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This comics look at what a typical thought could be for people belonging to different fields of science. In some way this comic has a similar setup to some other kinds of thoughts between such scientific fields presented in [[435: Purity]]. But this comics monologues are not ranked against each other (and it is also not the same fields, except physics).
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Many of the tings we take for granted every day is in fact very weird, as are some of the things that we normally never think of. But if you are into a given field of science you will often have to think about some of these strange phenomenon and this could make you pause to think about it on a daily basis.
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[[Megan]] as a botanist is struck by the fact that trees are made in part from air, as in the carbon dioxide they consume. [[Cueball]], the physicist, finds it weird that he can feel the gravity between an object in his hand (his phone) and the Earth. [[Blondie]] in charge of computer security, wonders when every one gets hacked collapsing our society. [[Hairy]] is a graphic designer who ponders over which fonts stores use for their sign, particularly why it used the font used in the Law & Order TV series. And finally [[Ponytail]], studying medicine, has a hard time understanding why people act normally when we are all full of blood bones and poop.
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Below the different fields thoughts are explained in detail.
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If [[Randall]] had included geologists in this comic, this comic, [[913: Core]], would probably explain what they would be thinking about.
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In the title text it turns out that Randall made a joke regarding Blondie's thoughts. We have already all been hacked... So she would instead wonder when everyone finds out about it.
  
 
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=== Medicine ===
Doctors are well versed in human anatomy, and are likely to think about what is inside of people more than the average person would.
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Doctors are well versed in human anatomy, and are likely to think about what is inside of people more than the average person would. And most people would actually like not to think about all the blood and bones we are all carrying around with us. Not to mention the poop or the parts of our stomach that could turn into vomit or the pee etc.
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Most people do not think about that the person next to them is actually a skeleton packed in meat and animated by electricity... But Ponytail do, because she is being exposed to this fact all the time through her study of Medicine.
  
 
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:'''Internal Monologues'''
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:[Beneath a two line caption are five characters shown, with their thoughts inside thoughts bubbles. Below them are labels giving their respective fields of science.]
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:<big>Internal Monologues</big>
 
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:from various fields
  
:[Five characters are shown, with their monologues inside thought bubbles, and labeled as to their respective fields.]
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:Botany
 
 
:'''Botany'''
 
 
:Megan: I can't get over the fact that trees are made of air.
 
:Megan: I can't get over the fact that trees are made of air.
  
:'''Physics'''
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:Physics
:Cueball (looking at a phone): It's so weird that I can feel the Earth and my phone being pulled together.
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:Cueball [looking at a phone in his hand]: It's so weird that I can feel the Earth and my phone being pulled together.
  
:'''Computer security'''
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:Computer security
:Shoulder length hair woman: I wonder if today will be the day everyone gets hacked and it all finally collapses.
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:Blondie: I wonder if today will be the day everyone gets hacked and it all finally collapses.
  
:'''Graphic design'''
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:Graphic design
 
:Hairy: I wonder how that store ended up with the Law & Order font for their sign.
 
:Hairy: I wonder how that store ended up with the Law & Order font for their sign.
  
:'''Medicine'''
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:Medicine
 
:Ponytail: We're all acting normal even though we're full of blood and bones and poop.
 
:Ponytail: We're all acting normal even though we're full of blood and bones and poop.
  
 
{{comic discussion}}
 
{{comic discussion}}
  
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[[Category:Comics featuring Megan]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Cueball]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Cueball]]
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[[Category:Comics featuring Blondie]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Hairy]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Hairy]]
[[Category:Comics featuring Megan]]
 
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Ponytail]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Ponytail]]
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Revision as of 09:26, 11 October 2018

Internal Monologues
Haha, just kidding, everyone's already been hacked. I wonder if today's the day we find out about it.
Title text: Haha, just kidding, everyone's already been hacked. I wonder if today's the day we find out about it.

Explanation

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If you can address this issue, please edit the page! Thanks.

This comics look at what a typical thought could be for people belonging to different fields of science. In some way this comic has a similar setup to some other kinds of thoughts between such scientific fields presented in 435: Purity. But this comics monologues are not ranked against each other (and it is also not the same fields, except physics).

Many of the tings we take for granted every day is in fact very weird, as are some of the things that we normally never think of. But if you are into a given field of science you will often have to think about some of these strange phenomenon and this could make you pause to think about it on a daily basis.

Megan as a botanist is struck by the fact that trees are made in part from air, as in the carbon dioxide they consume. Cueball, the physicist, finds it weird that he can feel the gravity between an object in his hand (his phone) and the Earth. Blondie in charge of computer security, wonders when every one gets hacked collapsing our society. Hairy is a graphic designer who ponders over which fonts stores use for their sign, particularly why it used the font used in the Law & Order TV series. And finally Ponytail, studying medicine, has a hard time understanding why people act normally when we are all full of blood bones and poop.

Below the different fields thoughts are explained in detail.

If Randall had included geologists in this comic, this comic, 913: Core, would probably explain what they would be thinking about.

In the title text it turns out that Randall made a joke regarding Blondie's thoughts. We have already all been hacked... So she would instead wonder when everyone finds out about it.

Botany

Most of the mass of trees is extracted from the air. [1] More precisely: The bulk of the mass of a tree is composed of cellulose and water. Cellulose is a polysaccharide, that is, it's a large molecule consisting of many glucose molecules bonded together. Plants make those glucose molecules through photosynthesis: they make them by combining water and carbon dioxide molecules using the energy from sunlight. Plants get the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and arguably the water also as it usually comes from rain which is condensed water vapor.

