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

Postby SecondTalon » Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:41 pm UTC

Pretty much. If you spent 5 minutes or so using Google or the search tool and you still cannot find it, then there's a 114% chance it's not an xkcd comic.
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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby Angua » Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:12 pm UTC

10:1 odds that Deva will still find it though.
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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby phlip » Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:23 am UTC

I give it approximately 3 years until every comic ever made has been misattributed as xkcd. 2 more years until "xkcd" becomes the new genericised term for "webcomic".

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

Postby Whizbang » Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:27 am UTC

And shortly thereafter replace every word altogether.

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

Postby FleetCommander » Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:58 pm UTC

Greetings!

I stumbled across a particular comic on a corkboard at an IT shop where I worked on repairing a couple of printers. It sets up a "Die Hard" scenario with a bad guy talking about taking hostages and cutting the comm lines, and someone climbing the vent shafts (killing everyone who tries to stop him) to reconnect the wires, talking about "Up time." The ringleader then realizes that they're dealing with a SysAdmin.

Could someone here give me the title of this piece so I can find it in the archives?

Any help would be most appreciated.

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

Postby phlip » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:59 am UTC

Devotion to Duty. (First Google result for xkcd sysadmin.)

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

Postby FleetCommander » Thu Dec 17, 2015 5:13 am UTC

Thank you.

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

Postby Djehutynakht » Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:04 am UTC

FleetCommander wrote:Thank you.

My Google-fu is weak. I need...A BOOT TO THE HEAD! **Ka-thunk**

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In case you're wondering, this comic also comes in shirt form, which includes, in addition to the actual comic, an illustration of the situation being described.

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

Postby CyndaQuillian » Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:53 am UTC

I have been searching and googling for an hour now D:
I'm looking for the comic where it shows why we should learn to code/program. Asking "Why should I learn to code?" is equivalent to someone in the 16th century asking "Why should I learn to read?".
I'm 90% sure that this is an XKCD comic, though I may be wrong. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! :D

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

Postby Deva » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:55 pm UTC

Searched. No luck. Added "literacy" and "infographic" in sometimes. Might be eleventh century, also.

Source wrote:Yet for thousands of years writing was the preserve of the professional scribes employed by the elite. So what moved it to the masses? In Europe at least, writes literacy researcher Vee, the tipping point was the Domesday Book, an 11th-century survey of landowners that's been called the oldest public record in England.


Never grabs What-Ifs nicely, though. Could exist there somewhere. Suspects not.

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

Postby ConMan » Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:23 pm UTC

CyndaQuillian wrote:I have been searching and googling for an hour now D:
I'm looking for the comic where it shows why we should learn to code/program. Asking "Why should I learn to code?" is equivalent to someone in the 16th century asking "Why should I learn to read?".
I'm 90% sure that this is an XKCD comic, though I may be wrong. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! :D

I think I've seen it, but I suspect it might be an Abstruse Goose or other comic commonly mistaken for xkcd.
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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby Jplus » Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:42 pm UTC

I checked the RSP database, and there is no comic with the literal text "should I learn to".
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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby CyndaQuillian » Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:55 pm UTC

Darn, guess I'll just keep looking. Thanks for your help :D

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

Postby Novakingway » Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:54 pm UTC

Don't remember if this was xkcd or a different comic.

A lady asked a man if her pants made her butt look big. And he responded by saying. Why do you ask? If I told you no you wouldn't believe me. And if I told you yes you would get upset at my honest answer. But if you must know you look sexy in any pants, but not as sexy as when you're naked.

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

Postby Deva » Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:29 am UTC

This?
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(Appeared on 9gag. Cut off the source.)
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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby Novakingway » Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:03 am UTC

Deva wrote:This?
Spoiler:
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(Appeared on 9gag. Cut off the source.)


YES! Thank you so much. I've seen it years before 9gag

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

Postby Yanni » Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:40 pm UTC

Hey all!
I have been trying to find a comic where the character is travelling or dreaming and comes across a world/island/universe where all the lost odd socks are. I believe this happens as he is contemplating something else.

Please tell me someone else remembers it too and that I'm not making up memories again because this little joke is honestly one that has stuck with me for years. I have tried searching the site/forums through Google as the search functionality is unavailable. I have been at it for hours now! It started as accidentally getting hyperfocused on it but it has now evolved into stubbornness verging on obsession. :shock: (All I wanted to do was send it to a friend who didn't get my reference when I brought it up)

Thank you and I apologise in advance if my brain somehow remembers this as a XKCD comic incorrectly.

Also, sorry if this is too vague a description.

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

Postby Deva » Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:38 pm UTC

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

Postby Yanni » Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:09 pm UTC

You are a star! Considering it was posted in 2009, it's no wonder my brain remembered it wrong. (The version in my head was funnier, too.) Sorry and mega-thank you! :D

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

Postby FreshPrinceofXKCD » Wed May 04, 2016 5:57 am UTC

Looking for a comic where a hot air balloon is going over someone's head and it says, "this joke" "your head"

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

Postby Deva » Thu May 05, 2016 5:54 pm UTC

Was it one panel or multiple?

Edit: Closest two.
Station V3.
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Probably a one-off comic. Never hunted for its creator.
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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby FreshPrinceofXKCD » Wed May 11, 2016 5:23 am UTC

Neither one, it was definitely an xkcd comic. It's got to be around 5 years old.

