It’s good that people are excited about their questions, so this batch of six questions is coming out earlier than planned! Here’s Ask Peter #17, full of some of the most inane questions begging on the internet can get you.
Speaking of begging, please Ask Peter to keep these editions going, and to keep my content fresh.
why are you looking at my screen!
– John Doe
Michael, I’m looking at your screen so I can know where you are, and know what you’re doing, so I’ll be more likely to be able to snipe you in the future!
On a Radical Revisioning of Costs
What if everything cost the same?!?!?
If everything cost the same — every single item had the exact same price — there simply would be no price-based economy. It’s likely that there wouldn’t be any trade if all items had equal value, as trade is based on win-win scenarios where both traders come out ahead, because they assign different values to different items.
Basically, it’s not possible for everything to cost the same.
So, as promised, my answer is “screw you”.
On Endless Loops
What is this (http://i.imgur.com/daQDw.gif) a picture of?
It’s giving me nightmares.
– El Duderino
Well, Brian, it appears that what you’re looking at is a loop of Gary Busey backdropped by ocean, with a Gary Busey for a hand who also has a Gary Busey for a hand, with increasing magnification to infinity.
It’s actually a constructed out of a loop of ten frames.
On Religion Stuff
Do some religion stuff
Well, Joe, what do you mean by religion stuff? If you want religion deconstructed as an form of extremism, you’re probably better off checking out The Atheist Revolution. I’m personally atheist, but I tend to stay away from attacking religion unless attacked first.
The only things about religion that directly annoy me are Young Earth Creationism, Believing the Bible is Literally True, and Intelligent Design which Denies Evolution. The rest of religion isn’t disprovable — that just makes it unscientific, but it doesn’t make it wrong per-se.
On Cakes and Portals
What does the cake represent in the game, Portal?
The problem with Portal is that when you get really deep into Portal symbolism, you end up with articles like this.
The cake in Portal is the archetypical “unattainable goal” that the Hero strives for, but can never reach. In Portal, the promise of cake is the “carrot on the stick” that is used to coax you through the levels, but as we know “The Cake is a Lie”. Once we learn that the end goal is unattainable, what motivates us to continue?
That kind of struggle is one of the morals hidden deep with the game of Portal.
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