How to Share Your Knowledge

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Reader Comments (29)

As always, an absolutely hilarious comic. Often makes me wonder how Missy puts up with you. Of course I wonder how my wife puts up with me, so in that, I imagine we are even.

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Yeah, Tupac was flat, a walking plasma display; THAT'S TWO-D! At least with vintage Pepper's Ghost they had a 3D virtual image of a real 3D person.

- Bill "exposed exotic mysterious whitelight hologram physics as a mundane bunch vinyl record scratches" Beaty

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwbeaty

Did you ever find out what "under review" meant @ Amazon?

Note from Scott:Nope.

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterReek!

Pepper's ghost is one of the coolest optical tricks ever. I once went to a haunted house where a girl was BURNED AT THE STAKE.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDArtagnon

Lol@ "Let's pretend I work at Walt Disney World."

It's thing like this that make me glad I've been paying attention to this comic as long as I have.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNosh

So, what do we now call the kind of holography that creates parallax?
Or has parallax come to mean laxative for anal paralysis?

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Missy has her work cut out with you, Scott. It must be like living with an oversized toddler (who at least, I presume, is toilet-trained).

She is infinitely patient and supremely intelligent - I've never seen her lose a head-to-head (even when you think she has) and I love her appearances in this strip. I always expect her to get you to spit on a hanky so she can clean jam off your face, or something

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

So, my bathroom is now a holoparlor, because there's a mirror. And I only use it to shave. And I quit shaving. Now anything I do in my holoparlor involves either nudity or physical disgust. That's embarrassing.

By the way, why does typing "holoparlor" into Google get me a large proportion of pages that aren't about holoparlors? Including a Spanish dictionary entry that says there is no Spanish word "holoparlor"? And in that case, what is the Spanish word for a holoparlor?

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Go on, Missy. Scott's boss's full name is ?

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBoghi

Actions are better than words. They do not drift over time.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

So, basically, the problem with the word 'hologram' is sort of like the perversion in the commonly (mis)understood meaning of hack/hacking/hacker? Rather than simply refer to a style of programming, hacking is confused with what would properly be called cracking. However, much like true holograms, hacking would be cooler if it could be done with lasers.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermcinsand

I find it fascinating when misconceptions repeated often enough become new definitions. While I disagree with Missy, i can see where she gets this from. Does this mean that your, you're and possibly yore will all mean the same thing eventually? What will the grammar Nazis do?
As always, a great comic. Thanks.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Today's comic is not just brilliantly funny; it's a masterpiece. Just beautiful.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStevenR

You mention the book available for purchase from Amazon and the publisher, which one is better for your profitability, or does it matter?

Also, nice timing of the discussion of Disney Technology with the release of their new Touche touch screen capabilities

Note from Scott:It's better if you buy from the publisher, but be warned that I'm looking at starting to sell autographed copies of book three myself in a week or so.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteven

Luckily, I understand this comic all too well.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRizz Rustbolt

After getting a physics degree in the early 90s, I briefly held a job making display holograms. I'm thrilled to see your comic on the "3D"/hologram distinction. If only you could've worked in a bit about people referring to holograms as "holographs".
I do, however, have to take issue with the credit card comment in panel three. Holograms can be way, way better than what you see on a credit card.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn c

You know, that image in panel 3 has always been my favorite. I love how it captures the urgency in whatever you are trying to convince your wife of, and her pose of complete indifference is priceless. Love it!

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBill

I wouldn't say that a credit card hologram is "as good as it gets." They're not even the best white-light-visible holograms - I have a "Star Trek" full-color white-light hologram that's a decade old.

It was a limited edition produced by a Canadian company called Silverbridge, showing the Enterprise (from TNG) orbiting a planet. I've often wondered how much it would be worth as a collectible, but there's virtually no information about it on the Internet, for some reason.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSeanF

For real holograms, check out The video is interesting and the products are amazing in real life.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergort-o-matic

I thought you shared your knowledge by means of a 2x4 to the back of the head.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBirren

Robert Carnegie, google "holoparlor" again. This page is now on the first page of google results, because of your comment here. The Spanish dictionary "no results" page is still there too, but this page comes before it! We win!

-Cougar :{)

P.S. Now I've used the word holoparlor again that should move this page up -- no wait, now I've added TWO more instances of the word holoparlor -- no wait ...

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCougar Allen


May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

It's nice to finally see you writing what you know.

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRaymond

Oh lord, it would be that comment... what is it that they call this, Rick-rolling? You search for "holoparlor" and you see me taking a shower. If you're lucky.

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

holoparlor -- the new +1

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAC

Scott, if you really want to see some amazing holograms, I recommend Camera Obscura on Prince Street in Edinburgh, Scotland.

I don't know that their vast collection of neat holograms is worth a trip to Scotland, but if you should ever happen to find yourself there, I highly recommend it.

As always, you're awesome. Keep doing that. Being awesome, I mean.

May 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertoxikhiro

Note from Scott: I'm looking at starting to sell autographed copies of book three myself in a week or so.

I was waiting for this! w00t!

I have the Cadillac of first names.

May 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertrigonman3

Speaking of meaning drift over time. I wonder how many millions of people the local grammar Nazi's have murdered.

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

The hologram cover of National Geographic in 1986—does that count as a true hologram?

January 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFelicity
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