1177: "Time Robot"

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1177: "Time Robot"

Postby paulrowe » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:19 am UTC

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Title text: NO FATE BUT THE NARRATIVES WE IMPOSE ON LIFE'S RANDOM CHAOS TO DISTRACT OURSELVES FROM OUR EXISTENTIAL PLIGHT

How do I know you're not the robot?
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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby rhomboidal » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:19 am UTC

No one can stop the Time-inator.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby asdfzxc » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:21 am UTC

The mental image of Sarah Connor carving that whole alt-text into a hunk of wood made me chuckle.
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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby Djehutynakht » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:22 am UTC

http://xkcd.com/926/ perhaps?


Anyways...

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby Fire Brns » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:27 am UTC

"Unstoppable Robot Assassin"
*proceeds to attempt to stop it*
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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby addams » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:36 am UTC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta1KfRX06kA

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby moocow2024 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:39 am UTC

The time robot has one red eye lol.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby Quicksilver » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:52 am UTC

You may be able to prolong your life, but its not like you can escape your inevitable death, is it?

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby amulshah7 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:17 am UTC

moocow2024 wrote:The time robot has one red eye lol.


Yeah, I noticed that. Is there a reason for that? Also, I like how the clock shows 10:10 (one of the most common times to show up on a clock in ads, media, etc.).

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby Thirty-Eight » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:18 am UTC

Anyone else reminded of Soran's remarks about time in Star Trek: Generations?

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby moocow2024 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:30 am UTC

I think the one red eye was a Terminator reference.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby San Fran Sam » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:16 am UTC

well, she does kinda look like Linda Hamilton...

if you get the lighting right....

and you sorta tilt your head to one side....

and squint just a bit....

Nah! Who am I kidding?

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby YellowYeti » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:14 am UTC

amulshah7 wrote:
moocow2024 wrote:The time robot has one red eye lol.


Yeah, I noticed that. Is there a reason for that? Also, I like how the clock shows 10:10 (one of the most common times to show up on a clock in ads, media, etc.).


I'd heard that with old 'clockwork' clocks, i.e. spring driven, that that the hands were set to 10:10 to balance the mechanism when it wouldn't be regularly wound up ( like in a shop window )

No idea what this sense of 'balance' in a clockwork mechanism would be - or why you would want to leave it in this state.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby rmsgrey » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:57 am UTC

I make it 10:09:04 rather than 10:10.

In a clockwork clock, the weight of the hands encourages the mechanism to tick in a given direction - if it's not compensated for, large clocks can take a couple of minutes longer to get from 6 o'clock to 12 o'clock than they take from 12 to 6.

There's a clock-tower near where I catch a bus once a week which no longer has power to the face I see from the bus stop - at the start of the year, it was stopped at midnight; since then it's been showing a time about a minute earlier each week (I observe it for up to 20 minutes at a time with no observed change, so I doubt it's measuring 11 hours 59 minutes a week or some similar arrangement)

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby magemax » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:36 am UTC

And this robot clearly doesn't respect First Law

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby peewee_RotA » Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:10 pm UTC

"What's an existential plight?"
"I heard it causes a real nasty kafka"
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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby Belästiger » Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:26 pm UTC

10 bucks that guy is a pick-up artist.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby Nylonathatep » Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:33 pm UTC

Nah, 10 bucks on the guy is a Skin-Care Product/Homeopathy salesmen.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby peewee_RotA » Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:43 pm UTC

A conversation I see in my near future:

"Have you seen today's XKCD?"
"I'm going to now, what's it about?"
"It's about time robot"
"Stop calling me a robot"
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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby peshmg » Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:53 pm UTC

"You'll still die eventually. We all will."

Some sooner than others, apparently: http://xkcd.com/652/

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby mcdigman » Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:38 pm UTC

https://xkcd.com/220/

Come with me if you want to stay dry.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:47 pm UTC

moocow2024 wrote:The time robot has one red eye lol.

That must explain why only the "3' on the clock is red.

Meanwhile, just to be a total buzzkiller:

yeah we all are gonna die (except me, 'cause I have a Cunning Plan), but since Sarah has yet to give birth, her DNA is forcing her to forestall the inevitable at least until after she's propagated its genetic code. After that, whatever.
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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby EverVigilant » Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:50 pm UTC

It's okay, I have a super soaker.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby addams » Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:52 pm UTC

mcdigman wrote:https://xkcd.com/220/

Come with me if you want to stay dry.


Re: 1177: "Time Robot"
by EverVigilant » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:50 am UTC

It's okay, I have a super soaker.

Huh? I have no idea what is going on here.
There are some Facts.
1. If that super soaker has warm water in it, then the existentialism will change and, most likely, involve the shooter or other much less than innocent bystanders.

2. If that super soaker has cold water in it, then the existentialism will be gone instantly, most likely.
2.a. The shooter will have other more immediate problems.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby peewee_RotA » Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:55 pm UTC

addams wrote:
mcdigman wrote:https://xkcd.com/220/

Come with me if you want to stay dry.


Re: 1177: "Time Robot"
by EverVigilant » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:50 am UTC

It's okay, I have a super soaker.

Huh? I have no idea what is going on here.
There are some Facts.
1. If that super soaker has warm water in it, then the existentialism will change and, most likely, involve the shooter or other much less than innocent bystanders.

