June 3, 2020
#2315: Eventual Consistency
[Cueball sits at a home desk.]
Laptop: I know it’s hard to focus right now, but we should try to finish testing the DB.
[A frameless panel. Cueball still sitting at his desk. He has his hand on his chin.]
Laptop: The system needs to guarantee eventual consistency.
Cueball: I mean, it does.
[Closeup of Cueball.]
Cueball: Eventual consistency is guaranteed by the 2nd law of thermodynamics.
Cueball: Sooner or later this will all be a uniform heat bath.
Cueball: Maximum entropy.
[Back to Cueball and desk. Cueball is leaning back in his chair.]
Laptop: Maximum entropy means no useful work can be done!
Cueball: I’m getting a head start by doing no useful work now.