Talk:2273: Truck Proximity

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Lots of dinosaurs driving equipment on a farm out there: or 20:47, 26 February 2020 (UTC)

Being pedantic, those are tractors: Perhaps dinosaurs driving trucks on farms is a niche just begging to be filled ;-) 06:09, 27 February 2020 (UTC)

Can see a strong argument that Randall got the axes wrong here... Heylukeatthat (talk) 21:09, 26 February 2020 (UTC)

How so? I don't see it... There are people with truck-related hobbies who know more info about trucks than the frequency of their proximity to them might demand; which accounts for the asymmetry in the upper-right cluster. Having kids (especially male children raised with heteronormative socially dimorphic entertainment sets, which frequently adhere to traditional social expectations of "stuff for boys") definitely increases one's exposure to truck-related topics. What's the case for the axes being reversed?
ProphetZarquon (talk) 21:30, 26 February 2020 (UTC)
I just read his comment as suggesting the x and y axes should be swapped, where 'proximity to trucks' should be on the x-axis. I'd agree that conventionally that would make more sense, and it was likely done this way to impact the 'reading order' of the clusters for comic effect. -- 22:18, 26 February 2020 (UTC)
Don't you know? Having knowledge of trucks causes a physical attraction force between you and the truck. 01:25, 27 February 2020 (UTC)
The real issue is that the most proximity (distance 0) is at some random point far away from the center of the coordinate system and the center of the coordinate system is some random distance away from a truck. Fabian42 (talk) 02:59, 27 February 2020 (UTC)
A graph doesn't necessary show that x axis causes y axis. even less when it is mapped on the plane instead of being a line graph. But even line graphs may just show correlation, see 111: Firefox and Witchcraft - The Connection? --Lupo (talk) 07:35, 27 February 2020 (UTC)
Economics graphs often reverse the axes like that. Though in this case, I saw it as correlational rather than explicitly causal, so I didn't even notice.

Wait, has Randall come into possession of offspring? Specifically, of the "between 2 and 5 years of age, assigned male at birth" variety? 22:37, 26 February 2020 (UTC)

This is what I came here curious about! Or is he just making this observation about some friends/family he spends time with?-- 23:11, 26 February 2020 (UTC)
Seems unlikely given the lack of units on the axes. -- 15:23, 27 February 2020 (UTC)
833 is about labeling axes in general, not about putting units on them. If you just want to show a correlation, but not detailed values, such as here, it is totally valid to not put units. --Lupo (talk) 15:25, 27 February 2020 (UTC)
It's not clear if it's linear or log or something weird. -- 17:44, 27 February 2020 (UTC)

I can think of one job that puts someone into that bottom-right corner: total loss valuation specialists (particularly ones specializing in commercial vehicles). We don't get within a hundred miles of trucks, and yet we know substantially more about them than the people who submit the claims to us do (and sometimes more than the owners do). --Skyrender (talk) 02:31, 27 February 2020 (UTC)

Clearly Randall (and other parents) should investigate Dinotrux, which I enjoyed with my kids. 10:40, 27 February 2020 (UTC)

Wait... This is almost a Venn diagram -- does this mean parents of 2 to 5 year olds are not "normal people"? How DARE you, sir! I'm as normal as any other sleep-deprived person! (Well, I guess my sanity is questionable since I consciously and deliberately hang around with preschoolers...) --BigMal // 13:15, 27 February 2020 (UTC)

"Apparently trucks and farms do not mix very well." Seriously? Go spend half an hour listening to country music; that'll disabuse you of that mistaken notion rather quickly! :P ← Older edit 15:17, 27 February 2020 (UTC)

I can recommend The Dinosaur Truckers, though I didn't find any farm-related lyrics on a cursory search. But there's a modernized children's song/book "Old MacDonald had a Truck" by someone else. 03:37, 28 February 2020 (UTC)

The title text of the comic mentions children's media, not specifically books. The Google search, which Randall didn't perform, "dinosaurs driving trucks on a farm" does produce results. For instance, a game called Dinosaur Farm The images appear to show a variety of vehicles, including tractors and others that more closely resemble various kinds of trucks. --Shabegger (talk) 17:57, 27 February 2020 (UTC)

This mobile game was published for iOS in 2017. 03:15, 28 February 2020 (UTC)

"but parents won't and are unlikely to go near any truck." What? I know plenty of parents who go against this idea. This comic mostly just applies to urban areas though. Rural Canada or the States, you see tons of people with trucks just for everyday driving, even lots of non-farmers. For a lot of people, it can just come in handy from time to time (hauling boats or furniture (furniture stores etc may not deliver to more rural areas) or people), or they use it because it's better at handling bad road conditions, or for some, it's kind of a status symbol. 02:16, 28 February 2020 (UTC)