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  1. Are we going to see a disembodied brain with eyestalks, like an old scifi movie? :-)

    • Well, perhaps not eye _stalks_, specifically. Only time will tell. But this chapter already features a disembodied brain with eyes, so you’re most of the way there.

      Push the button, Frank.

  2. You should discuss lag length; it has a MUCH longer effect than most people would expect. Task switches are horrendously expensive for humans, and are closely related to what is called “intelligence”.

  3. I remember feeling both vindicated and extremely disappointed when I learned, at 21, that there is no such thing as multitasking, and that trying to do so is actually detrimental to all tasks being attempted. Vindicated for obvious reasons: every time I tried multitasking, I failed miserably. And extremely disappointed because I hadn’t been told EARLIER.
    We really need to make “multitasking” a more negative term. Someone complains about falling behind at work, a coworker should say to them, “What were you doing? Multitasking again?”

  4. StarbuckII says

    Weird because I constantly multitask successfully (as far as I’m aware), I’m watching tv while I read this comic. Sometimes I play my 2ds while watch tv while I read this comic or other comics.
    Occassionally, I find out I missed a tiny part of a show if I rewatch it, but only like a minute or two out of an hour show is a pretty good ratio to me.
    Only drawback is my brain seems used to mulitasking and I get bored if I don’t at home.

    Is texting memory intensive?

      • I didn’t get much out of that video, but then again, I was playing video games, reading, and making myself something to eat while listening to it.

    • I find that the only times I can successfully multitask are when one of the two activities is almost entirely physical and the other is almost entirely mental: reading and using an exercise bicycle, for example, or knitting and watching TV. (Even then, the mental activity can’t be too strenuous–I read novels or very light nonfiction, I don’t read stuff for work–and I suspect that I could probably exercise or knit faster if I wasn’t doing a mental activity at the same time.)

  5. 54 says

    i’m almost ashamed to admit this but, this comic was really hard for me to read. i tried focusing on each panel but i kept getting distracted by the fuzzy grey blob with the big tail right in the middle. i think my forebrain and fovea have a thing for squirrels.

  6. Sorry, I was sleeping. Did someone say something?

  7. YachtPartySuicide says

    Rereading through the archives again, I’m kind of curious — does the “not looking for motorcycles” trend happen significantly less frequently in places with higher rates of motorcycle use? In places that have largely disparate means of transport (like cities where cars, bikes, motorcycles, scooters, carriages, and other means of transit are all regularly seen on roads at once), does the “not seeing motorcycles” problem vanish entirely? Or do people still have some mode of transit that they tend to “look for” to the detriment of seeing other modes?

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