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The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby Macros » Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:21 am UTC

Hi,

I require your help finding a comic.
It shows a father talking "lines" to his son.
The son develops the ideas of these lines whith each panel, they transform into curved lines and finally into a chaotic idea pool at the time he graduates. After that the get flatter and flatter until he tells his sond the same old boring lines.
I would be happy if you could link me to the panel I search.

I thought it is an xkcd, but yesterdaay i digged trough the whole archive and didn't find it. Although I may have missed it.
Google didn't help me either.

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Re: Searching comic

Postby jestingrabbit » Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:46 pm UTC

I'm almost certain this is an smbc, but I have no idea which.

http://www.smbc-comics.com/
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Re: Searching comic

Postby WibblyWobbly » Sat Jun 29, 2013 4:35 pm UTC

In case you haven't found it yet:

SMBC - Life of Thought

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Re: Searching comic

Postby Macros » Sat Jun 29, 2013 4:54 pm UTC

Thank you, it seems you are right.
I found this thread smbcforum/viewtopic.php?p=143055#p143055
Will dig trough the smbc archives tomorrow

edit: Thank you very much WibblyWobbly

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Help finding nested ancestor simulation comic

Postby doshka » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:40 am UTC

There was a comic published some time ago featuring a series of nested ancestor simulations. Each child simulated universe is assigned progressively more arbitrary rules of physics, as the modelers fudge things to save computing power, until at last you get to us.

This is not the "Bunch of Rocks" comic (#505), which is what keeps coming up for any variation of "xkcd" and "simulation". Specifying "-rocks" or "ancestor simulation" gets me a bunch of xkcd forum posts and links to news articles on living in a simulation.

I'm at a loss. Can anyone help?

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Re: Help finding nested ancestor simulation comic

Postby phlip » Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:23 am UTC

You're probably having trouble finding it because it's not an xkcd comic.

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Re: Help finding nested ancestor simulation comic

Postby SecondTalon » Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:46 pm UTC

If I had a nickel for every time someone thought an SMBC comic was an XKCD comic, I'd have a good five bucks. Maybe six.

If I had a nickel for every time someone thought an XKCD comic was an XKCD comic and simply couldn't find it because they couldn't remember enough of the search terms, I think I'd have $.25. Maybe $.30
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Re: Help finding nested ancestor simulation comic

Postby doshka » Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:39 pm UTC

You're probably having trouble finding it because it's not an xkcd comic.

Yup, that would be the reason. Thanks, phlip!

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Re: Help finding nested ancestor simulation comic

Postby PM 2Ring » Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:44 am UTC

SecondTalon wrote:If I had a nickel for every time someone thought an SMBC comic was an XKCD comic, I'd have a good five bucks. Maybe six.

If I had a nickel for every time someone thought an XKCD comic was an XKCD comic and simply couldn't find it because they couldn't remember enough of the search terms, I think I'd have $.25. Maybe $.30


Yeah. It'd make more sense if the two comics were visually similar. I think this tells us something deep about the way (some) people remember stuff.

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Re: Help finding nested ancestor simulation comic

Postby ConMan » Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:01 pm UTC

It's usually Cyanide and Happiness, Doghouse Diaries or SMBC. The first two share a certain amount of visual style (if you factor in the degradation of memory over time), and the last two share a certain amount of writing style, particularly with linking pop culture and realistic science.
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Re: Help finding nested ancestor simulation comic

Postby SecondTalon » Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:35 am UTC

SMBC is geekier than XKCD. XKCD is nerdier.


Assuming we're using the definitions of Nerd = Scientist and Geek = Science Enthusiast. Or similar.
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Looking for a specific XKCD

Postby srynoname » Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:19 pm UTC

I am looking for the XKCD where a small children / baby draws a tree with the root on the top. I checked the archive, but didn't find it. Anyone knows which one i mean and which one it is? Thanks :-)

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Re: Looking for a specific XKCD

Postby phlip » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:06 am UTC

That... doesn't ring any bells. I'm 99% sure it's not an xkcd strip.

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Re: Looking for a specific XKCD

Postby elminster » Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:36 am UTC

I'm pretty sure that's not an XKCD comic.
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Re: Looking for a specific XKCD

Postby srynoname » Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:50 am UTC

oh that's sad, remembering the style of this comic, I was pretty sure it is an XKCD ): thanks for the feedback, though.

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Help finding an xkcd

Postby Takki » Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:13 am UTC

I have scoured the web for this comic and I just cannot seem to find it.
I hate to have to do this, I'm not sure it's appropriate to do, but I if people on this site cannot find it I can't without maybe going through them all.

The comic is a graph of difficulty of proving something in math versus the obviousness of the statement.

If anyone know the answer I would be so grateful.

Sorry if this is what you are not supposed to do.
Thanks

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Re: Help finding an xkcd

Postby Deva » Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:31 am UTC

Changes its form depending on the observer.

