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Transcribed painstakingly from the charred remains of the original notes by: Jeffery M.
The author writes:
For the less computer-adept readers out there, SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphic. What this means, basically, is that you can resize it as much as you want without it pixelating, and your program does not use pixels to form the picture. Read more here.
If you were wondering what this has to do with today's strip, then read on. The woman in the background in panel 3 has her own special story. When I first learned about SVG, I had this crazy idea about creating an image of a person where, if you zoomed in enough, you could see each individual cell, molecule, or atom and you could see what the person had been eating.
Now after four and half years, with 39 people working for me each day and night with two hours sleep and a lot of coffee, I have finally accomplished my dream. The resulting image is so large I had to spend several thousand dollars to buy enough disk space to save it. It is approximately 29.5 petabytes.
I was going to post the image for you guys to enjoy when I realised that such a small number of my readers would have access to that amount of power, memory, or disk space. In order to show her off, I had to convert her to a PNG format and copy her into this strip. It took 7 weeks at the cost of a loss of much detail, but here she is!