Comic 112 - You All Knew This Was Coming

14th May 2010, 4:49 PM in Take That Us
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You All Knew This Was Coming

Did You Know? Even though neutrons lack polarity - which is why they're called *neut*rons - it's actually possible to reverse the polarity of a neutron flow. A neutron flow is, as the name implies, a flow of neutrons, presumably through a wire or other conduit. A flow is travelling in a particular direction, and if you reverse the direction in which the flow's travelling, you have reversed the polarity of the neutron flow! Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

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Author Notes:

TV Tropes references: Reverse Polarity | Sting (dun dun DUN!)

Titular's back to work. Finally. Took a lot of negotiation on my part.

Incidentally, I hate Gypsy's current design. She's just so hard to express stuff with. Another thing I hate is the way Inkscape handles clipping masks: if you clip a large object, the bits of object that get clipped out still "exist". If you try to select another object, and a clipped section happens to be in the way, the clipped object gets selected instead. Even though you didn't actually click on it. Argh.

Incidentally incidentally, I got Assassin's Creed II. And damn, it's awesome.


14th May 2010, 7:06 PM
Umm... Titular, that's still reversing the direction of the neutron flow, not the polarity. Neutrons have no polarity, and even if they did, reversing the direction would be something completely different.
Now you know, and knowing is 37% of the battle.

14th May 2010, 8:25 PM
actually reversing the polarity of the neutrons would mean that you have anti-neutrons. The sum of the polarity is still 0, but the quark polarities have changed.

15th May 2010, 6:51 AM
According to Wikipedia, polarity can be expressed as either a binary value or a vector.

Thus, if one has a neutron flow cable running from north to south, and the neutrons are flowing north, one could reverse the polarity-as-vector and set the polarity to south instead, no?

15th May 2010, 5:59 PM
Science facts are useful... That's why they teach em to ya.... la la la la

15th May 2010, 9:29 PM
The word "polarity" has many meanings, but I'm pretty sure none of them mean that.
However, scouring Wikipedia for anti-plot hole material seems to suggest that in quantum mechanics, neutrons have a "spin" which is either positive or negative - the sign of the spin is the polarity. So I suppose a polarised beam of neutrons would have a polarity which you could reverse, and not by making it flow backwards.

(In a nutshell: we all agree that it works. On an unrelated note, how do you get an avatar here?)

16th May 2010, 1:16 AM
@snowyowl: To get an avatar, you need to create an account on ComicFury, the hosting service this comic lives on. This also allows you to rate comics with those star buttons under the comics.

As for the meanings of polarity, I cite Polarity (physics):
"In physics, polarity is a description of an attribute, typically a binary attribute (one with two values), or a vector (a direction)."

12th Dec 2010, 3:37 AM
Titular just gave you the trope And Knowing Is Half The Battle! Good for you!



Narrator: In the not-too-distant future, way down in Beach 13...
Doctor Forrester: Frank! Just reverse the polarity of the neutron flow!
No, the *other* neutron flow!

Doctor Forrester: Ah, there we go. On with the experiment!
TV's Frank: You could have *labeled* the neutron flows or something...

Doctor Forrester: Joel, your webcomic for today is...

Doctor Forrester: The Way Of The Metagamer!
Dun dun dunnnnnn!

Trope-tan: Wait. Didn't we already know this was going to happen, since it's practically outright stated on this chapter's title page?
Joel: Shut up and act shocked.


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