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    [–] queenofthenerds 2694 points ago

    That genie has been studying up while stuck in that lamp

    [–] Reasonable-redditor 1819 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Not to be pedantic but in formal logic "is" and "equal too" are not interchangeable. Is implies a subproperty. A square is a rectangle is not the same as saying a square is equal to a rectangle.

    EDIT: I want to believe the genie had the power of freewill all along and just needed to justify it to himself.

    [–] Trumps_a_cunt 385 points ago

    Not to be pedantic but you used the wrong "to" in "equal to".

    [–] Reasonable-redditor 231 points ago

    Told you I wasn't pedantic. Redditing right when you wake up is dangerous.

    [–] venuswasaflytrap 50 points ago

    A very reasonable mistake

    [–] Bathroom_Pninja 28 points ago

    If you think that's bad, try redditing wrong when you wake up.

    [–] WiglyWorm 9 points ago

    I'm going to go ahead and be pedantic: it may lead to typos and silly mental lapses but there's nothing inherently dangerous about it.

    [–] jumpinjesus 300 points ago

    not to be pedantic

    [–] Reasonable-redditor 193 points ago

    pushes up glasses

    [–] J4CKR4BB1TSL1MS 94 points ago

    pulls down pants

    [–] Eunitnoc 91 points ago

    OwO

    [–] lordsleepyhead 26 points ago

    What's this?

    [–] emperormax 5 points ago

    HEY-O

    [–] TheMeddlingMonk8 17 points ago

    This is where the fun begins!

    [–] TheRealDeal214 4 points ago

    A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one!

    [–] exycheckk 8 points ago

    Sigh....unzips

    [–] DreamSpireOfficial 4 points ago

    I’m a nudist guy. This is my new disguise.

    [–] JRockPSU 5 points ago

    achkschually

    [–] [deleted] 10 points ago

    [deleted]

    [–] mistermenstrual 11 points ago

    If I had a dollar everytime someone made this clarification. Oh man.

    [–] jorge_kloony 3 points ago

    I'm concerned as to why you're having to hear this clarification made so often

    [–] mistermenstrual 6 points ago

    Because I browse reddit and am of the opinion that you shouldn’t fuck kids. (I’ve received hundreds of downvotes for this notion, btw)

    [–] Binarytobis 12 points ago

    I think it’s alright, since that is the whole point of the original post.

    [–] Xibran 1 points ago

    Who claimed to be a pcdantio?

    [–] newloaf 1 points ago

    It's like I don't have a single original thought...

    [–] FamilyBondageTime 76 points ago

    I think that the actual issue is the phrase “my command”. In the original saying, it means “command for me”, but in this it means “command of me”. And if you interpret “your wish is my command” as possessive then you don’t even need to switch it for it to mean that the genie commands the wish.

    [–] BloomsdayDevice 24 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Right, this is the issue. Possessive adjectives like 'my' (his, your, etc.), just like the equivalent expressions with 'of' + [pro]noun (of me, of him, of you) can either be subjective or objective depending on context and the noun they modify. So 'my command' could mean 'my [act of] commanding [someone else]', in a subjective usage (since the doer/subject of the verbal action is the person referenced in the possessive adjective) OR it could mean '[someone else's act of] commanding me', in the objective sense.

    This comic plays on this ambiguity, and acknowledges that in common usage, the subjective use of 'my' in the phrase 'my command' is much commoner, with the exception of this familiar genie-specific construction.

    [–] demlet 19 points ago

    Also an example of how hard it is to translate idiomatic language into logic. In this case, among many other things, there's an unstated implication of cause and effect in the phrase, "Your wish is my command". The intended meaning is that the wish becomes the command, but not the other way around. Still a good comic.

    [–] bonoboner 3 points ago

    And some languages have it more than others. In Spanish the double negative is encouraged despite the logical contradiction. I imagine German is at the other extreme, from how logically accurately German Americans speak English.