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

Postby phlip » Wed May 11, 2016 5:26 am UTC

FreshPrinceofXKCD wrote:
it was definitely an xkcd comic.

Bet you five bucks it isn't.

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

Postby SecondTalon » Thu May 12, 2016 4:37 pm UTC

phlip wrote:
FreshPrinceofXKCD wrote:
it was definitely an xkcd comic.

Bet you five bucks it isn't.

I'll bet $5000 USD it isn't an xkcd comic.
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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby Zohar » Thu May 12, 2016 5:02 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:
phlip wrote:
FreshPrinceofXKCD wrote:
it was definitely an xkcd comic.

Bet you five bucks it isn't.

I'll bet $5000 USD it isn't an xkcd comic.

For that much money surely someone can convince Randall to make it into a comic and split the profits 50-50? Surely $2500 is considerably more than he makes on a single comic (if it's not it means he's making around $400K a year from the comics and I find that unlikely), and he's prolific enough that he won't lose many people over a single lousy comic.
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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby SecondTalon » Thu May 12, 2016 5:05 pm UTC

Quiet, you.
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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby Deva » Thu May 12, 2016 6:29 pm UTC

Clicked through all comics (1-1210) and What Ifs (1-44) at least three years old. Checked blag posts too. Found nothing visually similar. Includes other aerial transportation, such as zeppelins and airplanes. Did not inspect Click and Drag (1110). May have missed other versions of Umwelt (1037).

Could have overlooked it in large images, such as Height (482), or while glancing through. Spent several hours already, however, on both xkcd and non-xkcd searches. Resisted all attempts. Declines to retread old ground.

Presents a consolation comic instead.
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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby Djehutynakht » Mon May 16, 2016 7:12 am UTC

^ That is some dedication there.

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

Postby Kalium_Puceon » Sat May 28, 2016 9:29 am UTC

Zohar wrote:
SecondTalon wrote:
phlip wrote:
FreshPrinceofXKCD wrote:
it was definitely an xkcd comic.

Bet you five bucks it isn't.

I'll bet $5000 USD it isn't an xkcd comic.

For that much money surely someone can convince Randall to make it into a comic and split the profits 50-50? Surely $2500 is considerably more than he makes on a single comic (if it's not it means he's making around $400K a year from the comics and I find that unlikely), and he's prolific enough that he won't lose many people over a single lousy comic.

If you're going to make sweeping bets like this you want to specify that is hasn't been a comic up to this point.

but yeah, as someone who's read the entire xkcd archive I have never seen that kind of comic in there. Besides, I think that an OhNoRobot search for "Joke" would turn it up pretty quickly.
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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby Deva » Sat May 28, 2016 3:38 pm UTC

Kalium_Puceon wrote:Besides, I think that an OhNoRobot search for "Joke" would turn it up pretty quickly.

Not necessarily. Searches some, but not all. Example: "Ornithology". Fails to find 867. May only search very old comics.

Edit: Investigated. Presumes comics 1-580. Try "Glau". Appears in 580 and 581. Caught 580, but not 581.
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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby addams » Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:28 pm UTC

I am looking for a comic showing Cueball helping a computer illiterate Old Person.

I'm fuzzy on the 'punch line'.
And/or the Title.
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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby Deva » Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:32 pm UTC

763, 627, or 1479?
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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby addams » Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:41 am UTC

Yes.
https://xkcd.com/627/

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

Postby Deva » Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:58 am UTC

Answers:
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Recalled the first two (by content, not number). Supplemented that with a Google search. Guesses something like xkcd Computer Help. Fares better with older comics. Treads that more often.

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

Postby Enuja » Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:57 pm UTC

I can't find this one because I'm shaky on the actual content, but the symbolism of the art really struck me. Usually, Randall depicts gender with hair (long hair is female, the no hair default head circle defaults to male), which annoys me. But, one time, in a comic about the future, gender was communicated with words, and the hair was completely different. Refreshingly, awesomely, reference-worthy different. But I can't find it. I think maybe the characters were talking about cultural references to the past, and with a floating vehicle of some kind, (And, no, I'm not talking about Nostalgia https://xkcd.com/318/; that one has the usual hair convention.)

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

Postby HES » Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:15 pm UTC

Enuja wrote:the characters were talking about cultural references to the past, and with a floating vehicle of some kind
Sounds like https://xkcd.com/1262/ but I don't see the gender reference
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Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Postby Enuja » Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:25 pm UTC

Yes, that's it!

And, unsurprisingly, I remembered it a bit wrong. Namely, that gender is marked for the drawn characters, in some way: it isn't. However, what is true is that "male" is not the default. The character quoting Star Wars references a grandmother (not father), and both characters have a default hairstyle that does not communicate gender. So they could be gender free, or a new gender, or both female, or both male, or one male and one male, or any other combination or permutation. We simply don't know. But we do know that the default is not male. Thank you for finding that for me!

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

Postby bult84 » Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:41 pm UTC

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

Postby cdlvcdlv » Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:35 pm UTC

Hi everyone.

I'm trying to find an xkcd comic where women's and men's talking styles where compared. Men make hierarchical digressions but eventually return to the point while women don't. The drawing was just a tree showing it. I was pretty sure it was from xkcd but I am beginning to doubt it because I've searched ohnorobot, google and the like to no avail. Does anybody remember which one it was?

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

Postby Zohar » Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:57 pm UTC

That really doesn't sound like xkcd, the comic usually doesn't make sweeping generalizations of people based on their gender...
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