Thursday, March 16, 2017

On the fungibility of Tom Cruise

Fungibility is the concept that an object can be replaced with an object of the same function and serve the same purpose. For example, corn chips are fungible because if you lose your bag of corn chips and someone gives you a new one, you don't miss the old ones; similarly, items of sentimental value, or one-of-a-kind works are not fungible - if your mother handcrafted you a snowglobe it is both unique and has sentimental value, and if someone gave you a new snowglobe, it just wouldn't be the same.

The sad thing about fungibility is that while most people wouldn't consider other humans to be fungible commodities, most of the time, on accounting books, they are treated this way. A person who can do a task that any other person can do is considered fungible by the company, because if they were otherwise indisposed, anyone else could fill in without altering the workflow. As a counterpoint to this, most actors would not be considered fungible, because if they die halfway through filming the movie, you can't just change lead roles... BUT, they can be considered fungible when they are not currently filming and are merely prospective employees; for example, why pick Tom Cruise over Christian Bale, or Ben Afleck? It doesn't matter if one of them becomes unavailable because they can all play similar parts.

To illustrate my point, here's a handy chart:

Yes, all that nonsense was just to make a bad joke about a movie too old to talk about.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Every comic schedule I post is a pipe dream

 New comics every week? Pah
Okay, not really. On Wednesday, my computer started freezing constantly; me being my slightly crafty and dangerously curious self pried the thing open to REVEAL...

Nothing at first glance. I checked all the parts (which, mind you, was not easy, this being a laptop.) and found that the display adapter and proccessor needed new thermal paste. Easy enough. I replaced the thermal paste on the parts and then found that my laptop was still having problems; it would sometimes say that there was no OS on my hard drive, but when it wasn't doing that, command line's CHKDSK said there was nothing wrong. All of that probably means that the connection between my hard drive and my laptop has failed, a problem for which I have no remedy - and since I have nearly no money, (literally on the verge of becomng homeless, guys.) I can't buy a new laptop, hence I am using a borrowed tablet PC (read: giant phone) to do things but I can't do comics very well on it.

thanks for reading my veritable wordwall of run on sentences.