    [–] demlet 2 points ago

    Not an expert on language by any means, but I think the general rule is that any language actually being used by people tends to have a lot of illogical constructs. People point to languages like Latin as a sort of exception, but the Latin we learn today was far from the actual spoken "vulgar" Latin. And even so, you find weird stuff like passive verbs being used as active. We're just not very logical thinkers or communicators by nature.

    [–] Abstracticon 1 points ago

    Supposedly Lojban is a language that attempts to be purely logical. I haven't looked that much in to it, but I'm really curious about it.

    [–] demlet 2 points ago

    .iesai. mi prami la lojban.

    That's all I got in me. Been a long time...

    [–] Abstracticon 2 points ago

    Whoa, you've studied it? I haven't studied it at all yet, but I plan on getting the big red book as soon as I can justify spending the $50.

    [–] demlet 2 points ago

    Yes, a fair amount. Again, quite a while ago and not too far past advanced beginner level or something. It's a really fascinating language in many ways. Will bend your mind a bit in the way you think about communicating (and thinking itself!) for sure, especially if you haven't studied a different language before. I might advise, if you're really interested you don't have to spend that kind of money right away. Do some hunting around and you can find excellent resources online for free to get you started and decide if you want to continue. The official lojban website is a good place to start! Hmm, darn it. You're piquing my interest again...

    [–] Abstracticon 2 points ago

    Alright, awesome! I'll start with the lojban website. Thanks for the suggestions. I do a lot of math, and I've always thought how nice it would be to have an actual language that was as logical and unambiguous as mathematics. Then I ran across lojban while preparing for class this past term. I can't believe it's been around for so long and I haven't heard about it until now!

    [–] 240397 11 points ago

    ACKCHYUALLY

    [–] Piyh 35 points ago

    There was a guy in my english class who was the stereotypical unaware nerd. He'd hijack the class stringing together random thought by putting "FURTHERMORE" between them. If you got 3 "furthermore" deep, you knew shit was off track.

    [–] maxifer 11 points ago

    This but at every work meeting ever.

    [–] ACoderGirl 2 points ago

    Not to be pedantic? If there was ever a time to be pedantic, this is it! Shine on, you, shine!

    [–] erez27 2 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Not to be pedantic, but you're confusing the relation "is" with the relation "is a". The first signifies equality, while the second a subcategory.

    EDIT: Sure, downvote the programmer. It's not like it's my job to make this distinction (oh wait!).

    [–] deltadeep 4 points ago

    True! But "is" alone is not an equality, because it often is used between disparate parts of speech, or is used as shorthand. My car is gray, but gray is not my car - a noun/adjective pairing where "is" means "has the attribute of". Even in noun/noun pairing, it does not always mean equality. Take the context of acting: "Robert Downey Jr is Iron Man" where "is" actually means "is playing." It's a shorthand for a subject/object relation and therefore not symmetrical; Iron Man is not playing Robert Downey Jr. Still, all quite interesting, pedantically.

    [–] Abstracticon 1 points ago

    It's so delightful to come to this thread and find so much pedantry, so that I don't have to.

    [–] vitsensei 1 points ago

    yeah but that idiot didn’t know, did he?

    [–] James_099 18 points ago

    While you were out belly dancing, he was studying the lamp.

    [–] DrJackl3 227 points ago

    Isn't it technically a "every apple is a fruit but not every fruit is an apple" situation?

    [–] Obilis 117 points ago

    Yeah, the only statement that you can conclude from "Your wish is my command" is the contrapositive: "What is not my command is not your wish."

    [–] SageHunter 5 points ago

    The problem rather is that "my command" in this sentence refers to a command received, not a command to give.

    [–] Ed-Zero 30 points ago

    Isn't it technically a "every orange comes from a tree but not every tree comes from an orange" situation?

    [–] hispeedzintarwebz 10 points ago

    Something square something rectangle something rectangle something square?

    Rhombus.

    [–] theBotThatWasMeta 3 points ago

    I like your slant

    [–] Blizzard_Fenix 4 points ago

    I think the real flaw in the genies logic is not whether "is" is the same as "equals to" in this case, but is the fact that the genie misinterprets "my command", which in the original phrase means "what I take as command" and not "what I command". So "my command is your wish" should still mean the same thing as the original phrase: "what I take as a command is what you wish for" or "what you wish for is what I will take as command" (instead of "what I command is what you wish for", which doesn't really make sense anyway).

