814: Diode

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Diode
And the worst part is you won't apologize.
Title text: And the worst part is you won't apologize.

Explanation[edit]

A diode is an electronic component that, to put it simply, blocks current traveling in one direction, but allows current going the other way. Diodes are a common component of digital circuits, such as those found in a computer. The end that rejects incoming current is marked with a line or band of paint.

The comic is describing a common frustration in relationships. Sometimes one party in a relationship will feel that the other isn't listening to them, even though they themselves are being as open as possible. This is analogous to the function of a diode, which the comic indicates by literally introducing a diode into the dialogue. The diode introduced has the banded end being held by Cueball. This means his words are blocked by the diode, while Megan's flows through to him; she never receives his protest, his pain, or his apology and thus does not feel she did anything wrong. Megan could possibly have used the diode as a way to avoid apologizing, but she must have known she risked looking like an idiot by not perceiving his apology, illustrated by the title text: Megan didn't perceive Cueball's apology, due to it being blocked by the diode, so she berates Cueball for not apologizing.

Transcript[edit]

[Cueball is talking to Megan. Megan holds up a diode.]
Cueball: We need to talk.
Megan: Okay, but first hold the end of this diode.
[They hold the diode.]
Cueball: You hurt my feelings yesterday.
Megan: You embarrassed me with my family last weekend.
[They are still holding the diode between them.]
Cueball: I'm sorry.


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Discussion

...but watch out for that knee if it's a Zenor diode! 31.110.91.76 00:39, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

"Zener", not "Zenor" 108.162.229.55 12:59, 23 November 2013 (UTC)

If cueball's words are indeed negative, they will pass trough the diode... But he still wo'nt appologize asuming an apology is positive. -173.245.53.148 15:44, 20 May 2014 (UTC)