My Geek Credentials

 

I was perusing, and enjoying, The Week In Pictures at Power Line when I encountered the image below. It produced the only audible chuckle of the entire post. I’m a geek. Case closed.

If you don’t understand the humor, you’re normal. Lucky you.

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  1. The Reticulator Member

    Very good. Even the nose grows, but the cartoonist missed the opportunity to produce a W.C. Fields nose to match the car color. Maybe in a larger format.

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    • April 20, 2019, at 10:01 PM PDT
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  2. Gary Robbins Reagan

    I don’t get it. Sorry.

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    • April 20, 2019, at 10:19 PM PDT
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  3. The Reticulator Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I don’t get it. Sorry.

    Clue: It’s the same car in both panels.

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    • April 20, 2019, at 10:32 PM PDT
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  4. Mrs. Ink Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I don’t get it. Sorry.

    Google “Doppler”

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    • April 20, 2019, at 10:39 PM PDT
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  5. Gary Robbins Reagan

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I don’t get it. Sorry.

    Clue: It’s the same car in both panels.

    Relativity?

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    • April 20, 2019, at 10:50 PM PDT
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  6. Arahant Member

    Doppler shift, Gary.

    And, yes, I find it funny, too.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 1:24 AM PDT
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  7. Gary McVey Contributor

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I don’t get it. Sorry.

    Clue: It’s the same car in both panels.

    Relativity?

    Red shift is (like I would know) the same principle as the way a fast moving train’s horn or bell appears to shift tone as it approaches and then leaves where you’re standing. “dingdingDingDINGDINGDingdongdongdong…”

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    • April 21, 2019, at 1:24 AM PDT
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  8. Randy Webster Member

    If it were going fast enough for the doppler shift to matter, the onlooker wouldn’t even see it.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 2:48 AM PDT
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  9. JoelB Member

    Yeah, I got it, but more like the groan of a bad pun than an audible chuckle.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 4:42 AM PDT
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  10. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Oh.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 5:17 AM PDT
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  11. She Thatcher
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Doppler shift, Gary.

    And, yes, I find it funny, too.

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Doppler shift, Gary.

    And, yes, I find it funny, too.

    Nice to see you. Happy and Blessed Easter. And yes, Doppler. Although I had to think for a minute.

    Have to confess that my first reaction was, “Oh, no. Not another of those “What color is this [fill in the blank]” Internet things.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 5:43 AM PDT
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  12. Seawriter Member

    The color is not the only clue. The length of the car is also.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 5:48 AM PDT
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  13. Steve C. Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Oh.

    Don’t beat yourself up, Gary. It took me five minutes to get it.

    Hmmmm…what?

    Science joke? Maybe? Yeah.

    But why?

    Oh, color change! (I missed the elongated nose)

    Something change?

    Something shift?

    Doppler!

    Groan.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 5:49 AM PDT
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  14. Gary Robbins Reagan

    What does this have to do with Trump?

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    (Just kidding. Thank you for the break from Trump, Mueller and all of the rest of that stuff.)

    (Actually, could we be going through the Doppler Effect with Trump, etc. That the sound of a siren and sight of an ambulance shift as they go beyond the observer? That our perception shifts? And that neither observer is per se, wrong? Humm. Deep thoughts on an early Easter morning.)

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    • April 21, 2019, at 5:54 AM PDT
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  15. Stad Thatcher

    The physics of light – red shift and blue shift.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 6:04 AM PDT
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  16. danok1 Member

    Stad (View Comment):

    The physics of light – red shift and blue shift.

    I think those of us with a more technical education (my undergrad degree is from Stevens Tech) got it immediately.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 7:00 AM PDT
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  17. TGR9898 Coolidge

    Gary McVey (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I don’t get it. Sorry.

    Clue: It’s the same car in both panels.

    Relativity?

