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by MShades
Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 138737

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

And also - I realize it says "movie" in the title, but really? Did ya have to do the movie version of LOTR? Read a book. Burning of the Shire, anyone? Tom Bombadil? - A liberal arts major From one LibArts major to another, Tom Bombadil can go die in a fire. The two main reasons I liked th...
by MShades
Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 138737

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

I just did one of these for my family's history, starting with my parents' marriage Way Back When. It's an interesting exercise.... As long as I got all my dates right, anyway.
by MShades
Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 138737

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

Sax wrote:I'd like to point out to all the people mentioning the Wheel of Time series that there are "plot threads" on On the Encyclopaedia WoT For the first 11 books.


OhthankyouJeebus.....

Much simpler than what I was doing, but probably much easier to understand. My mind can rest now.
by MShades
Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 138737

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

I started doing the timeline for The Great Hunt. The first ten chapters are enough to make a grown man weep....
by MShades
Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 138737

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

No, "we" do not believe that is the case. Jabba the Hutt/CP3O gives a speech talking about how awful the Sarlacc will be including the line "you will be digested in agony for over a thousand years", and living for a thousand years is basically the total opposite of dieing. So wh...
by MShades
Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 138737

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

Am I the only one who's glad he didn't do the Lotr one based on the books? Nope, I'm with you. I've read the books, I've got my fantasy lit cred, and I have no intention of picking them up again anytime soon. The movies made me love the story and actually care about characters other than Gollum, so...
by MShades
Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 138737

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

I did a very, very rough diagram for Wheel of Time book 1. There are probably serious inaccuracies, in addition to crossings-out and the general hand-madeness of it. But the overall shape of the book looks clear. http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/6223/wotdiagram1.th.jpg It's from memory - I just fi...
by MShades
Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 138737

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

Absolutely outstanding. I have no other words than that.

And I'm with Previous Poster- a Wheel of Time chart would be a fun mess. I tried sketching out book 1 from memory and it's not too complicated.... Once people start learning to Travel, however, things'll get messy.
by MShades
Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: You Laugh, You lose
Replies: 1095
Views: 200469

Re: You Laugh, You lose

pseudoidiot wrote:Okay, I've been giggling over this for about 5 minutes now. I find it far too amusing.

Spoiler:
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Yup, I'm done. The Boyfriend is in the room working on his resume, so I can't explode, which just makes it worse....

Spoiler:
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by MShades
Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd Book
Replies: 85
Views: 19553

Re: The XKCD Book Thread

I Just received my signed copy here in Japan - with Black Hat. I'm not all that good with codes, so I'll probably wait for the smarter people to get theirs before I Google all the easter eggs.... Two complaints thus far: the packaging bent up a corner of the (wonderful) back cover. My bibliophilic n...
by MShades
Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd sightings in your hometown (and other places)
Replies: 384
Views: 112395

Re: xkcd sightings in your hometown (and other places)

Looks like Adam Savage tipped his hat to xkcd at TAM London. twitpic via @rebeccawatson: http://twitpic.com/k83gx
by MShades
Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd sightings in your hometown (and other places)
Replies: 384
Views: 112395

Random xkcd moment

Breaking my Lurkerdom for a moment - I was at the Gion Festival this evening, hoping to get a few pictures, and saw this guy walking by with a "Science - it works, bitches." t-shirt. I stopped him to get a picture, and my night was brightened just that much more.... http://img361.imageshac...
by MShades
Wed Aug 20, 2008 1:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90051
Views: 8150458

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

I was reading this article ( 1 in 2 believe prayer trumps doctor's prognosis ) and it reminded me of something that just gets a hair right up my ass - using the word "miracle" to describe the result of the work done by trained, dedicated professionals who do everything in their power to he...
by MShades
Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Being too correct?
Replies: 109
Views: 9698

Re: Being too correct?

