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0265: "Choices: Part 2"

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 4:03 am UTC
by The LuigiManiac
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Well. I like the direction (and speed) this is going. So they pass each other too fast for the spaceship to get the message?

Title text: Maybe someday I'll get to write the Wikipedia article about this place. Wait, damn, original research.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 4:07 am UTC
by Pathway
Hmm... she gets the message, though, because the line coming from the spaceship is zaggy. By comic-strip convention, that implies transmission by electromagnetic wave. I hope her bubble can translate it into audible form for her!

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 4:09 am UTC
by etho
The sphere reminds me of the tree-ship-thing from The Fountain.

Also, this storyline is awesome.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 4:09 am UTC
by OneLess
I think I'm too rusty on relativity to get this...I'm a Wikipedia addict, though, so the alt-text is funny :)

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 4:31 am UTC
by warriorness
I love this; it's the silence in the end panel that makes it. Much like http://xkcd.com/c44.html

I think the spaceship ignored her; that is, they got her message but didn't respond.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 4:33 am UTC
by NightStar
I sympathize with the girl's plight...I leave for Spain tomorrow with one other person, and I've never flown international before. I'm going to be saying "Please help me, I think I'm lost" quite a bit.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 4:39 am UTC
by supermus
Two comics in a row with the phrase "wait, damn" in the title text.

Coincidence?

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 4:42 am UTC
by Peshmerga
I don't get this ... at all. :(

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 4:45 am UTC
by lyworm
She must have a pretty awesome bubble if it's traveling at the same speed as the kick-ass spaceship.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 4:48 am UTC
by jumbleofletters
I've been watching this post for 30 minutes constantly pressing refresh
All i need now is an interdimensional rip in the fabric of space and time :lol:

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 4:58 am UTC
by EradicateIV
I need a rip in time and space badly.


Day after day activities are getting boring.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 5:00 am UTC
by Jerf
Funky-blue-space could have a much lower speed of light, which could make that exchange plausible.

Terry Pratchett's Discworld has a speed of light in the low hundreds of miles per hour (although it's due to the ambient magic causing an effect like index of refraction, not full time slowing), and there are actually a couple of books where the characters encounter light-based relativistic effects at ~70 mph. (That is, no time distortion, or at least it isn't mentioned/relevant.)

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 5:56 am UTC
by GhostWolfe
She looks so despondent and alone in the last panel :(

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 6:32 am UTC
by Phob0s
I think the point is is that there are these two people who would probably be perfect for eachother - she was just sitting at home waiting for an email (possibly from him, or maybe they've never met), and he's sitting there doing some homework. suddenly she leaves her plane of existence, and enters his theoretical plane, actually becoming the question.
Or something along those lines...

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 7:39 am UTC
by ArchangelShrike
So alone in space... She could use a hug right now.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 7:50 am UTC
by evilbeanfiend
Phob0s wrote:I think the point is is that there are these two people who would probably be perfect for eachother - she was just sitting at home waiting for an email (possibly from him, or maybe they've never met), and he's sitting there doing some homework. suddenly she leaves her plane of existence, and enters his theoretical plane, actually becoming the question.
Or something along those lines...


are you sure they are right for each other? he seems to be having trouble with relativity.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 7:56 am UTC
by Froodulous
I think that the spaceship transmitted it's message earlier, but she received it at the point in the 3rd panel.

However, by that time she could not contact it back :(

Wonder how she's going to get back home. She has no inbox to refresh in this new universe.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 8:24 am UTC
by Edna
Froodulous wrote:Wonder how she's going to get back home. She has no inbox to refresh in this new universe.


This remind anyone of else of "Quantum Leap"?

God damn I loved that show.

Anyway its the alt text that makes this one for me.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 8:50 am UTC
by OneLess
Edna wrote:
Froodulous wrote:Wonder how she's going to get back home. She has no inbox to refresh in this new universe.


This remind anyone of else of "Quantum Leap"?

God damn I loved that show.

Anyway its the alt text that makes this one for me.

That show kicked major ass. I've only seen reruns on SciFi at like 1am, though. I loved the radio station one where they ended up making The Twist popular :)

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 10:14 am UTC
by Gelsamel
Dude... the Bubble is so much more kick-ass then the spaceship! D:<

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 11:17 am UTC
by smithman89
Ok, so, how did the spaceship get there in the first place?

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 12:16 pm UTC
by tofergregg
This is perfect timing, as I'm teaching my class relativity this week. Excellent...

p.s. If she's speaking with her voice, she's not getting any message to the spacecraft...

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 12:51 pm UTC
by evilbeanfiend
tofergregg wrote:This is perfect timing, as I'm teaching my class relativity this week. Excellent...

p.s. If she's speaking with her voice, she's not getting any message to the spacecraft...


true dat. unless the laws of physics are different in this space/time rift thingy she is in

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 12:51 pm UTC
by Arancaytar
Terry Pratchett's Discworld has a speed of light in the low hundreds of miles per hour (although it's due to the ambient magic causing an effect like index of refraction, not full time slowing), and there are actually a couple of books where the characters encounter light-based relativistic effects at ~70 mph. (That is, no time distortion, or at least it isn't mentioned/relevant.)


