April 8, 2005

Problem of Induction Comics

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at April 8, 2005 1:08 PM

The grue paradox came up in a discussion recently, and it occurred to me that there is an obvious adaptation to Dinosaur Comics.

Hence, I bring you: Problem of Induction Comics.

(I cheated a bit with the joke—grueness is a property of the color at first observation, so grue objects don't actually change color.)


Teh win!

Posted by: Lemming | April 8, 2005 5:27 PM

love it. : )

Posted by: phi | April 10, 2005 1:44 PM


Well, science is in pretty bad shape. :)

By the way, when I first saw the word 'grue,' I naturally thought of Zork and Infocom rather than your true intentions...

Posted by: Mason | April 10, 2005 8:14 PM

Mason: I had the same experience when I first encountered this paradox. I also came up with an alternate version of the comic that plays on this, but haven't actually made it.

I was extremely pleased to find the Wikipedia disambiguation page for "grue", which listed "grue (color)", "grue (monster)", and "Grue, Norway".

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | April 11, 2005 12:09 AM

I approve!

The novel adaptation of Wishbringer has a cool encounter with a grue (Amy Sue Grue) who instructs the protagonist not to turn on the light or she'll have to eat them (according to the rules, I suppose). Otherwise, she was very nice.

I never actually played that Infocom game, and why I remember this incident that I read something like 18 years ago over more significant things is entirely beyond me. Somehow it left a deep impression...

Posted by: Mason | April 11, 2005 11:24 PM
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