I recognize the inevitable changes that all languages make, and I grudgingly accept that there's nothing I can - or should - do to halt it. There is nothing, however, that says I have to like it. In my capacity as an ESL teacher, I occasionally find myself having to explain to students, "This w...
by MShades
Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90051
Views: 8150458

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

A student and I got into a discussion about aliens, and what it would be like to meet one. What you would tell them, what you would ask, all that. Considering her atrocious grammar, she held up pretty well. We both agreed that any life at all - from bacteria to intelligent - would be awesome to find...
by MShades
Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Wikipedia Spider Game
Replies: 196
Views: 14367

Re: Wikipedia Spider Game

Halo -> Halo (bar) -> Gay Bar -> Homosexuality

Beta secretase to Global Sunday
by MShades
Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90051
Views: 8150458

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

I was thinking about The Universe on the walk home from the train station, and I figured that if you could somehow stand outside the Universe, it would be a mirror. I figure that, what with thermodynamics in play, the universe couldn't glow - no energy can leave the system. And it couldn't be black...
by MShades
Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90051
Views: 8150458

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

I was thinking about The Universe on the walk home from the train station, and I figured that if you could somehow stand outside the Universe, it would be a mirror. I figure that, what with thermodynamics in play, the universe couldn't glow - no energy can leave the system. And it couldn't be black ...
by MShades
Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Wikipedia Spider Game
Replies: 196
Views: 14367

Re: Wikipedia Spider Game

Invalid: there is no Wire Coat Hanger page.

Pregnancy test -> Pregnancy -> Abortion -> Clothes hanger

Again: Drosophila Melanogaster to Pope Joan
by MShades
Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Wikipedia Spider Game
Replies: 196
Views: 14367

Re: Wikipedia Spider Game

Zombie -> Pacific (redirects to Oceania) -> Vanuatu

Drosophila Melanogaster to Pope Joan

EDIT: Bloody hell. I thought this thing was supposed to tell you when messages were posted while you were writing. *sigh* I still had the shortest chain, though.
by MShades
Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Wikipedia Spider Game
Replies: 196
Views: 14367

Re: Wikipedia Spider Game

xkcd -> Creative Commons -> Adam Curry -> MTV -> Radiohead

My, this is fun. Pity I have to go to work.

Avocado to Zazen
by MShades
Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Wikipedia Spider Game
Replies: 196
Views: 14367

Re: Wikipedia Spider Game

Ctrl+Alt+Del -> Troy, NY -> Kiliaen van Rensselaer -> Netherlands -> Dutch West India Company

Superman to Enron

EDIT: I have a much faster path for Wildfire, if we take it to mean the super-hero:

Wildfire -> Superboy -> Batman
by MShades
Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best and Worst Discworld
Replies: 316
Views: 193454

Re: Best and Worst Discworld

Pratchett is like popcorn for me - if I read one, I really can't stop.... He's one of the very few authors whose books I will buy automatically, without any consideration as to whether or not it is good. In fact, it amazes me that he's written so many books in a thirty year timespan and so many of t...
by MShades
Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 437850

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I twitch when I hear people use "unique," because it's never used correctly anymore. If by "anymore" you mean "for over 100 years" and by "never used correctly" you mean "used in the meaning of 'unusual, rare' which is listed in most dictionaries" ....
by MShades
Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite Scientist?
Replies: 84
Views: 8581

Re: Favorite Scientist?

My vote goes to "other," AKA Sagan. He may not have made the amazing discoveries that a lot of the other people on that list did, but he made me love science. Even now, jaded and cynical as I am, I can watch Cosmos and feel, for a brief and fleeting moment, the immeasurable beauty of a bou...
by MShades
Mon Aug 11, 2008 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Unpopular movie opinions
Replies: 187
Views: 19199

Re: Unpopular movie opinions

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
MShades wrote:
I know at least one person who would disown me for this opinion, but I thought The Blues Brothers was kind of dull and pointless.


Dis'wned.


