Talk:1189: Voyager 1

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Uh, not all tally marks are Doctor Who references. Alpha (talk) 05:49, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Is it just me, or is Randall getting lazy? Most of the past comics have been simplistic, easy-to-draw charts. -- (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Oh, was he talking about the glove? I though it was referring to "running the gauntlet" for some reason. -- 07:17, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

No, that's "running the gantlet." Two words which are often confused for each other. Plus you could run a gantlet of people whacking you with their gauntlets. 13:21, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

"Running the gantlet" and "running the gauntlet" are both acceptable uses, since both gantlet and gauntlet can be used for the punishment (however, "dropping the gantlet" would be incorrect, since gantlet only refers to the punishment, while gauntlet can refer to both the punishment and the glove). 01:30, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

He almost certainly meant 'gantlet'; I think Randall just got the two words confused (it happens frequently. At this point, lists both spellings as synonymous.) The medieval punishment makes much more sense in context (ie: lots of things that could potentially hit Voyageur.) 13:31, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Well, I saw a straight wordplay belt→glove there. --Mormegil (talk) 14:21, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
Gauntlet and gantlet are both fitting and humorous in the context. Homophones are great. 17:41, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

There were several stories two days ago saying it had left, then a correction from NASA saying it didn't.,2817,2416867,00.asp Bugefun (talk) 07:21, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Is it just me or is it unclear why are there sixteen leaving events described in the title text but twenty-two tally marks on the comic? 07:39, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

I just keep hoping that my children will be interested in space. Too late for me, NASA wouldn't want me, but surely my genes are still ok, I hope. To follow voyager down the rabbit hole of our expectations, what else can father ever ask? 08:05, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

No it is not just you why there are 22 tick marks, and only 16 countable exits. 12:03, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

The Crystal Sphere may refer to a David Brin story used to explain the fermi paradox of why we have had no alien contact: Schmammel (talk) 14:37, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Crystal Sphere could also be a reference to the old Spelljammer D&D setting where systems/galaxies were contained in crystal spheres.

"US Census Bureau Solar System statistical boundary – a fictive boundary defined by": I'm capable of reading 'fictive' as 'conventional' in this sentence; as in "the real census bureau really invented it, like they really invented census areas". I would not have been confused by 'fictional', or by 'a boundary fictively invented', but I'm not sure that the second one is good English. I may have studied too much sociology. 07:38, 23 March 2013 (UTC)