493: Actuarial

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Actuarial
I started to do the tables for more famous people but it got really depressing and morbid and I had to go outside. Hat guy wins again.
Title text: I started to do the tables for more famous people but it got really depressing and morbid and I had to go outside. Hat guy wins again.

[edit] Explanation

Cueball is commenting on the fact he shouldn't feed the trolls, but sometimes gets provoke to where he can't help replying. The term Trolling is used to describe provocative, destructive or annoying behavior on the Internet.

Black Hat agrees and tells he had an issue yesterday with a guy who had a serious case of the first urge. Some people have to be the first to make a comment on any given posting (be it a blog post or a YouTube video or some other commentable content), and to obnoxiously point out that they have made the first comment. This often manifests as the poster simply posting the word "First" without contributing any actual content to the discussion.

Once again, Black Hat is thus provoked into on-line retaliation bordering on the sociopathic, choosing a form of retribution that doesn't necessarily break any written rules but strikes directly at the heart and/or mind of his opponent. In this case telling the first guy when all his childhood heroes are likely to die - this could make any one miserable. To do this he is using actuarial tables or life tables which shows for each age the probability that a certain person will be alive by their next birthday.

Cueball reflects that he doesn't wish to become the target of such ire himself, but (without apparent malice on Black Hat's part...) still suffers from a piece of memetic shrapnel from the original attack - Cueball obviously loves the original Star Wars movies - and Black Hat would know this!

In the title text, it is said how Black Hat's offensive is so effective that he appears to have caused grief even to his own author and creator, Randall, who only managed to check up on the Star Wars cast before getting too depressed.

Randall has used this idea again in 893: 65 Years, and published a 'morbid' program that uses actuarial tables to calculate the probability that someone will die within a given time. The offence which provoked Black hat was mentioned already in 269: TCMP and then returned to in 1258: First.

[edit] Transcript

[A dialog between Cueball, seated at a computer terminal, and Black Hat, seated in an armchair reading a book. They are facing away from each other.]
Cueball: I know you shouldn't feed the trolls, but sometimes they just provoke me to where I can't help replying.
Black Hat: Yeah, me too. Yesterday this guy kept spamming "First!", so I got a set of actuarial tables and spent twenty minutes telling him when all his childhood heroes would likely die.
[Cueball turns around in his chair.]
Cueball: ...
Cueball: Remind me never to upset you, ever.
Black Hat: 2038: Last of the original Star Wars cast dies.
Cueball: Augh!
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Discussion

I have no time for searching right now, but I'm sure there is a graph comic related to this sentence: "2038: Last of the original Star Wars cast dies." BTW: please create only pages with an proper explanation. --Dgbrt (talk) 16:45, 6 June 2013 (UTC)


While I'm not the guy/gal who created the page, I thought I'd supply a short explanation, to be refined as necessary. BTW, the linkies at the bottom suggest that this is a "Comic with colour", but I only see monochrome. Is this a human error, or is it an automated response to the supplied image (while being black on white, or maybe greyscale) 'officially' having a colour palette or something in its header? 178.107.63.150 23:35, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

His choice of year 2038 could be related to the year 2038 problem. If we assume that C3PO and R2D2 run Unix, then the year 2038 would be the end of Unix time, and they would therefore die. 141.101.80.212 11:18, 14 July 2014 (UTC)
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