568: Well 2
Title text: But I've made $13.72 already today! Ow, stop throwing pennies.
The average person's lifespan is 80 years now. So, while immortality may become a reality within the coming century, Ponytail won't live long enough to achieve it.
Cueball is looking for a programming language that does not need him to be specific about his ideas. When humans communicate ideas to other humans they may be vague but still understood, since the listener can infer a lot of detail from context and basic knowledge. Until we start 'raising' compilers (like you would a child) compilers will not possess that feature. Hence the need for the programmer to be exact in communicating his ideas to the compiler. No language will ever be able to change that. Cueball complains that he knows what he means, perhaps hoping that this is perfectly sufficient.
Finally we find out that one of Megan's admirers, Mike, whom she avoids, is hiding in the well. He has been waiting for her to come for her uncomfortable truth, so he can make her believe that she is actually attracted to him. But she is not so easily fooled and calls his bluff, telling him to come out of the well.
The title text suggests he might also have been down there for the money everyone is throwing in to the well to get this uncomfortable truth. So it has never been a working well. When everyone (or just Megan) finds out about this, Mike is bombarded with the all the pennies people have brought along.
In the comic game 1608: Hoverboard there is also a well in the left part of the world. This well has the same type of covered top and at the bottom (it is very deep) there is a girl and above her a coin, like the one thrown into a wishing well. On these links, to images on xkcd ; used in the game, the top and the bottom of the well can be seen.
- [Four people are lined up by a covered well, Ponytail in front followed by Cueball, Megan and a man with some kind of hat (could be Beret Guy, but only half of his head is shown so it is not clear). A large sign stands well in front of the well. Ponytail throws in a coin.]
- Well: Science may discover immortality, but it won't happen in the next eighty years.
- Sign: The Uncomfortable Truths Well.
- [Zoom in on the well and Cueball who throws in a coin.]
- Well: You'll never find a programming language that frees you from the burden of clarifying your ideas.
- Cueball: But I know what I mean!
- [Same zoom in on Megan who throws in a coin.]
- Well: You avoid your friend Mike because you're uncomfortably attracted to him.
- [Megan bend in over the well looking down]
- Megan: Nice try, Mike.
- Megan: Get out of the well.
- Mike (from inside the well): Aww.
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