Physics

Gravity is one of the four fundamental forces of physics. In everyday experience, most people tend to think of gravity merely as a pervasive downward force, but as a physicist, Cueball is more aware that in fact, all gravitational forces are mutual; any pair of objects will exert an equal and opposite gravitational force on each other, regardless of how big they are. Therefore, he is correct in saying that his phone and the Earth are being "pulled together", and finds it remarkable that he is able to sense this interaction between two objects of such an astronomically disparate size.

Computer Security

Anyone well versed in computer security understands just how insecure the systems that we depend on actually are.

In the title text it is noted that possibly all our systems are already hacked, and we just haven't found out yet. Since malicious hackers do their work covertly, a successful hack often isn't discovered until days, week, or even years later. By that time they may have successfully hacked many other systems using the same techniques and/or exploiting the same widely unknown or un-patched security flaws. Some recent high profile hacks recently discovered, at the time of this posting, include a [50-million user hack of Facebook] and Google+ announcing they are [shutting down the consumer side of Google+] due to a security flaw they knew about months ago.

Graphic Design

Graphic designers recognize fonts and design elements, and see how they come together. In this comic, the graphic designer wonders how the Law & Order font was chosen for a particular storefront's sign. Law & Order is a police procedural TV series created by Dick Wolf in 1990, which has had various spinoffs. The font used for the title sequence of Law & Order is called Friz Quadrata, and is also the font used for the signage of the New York Police Department headquarters.

Medicine

Doctors are well versed in human anatomy, and are likely to think about what is inside of people more than the average person would. And most people would actually like not to think about all the blood and bones we are all carrying around with us. Not to mention the poop or the parts of our stomach that could turn into vomit or the pee etc.

Most people do not think about that the person next to them is actually a skeleton packed in meat and animated by electricity... But Ponytail do, because she is being exposed to this fact all the time through her study of Medicine.

Transcript

[Beneath a two line caption are five characters shown, with their thoughts inside thoughts bubbles. Below them are labels giving their respective fields of science.]
Internal Monologues
from various fields
Botany
Megan: I can't get over the fact that trees are made of air.
Physics
Cueball [looking at a phone in his hand]: It's so weird that I can feel the Earth and my phone being pulled together.
Computer security
Blondie: I wonder if today will be the day everyone gets hacked and it all finally collapses.
Graphic design
Hairy: I wonder how that store ended up with the Law & Order font for their sign.
Medicine
Ponytail: We're all acting normal even though we're full of blood and bones and poop.


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Discussion

No maths? Too bad...

141.101.77.116 14:39, 10 October 2018 (UTC)Some Nerd

Mathematicians don't need to wonder why, they can show their working. 141.101.77.140 15:17, 10 October 2018 (UTC)

If we're going to mention other places the font is used at, I figured it may be worth leaving this here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friz_Quadrata#Usage (not necessarily worth adding to the explanation, but people may be interested in the trivia.) 162.158.126.88 22:42, 10 October 2018 (UTC)

WHAT? They are shutting down Google+? What will I be not-really-using now? -- Hkmaly (talk) 23:40, 10 October 2018 (UTC)

I interpreted the observation that trees are mostly made of air as referring to the fact that much of the internal structure is composed of hollow tubes filled with air. This also makes sense because wood floats in water due to the amount of air inside the wood fibers. Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 14:01, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

A link between this comic and 1839 is needed (both directions), as the doctor is having the same issues. Would do it myself, but I am at work and do not have the time for proper writing, and will forget about this by the time I am home.--Lupo (talk) 06:41, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

Maybe, but it's only trivia because it doesn't explain this comic. And we have categories shown at the bottom. --Dgbrt (talk) 19:24, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
Yes, you are right, it fits better in trivia. Thanks for moving it there. Categories do not show the similarity in doctor ponytails statements. --Lupo (talk) 21:50, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

Honestly, I thought my explanation of the Physics one was much better. The current explanation doesn't seem to address what Cueball is actually thinking. Hawthorn (talk) 10:33, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

Cueball mentions the feeling how a phone is pulled together. That is electromagnetism and NOT gravity. And also touching it with your hands involves electromagnetism rather than gravity. AND gravity is pulling you to the center of the Earth, but you are stopped by electromagnetism between the Earth surface and you. --Dgbrt (talk) 18:42, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
I'm almost certain that you're misreading or misunderstanding what Cueball is saying. He isn't describing his phone being "pulled together" in the sense of intermolecular forces between atoms. Read the sentence again: he's describing the Earth and his phone being pulled to each other. And while yes, it is true to say that Cueball's "feeling" is electromagnetic in nature (ie. he "feels" the atomic bonds, not the gravitational attraction), I don't think that's the intention behind his words. He's not marveling at the electromagnetics of the situation; he's describing two objects that differ only in their masses, and his place in that interaction. Hawthorn (talk) 12:44, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
Since the other "scientists" also do simple statements about a single fact you have convinced me. A real physicist never would forget that objects like phones are pulled together by electromagnetism, but Cueball does. I've reverted my edit with a small addition to the former text. --Dgbrt (talk) 19:51, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks! :) Hawthorn (talk) 12:28, 24 October 2018 (UTC)