1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

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1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby rhomboidal » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:06 am UTC

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Title Text: Ooh, another one. Uh ... the ability to alter any coefficients of friction at will during sporting events.

Eyelash wishes are probably the least grody of all the various body-hair wishing phenomena.

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby TiLt » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:10 am UTC

I wonder what the full log looks like.
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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Shay Guy » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:15 am UTC

Little Harmonic Labyrinth rules would rule out the bulk of these as meta-wishes, meta-meta-wishes, typeless wishes, or attempts to change the axioms and/or rules of inference of the system. That includes the first, of course, with all that entails for the regular ones.

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby EdgarJPublius » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:26 am UTC

The wish for Feb. 27th already exists
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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Trickster » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:04 am UTC

Well, it may be the case that the website was registered in 2008-10-12, but that doesn't mean the wish didn't retroactively go back in time to set it up. As long as black hat didn't know so it wouldn't cause a paradox.

Anyway, I'm a math geek and still puzzling over "zero wishes".

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby brakos82 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:07 am UTC

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Sir_Read-a-Lot » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:17 am UTC

Does it count as a meta wish to define the parameters of your next wish?

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Quicksilver » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:21 am UTC

What would BHG do with a pony?

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Goggalor » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:35 am UTC

I believe the pony was just a generic test wish to see if the previous wish worked.
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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby xmrsmoothx » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:36 am UTC

Oh, god, this one is fucking gold.
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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Oflick » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:56 am UTC

I'll be honest: for a while now I haven't been too thrilled with XKCD. The comics aren't bad, but nothing special. But Monday's one was hilarious, and so is this one. My excitement over the strips is coming back.

Is it accurate to call a webcomic a strip?

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Eutychus » Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:16 am UTC

Shouldn't March 29 read "Free, safe transportation to and from that universe"?

Might want to put something about "instantaneous" in there too, at least until April 15.
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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Oflick » Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:18 am UTC

6 February probably covers that.

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Trasvi » Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:39 am UTC

I love Feb 05: Unlimited Eyelashes.
It reminds me of the conundrum presented by a Genie: you get 3 wishes and are not allowed to ask for more wishes. Can you ask for more Genies?

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby wlievens » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:19 am UTC

Is Mar 15 a reference to a well known internet site, or am I overthinking it?
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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Tobu » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:20 am UTC

Trickster wrote:Anyway, I'm a math geek and still puzzling over "zero wishes".


Probably an attempt to make the universe divide by zero. Just in case there's an exploitable bug.

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Oflick » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:31 am UTC

I'd have thought the zero wishes would be to try out the "veto any wish" power.

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Linux0s » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:37 am UTC

Immortality didn't make the list?

Ahh I guess veto power over clocks would do it.
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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby flicky1991 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:42 am UTC

I'd never heard of wishing on eyelashes before...
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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby samglover25 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:52 am UTC

This one is great.

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Alsadius » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:23 am UTC

wlievens wrote:Is Mar 15 a reference to a well known internet site, or am I overthinking it?


I assumed it was a reference to a well-known Escher painting.

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby VanI » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:27 am UTC

I nearly exploded a nostril when I read introducing arbitrary error in Nate Silver's predictions.
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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Daimon » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:32 am UTC

15 Jan to 6 Feb sounds like the things I thought of when I heard about "You can't wish for unlimited wished."

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby niky » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:44 am UTC

Wishing for zero wishes is a meta-wish causing a paradox wherein the wish itself doesn't exist.

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Lukeonia1 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:46 am UTC

flicky1991 wrote:I'd never heard of wishing on eyelashes before...


It's rare that I've had to turn to Google because I didn't get the comic AND it wasn't already explained in the forum thread, so here goes.

Seems if you find a loose eyelash, you place it [on the tip of your finger/on the back of your hand/on the tip of your nose], make a wish, and blow it off. It doesn't work if you remove the eyelash from your eye (or anyone else's). If the person who produced the eyelash can be identified, they make the wish; otherwise, the finder makes the wish.

"Eyelash Wishes" is also the title of a song by the All-American Rejects, which I've never heard.

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Dr. Diaphanous » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:48 am UTC

The open-source wish project to devise loophole-free wishes.
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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Kit. » Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:17 am UTC

Linux0s wrote:Immortality didn't make the list?

"Naturally, they give that away for nothing."

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby pkcommando » Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:09 pm UTC

Out of all of them, why do I think the last one is the one BHG really wants the most?

Actually, I'd like that one, too.

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby sorceror » Wed Jul 25, 2012 1:08 pm UTC

So long as you get the standard '3 wishes' bit, it's pretty simple.

1. Wish that the wish-granting entity be compelled to grant one's subsequent meta-wishes. (Not a meta-wish itself, but rather a wish about the wish-granting entity.)
2. Wish that the wish-granting entity be compelled to grant this wish, the immediately previous wish, and any subsequent wishes in the manner intended by the wisher.
3. Wish for the best possible wish that one could wish for at this point.

Note that, even if the wish-granting entity and/or its wishes are unavoidably net-harmful, this limits the damage - so far as I can see, to zero. (Since the best possible wish in that case would be to not make a wish.)

