#1 By: Cory Doctorow, August 4th, 2013 16:45
#2 By: Stefan Jones, August 4th, 2013 17:49
As a favor for future civilizations, we should sequester carbon in the form of clean-burning waxy nodules. Burn for fuel, liquify and crack for hydrocarbon chemicals.
#3 By: Boundegar, August 4th, 2013 18:07
Won't it be nice if they don't need your primitive fuel?
#4 By: Kaz, August 4th, 2013 18:55
I am sure I would be impressed, but I've just had a dinner with too many glasses of wine to follow this...
#5 By: Stefan Jones, August 4th, 2013 19:38
That would be ideal. But we're talking about collapse-recovery situation. Items like a solar panel or windmill are harder to put together than a steam engine.
#6 By: Boundegar, August 4th, 2013 19:49
Yea, well, the Vilani had all those disadvantages plus an inedible biosphere, and look how much of the galaxy they managed to conquer.
#7 By: David Forbes, August 4th, 2013 19:51
There has been a lot of effort put into understanding this one cartoon. Don't these people have jobs?
#8 By: Boundegar, August 4th, 2013 19:55
You kidding? It's the 21st Century.
#9 By: Martin Pedraza, August 4th, 2013 20:50
This is fucking beautiful. The attention to detail is astounding.
#10 By: CLP, August 4th, 2013 21:36
This cartoon went on for weeks. I'm not sure people spent more time trying to understand it than, say, the time it takes to watch a season of a television show.
#11 By: InnerPartisan, August 4th, 2013 22:11
Not sure if serious or satire.
But in case of the former: This "one cartoon" is, by any meaningful definition of the term, a work of art. A lot of very smart and very sensible people devoted their entire lives to the study, interpretation and appreciation of art over the ages.
Those people most definitely made our collective human experience infinitely richer.
Or, to put it simpler: Didn't Roger Ebert had anything better to do with his time than watch a bunch of movies?
#12 By: teapot, August 5th, 2013 00:16
Then why does the windmill pre-date the steam engine?
#13 By: teapot, August 5th, 2013 00:18
Randall Monroe is way too smart for anyone's good. If we're taking votes on who we should clone to populate the earth in his post-apocalyptic world I vote for Randall himself.
#14 By: tedsmitts, August 5th, 2013 00:28
Sounds like a wonderful time for goatkcd.
#15 By: David Emigh, August 5th, 2013 01:30
Traveller reference, FTW!
#16 By: Alissa Mower Clough, August 5th, 2013 05:40
How do I get to see how this played out in realtime? There are viewers galore, but all of them have the cartoon speeded up, so I'm watching like a zillion times too fast!
#17 By: FoolishOwl, August 5th, 2013 06:19
They've got nothing on the Darrians, who managed to reach tech level 16 on one major planet with only a handful of minor colonies.
#18 By: Boundegar, August 5th, 2013 06:49
The one I used pauses on the interesting bits, and it was adjustable.
#19 By: Anthony Vicari, August 5th, 2013 09:24
Mechanical wind-powered mills are not electricity-generating wind turbines, which need magnets and electric motors and ways to regulate voltage and so on. That's like comparing plants to PV panels because they're both solar powered.
#20 By: SamSam, August 5th, 2013 09:27
Find one that lets you step through individual frames. Get yourself a comfortable chair and plenty of food and water. Then once every hour click "next."
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