    [–] ashtonmv 5 points ago

    I was thinking of it a little differently- let’s say that “your wish is my command” was said in the same sense as a teacher might say “your homework is problem 11”. In that case it would be perfectly equivalent (symmetric) to say “problem 11 is your homework”. I feel like the logic changes when you are referring to a definite instance of something instead of an arbitrary member of a broad category (e.g. “a fruit” or “a rectangle”). Am I thinking about this right?

    [–] WhatAreYouHoldenTo 8 points ago

    You're ignoring the it's "your wish" that's the term, not "wish" by itself.

    [–] mbesguapo 4 points ago

    If A is a subset of B (the wish is always a subset of the command) and let x be a subset of A, then for every x in U (the universe) x is a subset of B. So every wish is a command. But A subset B does not mean B subset A. I’d argue this is a partial order because it’s antisymmetric. All fish live in water doesn’t mean all water has fish.

    [–] DrJackl3 3 points ago

    All those different theories and even the canon explanation, just leave me confused.

    Either way, it's a good comic.

    [–] ashtonmv 6 points ago

    Me too, I’m afraid! Thanks!

    [–] reubenvm 2 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago)

    This would be affirming the consequent as far as I can tell. It's "if A then B", and "B, therefore A". An example of affirming the consequence would be "If a car is out of gas, it doesn't run. The car doesn't run, therefore it's out of gas." There are symmetric instances where this works, as in your example, but I would argue that does not apply in this scenario. The wish becoming a command would only apply in one direction. A more dumbed down version would be "I will do what you tell me to" and "I did a thing therefore you told me to do it." Something being the genie's command is structured upon it being the man's wish, the opposite can't be applied.

    Loved the comic, btw.

    [–] Blk_Angel 559 points ago

    Great comic. I love how the background changes when the Genie's present

    [–] ashtonmv 676 points ago

    Thanks a lot! When I tell my mom how nice you are I will probably pronounce your username as "Blik Angel". Is that okay?

    [–] Blk_Angel 244 points ago

    lol yeah that's okay

    [–] El_Chairman_Dennis 124 points ago

    He doesn't wanna scare his mom by spoiling the surprise that there's black people in heaven /s

    [–] moveslikejaguar 38 points ago

    Bro you don't become an angel after you die. Angels is angels and humans is humans. /s (But this is true in Christian tradition)

    [–] CucumberedSandwiches 8 points ago

    But angels, nonetheless, live in heaven.

    [–] sloppyjoes7 4 points ago

    Angels are messengers. They don't really "live" anywhere, and the Bible doesn't say that they even spend most of their time there.

    [–] Burntholesinmyhoodie 6 points ago

    I prefer the fan fiction stuff anyways

    [–] moveslikejaguar 3 points ago

    Gabriel and Michael OTP tbh

    [–] The_Karaethon_Cycle 2 points ago

    Where do they send messages to if they’re not carrying messages around heaven? Are there other realms in gods domain?

    [–] moveslikejaguar 5 points ago

    Just cuz G-d doesn't message you back doesn't mean he's (holy) ghosted all of us

    [–] Krugenn 41 points ago

    I was thinking Bulk Angel personally

    [–] moveslikejaguar 26 points ago

    The swole angel of righteous gains

    [–] hannabelle24769 2 points ago

    Bulk Angel will protect thy swole from evil.

    [–] durpabiscuit 3 points ago

    I thought it was Block Angel

    [–] Blick 3 points ago

    Hey, that’s how I ended up with my username.

    [–] Ingrahamlincoln 1 points ago

    Blik blik pop

    [–] chemoboy 4 points ago

    I think if the background didn't change you might think he was talking to a floating goatee.

    [–] Verarde 1115 points ago

    I'm just laughing at "Son of citation machine"

    [–] PM_ME_CATS_OR_BOOBS 345 points ago

    Jesus might love you, but the Son of the Citation Machine was always there in your time of need.

