Girl with the Golden Arm 09

27th Feb 2015, 11:17 PM in Chapter 1: Girl with the Golden Arm
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Girl with the Golden Arm 09

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quetzlsacatanango 4th Mar 2015, 3:47 AM edit delete reply
quetzlsacatanango
Mom should probably know not to give her chores by now.
(This is similar to how I got myself out of ever doing laundry again- 20 years ago)
Roman 18th Mar 2015, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
You are a smart cookie XD
duLapel 15th Mar 2015, 6:22 PM edit delete reply
duLapel
HEADLINE: Man kills cow with axe!

police rule it self-defense... ;p

English can be very ambiguous without cultural consistence checks... Boolean logic is not! I prefer the boolean interpretation myself, but then again I'm a physicist with a passive aggressive streak!

Roman 18th Mar 2015, 12:37 PM edit delete reply
Yay for passive aggressive physicists!
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 12th Apr 2015, 9:53 PM edit delete reply
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
This is a brilliant, funny, and quietly tragic page. Very nicely done. I was already going to subscribe, but now I simply MUST.
Roman Jones 13th Apr 2015, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
Roman Jones
Yay! Thank you!!
RandomPerson#7 25th Apr 2016, 11:32 PM edit delete reply
man, English can be hard. she should have just made a list.
HiFranc 10th Jul 2016, 3:01 PM edit delete reply
HiFranc
She's thinking like a computer.
...(RockB) 20th Jul 2016, 7:29 AM edit delete reply
...(RockB)
After reading the whole series until the actual page as of today (page 207), I came back to this one because it still annoys me even after a few days later.

Are such instructions even sufficient for a native English speaker? I would have bought nothing. "Buy milk" does not even specify what milk - cow milk? goat milk? soy milk? coconut milk? If "cow milk" is most likely because they never use anything other, then what brand? Full fat or half fat? And while the mom specified "please go to the store" (could Corelle buy the milk anywhere else?), "and buy milk." doesn't even mention an amount, and even "1 milk" is IMHO still too unspecific without a unit since milk is a liquid - 1 cup? 1 can? 1 bag? 1 gallon? Now if the family never uses any milk but one very specific milk, so everything including the unit can be known from experience, "buy milk." still does not say how many of these! Then, "if they have eggs, get six." New sentence, so the amount given is most likely meant for eggs. But what if they don't sell single eggs? What if they only have packages of 10 eggs today? This could have gone much worse: I would have brought no milk because no amount was given and 6 packages of 10 eggs each.

(And I'm an adult man, fully capable to buy milk and eggs for myself, from a shopping list I made myself for myself, even if only contains "milk, eggs" because I can decide at the shop how much milk and how many eggs - the list is only to remind me what to buy.) x

Gotta stop here the cat is already stepping on the "x" key...
steveha 17th May 2019, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
steveha
I have seen this sort of story used as a joke about computer programmers.

Another one: "A computer programmer got into the shower and never came out. They found his body with the water still running on it, and a bottle of shampoo with these instructions on it: 'Lather. Rinse. Repeat.'"

In case it's not clear, the joke is that the instructions make a loop that does not have a stop condition. "Lather. Rinse. Repeat once." would be better, or "Lather. Rinse. If hair is still oily, repeat."

Of course even someone silly enough to follow such instructions literally should stop when the bottle of shampoo is empty... if it's no longer possible to lather, that should break the loop. So maybe the joke would be better if it was just "Why did the computer programmer use a whole bottle of shampoo in a single shower?"
Roman Jones 28th May 2019, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
Roman Jones
This story made my scalp itch.