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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby ThirdParty » Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:30 am UTC

Floor 1280 contains several dozen supercomputers, each of which is running a detailed simulation of the xkcd Skyscraper. The simulations are detailed enough that the inhabitants live lives about as rich as ours are, and are unaware that they are living in a simulation.

The simulations are not at all identical to one another; each represents a completely different skyscraper. There are, however, some reoccurring patterns. (For example, Floor 17 is missing from at least half of the simulated skyscrapers.) It is as if each one represents a way the tower might have been built, with the same builders and the same general architectural goals, but with different decisions made along the way.

Most of the simulated skyscrapers also contain floors like this one, whose computers are also simulating dozens (or, in one noteworthy case, quintillions) of additional skyscrapers. Which also have floors like this one, and so on. It seems fair to say that almost all versions of the xkcd skyscraper are virtual rather than real.

Some philosophers have theorized that our version of the skyscraper is probably also a simulation. They point to how statistically unlikely it would be that we just happened to be living in the real one. They also point out that the various physics anomalies observed in ours--impossible objects, variable laws, sentient floors, magic portals, etc.--probably would not exist in top-level reality. (There is debate about whether to include the laws of quantum mechanics on this list. On the one hand, those laws are found even on otherwise "normal" floors. On the other hand, they're exactly the sort of glitch one might expect a simulated world to exhibit.)

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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:35 am UTC

Floor 1281 is a huge warehouse of along the lines of the one in the first/fourth Indiana Jones movies.

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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby lllllllllwith10ls » Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:19 am UTC

Floor 1282 is a portal to floor 1282
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby somitomi » Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:36 pm UTC

Floor 1283 contains the first prototype for the supercomputers on 1280. It is a mess consisting entirely of jumper wires, ribbon cables, prototyping boards, solderless breadboards, electrical tape, crocodile clips, point-to-point wired resistor bridges and a pastry roughly 1.6 kilometers across. Although it appears to have no active components it's first test was a resounding success: upon receiving the usual test question ("What is two times two?") it quickly returned the distribution of hidrogen atoms in the surrounding cubic parsec of space and it has been running uninterrupted ever since, mostly because everyone's worried it might not start up again at all if it was turned off. What exactly it's running right now is unknown, but a note on a particularly large capacitor says "Do not interrupt, will finish in five minutes".
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby lllllllllwith10ls » Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:17 pm UTC

Floor 1284 contains a person clicking a version of the Time comic and getting sand and sandcastles from it.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby phillip1882 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:51 pm UTC

floor 1285 distributes over the prime numbers, in proportion to its size.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby lllllllllwith10ls » Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:49 pm UTC

Floor 1286 contains a turing machine that is computing Loader's number. Don't step on to the tape, or you will be overwritten, and even worse, the Turing machine will be messed up. The Turing machine's marks are all armed guards, created and destroyed with only one purpose: Don't let anyone mess the Turing machine up.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby ThirdParty » Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:19 pm UTC

Floor 1287 contains millions of battery-powered smoke detectors, covering pretty much every square inch of the walls and ceiling. (Except for a small poster near the exit, reading "Never again!")

Unfortunately, changing the batteries in millions of smoke detectors is even harder than removing pennies from millions of boxes. So every few seconds, one or another smoke detector gives off a piercingly-loud beep to warn of low battery.

As a result of this noise pollution, the floor has largely been abandoned.

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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby flicky1991 » Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:35 am UTC

Floor 1288, due to a planning error, was built 5 miles out to sea (at the correct elevation).
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby phillip1882 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:38 pm UTC

1289 makes a grand gesture by offering free rent in its level for 6 months. might want to watch out though, there's rumors of ghosts.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby flicky1991 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:09 pm UTC

Floor 1290 is a football pitch that somehow fits in the dimensions of the building.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby lllllllllwith10ls » Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:46 pm UTC

Floor 1291 is made of plutonium. I mean, it was made of plutonium.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby ThirdParty » Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:50 pm UTC

Floor 1292 is windowless, which makes it difficult to determine from the inside whether it's located within a gravity field or is continuously accelerating upward with a nuclear fireball on its heels.

Further contributing to the ambiguity is the fact that in the stairwell, a barrier has been erected blocking the stairs down. The barrier has a sign on it that reads: "attn downward traffic - stairwell out of order - take portal to Floor 1282 and follow 'detour' signs to reach your destination". A nearby dais looks like it was probably intended to hold a portal, but a sign next to it reads "portal temporarily relocated to Floor 1282 for reentanglement; back soon".

