0266: "Choices: Part 3"

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0266: "Choices: Part 3"

Postby The LuigiManiac » Wed May 23, 2007 4:13 am UTC

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Well, this is...interesting.
I especially find those multiple clones in panel 7 odd.

Title text: Wait, this is space -- how are you talking to me? And, as an afterthought, what's up with the hole in reality?

((EDIT: Upon looking at my post count [665], I find that my next two posts have to be in quick succession))
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Postby Nigy » Wed May 23, 2007 4:16 am UTC

My first reaction was actually "dang, its not a dude. So much for the romantic love story..unless...."

Otherwise, I feel like this must move the story significantly, obviously by introducing another character, but the comic itself doesn't seem too monumental...

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Postby scowdich » Wed May 23, 2007 4:17 am UTC

Okay...I see many, many good things for Bubble Girl stemming from this. Predictions for her future:

She finds a way to get back into the "real" world, or at least the one she's familiar with, but opts out (and perhaps even takes Physics Guy back with her) and chooses to stay and grow used to the coolness of this frightening universe.

Or something. Hell, I dunno...maybe I'm completely wrong. Take pity on the n00b.

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Postby Gelsamel » Wed May 23, 2007 4:17 am UTC

Remember, if you ever meet yourself you have to make out with yourself.

I like where this comic is going!
"Give up here?"
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"Do you accept defeat?"
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"Do you think games are silly little things?"
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"Is it all pointless?"
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Postby athelas » Wed May 23, 2007 4:19 am UTC

Whoa, are we getting the whole thing tonight? Multi-comic goodness!

I loved the "...hi." Perfect representation of the slight, awkward pause.
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Postby The LuigiManiac » Wed May 23, 2007 4:20 am UTC

Gelsamel wrote:Remember, if you ever meet yourself you have to make out with yourself.


Or at least hit on yourself, like Rat's old avatar.

(Darn it, I posted again. Now I need to find someplace to post quick to get off this number.)

*Looks at main page* Wait a second, I think I posted this topic too early. I was just getting a topic set up, and when I saw the image link work, I assumed that the comic was put up. Apparently it hasn't. I'm in trouble now, aren't I?
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Postby Gelsamel » Wed May 23, 2007 4:24 am UTC

The LuigiManiac wrote:
Gelsamel wrote:Remember, if you ever meet yourself you have to make out with yourself.


Or at least hit on yourself, like Rat's old avatar.

(Darn it, I posted again. Now I need to find someplace to post quick to get off this number.)

*Looks at main page* Wait a second, I think I posted this topic too early. I was just getting a topic set up, and when I saw the image link work, I assumed that the comic was put up. Apparently it hasn't. I'm in trouble now, aren't I?


http://xkcd.com/c105.html

Also, 666 is a great number to be on.
"Give up here?"
- > No
"Do you accept defeat?"
- > No
"Do you think games are silly little things?"
- > No
"Is it all pointless?"
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"Do you admit there is no meaning to this world?"
- > No

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Postby Anarchy965 » Wed May 23, 2007 4:27 am UTC

The LuigiManiac wrote:(Darn it, I posted again. Now I need to find someplace to post quick to get off this number.)


post 666 made at 4:20AM. funny coincidence. (Back to lurking)

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Postby scowdich » Wed May 23, 2007 4:33 am UTC

This is also topic #5555. Whee!

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Postby The LuigiManiac » Wed May 23, 2007 4:40 am UTC

Anarchy965 wrote:
The LuigiManiac wrote:(Darn it, I posted again. Now I need to find someplace to post quick to get off this number.)


post 666 made at 4:20AM. funny coincidence. (Back to lurking)


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Postby zydehkim » Wed May 23, 2007 4:44 am UTC

Has anyone read Flatland by Edwin Abbott and/or Flatterland by Ian Stewart? The XKCD Universe has 3 dimensions: Left-Right, Up-Down, and Time. There is no true forward-backward dimension. In other words, it's flat.

My hypothesis is that our Stick Girl entered the Ideal Universe. The Ideal Universe is where all realities that are mathematically possible can exist. It is where such variables as friction or time can be ignored at will to solve a particular problem; it is the place where physics homework takes place. This is why the universe she is in reflected the homework in the last comic.

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Postby Woxor » Wed May 23, 2007 5:22 am UTC

When the clones appeared, I immediately thought of the bubble as a 3-torus. I imagine that's what it would look like to be on one.

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Postby Solt » Wed May 23, 2007 5:29 am UTC

When the clones appeared, I realized she was obviously in The Matrix.
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Postby SimonSwift » Wed May 23, 2007 5:29 am UTC

I'm kind of confused...

Still, I like this. It keeps me interested!
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed May 23, 2007 5:36 am UTC

Last time I talked to myself, I can assure you the background didn't look that cool....

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Postby 3.14159265... » Wed May 23, 2007 5:37 am UTC

MAN!!!!!!!! I so thought it was the guy who didn't talk to the girl, and after getting super crazy smart powers found her...
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Postby scowdich » Wed May 23, 2007 6:04 am UTC

zydehkim wrote:My hypothesis is that our Stick Girl entered the Ideal Universe. The Ideal Universe is where all realities that are mathematically possible can exist.


I love this idea so goddamn much. Please, please, please, Randall, let this be true.

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Postby skeptical scientist » Wed May 23, 2007 6:10 am UTC

Woxor wrote:When the clones appeared, I immediately thought of the bubble as a 3-torus. I imagine that's what it would look like to be on one.