If you only get one wish, then I'd attempt a compound wish:

1. Wish that the wish-granting entity be compelled to grant the best possible wish - by one's own definition of 'best' - that could have been made at this point.

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby cheeseheadtotherescue » Wed Jul 25, 2012 1:56 pm UTC

"Feb 06 That wish-granting entities be required to interpret wishes in accordance with the intent of the wisher" I didn't really understand the point of that one until I re-read the list and realized the previous wish was to be given unlimited eyelashes and thought how that could be interpreted differently... Somehow, the thought of an EXTREMELY bushy eyed stick figure popped into my head and I just started laughing hysterically!!! Wow... I love this one.

Also, Hopefully, the wish granting entity is not related to the third guy in of http://xkcd.com/246/

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Kit. » Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:19 pm UTC

sorceror wrote:So long as you get the standard '3 wishes' bit, it's pretty simple.

1. Wish that the wish-granting entity be compelled to grant one's subsequent meta-wishes. (Not a meta-wish itself, but rather a wish about the wish-granting entity.)
2. Wish that the wish-granting entity be compelled to grant this wish, the immediately previous wish, and any subsequent wishes in the manner intended by the wisher.
3. Wish for the best possible wish that one could wish for at this point.

Note that, even if the wish-granting entity and/or its wishes are unavoidably net-harmful, this limits the damage - so far as I can see, to zero. (Since the best possible wish in that case would be to not make a wish.)

If you only get one wish, then I'd attempt a compound wish:

1. Wish that the wish-granting entity be compelled to grant the best possible wish - by one's own definition of 'best' - that could have been made at this point.

You didn't really have any working definition of "best" at that point. So, that's how the Multiverse was born.

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby RogueCynic » Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:16 pm UTC

I think the first wish should be for the Mirror of Erised. Then you would know what to wish for. How about the grantor has the power to slap anyone who makes a stupid wish?
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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby PolakoVoador » Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:40 pm UTC

cheeseheadtotherescue wrote:"Feb 06 That wish-granting entities be required to interpret wishes in accordance with the intent of the wisher" I didn't really understand the point of that one until I re-read the list and realized the previous wish was to be given unlimited eyelashes and thought how that could be interpreted differently... Somehow, the thought of an EXTREMELY bushy eyed stick figure popped into my head and I just started laughing hysterically!!! Wow... I love this one.

Also, Hopefully, the wish granting entity is not related to the third guy in of http://xkcd.com/246/


What if he is related to this one?

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby San Fran Sam » Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:47 pm UTC

i have never felt the need to say this about any xkcd strip but... weak sauce. Not to be confused with the weak force.

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby sorceror » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:07 pm UTC

Kit. wrote:You didn't really have any working definition of "best" at that point. So, that's how the Multiverse was born.


Obviously, the 'best possible outcome' would include the working out of any necessary defintions of 'best'. Covered by wish #2.

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Hypoon » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:33 pm UTC

Why not just wish for happiness? Or is that traditionally forbidden as well?

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Kit. » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:49 pm UTC

sorceror wrote:
Kit. wrote:You didn't really have any working definition of "best" at that point. So, that's how the Multiverse was born.

Obviously, the 'best possible outcome' would include the working out of any necessary defintions of 'best'. Covered by wish #2.

That's why the Multiverse. Any necessary definition of "best" creates its own universe.

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby Delta 088 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:59 pm UTC

Slightly confused - I assume the alt-text is a reference to the first 'what-if?' comic? (The one where the baseball gets increased to just under the speed of light. It seems like something that the black hat would do.)

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Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Postby NiteClerk » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:13 pm UTC

Hypoon wrote:Why not just wish for happiness? Or is that traditionally forbidden as well?


It's been done:
Steve Martin: If I had one wish that I could wish this holiday season, it would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing together in the spirit of harmony and peace.

If I had two wishes that I could wish for this holiday season, the first would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing in the spirit of harmony and peace.. and the second would be for $30 million a month to be given to me, tax-free in a Swiss bank account.

You know, if I had three wishes that I could make this holiday season, first, of course, would be for all the children to get together and sing.. the second would be for the $30 million every month to me.. and the third would be for all encompassing power over every living being thing in the entire universe.

And if I had four wishes that I could make this holiday season, first would be the crap about the kids.. second would be for the $30 million.. the third would be for all the power.. and the fourth would be to set aside one month each year for an extended 31-day orgasm, to be brought about slowly by Rosanna Arquette and that model Paulina somebody, I can't think of her name, of course my lovely wife could come, too. She's behind me 100% on this, I guarantee you.

Wait a minute, maybe that sex thing should be the first wish! So, if I made that the first wish, because, you know, it could all go boom tomorrow, and then what have you got? No, no.. the kids singing would be great, that would be nice. No, no, who am I kidding! I mean, theyu're not gonna be able to get all those kids together! I mean, the logistics of the thing is impossible! It's mroe trouble than it's worth! So, we reorganize: here we go. First, the sex - we go with that; second, the money. No! We go with the power second, then the money, and then the kids. Oh, wait, oh geez! I forgot about revenge against my enemies! Okay.. revenge against all my enemies, they should die like pigs in Hell! That would be the fourth wish! And of course, my fifth wish would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing in the spirit of peace and harmony. Thank you, everybody.


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