 times in the past 2 weeks, it doesn't even come CLOSE to it's marked weight limit (3500lbs marked. A weighted 2200lb skid DROPPED IT without even putting more than 50% of the skid's weight on. We had to manually muscle this 2200lb skid back out of the dangling elevator.... If I knew where an elevator with a certificate in it in this county were, I'd be calling the complaint number.

Also, the emergency phone was TORN OUT years ago, and never replaced. It's just two bare wires.


On the plus side, I assume you don't need to go to the gym any longer given that you now use the stairs?

Also, if you do get stuck, there are people around with plenty of experience to get you out.
Unfortunately, for all the times the elevator has failed, it has never had a person in it. That would get it refurbished VERY quickly. And the worst bit about this elevator is that one of my offices is in the basement, and it's the only 2-way access (I can come down the stairs and badge in, but going UP the stairs, you cannot exit into the building, and have to exit to the outside, and never badge out (legally, you need to be able to just walk out the fire escapes without anything impeding your progress). Meaning that use of the elevator is compulsory unless you want to get flagged on the security audits because you keep badging in but never out. It's usually a quick explanation, but having to walk the half mile to the building with the security office is.... Eh. Not cool.

And as for impressing girls, there's not much impressive about slowly sinking at about 3x the normal rate of progress down a 3-floor hydraulic elevator shaft, and then ripping the doors open manually to find that your feet are about 2 feet below the floor level (that's maximum sink, if the entire hydraulic system drains)

Even if the whole hydro system catastrophically failed, you're only falling at most 30 feet. In my case, it'd be a massive 15 foot drop from 1 to B, since I'm never on floor 2. But a slow leak is more likely than a catastrophic failure (especially since the pressures aren't high enough to deal with a mere 1-ton load)

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Postby lihan161051 » Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:52 pm UTC

Darcey wrote:I was also reminded of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

This is a really awesome comic, the idea of a button that takes you anywhere. Although... if you pressed a button for 'love', where would it actually take you? Would a hot member of whatever sex you're attracted to suddenly appear in the elevator with you? Personally I'd label the button 'hot sex on a deserted beach'. If I had enough paper. XD


Note: "Love" and "Sex" intersect but are not equivalent sets. (And the relative complement of "Love" in "Sex" is as interesting in its own way as the relative complement of "Sex" in "Love". :D )

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elevator failings

Postby zenmark » Wed Jul 11, 2007 8:18 pm UTC

In my experience, it doesn't matter how well you can force the doors of your broken elevator apart, because the outer doors are locked, and are usually a few feet off so you wouldn't be able to get good leverage anyways.
This I learned twice, once trying to go take my math final and another time trying to move out of my dorm.
Incidentally both times were in the elevator that spent the entire year without a cover on the car's electronics but only broke once they came in and covered them up. I suspect that the random wires hanging out of it were the only things keeping it running.

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Re: elevator failings

Postby wing » Wed Jul 11, 2007 8:22 pm UTC

zenmark wrote:In my experience, it doesn't matter how well you can force the doors of your broken elevator apart, because the outer doors are locked, and are usually a few feet off so you wouldn't be able to get good leverage anyways.
This I learned twice, once trying to go take my math final and another time trying to move out of my dorm.
Incidentally both times were in the elevator that spent the entire year without a cover on the car's electronics but only broke once they came in and covered them up. I suspect that the random wires hanging out of it were the only things keeping it running.
Outer doors? Lock? HAHAHAHA. I've been leaning against the outer doors on this thing and they move under that miniscule amount of pressure.

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Postby Darcey » Wed Jul 11, 2007 8:47 pm UTC

lihan161051 wrote:
Darcey wrote:I was also reminded of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

This is a really awesome comic, the idea of a button that takes you anywhere. Although... if you pressed a button for 'love', where would it actually take you? Would a hot member of whatever sex you're attracted to suddenly appear in the elevator with you? Personally I'd label the button 'hot sex on a deserted beach'. If I had enough paper. XD


Note: "Love" and "Sex" intersect but are not equivalent sets. (And the relative complement of "Love" in "Sex" is as interesting in its own way as the relative complement of "Sex" in "Love". :D )


Well, yeah, but I've already been in love.

