[2018-07-25] Literary Analysis

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[2018-07-25] Literary Analysis

Postby HikaruYami » Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:04 pm

https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/literary-analysis

So, I'm aware that we've defined an avoirdupois pound as a unit of mass (rather than merely weight), and on earth this is essentially exchangeable with a pound in terms of weight (which is not mass).

But then he goes and specifies the chipmunk's weight instead of its mass just to trigger pedants. WHY :(
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Re: [2018-07-25] Literary Analysis

Postby 5jr8 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:29 am

I'm a little disappointed the chipmunk doesn't have a wooden leg
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Re: [2018-07-25] Literary Analysis

Postby Showsni » Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:59 pm

HikaruYami wrote:https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/literary-analysis

So, I'm aware that we've defined an avoirdupois pound as a unit of mass (rather than merely weight), and on earth this is essentially exchangeable with a pound in terms of weight (which is not mass).

But then he goes and specifies the chipmunk's weight instead of its mass just to trigger pedants. WHY :(


The pedant in me wants to say that the whole thing is pointless and we should be looking at relative volumes. For all I know whales are extremely dense compared to humans, so that despite the difference in mass we are exactly the same size.
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Re: [2018-07-25] Literary Analysis

Postby cellocgw » Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:37 pm

5jr8 wrote:I'm a little disappointed the chipmunk doesn't have a wooden leg


First you have to find a human willing to chomp down on a live chipmunk's leg.
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Re: [2018-07-25] Literary Analysis

Postby Bleak » Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:21 am

I have a taste for Squab, mind you.
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Re: [2018-07-25] Literary Analysis

Postby Bleak » Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:23 am

HikaruYami wrote:https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/literary-analysis

So, I'm aware that we've defined an avoirdupois pound as a unit of mass (rather than merely weight), and on earth this is essentially exchangeable with a pound in terms of weight (which is not mass).

But then he goes and specifies the chipmunk's weight instead of its mass just to trigger pedants. WHY :(


You should be getting more triggered by the fact that the visual aspect of the comic is about volume, not physical mass.
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Re: [2018-07-25] Literary Analysis

Postby Kit. » Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:59 pm

Showsni wrote:For all I know whales are extremely dense compared to humans, so that despite the difference in mass we are exactly the same size.

For all I know, humans represent an extreme diversity of density.
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Re: [2018-07-25] Literary Analysis

Postby Bleak » Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:19 am

Bleak wrote:
HikaruYami wrote:https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/literary-analysis

So, I'm aware that we've defined an avoirdupois pound as a unit of mass (rather than merely weight), and on earth this is essentially exchangeable with a pound in terms of weight (which is not mass).

But then he goes and specifies the chipmunk's weight instead of its mass just to trigger pedants. WHY :(


You should be getting more triggered by the fact that the visual aspect of the comic is about volume, not physical mass.


Or even more specifically speaking, subjective 2D visual cross section.
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Re: [2018-07-25] Literary Analysis

Postby NeatNit » Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:52 pm

Bleak wrote:
Bleak wrote:
HikaruYami wrote:https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/literary-analysis

So, I'm aware that we've defined an avoirdupois pound as a unit of mass (rather than merely weight), and on earth this is essentially exchangeable with a pound in terms of weight (which is not mass).

But then he goes and specifies the chipmunk's weight instead of its mass just to trigger pedants. WHY :(


You should be getting more triggered by the fact that the visual aspect of the comic is about volume, not physical mass.


Or even more specifically speaking, subjective 2D visual cross section.

The comparison is actually presented using a ratio in solid angle from the eyes of the viewer
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Re: [2018-07-25] Literary Analysis

Postby HikaruYami » Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:59 pm

Showsni wrote:
HikaruYami wrote:https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/literary-analysis

So, I'm aware that we've defined an avoirdupois pound as a unit of mass (rather than merely weight), and on earth this is essentially exchangeable with a pound in terms of weight (which is not mass).

But then he goes and specifies the chipmunk's weight instead of its mass just to trigger pedants. WHY :(


The pedant in me wants to say that the whole thing is pointless and we should be looking at relative volumes. For all I know whales are extremely dense compared to humans, so that despite the difference in mass we are exactly the same size.


That's an excellent point--an alien who has studied our mathematical systems but not our biological ones could be incredibly confused.

Kit. wrote:
Showsni wrote:For all I know whales are extremely dense compared to humans, so that despite the difference in mass we are exactly the same size.

For all I know, humans represent an extreme diversity of density.


Which is actually sort of *true*, but to be fair, we also represent an extreme diversity of, separately, volumes and heights, so assuming that the presented measurements are a sort of "estimated average" seems fine.
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Re: [2018-07-25] Literary Analysis

Postby Kit. » Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:28 pm

HikaruYami wrote:
Kit. wrote:
Showsni wrote:For all I know whales are extremely dense compared to humans, so that despite the difference in mass we are exactly the same size.

For all I know, humans represent an extreme diversity of density.

Which is actually sort of *true*, but to be fair, we also represent an extreme diversity of, separately, volumes and heights, so assuming that the presented measurements are a sort of "estimated average" seems fine.

Try looking at human density from a sperm whale's point of view.

An "estimated average" human cannot even float properly, let alone dive a kilometer deep and then float back unharmed.
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