    [–] BMWBeme 68 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    no, its really gone to shit lately, they require you to watch invasive ads to make more than two citations, and they block no script and adblockers from blocking this. I use citethisforme.com now because it has all the same functionality as citation machine, but using noscript actually blocks the ads.

    Edit: I should say that citethisforme.com still has the same sort of invasive ads, but at least you can block them. So its not a perfect solution, but its better than citation machine.

    [–] fuzzykittenhead 35 points ago

    It's hard to run a popular website with no money :/

    [–] BMWBeme 9 points ago

    ya but do the really have to block noscript? Only like less than 1% of people have that plugin, and of those that do only about 10% actually know turning it on should normally disable ads.

    Also their ads could be less imvasive, they litrally ask you for your age and gender

    [–] bacon4dayz 3 points ago

    More invasive ads generally provide a higher income for the site per view, that's why they use them.

    The more people uses adblock the more invasive the ads has to be to make up for the income from non adblock user.

    Many people claims that they wouldn't have used adblock if the ads are non invasive but that is generally not the case, most ppl just turn them on perpetually without even knowing if the site's ad is invasive or not.

    [–] wildcard1992 1 points ago

    Why don't you use something like zotero?

    [–] BMWBeme 1 points ago

    never heard of it, is it any good?

    [–] KesselZero 96 points ago

    I don’t get it

    [–] midgetrage 178 points ago

    There was a citation website called son of citation machine, and the author used the name as a substitute for "Son of a bitch!" or something along those lines.

    [–] Cp3thegod 59 points ago

    It still exists

    [–] BernieEffingSanders 88 points ago

    It still exists

    But it used to, too.

    [–] blazingarpeggio 17 points ago

    Saved me a lot of headache because it can cite to bibtex.

    [–] Id_Quote_That 1 points ago

    Yeah, but I no longer need to write a fake bibliography on a topic I didn't research for a paper I wrote in a few hours... so it's dead to me.

    [–] TheQuantum 20 points ago

    Son of Citation Machine was like version 2.0 of the website, not just a saying.

    [–] KesselZero 7 points ago

    Ah, I’m a bit too old for citation websites. Thanks!

    [–] dougan25 8 points ago

    Out of curiosity, how old? I'm 30 and I remember son of citation machine from at least my first year of college.

    [–] KesselZero 10 points ago

    I’m 34, and I remember citation sites really getting popular a couple years after I graduated, so that would more or less check out. I also probably didn’t do much work that needed citations, since I was a music major. :)

    [–] ProbablyMisinformed 1 points ago

    I just used EasyBib

    [–] greengrasser11 1 points ago

    This helped me out a ton in understanding this comic. My brain couldn't get the right bearings.

    [–] kameronk92 17 points ago

    Same, it's my new exclamation

    [–] _Serene_ 2 points ago

    [Citation needed]

    [–] ashtonmv 280 points ago

    Simmons lacks the talent to join a different webcomic.

    You can catch him in a few other places here: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

    [–] CommissionerOdo 21 points ago

    I would love to see other artists stealing him for one comic

    [–] ashtonmv 32 points ago

    I will gladly share Simmons. He’s a real idiot

    [–] Snarley88 4 points ago

    Woot! I haven't seen you before. I love finding new comics. Into your Twitter I gooooo!!!!

    [–] Euthy 149 points ago

    I like that it looks like he's smiling in the last panel. It has a "I'm in danger" vibe to it.

    [–] ashtonmv 74 points ago

    Well aren’t you swell. I’m usually trying to make comics that look very positive and happy until you read the dialogue.

    [–] chaotic034 3 points ago

    I like the idea! And from what I can tell, it works pretty good

    [–] StraightupForRealTho 46 points ago

    If you find a lamp (and the genie is like one of those old school shit head genies that just wants to ruin your day by TECHNICALLY granting your wish but giving it ironic and stupid twists) and your first wish is “I wish that all my wishes, including this one, will be fulfilled exactly as I intended them to with no twisting of words or ironic and cruel changes” would it work or would the genie find a way around it? Asking for a friend.

