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<   No. 356   2004-01-16   >

Comic #356

1 Shakespeare: {at his computer} Hey Ophelia, check this out.
1 Ophelia: What are you doing, Will?
2 Shakespeare: Checking NASA's web site to see the latest progress of the Mars rover.
3 Ophelia: Why aren't the images in the browser moving?
4 Shakespeare: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into bandwidth overload: the Spirit indeed is willing, but the refresh is weak.

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Matthew 26:41. "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

I figured Shakespeare was the most literary character I had, and if anyone can make a pun on the Bible, it's him.

Spirit, of course, is NASA's Mars rover, that is currently scooting around the red planet. And this is the web site Shakespeare is looking at.


2012-12-18 Rerun commentary: Alas, as of this rerun, Spirit is no longer active, having become stuck in soft soil in 2009, and performing science duties as a stationary station until March 2010, when NASA lost contact with it.

Spirit's mission was planned to last 92 Earth days. It lasted 2695 days. But Spirit's twin rover, Opportunity is still going strong, having lasted almost nine and a half years now.

And they've recently been joined on Mars by the much larger Curiosity rover, which has been the focus of media attention from NASA for the past few months.

So, oddly enough, this comic is still very much current, if only I could find an appropriate quotation/pun on "curiosity" as an alternate punchline.

Curiosity killed the Firefox? Curiosity killed the Chrome?

Hmmm. Nah.

EDIT: Several readers suggested: Curiosity killed the cat-5. (or cat-6)

I'm embarrassed I didn't think of that.

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