308: Interesting Life

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Interesting Life
Quick, fashion a climbing harness out of a cat-6 cable and follow me down.
Title text: Quick, fashion a climbing harness out of a cat-6 cable and follow me down.

[edit] Explanation

'May you live in interesting times' is supposedly a Chinese curse, and depending on which 'interesting' period of Chinese history you were thinking about, one supposes that it could indeed be quite threatening, even if the attribution is apocryphal. The quote also provides the title of the Terry Pratchett novel Interesting Times, which takes place in a fictional counterpart of China.

Cueball is shown here as an office worker, a job which to most people is the opposite of interesting. This is contrasted with Megan who is rappelling down the outside of his office building, for no apparent reason other than because she can, and inviting him on an adventure. Things are bound to get at least one kind of "interesting" very fast.

The title text refers to Cat6 cable, which is more commonly known as Ethernet cable. It would be easily found in an office building, since it is used to connect computers to a network. Its usefulness as climbing rope is indeterminate.

[edit] Transcript

[On the left hand side of the panel is a cutaway of several floors of an office, in gray. On the right side a blue sky with clouds, and green hills. Hanging from a cable is Megan, clearly having rappelled down the side of the building.]
Megan: You know how some people consider "May you have an interesting life" to be a curse?
Cueball at the office: Yeah...
Megan: Fuck those people. Wanna have an adventure?
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Discussion

The "interesting life" is a reference to a purported Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times." There is no such curse recorded in Chinese -- it's apocryphal.

The adventure is being contrasted with working a 9-5 job in a cubicle farm, considered a boring and safe occupation. 66.202.132.250 18:36, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

This makes me think of the early scene in the Matrix, where Morpheus tries to convince Mr. Anderson (Neo) to escape his office through the window. 173.245.52.204 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Someone should actually perform the tensile test on the cat6 cables. Does anyone have access to such equipment? It is very likely that it varies highly across different brands. If anyone does have access, I can provide samples of different brands for testing. BK201 (talk) 17:15, 12 December 2013 (UTC)BK201
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