1088: "Five Years"

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1088: "Five Years"

Postby dhokarena56 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:05 am UTC

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alttext: 'Well, no further questions. You're hired!' 'Oh, sorry! I'm no longer interested. There's a bunch of future I gotta go check out!'

Reminds me of a couple of other XKCDs, though I can't remember which at the moment.
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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby rhomboidal » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:06 am UTC

"My ten-year plan? Lots more cobwebs."

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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby brakos82 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:12 am UTC

I swear, beret guy reminds me a lot of.... me.
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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby Djehutynakht » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:29 am UTC

Someone should apply for an interview and try this, and see how long it takes them to stop waiting and throw you out.

Worst Case Scenario: Your interviewer is another xkcd reader who is incredibly patient and keeps you there for hours.
Best Case Scenario: Your interviewer is another xkcd reader and gives you the job solely because you tried this.


Anyways.... yeah. I wouldn't have hired him. He was incredibly unproductive during those five years so far as I can tell. Though perhaps they had an incredible conversation or just sat in silence thinking amazing philosophical thoughts.

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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby Eutychus » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:55 am UTC

alttext: 'Well, no further questions. You're hired!' 'Oh, sorry! I'm no longer interested. There's a bunch of future I gotta go check out!'


One would have thought (hoped?) that at the very least, any developments in toilet technology during those five years would have already been examined...
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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby whateveries » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:59 am UTC

the slow method to time travel, slow but effective.

Still, Beret guy said he didn't know, yet, he thought so? i think the beret may be too tight.
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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby You, sir, name? » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:10 am UTC

I could never answer this question.
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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby silvermace » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:33 am UTC

http://xkcd.com/943/

also reminds me of of those cyanide and happiness job interview comic:

http://www.explosm.net/comics/1896/

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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby San Fran Sam » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:55 am UTC

It's a trick question. There is no right or wrong answer. They just use it as an excuse to not hire you.

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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:19 am UTC

San Fran Sam wrote:It's a trick question. There is no right or wrong answer. They just use it as an excuse to not hire you.

Just like the "what's your biggest weakness" one.
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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby tho74 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:03 am UTC

also reminds me of of those cyanide and happiness job interview comic:

http://www.explosm.net/comics/1896/


I had to think of this one:

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/interview_questions

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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby VariableBraincells » Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:37 pm UTC

Let's just hope that the date's don't match up with David Bowie's apocalypse. After all, there was only five years warning for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=louXPUW7tHU

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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby Sprocket » Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:34 pm UTC

Holy crap! I just came on to the fora to complain about working at a temp job for another month after finding out after all they put me through they decided to hire someoene else. I need the work and liked the job, so I'm staying for a month, but it is morale sucking to know that after 8 months with me, liking me work, they decided to go with another candidate. And I fear that the main reason this is, is because I didn't know how to answer the question "Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years."

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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby Wnderer » Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:29 pm UTC

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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby orthogon » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:26 pm UTC

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:
San Fran Sam wrote:It's a trick question. There is no right or wrong answer. They just use it as an excuse to not hire you.

Just like the "what's your biggest weakness" one.

Oh man, somebody actually asked me that in an internal interview. I was totally taken aback, having remembered my dad telling me about two decades earlier that it was a standard stupid interview question and the stock answer was something like "I think I pay too much attention to detail". Not having anything better I trotted that one out, and the interviewer said "it's amazing how many people say that!". I so wanted to say "that's because it's the standard answer to a question that interviewers stopped asking sometime during the telex age". I didn't get the job, but the guy didn't stay around for long either.
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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby Someguy945 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:20 pm UTC

That desk took on a lot of wear and tear in 5 years.

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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby CodexDraco » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:12 pm UTC

Oh I hate that question too much, I'm glad I'm not the only one. It forces you to make up a story in the spot (fortunately I'm good for that).

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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby whateveries » Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:40 pm UTC

Upon reflection, something that didn't add up is the length of beret guys beard it did not seem long enough.

So I did some checking, on google, it seems that human hair has an average growth rate of about 'half an inch' a month or (12.7 mm in the modern measure, though should 'abouting' the conversion give ~13mm ?)
Anyway the beard should be around 2 and half feet in length (762mm in the new..) which it isn't, the curl of his beard hair probably would 'shorten' the overall distance, though by how much I am not sure, to me it looks more like 2 years growth, not five.

I did wonder if the hair had been falling out and had reached it's maximum length based on the longevity of the hair, so i looked it up and it seems hair has a growth phase of somewhere between 2 to 7 seven years which would result in a minimum length of beard roughly about a foot long, which it appears to be!
So it seems that beret guy falls closer to the 2 year mark, filling in a little more of beret guys background while we are at it, I am sure the geneticists out there could infer some interesting things from this.

The only problem is that there should be a mass of beardy hair collected in beret guys lap, yet there's not, which brings me to the next problem and how it's resolved.

What did beret guy eat to survive 5 years in the one spot?

so I went looking for the possibility of using cast off hair as a food source, initially I suspected it wouldnt be much good, regardless of hairs high protien content but then I found this, sure it is the intenet, it is a google response, and well, why not.

Now we all know that beret guy likes baked goods, or perhaps just the additives, and has a penchant for buisness cards so we can presume any other paper products might be fair game for our intrepid time travelling buisness profesional/philosopher, mix it up with other office based fare and bingo. the food is sorted.

I have no idea about the toileting problem, except, perhaps the hair ball created some kind of bezoar which kept the business end out of buisness, so to speak.
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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby AdmiralGreene » Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:54 pm UTC

Why didn't you just use beard seconds?
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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby Eternal Density » Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:26 am UTC

dhokarena56 wrote:Reminds me of a couple of other XKCDs, though I can't remember which at the moment.
Reminds me of Empirical: http://xkcd.com/943/
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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby whateveries » Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:35 am UTC

AdmiralGreene wrote:Why didn't you just use beard seconds?


good question, other than the fact that 2 years (minimum) worth of growth would lead to a fairly large number (3.15e7 beard-seconds)in a fairly silly unit* (and I wouldn't want to come across as silly) the real reason is, I have until extremely recently been unaware of the beard-second, but as I deal with thin film scientisits on an irregular frequency, I shall learn to use it with brutal irregularity.
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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby Hafting » Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:33 pm UTC

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:
San Fran Sam wrote:It's a trick question. There is no right or wrong answer. They just use it as an excuse to not hire you.

Just like the "what's your biggest weakness" one.


Really tired of this one, I once answered: "Inability to come up with weaknesses on interviews."

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Re: 1088: "Five Years"

Postby AUS » Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:37 pm UTC

You're supposed to say "Job interviews."


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