19: George Clinton

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George Clinton
I still wish it were true.
Title text: I still wish it were true.

[edit] Explanation

George Clinton is an American musician most famous for his funk music and wild hair style. His recorded music features themes of space, sci-fi, technology and futurism. An example of his work most appropriate to this comic is the song "Mathematics" from the 1996 album T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M (The awesome power of a fully operational mothership)

"I count the moments we're apart. And add them up mathematically
and multiply them by the kisses supposedly I've been missing.
Divided by the attention not to mention the affection.
Subtract that from your gross potential and see I ain't missin' none.
Cause any percentage of you is as good the whole pie.
Any fractions thereof brings dividends of interest.
Any percentage of you is as good as the whole pie.
Any fractions thereof brings dividends of love.
I take the square root and get boxed in every time.
When I know the shortest distance between two points is in a straight line.
I'ma go into you, I'ma come into you two times, and carry the fun over the one to where we equal one.”
(Chorus 2x)

As Randall says, he had attempted to spread around an urban legend that George Clinton had a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. However, the more Randall thought about this rumor, the more he found himself believing it was true. This behavior is related to Pseudologia fantastica, which is more commonly known as pathological or compulsive lying. This comic references the associated behavior that an "individual may be aware they are lying, or may believe they are telling the truth, being unaware that they are relating fantasies." These individuals may eventually stop the lie as demonstrated by the title text, which indicates that at some later time the individual realized that the rumor was not true, but wishes it to be so.

The equations on the board are Laplace transforms of functions.

[edit] Transcript

[George Clinton indicates one of two equations on the blackboard to the left. There are one more equation and a diagram on the blackboard to the right that exits the frame. The first part of the text is above the blackboards:]
I once tried to start the urban legend that George Clinton has a B.A. in mathematics
[On the left blackboard are two formulas, George points to the lower one:]
L(F(t) = F(s) = ∫0f(t)e-stdt
L-1 (F(s)) = f(t) = ∫0 F(t)estdt
[On the right blackboard are one formula (partly) and an diagram with an x-y scale and three other lines touching down to the base. Above these lines are some numbers, that are partly indecipherable.]
γn = 2n/12K
0 2 3
⌊⌊⌊⌊
[Below George and the blackboards are the part of the text:]
...but I wanted it to be true so badly that I started believing it myself.

[edit] Trivia

  • This was the 18th comic originally posted to LiveJournal.
  • Original title: "Wednesday: George Clinton"
  • There were no original Randall quote for this comic.
  • This comic was posted on xkcd when the web site opened on Sunday the 1st of January 2006.
    • It was posted along with all 41 comics posted before that on LiveJournal as well as a few others.
    • The latter explaining why the numbers of these 41 LiveJournal comics ranges from 1-44.
  • One of the original drawings drawn on checkered paper.
  • The first Laplace transform has a mismatched left parenthesis, which was the topic of 859: (.


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Discussion

Rikthoff (talk) Does anybody know what the correct date of issue of this comic is? Also, does anybody know why Randall loves George Clinton?

Have you listened to George Clinton? It's seems reasonable to me that Randall should love him. Blaisepascal (talk) 03:54, 15 August 2012 (UTC)

While reading that I got curious: How is it possible to gain a B.A. in mathematics? I couldn't find any information about the U.S. bachelor system, but in Germany a bachelor's degree in any STEM field is considered a B.Sc. Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 12:08, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Interestingly, a few years after this comic was made, George Clinton did record the track "Mathematics Of Love" (http://www.metrolyrics.com/mathematics-of-love-lyrics-george-clinton.html). 141.101.99.77 11:57, 6 January 2015 (UTC) Kingofderby

I don't think explainxkcd has a math extension yet...--Forrest ― 17jiangz1(talk)12:49, 01 May 2015 (UTC)

The expression on the blackboard is the expression of Laplace transformation and inverse Laplace transformation.--173.245.53.145 06:21, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

added lyrics and background 173.245.54.205 03:57, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

I feel we should just remove the "incomplete marker, as noone seems to have changed anything. Also, regarding the date of this comic, assuming Randall has always uploaded on mondays, wednesdays, and fridays, couldn't we then create a formula to see how many days ago the comic was made? 108.162.219.105 22:01, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
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