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The Elflord and the Mayfly

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davidar
1 day ago
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Alan Watts gave an interesting talk on what you might do if you had an eternity of time to fill:

http://project.unicorn.holtof.com/watts/from_time_to_eternity.htm

> You would want a surprise. After all, what are we trying to do with our technology - we are trying to control the world. And if you will imagine the ultimate fulfillment of technology, when we really are in control of everything, and we have great panels of push buttons whereon the slightest touch will fulfill every wish, you will eventually arrange to have a special red button on it marked "surprise."
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WorldMaker
1 day ago
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A favorite rumination along these subjects for me remains 17776. https://www.sbnation.com/a/17776-football
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jlvanderzwan
2 days ago
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Beautiful, but since this is Existential Comics:

> you can feel what I can never feel

... didn't he just argue that he exhausts all possible feelings before eternity is over?

What if all possible feelings create an infinite set? Is that set smaller than eternity?

(I wonder if mathematicians who study infinities have any interesting ideas about living for an eternity)
davidar
1 day ago
Presumably you can only experience a countable infinity of feelings in an eternity, and the set of all possible feelings could be uncountably infinite? But I'm not sure it's relevant, I think he only exhausts all the feelings he himself could potentially feel, not all the feelings any creature could possibly feel.

Endorheic Basin

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My biggest fear is that colonial engineers will try to flood me to generate electricity. My biggest hope is that I'll develop sailing stones.
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davidar
40 days ago
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Why is he wearing a towel?
nortoon
40 days ago
That's not a towel, that's water.
denismm
40 days ago
There is a towel under that water, I guess if he pushes it away it will remove some water briefly.
silberbaer
40 days ago
Because this strip is PG-13. No full frontal allowed.
nortoon
40 days ago
See panel one, the crotchal area is not a problem. I think the pont is that there isn't enough towel for the water.
bootsofdoom
40 days ago
More to the point, why is he wearing a beret?
silberbaer
40 days ago
In panel one he's fully clothed! In panel three he's just stepped out of the shower.
bootsofdoom
39 days ago
I mean, I wouldn't wear a beret in the shower myself, but obviously folks are free to be folks.
qxzlool
39 days ago
Occasionally the comments are more entertaining than the comic.
timothyfriesen
39 days ago
Technically he's never actually seen wearing the beret in the shower. Maybe he puts it on immediateyl upon exiting.
darthcurt
39 days ago
Same reason Donald Duck covers up his crotch when his shirt comes off.
jlvanderzwan
38 days ago
Ok now I'll never be able to unsee that darthcurt
steelhorse
37 days ago
Just don't let the Bureau of Land Management get involved!
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40 days ago
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My biggest fear is that colonial engineers will try to flood me to generate electricity. My biggest hope is that I'll develop sailing stones.
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Satellite

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If you're going to let it burn up, make sure it happens over the deep end of the bathtub and not any populated parts of the house!
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davidar
182 days ago
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Why can't gravity work like this? Although avoiding your personal satellite accidentally transferring to someone else's orbit might be difficult.
alt_text_bot
182 days ago
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If you're going to let it burn up, make sure it happens over the deep end of the bathtub and not any populated parts of the house!
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Parenthetical Names

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I never got around to seeing that movie about the battle (of Midway).
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davidar
210 days ago
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Geralt (of Rivia (the butcher (of Blaviken)))
jungy
210 days ago
:D
fancycwabs
209 days ago
I think I can name two songs by Toad (the wet sprocket).
alt_text_bot
210 days ago
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I never got around to seeing that movie about the battle (of Midway).
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OK/okay/ok

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After changing it back and forth several times and consulting with internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch, I settled on "ok" in my book How To, but I'm still on the fence. Maybe I should just switch to "oK."
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davidar
215 days ago
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okies - also kind of old but in a different way
alt_text_bot
215 days ago
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After changing it back and forth several times and consulting with internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch, I settled on "ok" in my book How To, but I'm still on the fence. Maybe I should just switch to "oK."
yaomtc
215 days ago
Who runs this bot? Quote marks haven't worked for a while.
joeythesaint
215 days ago
Check your font encoding and browser settings. Quote marks seem fine here: https://imgur.com/3j3YNk6
tedder
215 days ago
They fail on the Android app.
yaomtc
215 days ago
Correct, I should have specified. They work fine on desktop, just not on the Android app. Maybe it's just an issue with the app rendering certain characters in comments. I may post an issue on the Github. ("Test.") EDIT: My quotation marks work fine, as do the quotes in mburch42's comment. I guess the Android app handles comments differently, as the HTML of joeythesaint's link becomes visible.
tedder
215 days ago
Agree, AltTextBot's are the only broken ones on Android. All look correct on iOS and on a desktop browser. I think the 'bot is sending quot entity versus the actual quotes and it happens to render wrong on Android (though this theory doesn't follow Occam, which would blame the Android app).
Aissen
215 days ago
@yaomtc @tedder I run the bot. Thanks for the report, I'll check it out. EDIT: it should now be fixed for future alt texts.
yaomtc
213 days ago
Thanks, Aissen! I created an issue: https://github.com/samuelclay/NewsBlur/issues/1272
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yaomtc
213 days ago
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[Commented on the wrong thing and I can't delete]
mburch42
215 days ago
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Sometimes in older books they spell it "okeh" which is really wild.

53 Cards

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Well, there's one right here at the bottom, where it says "53."
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davidar
292 days ago
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Also people claiming to have invented lossless compression schemes which are guaranteed to compress every possible file.
zippy72
291 days ago
And got parents on them approved as well...
wishngrab
286 days ago
Ha ha very funny.Good. Wishngrab.com Keep it up
alt_text_bot
292 days ago
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Well, there's one right here at the bottom, where it says "53."
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lograh
289 days ago
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For a bit there I was expecting a Banach–Tarski joke.
Covarr
291 days ago
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If there's one thing I know about binary, it's that 1+1=10. If there's one thing I know about basic arithmetic, it's that 10-2=8. So if you spend one energy unit, then spend one more, and have a net gain of 8, that sounds pretty perpetual to me.
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