#the aperture science computer aided enrichment center would like to kindly ask you to not break the laws of physics during your testing period #if you feel the need to wreak such existential mayhem #please equip the patented singularity proof aperture science communication device to document your excruciating demise #friends and family will be awarded with a complementary plaque for your contribution to Science
A and C are pretty easy to answer. For A, whether the rod is welded or not it’s going to try and fall with gravity as there is no upward force to push it upwards. It would be as if the portals were positioned to your exact height and tried to stand on your own head. You’d just end up falling through the portals. Your head doesn’t exert an upward force to what’s resting on it unless your feet have solid ground beneath it. If you’re “standing” on a portal that’s not solid because your whole body would be pulled downward at the same rate with no ground to stop your fall.
For C you’re assuming this bar works like a laser light beam in that it will extend and keep going when you shoot the exit portal to another location. However portals don’t work that way. They don’t magically extend whatever is going through them into infinity, the bar remains the same length. (We’re going to assume you’re holding the bar in place because like I mentioned in A, it’ll keep falling on itself unless an external force holds it in place.) When the orange portal closes, it’ll sever the pole where it enters the orange portal, and remain the same length. The ceiling the portal was on before won’t stop being there so the picture is actually very misleading.
B is the most interesting and I can’t even say how the bar will react when you try to move the portals. I imagine if enough force were applied to move the portals, the weld in the middle would break and/or the bar would crumple together, much like if it were two separate pieces welded in the middle and stuck between two walls with no portals involved. The only thing that’s really wonky is how much force you’d need to push the portals together. I have a feeling it would be similar to the bar stuck between walls with no portals but I really don’t know
(In Portal 1, it’s interesting to note that if you put a portal on a platform that could move and then move the platform, the portal on the platform disintegrates effectively closing the portal. Try it out in Test Chamber 18 and you’ll see the portal disappears when the section of wall moves when the portal is placed on it. So physics might have a fail safe with the portals to automatically close so physics doesn’t break.)
Disclaimer: I am by no means a physicist and am just running off my college Physics 1 and 2 classes. Which I didn’t really didn’t even do that well in.
Actually, this was pretty awesome. Word-ly reblog away.
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The scooter wheels screeched slowly until they stopped completely in front of Elsa. With a cold, empty glare Po looked at the Snow Queen for a few minutes, clenching her red fists on the vehicle’s handlebar. Suddenly and out of nowhere, the teletubbie had a revolver in her hand. “Run”, she whispered.
what if one day for 24 hours everyone with a tumblr turned into whatever their url is
#IT’D BE BLOODY AMAZING THAT’S WHAT IT WOULD BE #STUPID TEXT POSTS #NOT THAT I HAVE ANY IDEA HOW TO DO CLERK-Y STUFF #BUT STILL#AAAAAHHH ID BE ONE OF THOSE STEREOTYPICAL SECRETARIES WHO’D ALWAYS BE MOONING OVER HER BOSS OMFG #IM DUMB IM SORRY (via rufusdrumknott)
At least you’d be a person. I’d be a sprawling system of non-sentient semaphore towers. (Although with the nature of the disc and Unseen University right there, who really knows about non-sentient part.)
What if TOS had 900% more central female characters?
(Since I don’t want to stretch your dashboards any more than I have already, I’ve written some thoughts about the characters and the process that went into making the graphics under the cut.)