Daily Question – 113

Connect and explain.

Answer: The recent xkcd comic strip mocks Neal Stephenson’s Anathem, which was inspired by the Clock Of The Long Now project, a proposed mechanical clock designed to keep time for 10,000 years.

Answered by Thejaswi Udupa, Krish Raghav, Bobo, Raghuvansh, Vijay Sarathy, Zizzyphus and Ananth.

The QFI Chennai Super King for the week is Bobo. (Bobo got an additional credit for identifying a flaw in one of the questions which lead to a tie with Zizzyphus. Bobo was quicker than Zizzyphus on two occasions. )


10 responses to “Daily Question – 113

  1. the big bang theory….hardon particle accelerator?

  2. Thejaswi Udupa

    OMG! OMG! An easy question!

    The recent xkcd strip came abou after Munroe was pissed off with Neal Stephenson’s Anathem.

    The idea for writing Anathem came about when Stephenson was working on the Clock of the Long Now project.

  3. The book Anathem, by Neal Stephenson.

    The first picture is from webcomic XKCD, which calls out Anathem for making up too many words.

    The second is the Clock of the Long Now – which inspired the book.

  4. the first pic is from “fiction rule of thumb ” by lewis carrol . . . the word ‘Haloween’ might have been coined in this book . . . the second pic can be a still from SAW V . . . the saw series movies generally release on Haloween day !

  5. the connect is Neal Stephenson’s Anathem – the roll over on the xkcd comic has a quip abt RM’s consternation with Anathem making up words. He concocted the novel after being involved with The Clock of the Long Now project, to which he contributed three pages of sketches and notes.

  6. The xkcd comic in the first image was a reference to Neal Stephenson’s made-up-words novel “Anathem”, which was inspired by the Clock Of The Long Now project, which is aimed at building a mechanical clock to keep time for 10,000 years. Said clock is shown in the second image.

  7. Neal Stephenson would be my guess.. even though I can’t really explain the second visual :)

  8. Vijay Sarathy

    Neal Stephenson’s Anathem
    1) is a blog entry which refers to the xkcd comic and relates it to Neal Stephenson Anathem.
    2) The clock of the long now partly inspires Neal Stephenson’s Anathem

  9. That Randall Munroe comic takes a jibe at the made up words of the books especially sci-fi novels and in particular Neal Stephenson’s Anathem.Here is an example of this.
    “Fraa Erasmas is a young avout living in the Concent of Saunt Edhar”.
    And Anathem is seem to be inspired from the Clock of Long Now or 10000 year clock project for which the author contributed some notes and sketches.

  10. If you hover the mouse over the image, at (XKCD, The web comic of romance, sarcasm and math), there is a reference to Anathem. Neal Stephenson (author of Anathem) was involved with the Clock of Long Now.