That's what I like about Pratchett. There's a circular flat world on the back of four elephants on the back of a giant turtle, and he actually explains the physics of the thing.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 12:56 pm UTC
by TheTankengine
Edna wrote:
Froodulous wrote:Wonder how she's going to get back home. She has no inbox to refresh in this new universe.


This remind anyone of else of "Quantum Leap"?

God damn I loved that show.

Anyway its the alt text that makes this one for me.


I am proud to say I have watched every single episode of Quantum Leap. Easily the best television program in history. Scott Bakula is my God.

The order of some of the episodes on the DVDs can get a little wacky. Damn you universal!!! Also, I was so sad when they replaced Georgia On My Mind at the end of season two with some generic crap. It totally killed the amazing scene.

Wow, that was quite the Quantum Leap.

Re: "Choices: Part 2" Discussion

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 12:57 pm UTC
by Fenyx
The LuigiManiac wrote:
Title text: Maybe someday I'll get to write the Wikipedia article about this place. Wait, damn, original research.


Perhaps he could post what he would like to see on Wikipedia and maybe, just maybe, some of his rabid obsessive fans would quote what he wrote on the wikipedia page. ;)

- Fenyx a.k.a. "Rabid Obsessive Fan #31337"

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 12:58 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
You know, I'm basically ignoring homework dude. The first one is an escapist wish, to leave the boring repetitive mundane world behind... and the second is a nice trip back to reality - You escaped to a fantasy world where you fly through space in a bubble... now what?

And really, aren't we all asking for help, lost in the universe while those who could help us merely shout irrelevant questions in our general direction?

... oh, I'm the only one? Well, screw you guys.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 1:01 pm UTC
by bookishbunny
Is she going to pop out of his homework? I'm holding out for the romantic-destiny story device.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 1:13 pm UTC
by Ren
I like that idea, bookishbunny! That, or he gets his own cosmic rip, and they're lost together! Awww.

*hopes no one noticed sentimentality*

I'm tough, really!

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 1:16 pm UTC
by bookishbunny
Ren wrote:I like that idea, bookishbunny! That, or he gets his own cosmic rip, and they're lost together! Awww.

*hopes no one noticed sentimentality*

I'm tough, really!


Me, too! Chilly and heartless. as bunnies go.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 1:54 pm UTC
by Spaz Funbag
tofergregg wrote:This is perfect timing, as I'm teaching my class relativity this week. Excellent...

p.s. If she's speaking with her voice, she's not getting any message to the spacecraft...


Not necessarily. If she was able to hear the RF from the ship, they might also hear her talking (supposing the bubble was also some two-way radio A-D/D-A broadcast&amp-thingy.

Still, is it Space they're in? If yes, what does the bubble consist of? So it can hold up against the vacuum of space? Because my first thoughts went towards a soap bubble.



Great, now you have ruined the comic for me (well, quite). Ok, no more science thinking about today's panel and instead anxious waiting for tomorrow's panel, curious about the story and that stuff.

bookishbunny/ren's solution is still the best, as it won't destroy the situation.
But it's not ideal, in my opinion. Still a lot xkcd-ish.



Oh, I know! She said "I wish I could explore the universe" and someone corrupted her wish!

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 2:37 pm UTC
by oblivimous
bubble... or human-sized hamster ball?

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 2:47 pm UTC
by evilbeanfiend
oblivimous wrote:bubble... or human-sized hamster ball?


maybe wayne coyne will turn up to take relativity homework dude to her

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 3:05 pm UTC
by grim4593
Spaz Funbag wrote:Still, is it Space they're in? If yes, what does the bubble consist of? So it can hold up against the vacuum of space? Because my first thoughts went towards a soap bubble.

Well don't forget she is a 2D stick figure. Would she even need to breath?

I mean, she can't have a digestive tract in the normal sense: That would require a path from her mouth to her anus, which least of all would make her TWO objects and not one.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 3:11 pm UTC
by Kizor
Not if her orifices are able to close! Stick figures don't normally have a mouth when they're not speaking. It must work like an airlock.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 3:13 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
It'd still mean that she'd split in two while eating, unless she had an amorphous quality. Maybe stick figures are like bacterium with pseudopods?

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 3:16 pm UTC
by Kizor
Not unless she held her anus closed while she ate, but that would make speaking on the toilet a bit difficult. Instead, let's make this an autonomous matter. Assign several parts of her digestive tract the ability to open and close so that all of them can't be open at the same time, and voilá! It could even be the mechanism her intestines use to move their contests.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 4:19 pm UTC
by anotherangel
Maybe he is controlling her reality. What he writes, in his homework, is what's going to happen to her. So she could actually be in his homework.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 4:28 pm UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
Ren wrote:I like that idea, bookishbunny! That, or he gets his own cosmic rip, and they're lost together! Awww.

*hopes no one noticed sentimentality*

I'm tough, really!

What? That's what I was rooting for.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 4:52 pm UTC
by Phil
grim4593 wrote:
Spaz Funbag wrote:Still, is it Space they're in? If yes, what does the bubble consist of? So it can hold up against the vacuum of space? Because my first thoughts went towards a soap bubble.

Well don't forget she is a 2D stick figure.


In this case, it's not a bubble, it's circle. A soap circle?

[edit]Rendall, I'd like to get a high-res version of the lightning-in-space background you used in both comics, so I could use it as a wallpaper. It's awesome!