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Re: Help finding an xkcd

Postby Takki » Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:34 am UTC

Deva wrote:This?

Thanks so much!!!

I'm an idiot. I've been reading way too many different webcomics, I guess I confused them.

thanks

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Re: Help finding an xkcd

Postby poxic » Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:35 am UTC

Deva is our resident genius at finding things. Like, everything. I think Deva is actually Google, becoming self-aware one forum at a time.
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Re: Help finding an xkcd

Postby Takki » Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:37 am UTC

Yes Deva seems quite awesome.

To think that I was literally reading through every single xkcd ever to find it, ugh...
Though the journey was good at least, and I guess that's all that matters :)

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Re: Help finding an xkcd

Postby ahammel » Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:39 am UTC

If you can't find an xkcd you half-remember, it's always actually SMBC or Cyanide and Happiness.

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Re: Help finding an xkcd

Postby Carlington » Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:11 am UTC

ahammel's statement is true. Here's a proof by exception.
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Re: Help finding an xkcd

Postby ConMan » Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:14 pm UTC

ahammel wrote:If you can't find an xkcd you half-remember, it's always actually SMBC or Cyanide and Happiness.

Trufax.

Or Doghouse Diaries. But I think it's those three about 99% of the time, in roughly that order.
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Re: Help finding an xkcd

Postby teelo » Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:20 pm UTC

Guys can anyone find the thing about the stuff?

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Re: Help finding an xkcd

Postby poxic » Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:04 am UTC

It's over there.
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Re: Help finding an xkcd

Postby pseudoidiot » Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:51 pm UTC

Sorry, I ate it.
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please help me identify this xkcd strip

Postby zdravko » Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:15 pm UTC

first post, i hope it's in the right subforum.

the author talks about his fantasies of meeting great scientists from the past and showing them modern knowledge and technology, but realizes that it's impossible and instead does that with his own kid.

thanks for your help! :)

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Re: please help me identify this xkcd strip

Postby SecondTalon » Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:01 pm UTC

It's not, you wanted books : "Help me remember the name of this book/comic/whatever" thread. But that's okay, no one looks there.

It's not xkcd - it's an SMBC from, like.. three weeks ago, maybe?

So anyway, there you go. Welcome aboard!
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Re: please help me identify this xkcd strip

Postby zdravko » Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:16 am UTC

now, that's embarrassing: not only did i get the subforum wrong, i also got the wrong comic. i'm glad at least i got the right internet and the right person to see my misplaced question. :)

thanks dude/tte!

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Re: please help me identify this xkcd strip

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:10 am UTC

No problem. And you aren't alone - in the dozens and dozens of "Which xkcd comic was this?" I think a total of 2 have actually been xkcd comics.

Usually they are SMBCs, sometimes Cyanide and Happiness, the rest miscellaneous other comics, some stick figure, most not.
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Which XKCD comic was this?

Postby teelo » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:52 am UTC

Which one was the comic where he wrote an open letter?

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Re: please help me identify this xkcd strip

Postby teelo » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:53 am UTC

SecondTalon wrote:No problem. And you aren't alone - in the dozens and dozens of "Which xkcd comic was this?" I think a total of 2 have actually been xkcd comics.

Usually they are SMBCs, sometimes Cyanide and Happiness, the rest miscellaneous other comics, some stick figure, most not.


brb, skewing your statistics

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Re: Which XKCD comic was this?

Postby Deva » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:54 am UTC

Changes its form depending on the observer.

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Re: please help me identify this xkcd strip

Postby Djehutynakht » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:16 am UTC

On a note, I see a few of these threads pop up every so often. Would a sticky "XKCD Comic/What If Identification Thread" (like the ones for books, music, Movies and TV in their respective threads) be helpful either here or in the comics forum?

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Re: please help me identify this xkcd strip

Postby teelo » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:23 am UTC

Nah sticky threads suck. I usually ignore them because they're harder to notice if theres a new post in them.

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Re: please help me identify this xkcd strip

Postby Djehutynakht » Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:10 am UTC

Ok. Regular thread then?

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Re: please help me identify this xkcd strip

Postby Adacore » Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:15 am UTC

Technically, by the forum rules, new posters looking to identify specific xkcd strips should just post in one of the previous threads created for that purpose. So there's no need to make a new thread for it, as several already exist - it's just the standard problem of people not reading/following the FAQ/rules.

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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:34 pm UTC

I know, it's adding yet another sticky, but hopefully we can keep the Cyanide and Happiness, SMBC, SomethingPositive, ThreePanelSoul, Cat and Girl, and Pictures for Sad Children requests in one thread.
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Re: please help me identify this xkcd strip

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:17 am UTC

teelo wrote:Nah sticky threads suck. I usually ignore them because they're harder to notice if theres a new post in them.

It's not the sticky threads that suck
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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby addams » Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:35 am UTC

Are we giving it too central a role in.....

Where is that comic?
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