2144: Adjusting a Chair
|Adjusting a Chair|
Title text: When I was looking at the box, I should have thought more about what "360 degrees of freedom" meant.
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This comic shows Cueball's attempts to adjust a swivelling chair. As many people have experienced, these chairs can be quite difficult to raise, lower, or manoeuvre if one does not know how. This comically culminates in a massive chair with a big central seat and several other chairs branching off of it as Cueball continues trying to adjust it.
Each step gets farther away from what real-life office chairs could do. In sequence, Cueball finds his chair:
- Being able to recline the seat back. Many chairs do have this ability, which one can use for sitting comfort or perhaps to take a nap.
- Being able to raise or lower the seat. Most chairs have this ability, but the comic departs from real chairs in two ways. First, it's much higher than any real chair. Second, he can raise the height while sitting on it; under normal design, pressing the raise/lower lever while sitting on the chair is how one lowers the seat, using one's own weight to depress the spring or hydraulic piston. However, it's not uncommon to find a chair that has worn out or been improperly calibrated, so that it does rise even when sat on (especially with lighter people), or does not rise even when not sat upon with the lever active.
- Being able to have the seat inflate. Although this could be useful (e.g. to help people who need to use extra seat cushions because of hemorrhoids or coccyx injury), it is not a typical office chair capability. However, in addition to simply inflating, Cueball's chair appears to actually make the seat longer and wider. This doesn't seem to have a lot of useful application in office chairs.
- Putting out branches and growing extra seats and backs. Chairs definitely cannot do this in real life  and use cases are doubtful.
The title text refers to a common claim on such chairs, that the chair offers 360 degrees rotation and several degrees of freedom. This is a double entendre depending on if "360 degrees" or "360" is interpreted as an object. However, here it means there are 360 mechanical degrees of freedom, which is the number of independent parameters that define the configuration of an object; in other words, the chair has 360 different levers and options.
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- [Cueball is shown adjusting a chair.]
- Caption: Adjusting a chair:
- [Cueball presses a button on the bottom of his chair.]
- Chair: CLUNK
- [The seat back of the chair swings backward.]
- [Cueball presses another button.]
- Chair: HISS
- [The chair extends to several times its previous height.]
- [Another button]
- Chair: POOF
- [The seat has expanded greatly.]
- Caption: Two hours later:
- [Cueball attempts to press yet another button on his now-massive chair. It now has 5 bases, two full chairs branching from underneath the seat, two poles coming up from the seat, each with a new seat and two back-to-back seat backs. Yet another seat is supported by a thin rod connecting the two top seats.]