Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Time tunnel

I designed this last week after making today's comic. It seemed the right thing to do! That first sentence makes it sound like I can travel in time, which I can, but only forward (like every other stumblebum).



I am going to begin a gradual cull of a lot of the long-in-the-tooth designs in the tshirt store. It appears to be time for a new broom!

ADDENDUM: Somehow I typed an "E" when I was meant to type a number 3. Should I leave it in for the sake of serendipity? Or might I drive the obsessive compulsive off a cliff like lemmings?

29 comments:

rob said...

i am liking the backwards '3' on the display! it's the ultimate conundrum.

John A said...

That is quite a staggering oversight, isn't it? I don't know if I should fix it.

Josher said...

Personally, I think you should leave it as "E". I like the ambiguity of that.

rob said...

I like a calculator that plays by its own rules.

Anna said...

Please fix it. I am a teacher and my poor brain cannot handle such glaring errors.

Conrad Poohs said...
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Conrad Poohs said...

FYI, Penny Arcade also has a
5318008 shirt

d-train said...

ya shouldn't confuse the purity of the joke by mixing up the 3/E...i mean, really...

matt said...

Oh, I cannot wait to get this one, even the brahn colour is perfick, as Pa Larkin would say.

My name is Jeff. said...

I say fix the 3/E or everyone who ever wears the shirt will have to put up with the legion of smartypants who will point it out and smirk as though waiting for the blue ribbon of cleverness.

Alternately: SGRians must kindly develop a battery of witty comebacks.

But really, I'd rather avoid the smarmy arms race and just not give them an opening.

misterhaan said...

i may be compelled to buy this shirt, as it’s handy to have a calculator with an omega key. i don’t care whether it’s a 3 or an E — most of my calculators also had at least the letters A - F anyway!

Stephen said...

Don't fix the error, if only to annoy the pedants in the audience. Let them squirm!

Nina said...

:D Amazing stuff!

One to add to my collection of 5 of your shirts I already own, including "I Trod on Lego" which had to be discontinued because nobody got it. Muppets.

K said...

Oh, I say fix it, but it's a wonderful shirt. I'm not sure if I am sufficiently badass to wear a T-shirt that says "boobies", though.

If it had said SHELLOIL I wouldn't be able to resist...

Oh, maybe my mum won't notice. Or I could just not wear it in her presence.

John A said...

What do you have against seabirds, K?

John A said...

Or rather, what does your mother have against the humble booby?

dustin said...

Damn, I would definitely buy that if I wasn't a broke loser

Ken said...

Fiiiiiiix ittttttttt


Sincerely,
-obsessive compulsive lemming

Scuffy Kettle Genius said...

If you fix it, I will buy it.

(obsessive obsessive obsessive)

spiderbaby said...

I like the 'E', it adds to the humour.

hottub said...

You can leave 'E' in the display... if you put '3' in "3asy"!

matt said...

Hey compulsives - the number is fine, it is just in hexadecimal notation!

Private Cox said...

Being the silly, silly science man, I thought of this!
Doesn't E appear on many calculators? It is the friend who tells you how many zeroes you have after a certain number!
Therefore, it is not something to obsess about, as it is not only VALID, but EASY TO DO!

PMJG said...

Leave it as-is.
The "E" adds value, like that stamp with the upside-down airplane, or the Kris Kross album with the backwards pants.

aduthie said...

E on such calculators generally denotes "exponent," which somehow means "time 10 to the power of". So in this case we've got 5 x 10 ^ 18008, which is a terribly huge number and thus appropriate in its own way.

richie said...

ack! it must be changed! the magic of calculator writing is the way the 12 year old in all of us has to twist numbers to letters mentally. if the calculator just had letters available then the crude messages would be crude, not the wonderful gems that are found in the limited realm of calculatopography. Plus... 5318008 can be done on even the cheapest, smallest calculators. my other favorites include 55378008 and 37047734, which came in handy in 4th grade for my watch battery-powered rebellion.

crs said...

The E/3 swap has a sublime beauty that will span the ages, transcending history with its mysterious smirk to become the Mona Lisa of the internet age.

Jessica said...

As a teacher who loves to wear geeky math shirts and sincerely less than threes SGR, I would sadly not be able to wear this shirt to work as I cannot imagine my students not noticing the word "boobi3s" on my shirt. I'm rooting for another word, perhaps shellack or something else that can't actually be spelled with a calculator but that doesn't advertise an oil company.

You have my two cent deposit.

jas said...

I am sincerely sad that the shirt is so different from The Boy's. I don't want to wear a lewd calculator. :(