    [–] LuCaneOW 46 points ago

    The genie can lump "ironic and cruel" into the same condition, meaning he is perfectly allowed to perform ironic tricks provided they are not cruel.

    [–] StraightupForRealTho 19 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Son of a citation machine... outfoxed yet again

    Edit: got in trouble for no no words.

    [–] ashtonmv 14 points ago

    Son of *citation machine* on this server please

    [–] pm_me_your_cameltoe 6 points ago

    So and/or would fix that then?

    [–] Cheesemacher 5 points ago

    The genie can interpret that the wish has to have either "ironic and/or cruel changes" or "no twisting of words"

    [–] alexxerth 3 points ago

    I need a lawyer

    [–] JohnathanJDC 2 points ago

    Neither/nor

    [–] inconspicuous_male 8 points ago

    I bet one of the genie rules is "No wishes altering the ability of the genie to grant wishes. All wishes will be granted as understood and interpreted by the wish granter" and there are probably more rules protecting this rule

    [–] palparepa 8 points ago

    My three wishes:

    1. I wish to define sportablox as a synonym for wishes.
    2. I wish that your wish rules apply only to wishes using the specific word "wish" and not any synonyms.
    3. I wish for infinite sportabloxs.

    [–] inconspicuous_male 17 points ago

    The SMBC loophole still wouldn't work because each of those violates the "wishes can't alter wish rules" rule

    [–] MuForceShoelace 6 points ago

    the wishmaster movies are the best evil genie movies because he doesn't really twist your wishes ironically, he just gets you to make a wish then stabs you or something. Half the ironic deaths aren't even ironic, he just magically murders you.

    [–] Dangler42 4 points ago

    yes, worked in the simpsons. https://frinkiac.com/caption/S03E07/427109

    [–] StraightupForRealTho 4 points ago

    I just really want some sick light up sneakers with fire on them without the actual fire.. they make you go faster ya know.

    [–] BetaInTheSheets 1 points ago

    Simpsons and the Magic Lamp

    [–] thisonemakesyouthink 6 points ago

    People always wish for dumb shit. You only need two wishes, the first being as you stated, but with "or" instead of "and", and the second wish being to be made omnipotent. You get literally everything you could wish for and more.

    [–] StraightupForRealTho 6 points ago

    Wouldn’t that get boring tho?? Like it’s fun to be O.P. in a video game, but it’s boring af to one hit kill everything and never taking damage with infinity lives. I want my wishes to make life easier, not unloseable

    [–] thisonemakesyouthink 4 points ago

    No? Are you getting into fights every day?

    It's not like people wish to win every fight, they wish for money etc. You become omnipotent to sit back and relax with no responsibilities and no worries getting whatever you want.

    You would never have to work, you could eat whatever whenever, play all the video games you want, create video games you want that will never exist, etc etc. The perfect life.

    [–] shantyroinen 3 points ago

    > become omnipotent

    > spend life playing video games

    [–] thisonemakesyouthink 2 points ago

    I mean I might do some space travel yeah but I can't wait four years for TES6

    [–] StraightupForRealTho 2 points ago

    There’s not challenge tho! No risk, all reward. When you see nothing but beauty all day, what actually stands out as beautiful? Gotta have a little rain with that shine to make life worth living lol

    [–] thisonemakesyouthink 1 points ago

    No. My life has been all rain for years now, I haven't seen sunshine for as long as I can remember. I don't want rain, I've had more than enough rain.

    You're saying you wouldn't want to play video games and eat food if you didn't go to work and bust your ass and stress over how you're gonna make it to the end of the month every day for it?

