Thanks to Randall at xkcd for a beautifully-composed comic:
What you can’t see from the embedding is the original scrollover from the xkcd site: “I call Rule 34 on Wolfram’s Rule 34.”
Now, for all of you who don’t know, here’s the Urban Dictionary definition of calling “Rule 34”
Given all this, what is your take of the comic? I tend to find it both praising and mocking: Wolfram is compared to Einstein (“Swiss patent office” reference), but then the student in the course is utterly bored at the end. Is it a repetitive tired mockery of what some reviewers call the “ego problem” in NKS (while ignoring in large part the intent of the book, and the author’s preface), or is it suggesting that an individual mind and a singular task can produce fantastic results?
Of course, the Biblical references to being in the desert can’t be ignored, either.
What’s your take?