Dim Sum

Cidu Bill on Dec 25th 2012

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18 Responses to “Dim Sum”

  1. Jeff Lichtman Dec 25th 2012 at 12:28 am 1

    A 5 watt bulb would be pretty dim, although I don’t know what type of SAT a light bulb would take to score 10,000.

    I do like the artwork hanging on the wall in the background. Is it a portrait of some relatives?

  2. Inkwell Dec 25th 2012 at 01:02 am 2

    She called him dim, but she meant he literally doesn’t glow very bright. He took it to mean dim, as in foolish. In defending his intelligence, though, he’s outing himself as being too dim to understand her real point.

    How come he has two eyes and she has one?

  3. Bobbygee Dec 25th 2012 at 01:17 am 3

    The meaning seems clear, the 5-watt bulb was accused of being a “dim bulb” and defended himself to his date/wife. Jeff got it at #1. I wonder if, instead of the 10,000 being simple hyperbole for a S.A.T. score, the cartoonist was going for something like color temperature. I know that in photography, the proper white balance is gauged by the temperature of the light. I think the highest temperature (daylight at noon) is around 6,000 degrees Kelvin.

    I’m intrigued by the item on the coffee table. Is it a wine glass with something square inside (a battery)? Or is it a candle? I think I can see a wick.

  4. PeterW Dec 25th 2012 at 02:11 am 4

    It’s definitely a candle in a glass candle dish thing.

  5. mitch4 Dec 25th 2012 at 09:57 am 5

    If only he were a compact fluorescent bulb — much brighter for a given wattage.

    (To the extent that they seem to be allowed to put labels on the consumer packaging which are not explained in units. You can also find the actual expected wattage consumption, as well as the output in lumens or whatever, but the biggest printed number would be the 60 or 100 that we understand to mean equivalent incandescent wattage.)

    BTW I don’t recall actual 5 watt incandescents with standard threaded base. Maybe 15 was the smallest in common usage?

  6. Don N. Hagist Dec 25th 2012 at 10:59 am 6

    He’s so dim that he doesn’t know the maximum possible score on the SATs. In trying to prove how smart he is, he proves how stupid he is.
    The joke would actually be clearer if it used people instead of light bulbs.

  7. fj Dec 25th 2012 at 11:20 am 7

    @3
    The sun has an effective surface temperature of about 5780 Kelvin, so that would be the approximate color temperature at noon and lower latitudes on a clear day. When the sun is low in sky (sunrise or sunset), sunlight must pass through a much thicker layer of atmosphere, which means a greater scattering of photons in on the blue/violet end of the spectrum. This means that the effective color temperature goes down, perhaps as low as 3000 K. Overcast skies absorb energy on the low end of the color spectrum (i.e., infared, reds, and oranges), so that the highest effective outdoor color temperatures occur and overcast skies when the sun is most directly overhead (~10,000 K). Also color temperatures will be effectively higher than temperatures in direct sunlight, as the shade is illuminated by scattered blue/violet photons.

  8. Dave Van Domelen Dec 25th 2012 at 12:16 pm 8

    It’s less obvious, but she does have two closely spaced eyes.

    Also, the dog shouldn’t be let on the table like that.

  9. Carl Dec 25th 2012 at 01:08 pm 9

    Why does the table have fishhooks for legs?

  10. Boise Ed Dec 25th 2012 at 03:33 pm 10

    I’m curious how one could get 10,000 on a test whose maximum score is 800. Anyhow, Don [6], the whole gag centers around the hackneyed expression “he’s a dim bulb.”

    fj, thank you for the explanation of color temperature.

    Dave [8]: Dog? What dog?

  11. Lost in A**2 Dec 25th 2012 at 04:51 pm 11

    They are lamp-chain hooks, not fishhooks, Carl.

    Boise Ed, wouldn’t a light-bulb have a candle for a pet?

  12. Boise Ed Dec 25th 2012 at 04:58 pm 12

    Arrrgggghhh! Good one, Lost. Or maybe it’s his old flame.

  13. Rasheed Dec 26th 2012 at 01:20 pm 13

    It’s over 9000!

  14. Ian Osmond Dec 28th 2012 at 12:58 pm 14

    He is, in fact, dim. The SATs had a maximum score of 1600 when I took them, and now have a maximum score of 2400 (they added a third section). So it’s clear that he’s lying, and not well.

  15. moss Dec 28th 2012 at 03:21 pm 15

    those lightbulbs aren’t wearing any clothes!

  16. Mark in Boston Dec 28th 2012 at 10:16 pm 16

    I noticed that too, moss, and you can see their filaments and everything.

  17. Kilby Dec 29th 2012 at 02:30 am 17

    @ Ian Osmond (14) - Even before they added the third section, there used to be a customary evaluation of SAT scores (for the two-part test) that doubled the English score and then added math, making the overall total scoring range 600-2400, the same as it is today.

    P.S. The oddest part about SAT scores is that one effectively receives 200 points for each section just for filling in your name on the form.

  18. Elyrest Dec 29th 2012 at 12:27 pm 18

    ” one effectively receives 200 points for each section just for filling in your name on the form.”

    If a person is too inept or follows directions too poorly to fill in their own name they just don’t deserve those 200 pity points.

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