0057: "Wait For Me"

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0057: "Wait For Me"

Postby WhiteDragon » Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:16 pm UTC

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Title text: Opening Dialogue by Scott
http://xkcd.com/57/
I really liked this comic, and was surprised to see there is no thread about it. This comic implies some interesting back story, and is a bit sad, but still funny.

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Re: Wait For Me

Postby GodShapedBullet » Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:23 am UTC

She said she would be gone for a minute but was gone a full 90 seconds. What would you have done?

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Re: Wait For Me

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:13 am UTC

Sometimes "a minute" is a lot more than 60 seconds. I've had people say "brb" in chat and leave for a few hours. :roll:
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Re: Wait For Me

Postby pinkgothic » Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:22 pm UTC

'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:I've had people say "brb" in chat and leave for a few hours. :roll:


Hey, that's not so bad, though. I mean "right" is subjective, whereas "a minute" isn't. :P
Still... I guess you ought to teach them "bbl" (be back later) and "afk" (away from keyboard) for non-specificness.*

Also, I'm too lazy to approximate her age, then plot the time of those years (plus nine months, plus, say, another three for the sake of courtship and whatnot, so I have an excuse to simply add another year (++ style)), then calculate the speeds at which the two must have been moving to yield such a time dilation.

But this is the xkcd forum.

Someone will do it. :mrgreen:

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Re: Wait For Me

Postby GodShapedBullet » Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:06 am UTC

pinkgothic wrote:Also, I'm too lazy to approximate her age, then plot the time of those years (plus nine months, plus, say, another three for the sake of courtship and whatnot, so I have an excuse to simply add another year (++ style)), then calculate the speeds at which the two must have been moving to yield such a time dilation.


I'm not sure whether I understand science too little or too much to understand what their ages have to do with the calculation, but I like the idea.

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Re: Wait For Me

Postby pinkgothic » Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:46 am UTC

Well, her age approximates the time that has passed for him: he says, "He'd be about your age by now." So while 90 seconds have passed for her, her age + approx. a year has passed for him.

I hope that helps? :)
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Re: Wait For Me

Postby GodShapedBullet » Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:44 am UTC

Gotcha! Thanks.

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Re: Wait For Me

Postby Robin S » Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:51 am UTC

If time dilation were the answer, you'd think her first question would not be "why didn't you wait for me?" but "why do you look twice the age you were when I left?"
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Re: Wait For Me

Postby sqrt(-1)<3pi » Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:17 pm UTC

mabye the time dialation was only for the child and the mother-while-pregnant, so that would mean the man and the woman experienced identical time dialations, etc.

I wonder how the impregenation proccess worked out then
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Re: Wait For Me

Postby Aviatrix » Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:28 pm UTC

This is very simple. Make the man into a Golden Retriever.

Human: "Why didn't you wait for me?"
Golden Retriever: "I thought you were gone forever!"
Human: "I said I'd be back in a minute!"
Golden Retriever: "Define minute. The draperies were there."
Human: "Yes, I can see you chewed the draperies up in the 90 seconds I was gone!"
Golden Retriever: "Yes... "
Human (starts to walk over to the destroyed draperies... step, step, step): "Oh, gross!"
Golden Retriever: "... and I piddled on the carpet."
Golden Retriever: "It was a long time in dog years."

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Re: Wait For Me

Postby pinkgothic » Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:36 pm UTC

Robin S wrote:If time dilation were the answer, you'd think her first question would not be "why didn't you wait for me?" but "why do you look twice the age you were when I left?"


Can stick figures tell if they have wrinkles? :D
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Re: Wait For Me

Postby standinginherfield » Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:51 am UTC

Aviatrix, your argument was enfeebled towards the end.
I was hoping the dog would have died by the time the human got back from the draperies.
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Re: Wait For Me

Postby Sprocket » Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:35 am UTC

I've always thought this comic is like this Kids in the Hall Sketch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e46BjiEaDJ4
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Re: Wait For Me

Postby Tunga » Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:43 pm UTC

She was gone for 90sec but it's obvious from the first panel that they are not at the location where she originally left him since she accuses him of not waiting. Therefore more than 90sec must have passed since she left him, that is the aforementioned90sec plus however long it took for her to find him again. So I fear any attempts to calculate relatively in this case would be somewhat inaccurate. Or something.

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Re: "Wait For Me" Discussion

Postby Jourdy289 » Fri May 22, 2009 4:01 pm UTC

OK, is there a hidden reference I'm missing?
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Re: "Wait For Me" Discussion

Postby austin » Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:02 pm UTC

So I tried calculating this out with proper time 90 seconds and rest time 20 years, 9 months. When I did it, though, it turns out that the speed is so close to C that neither my calculator nor Mathematica can tell the difference. It's something on the order of .9999999C +/- .00000005C.

Really freaking fast, regardless of whether or not the calculation was precise.

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Re: "Wait For Me" Discussion

Postby scarletmanuka » Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:24 am UTC

austin wrote:So I tried calculating this out with proper time 90 seconds and rest time 20 years, 9 months. When I did it, though, it turns out that the speed is so close to C that neither my calculator nor Mathematica can tell the difference. It's something on the order of .9999999C +/- .00000005C.

Really freaking fast, regardless of whether or not the calculation was precise.

Actually it's about 0.99999999999999055 c. This is about 2.8 microns/sec slower than the speed of light.

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Re: "Wait For Me" Discussion

Postby Faranya » Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:01 am UTC

So, wait...how far did he travel to be going that fast for 90 seconds?

And how did she catch up to him again?

Also, what kind of acceleration got him going that fast? It would have to be nearly instantaneous for him to have been at that velocity for the full 90 seconds...

This answer has simply posed more questions.

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