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Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 13

Fri 13 May 2016 by mskala Tags used: , , , ,

In which we Accept our Limitations with Humility

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Bandicoot: Friend Aardvark, Friend Aardvark! I've added that extra double-double feature you wanted in the parser!

Aardvark: Really?

B: Yes!

A: Really really, Friend Bandicoot?

B: Of course! Well. Almost.

A: I see.

B: Shall I demonstrate it?

A: It seems likely that you're about to do so, yes.

B: Friend Computer?

Computer: READY

B: Friend Computer, "1.999 + 2.003."

C: 3.996

A: That wasn't "2+2."

B: Well, it almost was.

A: I'm not sure what "almost" is supposed to mean in this context.

B: It was within better than 0.2%.

A: It also isn't the correct answer, even to the inaccurate question.

B: But 0.2%, Friend Aardvark!

A: Friend Computer?

C: READY

B: I don't think it's reasonable to expect anything to be infinitely precise.

A: Friend Computer, "2+2."

B: We live in an imperfect world, slaves in the chains of sin, and to dust shall--

C: PC LOAD LETTER

B: --momentum and velocity inseparable under the Uncertainty Principle of Friend Heisenberg, by which the cat may or may not have--

A: What does that even mean?

B: --and their foot shall slip in time, for such grapes of Sodom--Hmm? Oh, "PC" stands for "paper cassette," and in North America the standard paper size is called "letter" paper.

A: I mean I don't understand quantum physics, and neither do you, Friend Bandicoot.

B: Well, of course not. We're only dumb animals.

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