    Red shift is (like I would know) the same principle as the way a fast moving train’s horn or bell appears to shift tone as it approaches and then leaves where you’re standing. “dingdingDingDINGDINGDingdongdongdong…”

    As I looked at the picture, in my head I automatically overlayed the Doppler shifting sound of the engine.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 8:40 AM PDT
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  18. Henry Racette Contributor

    I liked it, though thought it weirdly out of place in the photo stream. (I look forward to Hayward’s weekly cartoon collection.) Has relativity been in the news lately, and I missed it? Maybe because of the recent black hole pictures?

    Whatever: it’s a safe bet that the driver is exceeding the speed limit — at least for what appears to be a residential neighborhood.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 8:42 AM PDT
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  19. Steve C. Member

    TGR9898 (View Comment):

    Gary McVey (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I don’t get it. Sorry.

    Clue: It’s the same car in both panels.

    Relativity?

    Red shift is (like I would know) the same principle as the way a fast moving train’s horn or bell appears to shift tone as it approaches and then leaves where you’re standing. “dingdingDingDINGDINGDingdongdongdong…”

    As I looked at the picture, in my head I automatically overlayed the Doppler shifting sound of the engine.

    Stirring from some far disused corner of my memory, I could hear and see my astronomy prof explaining how one could tell how stars were moving relative to an observer. 

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    • April 21, 2019, at 8:45 AM PDT
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  20. Qoumidan Member

    It took me several minutes but I did get it without looking it up. I’m proud of myself:)

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    • April 21, 2019, at 9:22 AM PDT
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  21. Steve C. Member

    Qoumidan (View Comment):

    It took me several minutes but I did get it without looking it up. I’m proud of myself:)

    I too was proud I puzzled it out. Now if I can just find my wallet.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 9:26 AM PDT
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  22. Saxonburg Member

    Saw that yesterday. Originally thought it was some kind of red pill/blue pill reference, but that didn’t make sense. I didn’t get it until I read “I’m a geek” in Terry’s post. Oh…red shift.

    Hayward often has some good subtle sciency cartoons in TWIP. Overall, I thought yesterday’s compendium was relatively weak compared to his usual great job, but I still appreciated it. Especially Diana Rigg.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 9:40 AM PDT
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  23. Steve C. Member

    Saxonburg (View Comment):
    Especially Diana Rigg

    Oh, Mrs. Peel.

    Memories!

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    • April 21, 2019, at 9:58 AM PDT
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  24. DonG Coolidge

    Not funny, because the panels don’t demonstrate that it is the same car. A license plate would help. It is a cartoon, so it is not intuitive to assume anything from elongation of the wheels. Maybe on the opening slide of an astrophysics presentation, there would be some context. 

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    • April 21, 2019, at 10:58 AM PDT
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  25. The Reticulator Member

    DonG (View Comment):

    Not funny, because the panels don’t demonstrate that it is the same car. A license plate would help. It is a cartoon, so it is not intuitive to assume anything from elongation of the wheels. Maybe on the opening slide of an astrophysics presentation, there would be some context.

    It took me a minute to figure out the gag, most of that minute being spent in determining that it was the same car in both panels.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 11:25 AM PDT
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  26. Phil Turmel Coolidge

    It got a chuckle out of me,too. And my wife pops up with”what’s so funny?”

    I got one word out before she realized the deep breath ahead of it was trouble. End of explanation.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 1:31 PM PDT
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  27. Petty Boozswha Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Oh.

    I needed help too, even though I knew it was the same car.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 3:11 PM PDT
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  28. Terry Mott Member
    Terry Mott Post author

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    The color is not the only clue. The length of the car is also.

    I think that’s why it got a chuckle out of me, that it included both red/blue shift and foreshortening/elongation.

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    • April 21, 2019, at 3:26 PM PDT
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  29. OmegaPaladin Moderator

    My first thought was “that is one hell of a speeding ticket”

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    • April 21, 2019, at 4:41 PM PDT
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  30. Fritz Member

    First I had to overcome a brief flashback to Mr. Natural (sorry, I am of the Woodstock and R Crumb comix generation) but then I got it. Yeah, it took a few extra seconds, but then, I was a Eng Lit major.

    Cheers!

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    • April 21, 2019, at 6:22 PM PDT
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