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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby lllllllllwith10ls » Sat May 11, 2019 9:50 pm UTC

Floor 1293 wonders why almost no floors reference floors above and has decided to kill floor 3209 to test if it's in a simulation made by forum people that will forget that floor 3209 is dead.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby phillip1882 » Sat May 11, 2019 11:39 pm UTC

floor 1294 can copy any floor it sees fit.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby somitomi » Sun May 12, 2019 8:53 am UTC

floor 1295 can (and does) copy any floor its occupants wouldn't like being on.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby lllllllllwith10ls » Sun May 12, 2019 4:23 pm UTC

Floor 1296 is made of blue cobalt, and complains that cobalt is not blue, it's grey.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby flicky1991 » Sun May 12, 2019 4:30 pm UTC

Floor 1297 is a live-action remake of one of the animated floors.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby lllllllllwith10ls » Sun May 12, 2019 4:39 pm UTC

Floor 1298 is currently falling towards the ground and missing
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby phillip1882 » Mon May 20, 2019 12:56 am UTC

floor 1299 plays a variety of games. some better then others.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby lllllllllwith10ls » Mon May 20, 2019 2:29 am UTC

Floor 1300 is the bottom half of the earth
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby eran_rathan » Mon May 20, 2019 1:59 pm UTC

Floor 1301 is the 212th prime floor.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby lllllllllwith10ls » Wed May 22, 2019 1:10 pm UTC

1302 is made of abstract concepts and cannot be touched
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby phillip1882 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:22 am UTC

1303 trusts everyone.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby lllllllllwith10ls » Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:41 pm UTC

Floor 1304 is made completely out of SCPs
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby ubersketch » Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:47 pm UTC

Floor 1305

The laws of fiction cease to exist on this floor and nobody is sure whether it's fictional, or we are fictional and it's real, or something else weird. The only real thing about it is a poster that says "FLOOR 3209 IS DEAD."

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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby ubersketch » Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:51 pm UTC

Floor *37&3984*2

This floor has no number for some reason. Probably due to ($)'s meddling. The room is made entirely of hypernuclei.

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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby ubersketch » Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:54 pm UTC

Floor 1306 is a portion of space that doesn't exist.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby ubersketch » Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:56 pm UTC

Floor 1307+0 contains 0 plates.
Floor 1307+n+1 contains the number of plates the previous floor has plus one.
This continues onwards ad infinitum.

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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby somitomi » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:39 pm UTC

Floor 1309 is home to the Bureau of Getting the Floor Numbering Straight. Who's paying for it is a mystery, but it's quite well funded. In fact a branch helping local goverments to clear up streets and squares with oddly numbered houses has been recently created and could be reached by mail if anyone could determine the postal address of the building. They do have a brass plaque next to the door, so you know it's serious.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby ThirdParty » Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:28 am UTC

The next floor contains a sign and a table.

The sign reads "Floor 1310 [/] reservation required". It also has a little BGFNS logo in the corner.

The table is set for a romantic candlelit dinner ... for three. Including three plates. The song "Triad", by CSNY, is playing softly in the background.

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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby phillip1882 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:11 pm UTC

floor 1311 centers itself on a new continent.
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Floor 1312's description is in a weird place

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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby phillip1882 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:42 pm UTC

floor 1313 is demanding a ransom, for its knowledge of complex mathematical systems.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby flicky1991 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:19 pm UTC

Floor 1314 is responding to Floor 1312's greeting.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby lllllllllwith10ls » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:54 am UTC

Floor 1315 is the embodiement of wondering how flicky managed to read the tiny text
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby Freddino18 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:20 am UTC

Floor 1316 explains that after Fred's shenanigans, Flicky has learned to highlight any suspicious post for extra text. However it decides not to mention that there is a way to set minimum font size.
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby lllllllllwith10ls » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:54 pm UTC

Floor 1317 is Hilbert's grand hotel, but every day, half of the rooms disappear, sending everything inside it crashing to the ground. This rubble, oddly enough, is what every prime floor is made of
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Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Postby flicky1991 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:02 pm UTC

Floor 1318 is also floor 1318 of a horizontal skyscraper crossing this one.
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