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Subject:XKCD question
Time:07:01 am
Look at this XKCD. What is he holding up?
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mangosteen
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Time:2010-10-28 02:04 pm (UTC)
A mirror.
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rnrdaddy
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Time:2010-10-28 02:06 pm (UTC)
So the starlight doesn't die.
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andrewhime
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Time:2010-10-28 02:29 pm (UTC)
These.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2010-10-28 03:10 pm (UTC)
+1. It took me a minute the other day when I saw this, but that was the conclusion I came to.
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jiggery_pokery
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Time:2010-10-28 02:20 pm (UTC)
I had interpreted it as a picture frame at first, but it could be a mirror. I don't get the "starlight doesn't die" reference... *searches*... it was The X-Files that I haven't been watching.
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melebeth
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Time:2010-10-28 02:27 pm (UTC)
I was debating between a picture frame and some sort of film holder for long exposure. But in retrospect a mirror makes more sense.

Edited at 2010-10-28 02:28 pm (UTC)
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slfisher
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Time:2010-10-28 02:41 pm (UTC)
I assumed a picture frame.
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heronymus_waat
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Time:2010-10-28 03:06 pm (UTC)
It's a mirror, so the photons don't kill themselves on the backs of our eyes, but rather reflect back and continue on back out into the universe.

Beret-man is a little naive. And odd. He's sort of the mirror-image (hah!) of Black-Hat-Guy.
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ronsrants
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Time:2010-10-28 03:28 pm (UTC)
At first I thought it was a dimensional portal to capture the starlight so he can enjoy it at his leisure.

But then I thought about how realistic that was and discarded the thought in favor of a mirror.

-R
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jpmassar
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Time:2010-10-28 04:22 pm (UTC)
Mirror. 99.9% confidence level.
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dd_b
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Time:2010-10-28 04:45 pm (UTC)
I decided "mirror" quite quickly when I first saw it. The photons "dieing" refers to their being absorbed by something they hit, and the mirror largely prevents that and sends them back out into safe space.
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dd_b
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Time:2010-10-28 04:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, and the shape is fairly common for a mirror (tall but thin), much less common for artwork.
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rhiannonstone
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Time:2010-10-28 04:53 pm (UTC)
It may have been more obvious if it had been a large round/oval shape instead, which I think is much more representative of a mirror. The test we used for deciding representative members of a category in cognitive science was, If you tell a small child to draw it, what will they draw? I think if you told a kid to draw a mirror, it would be oval instead of rectangular.
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dd_b
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Time:2010-10-28 05:49 pm (UTC)
That seems like a reasonable test to use.

I haven't seen an actual oval mirror in years and years, and I see lots of rectangular ones -- but I'm well aware that the canonical form of something in a society doesn't always match what's most common. And my personal sample is not representative, and my attention may be uneven.

Also, while I have seen oval framed art, it's vanishingly rare, which might help with discrimination.
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rhiannonstone
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Time:2010-10-28 04:50 pm (UTC)
A mirror, though when I first read it the other day it took me a minute or two to be sure of my first instinct.
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19_crows
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Time:2010-10-28 06:11 pm (UTC)
Picture frame. Isn't the beret code for "artist"? So he's Vincent Van Gogh creating his own starry starry night.
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sfogarty
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Time:2010-10-28 10:36 pm (UTC)
Mirror, although I know nothing of quotes.
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essaying
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Time:2010-10-28 11:53 pm (UTC)
I read it as an empty picture frame (as in, to frame the stars so that they become art).
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whitebird
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Time:2010-10-29 03:11 am (UTC)
Given the decorative corners on the frame, I perceived it to be an empty picture frame.

Ah. And. In the walking frame, there is one for... *gets confused for a moment thinking he saw something proving frame* Okay. In the walking frame, the object in question has speckles on the inside, so is not likely to be an empty picture frame as there are no speckles in the same general area around it. There are also two body lines, and the rear arm, which is holding the front of the object in question, is also doubled, while the front arm, which is holding the rear, and wrapping its hand around to the front further forward of the body, is missing.

Mirror it is. :)

Which completely changes the comic for me. Thanks for asking!
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