2. If that super soaker has cold water in it, then the existentialism will be gone instantly, most likely.
2.a. The shooter will have other more immediate problems.


Providing that the senses in charge of hot/cold response on the target are accurately reporting information to the brain and the brain trusts that sensory information to be true.
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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby endolith » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:08 pm UTC

Quicksilver wrote:You may be able to prolong your life, but its not like you can escape your inevitable death, is it?


That depends on the ultimate fate of the universe, doesn't it?

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby mcdigman » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:41 pm UTC

endolith wrote:
Quicksilver wrote:You may be able to prolong your life, but its not like you can escape your inevitable death, is it?


That depends on the ultimate fate of the universe, doesn't it?


Yes, for I am the universe, and the universe is me.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby endolith » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:46 pm UTC

mcdigman wrote:
Yes, for I am the universe, and the universe is me.


That's cool. I'm talking about indefinitely prolonging human life, though.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby Kip the Dip » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:53 pm UTC

'Tick tock' goes the clock
We ran from Terminators
'Tick tock' goes the clock
Even for the Connors.


That nursery rhyme includes not only Sarah and John, but Phil Connors as well.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby cephron » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:55 pm UTC

"NO FATE BUT THE NARRATIVES WE IMPOSE ON LIFE'S RANDOM CHAOS TO DISTRACT OURSELVES FROM OUR EXISTENTIAL PLIGHT"

Well, we don't know that.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby addams » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:09 pm UTC

peewee_RotA wrote:
addams wrote:
mcdigman wrote:https://xkcd.com/220/

Come with me if you want to stay dry.


Re: 1177: "Time Robot"
by EverVigilant » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:50 am UTC

It's okay, I have a super soaker.

Huh? I have no idea what is going on here.
There are some Facts.
1. If that super soaker has warm water in it, then the existentialism will change and, most likely, involve the shooter or other much less than innocent bystanders.

2. If that super soaker has cold water in it, then the existentialism will be gone instantly, most likely.
2.a. The shooter will have other more immediate problems.


Providing that the senses in charge of hot/cold response on the target are accurately reporting information to the brain and the brain trusts that sensory information to be true.

Right. Conditions. Everything has conditions.
Spoiler:
I was reading along happily well within my skill level and Suddenly there was a list of Quantum Conditions for the three basic Laws of Thermodynamics.
I gave that some thought. Then, decided not to memorize the conditions.

If the object of the project does not respond within expected limits, then widen the scope of the limits. Right?
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby philipquarles » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:19 pm UTC

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby 3rdtry » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:41 pm UTC

It's pretty sad that they invented time travel before perfecting cryonics or life extension.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:28 pm UTC

cephron wrote:"NO FATE BUT THE NARRATIVES WE IMPOSE ON LIFE'S RANDOM CHAOS TO DISTRACT OURSELVES FROM OUR EXISTENTIAL PLIGHT"

Well, we don't know that.

Ok then:

MAYBE NO FATE BUT THE NARRATIVES WE IMPOSE ON LIFE'S RANDOM CHAOS TO DISTRACT OURSELVES FROM OUR EXISTENTIAL PLIGHT, MAYBE WE ARE MISSING OUR HIGHER CALLING OUT OF A PERSONAL FAILURE TO RECOGNIZE OUR TRUE PURPOSE IN LIFE, EITHER WAY WE'RE FUCKED, LET'S HAVE FUN

3rdtry wrote:It's pretty sad that they invented time travel before perfecting cryonics or life extension.

Maybe they did perfect cryonics and life extension and then ran out of time in which to live when the universe ended, so they invented time travel to go back in time to when there was more time left, and intervening in the petty human-cyborg wars of the 21st century is just a minor pastime of these time-travelers who are otherwise preoccupied with the slow death march which is time.
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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby Sprocket » Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:44 pm UTC

today's comic is making me think Community could be saved from its Harmonless downward spiral if Randall were writing for it.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby da Doctah » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:51 pm UTC

Kip the Dip wrote:'Tick tock' goes the clock
We ran from Terminators
'Tick tock' goes the clock
Even for the Connors.


That nursery rhyme includes not only Sarah and John, but Phil Connors as well.


And Mike Connors. The Mannix star's clock has been ticking for 87 years.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby J L » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:37 pm UTC

I really liked the title text, even the caps. The idea of course is an old one, but the wording is really beautiful. Am I missing a quote? If not, well done, Randall.

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby Plutarch » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:45 pm UTC

Is rebirth inevitable too? When, in the infinite future, someone discovers how to re-animate beings from the past, and decides to bring us all back to life?

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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:54 pm UTC

Plutarch wrote:Is rebirth inevitable too? When, in the infinite future, someone discovers how to re-animate beings from the past, and decides to bring us all back to life?

There was a book that had something like that in it, I want to say The Light Of Other Days. After the development of a technology which allows the scanning of information from anywhere in space and time, a utopian future human civilization decides to reach back into the past, scan the DNA and brain patterns of everyone who's ever died, clone them and download their minds into the cloned bodies and let them live forever in this utopian future. IIRC prominent religious figures like Jesus are even there -- those of them which actually existed to be resurrected along with everyone else, that is. They essentially built the afterlife.
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Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Postby W3ird_N3rd » Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:11 am UTC

J L wrote:I really liked the title text, even the caps. The idea of course is an old one, but the wording is really beautiful. Am I missing a quote? If not, well done, Randall.

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