Title text: You know what really helps an existential crisis? Wondering how much shelf space to leave for a Terry Pratchett collection.
Cueball interprets this to mean she thinks it's pointless to build a collection on an electronic device, perhaps due to the digital rights management software common on these devices which can (for instance) make it difficult to transfer the files if the device breaks.
However, Megan is actually commenting on the futility of building up any kind of collection at all, since nothing we do can change the fact that we're inevitably going to die. This view is in line with those advanced by the philosophical movement known as existentialism which theorizes that life has no deep, hidden meaning and hence even things that we personally feel are meaningful (like building up collections) will not change the outcome of life in the end. (A magpie is a bird traditionally thought to be drawn to collect shiny objects and bring them back to its nest.)
This doesn't bother Cueball, though, and in the title text he gleefully ponders how much shelf space he'd need to accommodate physical copies of all of Terry Pratchett's books.
- Cueball: I now have every Discworld book!
- Megan: Eh. Building a Kindle collection seems pointless.
- Cueball: Yeah, I know the DRM means I'll probably lose them someday.
- Megan: No, pointless in general.
- Megan: Sure, you satisfy deep magpie-like urges by building neat collections, but you still die alone.
- Cueball: Sorry, sometimes I mistake your existential crises for technical insights.
- Megan: Sometimes I mistake this for a universe that cares.