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Postby lihan161051 » Wed Jul 11, 2007 9:07 pm UTC

Mouffles wrote:This comic is really cool. I wonder if we could generate a paradox by getting the elevator to open onto itself?


If two TARDISes can materialize around each other, I suppose anything is possible .. :)

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Postby Syphon » Wed Jul 11, 2007 9:29 pm UTC

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Postby Bakemaster » Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:27 pm UTC

A certain album-a-day came to mind when I read this one. Yes, zeppelins are awesome.
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Postby Rakshasa » Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:38 am UTC

curious and questioning wrote:http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa288/questioningbeing/xkcd_elevatorlove.jpg

I was expecting it to end like this:

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Postby drewshorkey » Thu Jul 12, 2007 1:59 am UTC

i notice that there is a definite zeppelin trend going on here

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Postby saxmaniac1987 » Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:34 am UTC

New meme=zeppelin? I figured zeppelins were too classy to become a meme.
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Postby shill » Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:43 am UTC

aephoenix wrote:Mm, I dunno, love isn't really a place..

Emily Haines would beg to differ.

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Postby Bakemaster » Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:12 am UTC

Zeppelins aren't a meme, they're frigging zeppelins.
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Postby entropomorphic » Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:13 am UTC

I knew this was a bit familiar... took a little poking around to find out why though...

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Postby wing » Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:12 am UTC

curious and questioning wrote:
predatormc wrote:
curious and questioning wrote:On an unrelated note, pardon my lack of knowledge, but how/where would I find a place to host my parody image?

I'm using photobucket. Imageshack can be acceptable for temporary things.

Thank you!

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Postby curious and questioning » Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:28 am UTC

wing wrote:
curious and questioning wrote:some stuff I wrote, and the parody version I made
You are my GOD!

Why, thank you. I hope you don't mind if I add it to my signature.

People on this thread are nice. Well, except for the one with the guy being pushed out of the zeppelin. But that was funny, so it's okay.
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Postby bpms » Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:47 am UTC

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You should never forget your towel anywhere you go.

You never know when that auxiliary towel shall come in handy.

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Postby bookishbunny » Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:17 pm UTC

@Rakshasa :lol:

That's the sequel.
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Postby _jameshales » Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:40 pm UTC

iabervon wrote:Sorry, Randall, but that approach is also useless here.


Since nobody else is saying it, I thought I'd say I really appreciated that comment. It was awesome.

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Postby aran » Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:16 pm UTC

Um.

Maybe the elevator was in the Zeppelin to begin with. If you attached a note saying "Love", you'd just end up in the zeppelin.

Alone.

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Postby Rockapotamus » Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:23 pm UTC

Here's a little something I whipped up in 5 minutes:
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Postby Annirak » Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:28 pm UTC

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Postby Azquelt » Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:45 pm UTC

curious and questioning wrote:And this reminds me of the elevators on vacation. I mean, when I was with other teens on them. When everyone would pile on and we'd go over capacity. That time in the elevator full of other people, when this one guy and I were alone carrying fruit. The times we'd get on and just go randomly up or down, the times we'd wait for one without otre people, the times we'd all blast different music on our iPods...
I miss them.


Congratulations, you now have me thinking about the elevators I rode in when I was on holiday, the times there was a whole group of us and we all piled in anyway, the times when 400 people were all getting on the same set of coaches and we couldn't get on and had to take the stairs, the times we took the stairs just for kicks (Real back stairs, reminded me of the shinra building in FFVII, was anyone else crazy enough to take the stairs?), the time we got into an awkward conversation with some business man (8 floors never took so long), the time there was about 10 people all crammed against the walls around a bellboy with a luggage trolley.