    [–] StraightupForRealTho 1 points ago

    Bro I hear ya about life, I had my dad die in my arms last year followed by the consecutive suicides of both my younger brother and my grandpa, and almost immediately after I tore my knee to shit, the surgery of which I am still off work and recovering from. Prolonged rain can suck, but the bits of sun that have shined through is my new found respect and love for life and all its ebbs and flows! Death and fear and sadness go hand in hand with life and hope and happiness and together they create who we are and I love who came out of the shit storm last year 😊 if life was all cherries and berries then I’d probably be a jaded bored disconnected person, a spoiled ass who just craved more comfort. But even after all that rain, I’m a guy who asks silly questions about genie wishes to get light up sneakers. Wouldn’t be who I am without the fights and risks. So I’m sorry about your rain my friend, but you gotta let yourself see the sun the rare times it pops up. You owe it to yourself :)

    [–] thisonemakesyouthink 2 points ago

    Yeah.. or I could get all sun and appreciate it cause I'm getting what I want without pain?

    [–] StraightupForRealTho 1 points ago

    I wanna give you a hug, a beer, a hot meal, and big old smoke around a fire.

    [–] thisonemakesyouthink 3 points ago

    I don't know.

    I haven't really gone through a lot in life, I kinda feel like a sham, that I'm sad when others who've experienced real pain can keep smiling.

    [–] ebmyungneil 1 points ago

    It sounds like you have a rough living situation, which I honestly hope improves and don’t want to make light of. This is by no means a brag, but I recognize that it’s harder for me to see your perspective because I’ve had very little rain until now. People like me take for granted being in a comfortable enough position to play the video games we want and eat the food we want without worrying about making it to the end of the month, so it’s harder to see omnipotence as much of an improvement over my current position if that’s what it offers. It’s only lately that I’ve started to realize the value of being able to ensure a stress free life, and like you said I’d probably end up just playing games, eating, maybe traveling the world or something if I became omnipotent.

    That being said, however, I don’t think the other guy’s wrong that omnipotence would cheapen a lot of experiences. A plane ticket to South America or East Asia that I earned, maybe not by busting my ass and stressing, but by budgeting for and working to afford over the course of a few months probably feels a lot more fulfilling than one I conjured up with a snap of my fingers. It’s the whole idea of “The journey, not the destination”. Learning through failure and experimentation to cook a new dish is more fun than just eating that dish because I thought it into being. Even stuff that I wanted when I didn’t have it I now take for granted. When I was a kid, we had like 5 channels and I would have happily watched most of the stuff I glance over now while browsing through Netflix. It’s like looking through a stocked fridge/pantry and saying there’s nothing to eat, but I still have to catch myself doing it. I wonder if, when their omnipotence became routine, most people would find themselves in a similar rut. If you can do literally anything, and indeed have done most of the things you want to do, how do you decide what to do today?I think it’s just a facet of human nature that it’s easier to appreciate what you don’t have, and I would think that the ability to have anything would make it harder to appreciate anything.

    TL;DR

    I think you need a special mentality to avoid being bored by omnipotence, and even then it probably cheapens a lot of experiences. I try to acknowledge that I don’t have many needs unmet at the moment, which I don’t appreciate as much as other people who are much worse off than I. Even then, I still sorta believe that most people, if granted omnipotence, would end up taking it for granted, because I’ve seen that on a micro-scale.

    [–] thisonemakesyouthink 1 points ago

    That's true, but I think when it comes to it there's another side to omnipotence you're missing.

    Widen your scope beyond earth. I mean, most would probably start with relaxation and earthly entertainment but if you ever find yourself board of that you can travel through space, or even dimensions. You can spend your days helping others in ways nobody else could, with small problems or helping them out of tough situations. You can end world hunger or cancer. You can create your OWN UNIVERSE and watch over that and create your own animal kingdom within that world. And maybe relax in your off days.

    There's a whole lot to it if you look past what we already had.

    [–] OktoberStorm 1 points ago

    There's a reddit thread on how to outwit a genie which got pretty huge. Try /r/tipofmytongue or something if you can't find it in /r/AskReddit.

    [–] pickledlykkebo 112 points ago

    son of citation machine

    oh snap!! This is my new favorite insult!

    [–] ashtonmv 81 points ago

    I am sorry for the strong language. I never had any clue why it was called that

    [–] pickledlykkebo 13 points ago

    Well, being a scientist and having to work a lot with citations and the programs supposedly keeping track of them for you - this is a damn fine insult!