Interesting. I imagine that's what it would look like too, but my immediate thought was the many-worlds interpretation of quantum. Did the hole in reality open in many of the possible universes, and she went through it in most of them?
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Postby Ace_NoOne » Wed May 23, 2007 6:14 am UTC

My first thought when I saw panel #7: "Wow - xkcd now has special effects!?"
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Postby Ketsuban » Wed May 23, 2007 6:45 am UTC

skeptical scientist wrote:but my immediate thought was the many-worlds interpretation of quantum. Did the hole in reality open in many of the possible universes, and she went through it in most of them?


Or it could be that the tear was a tear in HER universe and she's now floating in the notional "multiverse" linking all possible universes which do, have and will exist.

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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Wed May 23, 2007 6:48 am UTC

So uh. This is the second comic in as many days. Randall must really want us to see this.
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Postby skeptical scientist » Wed May 23, 2007 6:52 am UTC

LE4dGOLEM wrote:So uh. This is the second comic in as many days. Randall must really want us to see this.

Or maybe he's just being nice and helping us deal with our obvious response of "part 1?!? I can't wait to find out what happens next!"

I'm guessing this is a 5-part comic, and I'd much rather wait 5 days than 10 days to find it all out.
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Postby Ace_NoOne » Wed May 23, 2007 6:55 am UTC

LE4dGOLEM wrote:So uh. This is the second comic in as many days. Randall must really want us to see this.
Actually, it's the third comic in as many days.
The RSS feed said something about updates every day this week.

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Postby Fuller » Wed May 23, 2007 8:10 am UTC

Is this a prediction of what's going to happen when the LHC gets switched on later in the year?
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Postby UmbralRaptor » Wed May 23, 2007 9:00 am UTC

Fuller wrote:Is this a prediction of what's going to happen when the LHC gets switched on later in the year?

Only if the universe is actually made out of paper.
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Postby SpitValve » Wed May 23, 2007 9:29 am UTC

It says up the top "This week, XKCD updates every weekday."

Also, am I the only one to think she might be inside a giant hamster ball? (i.e. zorb ball)

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Postby evilbeanfiend » Wed May 23, 2007 10:51 am UTC

SpitValve wrote:It says up the top "This week, XKCD updates every weekday."

Also, am I the only one to think she might be inside a giant hamster ball? (i.e. zorb ball)



hamster balls been mentioned in part1 and part 2 threads.

meeting herself is a way cool twist, reminiscent of "kilroy and tina"
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Postby Story Weaver » Wed May 23, 2007 11:03 am UTC

Does this mean that xkcd is going to start having story threads like other web comics, or is this just for a week, and then we'll be back to stand alone?

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Postby voodooKobra » Wed May 23, 2007 11:46 am UTC

It's probably a very temporary story arc, then to return to random jokes that make everyone feel insignificant in their geekiness.
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Postby skeptical scientist » Wed May 23, 2007 11:58 am UTC

Story Weaver wrote:Does this mean that xkcd is going to start having story threads like other web comics, or is this just for a week, and then we'll be back to stand alone?

Did you miss the invasion of the red spiders and barrel lad?
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Postby Tryforceful » Wed May 23, 2007 12:02 pm UTC

Did panel 7 remind anyone else besides me of the movie Contact, where she's floating in zero-gravity while she's traveling to Vega? ...anyone?

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Postby bookishbunny » Wed May 23, 2007 12:07 pm UTC

Ouch. My brain hurts. :?
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Postby Froodulous » Wed May 23, 2007 12:07 pm UTC

I get that insignificance just reading these fora.

I'm so normal, it's depressing. :(

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Postby McLurker » Wed May 23, 2007 12:15 pm UTC

Gelsamel wrote:Remember, if you ever meet yourself you have to make out with yourself.


I doubt this is going to be the theme of tomorrow's comic.

I think tomorrow's will make things a little clearer, or is that wishful thinking?

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Postby Iluvatar » Wed May 23, 2007 12:24 pm UTC

I get the impression that the title text is a knock on the forumites for over-thinking the universe she's in. At least, so it seems to me; I could be totally mistaken.
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Postby starkruzr » Wed May 23, 2007 12:44 pm UTC

This is exciting. I don't care what Gabe and Tycho say; continuity is awesome!
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Postby Istrom » Wed May 23, 2007 12:46 pm UTC

Is it entirely possible the new character isn't who they claim to be?
They spoke to space-girl without having to go all space cloney warpey madness. Maybe the clone shape is so that she's less afraid?

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Postby Duck » Wed May 23, 2007 1:04 pm UTC

Apart from her initial decision to climb through the hole in the first place, she doesn't seem to have been able to make any significant "choices" so far - but maybe the series title will explain itself later.

And why did she close the hole up behind her after climbing through if she had concerns about getting lost? She could have tied a rope between herself and something from her original world like in Poltergeist. Although that could have caused problems like popping the bubble.

Anyway much as it might sound to the contrary, I'm enjoying the series from both a "what happens next?", and a "yay new comic every day!" perspective.

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Postby bookishbunny » Wed May 23, 2007 1:12 pm UTC

Perhaps the out-of-bubble self is the self that made different choices and now doesn't sit in front of the computer waiting for an email (from homework guy?).
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Postby SecondTalon » Wed May 23, 2007 1:32 pm UTC

Starchild?

Bill & Ted?

Though, the more I think about it, the more the ideal universe makes sense. Homework Boy possibly created the spacecraft merely by reading the problem. Bubblegirl just acted as a stand-in for the second spacecraft. Or, rather, since her bubble is a construct of some sort, it should qualify as a spacecraft in a basic sense, at least.
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