271: Powers of One

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Powers of One
It's kinda Zen when you think about it, if you don't think too hard.
Title text: It's kinda Zen when you think about it, if you don't think too hard.

[edit] Explanation

This is a parody of the short documentary "Powers of 10": the original one can be found at http://www.powersof10.com/film.[1]

Like in the documentary, the comic features a man and a woman on a blanket, during a picnic. Then, the zoom level of the image should change... but, while in the documentary it changes by 10 times at regular intervals (hence the name "Powers of 10": 1x, 10x, 100x ...), in the comic powers of 1 are used: since every power of 1 is always 1, the image doesn't change at all.

So, a series of identical images is shown.

The title text says that this idea may seem profound, (or "Zen", which is commonly used in American slang to mean "profound") but quickly loses any pretensions to actually being profound when you take a second look.

[edit] Transcript

[A sequence, presumably continuing endlessly in both directions, of identical images of a couple lying on a chequered blanket, with a picnic basket, on grass. Each image has a rule at the bottom giving measurements in meters, with the scale in terms of 1 to a particular power. The powers visible are the -1th (part), 0th-2nd, and 3rd (part).]
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I got the math joke but did not know about the documentary, very interesting. 04:26, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
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