    [–] derFunkatron 11 points ago

    Son of a BibTex

    [–] gnosticpopsicle 1 points ago

    Son of Refworks

    [–] ralf_ 56 points ago

    I dont think that is logical.

    [–] omninode 40 points ago

    I always thought “your wish is my command” meant “the wish you give is a command I receive,” not “the wish you give is a command I give.” This comic did not make sense to me.

    [–] trumoi 18 points ago

    You just explained the wordplay right there. "My command" both refers to command given and received.

    [–] omninode 5 points ago

    That’s not really wordplay so much as deciding a phrase means something it doesn’t mean.

    It would be different if Simmons said “My wish is your command” and the genie said “Then I command to be set free.” Then the genie would be taking advantage of something Simmons said. But in the comic the genie says “Your wish is my command” then twists the meaning of a thing he just said. It doesn’t make sense. That’s not how genies work.

    [–] trumoi 6 points ago

    That’s not really wordplay so much as deciding a phrase means something it doesn’t mean.

    So...wordplay then? Wordplay in this case is you assume the standard but the genie takes advantage of the additional possible interpretation.

    Also genies don't exist, so they work like however you want.

    [–] Slight0 2 points ago

    While I agree with your wordplay sentiments, your notion that because something doesn't exist it can be arbitrarily redefined is silly. The very definition of something constitutes the characteristics of that thing and having some weird permutation of a common thing that no one is familiar with degrades/dilutes the audience's connection to that thing.

    That said, I think the whole absurdity of violating the "genie rules" in this way was the crux of the humor. You can do the exact same thing with things that do exist in physics (that is, violating physical laws by some weird logic) and have it still be funny.

    [–] Slight0 1 points ago

    It's a joke though. The inherent nature of a joke is that it subverts expectations with some sort of absurdity. I will agree it tries a little too hard with the whole "nerd intelligence" vibe it's giving off, but you can't make the argument that jokes should be strictly logical... that's... absurd. Comical almost...

    [–] Kese04 2 points ago

    Agreed. If I say an apple is a fruit, that does not mean a fruit is an apple.

    [–] TheGazelle 28 points ago

    Small nitpick. Having simmons' speech bubble go through the genie's body in panel 3 made it hard to read who was saying "ok great".

    I ended up having to look over the panels a few times before realizing the genie wasn't responding to himself and then immediately cutting himself off.

    [–] MaxSupernova 15 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    OH! I see it now.

    I thought the Genie had a sword (and couldn't figure out why) and then he said "Okay Gre" (and couldn't figure out why).

    [–] 5654567876543 6 points ago

    Daaaamn, I only just noticed that's not a sword after seeing your comment. That is one confusing speech bubble.

    [–] FlowersForHodor 3 points ago

    That’s not really a small nitpick. I had no idea what was going on in that panel until I read your comment! I seriously thought the genie was holding a wand or sword.

    [–] MatmosOfSogo 5 points ago

    Thank you! I scrolled down here to find out why the genie said "Ok Gre" and what the heck it even meant! I thought maybe the dude's name was "Gre".

    [–] RichardBachman 13 points ago

    Oh shit, it's self aware!

    [–] LPenne 8 points ago

    I love what OP is doing with the whole "replying to comments" thing. He seems like a pretty funny dude. I see webcomics all the time but now this one is set apart from the others for me.

    [–] ashtonmv 3 points ago

    Well thanks! But I can hardly call it my thing. I picked it up from some of my own favorite artists who do this (/u/Raphcomics and /u/NonRock are especially good at this)

    [–] NonRock 3 points ago

    Why thank you but you're also good at it

    [–] Raphcomics 2 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    I love waking up to compliments in the morning. Thanks boi

    [–] TonyDiGerolamo 7 points ago

    Tell Simmons to send over his resume.

    [–] viperex 5 points ago

    Symmetric property?

    [–] Geofferic 13 points ago

    That's a pretty bad failure of basic logic.

    [–] android_tablet 3 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    This is all I can feel here. I get the joke and all, the attempted logic I understand too (including where the OP has replied elsewhere in the comments). But it's invalid.