Good times

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Postby Rysto » Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:48 am UTC

Wait a minute, isn't this comic a rip-off of Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator? Or am I misremembering?

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Postby Phasic » Fri Jul 13, 2007 1:44 am UTC

I love how the whimsical comics just make all these possibilities bloom in your mind.
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Postby KicktheCAN » Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:05 am UTC

I love how so much of the discussion came from not the comic itself, but instead the alt-text. It turned the comic from just another hilarious xkcd comic to one of the deeper ones in the comic.
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Postby Vandole » Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:17 am UTC

I seem to be in the minority, I think if you went to love you'd just be overcome by emotion, rather than find your soulmate. (If you believe in one)

"Soulmate's room" would be an interesting one, but could have some problems. Especially if they were in there at the time and were scared by a person in an elevator suddenly appearing in their room. Then again if they're the soulmate of an xkcdian they'd probably think it was pretty cool.
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Postby Holypotato » Fri Jul 13, 2007 8:12 am UTC

McHell wrote:
space_raptor wrote:I wonder how hard it would be to build a working zeppelin?


Building doesn't seem to be so hard, running them economically seems to be the problem. See all kind of failed enterprises, like the giant shed close to Berlin (D) that was to house transatlantic and transeuropean freightlinerzeppelins (if that's the term).


I can't help but throw in some local trivia: in the last election, one of the candidates for one of the "fringe" parties made making London (ON) an airship terminus for the world one of his promises...

http://www.lfpress.com/cgi-bin/publish. ... =elections

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Postby QuestionablyLegalManeuver » Sat Jul 14, 2007 4:23 pm UTC

Alpha Omicron wrote:Link works just fine. We have always been at war with Eastasia.


That made me laugh out loud.
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Postby Alpha Omicron » Sat Jul 14, 2007 4:36 pm UTC

QuestionablyLegalManeuver wrote:
Alpha Omicron wrote:Link works just fine. We have always been at war with Eastasia.


That made me laugh out loud.


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Postby DannyboyO1 » Sat Jul 14, 2007 6:37 pm UTC

Yanno, if you try it with "love"... you might get cupid's waiting room. Or the venus de milo (goddess of what? Oh, right!), although, hey, could be good to end up in her arms.

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Postby noonie » Sat Jul 14, 2007 9:16 pm UTC

i just like how the floors are listed upside down from how elevators usually have them and that zeppelin is under everything.

maybe it's journey to the center of the earth.
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Postby me_lkjhgfdsa » Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:20 am UTC

saxmaniac1987 wrote:New meme=zeppelin? I figured zeppelins were too classy to become a meme.


"Let's try it with love!" Has to be a candidate for meme-ship.
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Postby Haso_Tendah » Mon Jul 16, 2007 4:49 pm UTC

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It didn't work you guys... ;_;

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Postby Anoria » Sat Sep 15, 2007 2:00 am UTC

Took me a while to remember to take my camera into work to document the modification I made to the phones:
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The important bit:
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Re: "Elevator" Discussion

Postby colt45joe » Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:27 am UTC

will this get me banned? meh.

i made this animation of this comic, because i liked it.

http://media.putfile.com/XKCD-Elevator-Animation

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Re: "Elevator" Discussion

Postby ConMan » Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:56 am UTC

colt45joe wrote:will this get me banned? meh.

i made this animation of this comic, because i liked it.

http://media.putfile.com/XKCD-Elevator-Animation


That was pretty cool, actually. I'd like to have seen the title text worked in there too, somehow.
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Postby cooldude76 » Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:54 am UTC

Commander Bob wrote:Wow... Only xkcd can take something epic and fairly entertaining and make it deep with only five words of alt text.

Love this comic.


Maybe when you try for love (alt: Luffs) you just get XKCD in a compacted, highly chewable form???
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