395: Morning

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Morning
I'd press on them to try to unstick them, but I can't reach. Can we try cycling day and night really fast?
Title text: I'd press on them to try to unstick them, but I can't reach. Can we try cycling day and night really fast?

[edit] Explanation

This comic makes reference to the idea, as presented in the movie The Matrix, that reality is a computer simulation. In LCD screens, specially TFT LCD, a dead pixel is a pixel that does not work properly, usually set as black or as some other color. Megan realizes that the reality is a computer simulation when she sees dead pixels in the sky, indicating that what she sees is an LCD screen. Usual techniques for fixing a dead pixel are applying pressure and releasing it, which isn't possible for Megan due to the distance of the sky, and making that area of the screen change colors really quickly, which could happen if the day-and-night cycle was fast enough.

[edit] Transcript

[Megan is standing to one side.]
We've all seen The Matrix
We've all joked about "What resolution is life"
But it doesn't blunt the shock
Of waking up one morning
[Megan looks up from field and sees several colored pixels in the sky.]
And seeing dead pixels in the sky.
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Discussion

I always thought she was seeing airplanes, satellites, planets, or stars. --67.243.62.50 03:01, 28 September 2013 (UTC)

"Seeing dead pixels in the sky" seems like a rehash of an important quote in some work. Any ideas on what that work is? 24.104.10.45 06:16, 21 October 2013 (UTC)

It's like that quote from CJ in the first season of West Wing: We can all be better teachers.
It sounds so deep you think they must have borrowed it from somewhere. But no, it's original. Kudos to Randall. 108.162.219.223 21:37, 3 January 2014 (UTC)
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