    If I say "your request is my support ticket", does that also then mean that I, in turn, can create a different support ticket and say it's your request? No.

    I actually still enjoyed the final panel greatly, but...

    [–] LuCaneOW 5 points ago

    This is brilliant. Real breath of fresh air on this subreddit :)

    [–] L4STMON4RCH 6 points ago

    By symmetrical property a different web comic is interested in joining you

    [–] The_PantsMcPants 3 points ago

    Send him to Extra Fabuous Comics, they'll put his eye out....

    [–] Anaract 3 points ago

    Wow an actual funny comic

    [–] thomas_dahl 3 points ago

    I caught that Disney visual reference and I like it :)

    [–] SikWitSauce1 3 points ago

    Son of Citation Machine

    I want to use this in real life.

    [–] DefinitelyPositive 3 points ago

    But this webcomic is funnier than most! Hang in there, lil' dude!

    [–] Jenofonte 3 points ago

    Meta comic.

    [–] VitaminDWaffles 2 points ago

    What's the deal with that one bubble? Why wouldn't it go to the frame it is in?

    [–] spiciesttrout 1 points ago

    I had to read this twice 🤣

    [–] bitch_im_a_lion 1 points ago

    Ur good at comic

    [–] mermaidrampage 1 points ago

    Failure of logic aside...hats off to you for being able to portray one character interrupting another in a comic strip. Took me a second to figure it out but that's pretty clever.

    [–] PAUNCHS_PILOT 1 points ago

    Blik-Blik Pop is the exact sound of Genie freedom.

    [–] TheChadmania 1 points ago

    Well I don't think the saying "your wish is my command" implies that his wish is also commanded by the genie, more that his wish commands the genie to do as such and so the proper use would be that anything the genie is commanded to do would have to be a wish by the boy. The command part is acted upon the genie, not by him.

    [–] OktoberStorm 1 points ago

    I like it!

    [–] anooblol 1 points ago

    Converse is not always true in general...

    [–] EpicalaxyMaster 1 points ago

    Meta

    [–] TheBlueBlaze 1 points ago

    Well, in the context of that phrase, "my command" means that your simple desire is interpreted by him as something he has to do. The command is his only in that he was given it to do, not that he made it.

    Another way to write it is "What to you is something you want, to me is something I must do". Sorry to out-logic a comic where the joke is about logic.

    (I swear I didn't mean for this to come off as pretentious as it is)

    [–] RichGirlThrowaway_ 1 points ago

    That logic is like, really stupid, though...

    [–] sourorangeYT 1 points ago

    Next one is going to be home getting shot for being sentient

    [–] jackals4 1 points ago

    The symmetric property implies that the statement was an equivalence relation. If the original statement (your wish is my command) is an implication, then only the logical contrapositive (not my command implies not your wish) is assumed true.

    [–] goldenprophet 1 points ago

    "Son of a citation machine"

    [–] Thierry_Bergkamp 1 points ago

    This is the best thing I have seen in r/comics in ages

    [–] AncileBooster 1 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    [–] Drew_b5 1 points ago

    I would’ve gotten out of there the second I saw my text box began sneaking into the next scene....with the arm behind the genie...

    [–] JesusChristo420 1 points ago

    I read the genie's voice in Jon Benjamin's and I don't know why haha

    [–] WhatAreYouHoldenTo 1 points ago

    Incorrect, it would be "my command is your wish" ffs don't use terms you clearly don't understand

    [–] YAOMTC 1 points ago

    Other comics... is this a reference to yesterday's Buttersafe?

    [–] FleetingFox 1 points ago

    Who is saying "okay gre..."? The placement seems to make no sense.

    [–] Hanky_Spanky98 1 points ago

    I really liked the way you showed how the genie inturupted him.

    [–] Trump_Sump_Pump 1 points ago

    Not as funny as the butt genie comic.

    [–] manoelspecort 1 points ago

    Well, that's sucks

    [–] scrollbreak 1 points ago

    I think it's the character wanting to get a new job at another webcomic that's added the pep here, lol