With the bare minimal force required to not drop it, Rita
If there were different universes,
It is trivial to show that, in fact, nothing happens.
So Rita proves Joe's conjecture is false.
Joe might argue that Law 7, or Rita's grip itself, still explains this.
Let's start with an easy bit. The top left
To the right of this
To the right of that
Back at the left side, below the numbers,
and to the right
Next we have
And just below this we have
After that I think we have
To the right of that is
Now look over on the right-hand side. We see
So. It ...
So the point here seems to be to treat each of the snake's cryptic utterances as leading to
and then combine these to get
The first set:
which presumably indicates
leading us to
Now, there are some degrees (ha!) of freedom here because
In that case I get to
Virtuous, but I'm of no form
My seat's right at the very top
Where gangs of many is the norm
My one peer is one that goes 'pop'
Though my uses are many
Lifting is my best known work
At this my one peer beats me
Yet its temper, few dare irk
If cuts are allowed to meet the perimeter between the start and end, as in Peregrine Rook's answer, the best you can do is
You can't do it with fewer.
Of course, if cuts aren't allowed to hit the perimeter in between (and I suspect that is the intended interpretation), Deusovi's answer is correct.
Well, the first stage seems clear enough:
I am not sure yet what comes next -- maybe it involves
In TSL chat, Sconibulus cunningly observes (and OP seems to imply this is the correct next step) that
And then, with a bit of a nudge from OP in TSL chat, Sid noticed that
which is surely the intended answer.
It happens that
which (see, again, TSL chat)...
If the mirror was a window, then...
Now where do you get a...
...and a corresponding...
...in your own home?
Simple. You grab a screwdriver and pick apart...
...and with that we know that the mirror is not a window into another world.
Overall question details:
Images (listed in order shown on the board (number refers number shown on the picture)):
2 (listed in order from top left to bottom right (across then down)):
Which together might mean:
Footnote: @Neon612 helped find a bunch of the ...
I'm going with
I've provided the link between man and machine.
In rivers and trees, respectively, I can be seen.
I've been key in measuring the speed of light.
The Pacific Ocean is where I developed flight.
To measure current flux, I gave my label.
I once was a particle, but my matter became unstable.
This answer was perfectly valid before the edit to the question which added rule #10, nullifying this method.
This mainly takes advantage of Rule 6:
We cannot exchange matter into these universes because for every one
particle that attempts to cross the threshhold, exactly one congruent
particle meets it at the barrier.
Rita picks up (and uses)
Original solution by YowE3K
(who later turned it into this community wiki)
This isn't an answer to the exact question, but the following link is to an image that I thought was worth looking at anyway:
And @justhalf found another image which looks even more like the one in the question, except rotated 90 degrees:
I'm thinking that the actual ...
My understanding is that
•Write all the digits of pi on this piece of paper
•Hold in front of me a baby that is exactly two days old.
•Bring me a metal object that weighs exactly one kilogram.*
•Bring me a glass filled with something other than water that is exactly the same density as water.