Yeah, but I don't know you, so the impact isn't quite so bad....
by MShades
Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Unpopular movie opinions
Replies: 187
Views: 19199

Re: Unpopular movie opinions

I couldn't stand Pulp Fiction , but I think it's mostly because all my friends saw it a year before I did, and so I endured a year of Pulp Fiction quotes, Pulp Fiction posters, Pulp Fiction music and "Oh my God (this was pre-mainstream internet, so Oh me yarm hadn't been invented yet), Pulp Fic...
by MShades
Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Personal Art links: DeviantArt, flickr, etc.
Replies: 253
Views: 151241

Re: Personal Art links: DeviantArt, flickr, etc.

Howdy. I'm here at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mshades/ A wide variety of pictures, mostly taken in and around Kyoto and the rest of Kansai. And over here at DeviantArt: http://mshades.deviantart.com/ Lots of comic book-style stuff, though not nearly approaching the furthest reaches of what...
by MShades
Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Superhero beginnings you just can not believe.
Replies: 112
Views: 67225

Re: Superhero beginnings you just can not believe.

I can suspend my disbelief pretty high for super-hero origins, but Firestorm has always bugged me. I have no problem believing that two men can, at will and at a distance, become one super-hero who can fly, can rearrange the molecular structure of objects, shoots bolts of energy from his hands, has ...
by MShades
Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Characters?
Replies: 145
Views: 23685

Re: Favorite Characters?

In no particular order: Bigwig and Woundwort from Watership Down Leland Gaunt, Needful Things Harry Dresden, The Dresden Files Sam Vimes and Granny Weatherwax from Discworld . Oh, and Death, of course. Gollum, Lord of the Rings Aslan, The Chronicles of Narnia Hawk & Fisher, The Hawk & Fisher...
by MShades
Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1817
Views: 445603

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Previously: The River Where America Began by Bob Deans. Good if you're interested in an overview of the Virgina colonies. Currently: The First Book of Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber. I have a feeling that I should have read this when I was about thirteen. I've been on it for a week, and I'm only up to pag...
by MShades
Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 261419

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

Let's see.... I haven't read anything by Hemingway that convinces me that he's a good writer. I thought Farewell to Arms would have been a great book if someone else had written it. On the other end of the spectrum, I thought that Lord of the Rings , while not exactly overrated, given its impact on ...
by MShades
Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 437850

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

"Proactive" makes me want to stab my brain. Also "grow" used as a transitive verb in any context outside horticulture. As in, 'We're trying to grow our business." For some reason, it drives me nuts. I tend to have an aversion to words ending in -ize, too, though to different...
by MShades
Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 131512

Re: Words you love.

Ignominious
Perdition
Stygian
Pareidolia
Magnitude
Glean
Malevolent
...and many others.

My favorite word in Japanese is なつかしい (natsukashii) which very roughly translates as "nostalgia" but can be used far more flexibly than the English.
by MShades
Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10916
Views: 2188330

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

I joined up here quite a while ago and then, through a combination of external influences, bad luck, witches, and just plain laziness, vanished. So I feel like I should introduce myself again. Hi. I'm an Import English Teacher in Kyoto, Japan, currently working the the resurrected eikaiwa NOVA. My p...
by MShades
Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0282: "Organic Fuel"
Replies: 142
Views: 36311

This is very possibly my favorite strip so far. It speaks to my ancestral need to pun....
by MShades
Tue Apr 10, 2007 1:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 664232

Greetings... I've been following the comic via RSS for a while now, and only just noticed that there's a forum. So, hi. I'll probably lurk about for a while, get the feel of things and all that..... Shades, I love your avatar! The NeverEnding Story has been one of my favorite books for years, ever ...
by MShades
Tue Apr 10, 2007 1:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 664232

Greetings... I've been following the comic via RSS for a while now, and only just noticed that there's a forum. So, hi. I'll probably lurk about for a while, get the feel of things and all that.....

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