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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 2:01 pm UTC
by cellocgw
Another bracket to add:

One consisting entirely of Johns who live in Grover's Mill, NJ

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 2:06 pm UTC
by stianhat
dp2 wrote:Olivia Munn needs to somehow be in the bracket with Olivia Wilde. I always confuse their names.


I would watch that bracket over and over.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 2:29 pm UTC
by pminva
Topologically speaking, after Dr Who would be Dr Hu.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 2:34 pm UTC
by Fatallight
This bracket reminds me a bit of the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." Where each matchup consists of people that are the most similar to each other, beginning with name similarities, but perhaps extending to other trivia too. The person that sits in the middle, once the bracket is solved, would then be the person who is the closest in similarity to everyone else in the "tournament." If there's any kind of depth to this comic, there's got to be something like that going on here.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 2:36 pm UTC
by OP Tipping
I always, or at least sometimes, get the Farrelly Brothers mixed up with the Coen Brothers.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 2:50 pm UTC
by ThemePark
Thanks OP Tipping, you just gave me another idea.

Mario Brothers
Giana Sisters

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 3:05 pm UTC
by Copper Bezel
orthogon wrote:But I confused things further by using the word "shop" instead of "store". I recall now that "shop" is something to do with metalwork.

Naw, I think it was clear from context. USians use "shop" to mean both. If we "go shopping," we don't mean taking a day at the machine shed. (Sadly.)

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 3:08 pm UTC
by beggenbe
So disappointed James Cameron/Kirk Cameron/Cameron Crowe/Russell Crowe/Cameron Diaz didn't make it to the bracket.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 3:33 pm UTC
by Sprocket
beggenbe wrote:So disappointed James Cameron/James T Kirk/Kirk Cameron/Cameron Crowe/Russell Crowe/Cameron Diaz didn't make it to the bracket.


I think this is my favorite comic in a very long time. I love the people he chose and the categorization. The only question is, how are they competing?

Awesomeness? Death Match? Fiddle playing?

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 3:56 pm UTC
by Jackpot777
I'm going to nominate Doctor Harold Shipman for the Doctor bracket. He has a past history of surviving when others didn't, and as the old zombie trope goes: you can't kill something that's already dead.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 3:57 pm UTC
by dp2
OP Tipping wrote:I always, or at least sometimes, get the Farrelly Brothers mixed up with the Coen Brothers.

I was going to call for your banishment, but then I realized King Pin/Big Lebowski might make that somewhat forgivable.

Throw in the Wachowskis and we'll call it good.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 4:20 pm UTC
by Vir4030
RAGBRAIvet wrote:"I'm staring at the "doctor" section, and I can't help but feel like I've forgotten someone."

Doctor Brown (from the "Back to the Future" trilogy).


Doc Brown FTW.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 4:46 pm UTC
by david.windsor
Doctor Doctor

Jack White
Jack Black

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 5:00 pm UTC
by Sprocket
Neil Gaiman vs Neil Patrick Harris vs Neil deGrasse Tyson vs Niels Bohr.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 5:02 pm UTC
by madaco
Sprocket wrote:
beggenbe wrote:So disappointed James Cameron/James T Kirk/Kirk Cameron/Cameron Crowe/Russell Crowe/Cameron Diaz didn't make it to the bracket.


I think this is my favorite comic in a very long time. I love the people he chose and the categorization. The only question is, how are they competing?

Awesomeness? Death Match? Fiddle playing?


Maybe each pair chooses what they are to compete at.

Alternatively, victory goes to who winds a vote, where one's vote is decided based on an unspecified combination of one's preference, and what one views as "fitting" (such as "paper beats rock" or "water beats fire").

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 5:07 pm UTC
by Lecal
Dr Ruth?

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 5:14 pm UTC
by Lecal
oooh, for that matter
Dr Ruth / Ruth Bader Ginsberg / Allen Ginsberg / etc etc

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 5:17 pm UTC
by david.windsor
Go here if you like the idea of voting to determine each bracket's winner

https://twitter.com/xkcdbracket

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 6:38 pm UTC
by DennyMo
I just want to know who "Jeff Gordan" is. Maybe it's a typographical mis-reference to the NASCAR driver "Jeff Gordon", or maybe not...

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 7:41 pm UTC
by OfficialJab
Who's going to win against Olivia Wilde? Kind of makes it all pointless.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 7:42 pm UTC
by Various Varieties
OP Tipping wrote:I always, or at least sometimes, get the Farrelly Brothers mixed up with the Coen Brothers.


The Coens could give us a whole section dedicated to similarly-named-screenwriters:

- Ethan Coen vs Etan Cohen

- Joel Coen vs Joel Cohen. (Supposedly the similarity was close enough to fool Bill Murray into making Garfield...)

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 7:50 pm UTC
by MajorDouble7
I have the final as a showdown between Neil Armstrong and Mister Spock. No surprise, really, although Gene Simmons and Jack Nicholson made a stronger-than-expected surge towards the semi-finals. Also, Sir Francis Drake almost went all the way...

As for the final victor? I'm not sure I can decide that one...perhaps real life begets fiction? I am unsure at the moment...

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 9:23 pm UTC
by Quizatzhaderac
As I see it the only fair way is to compile a comprehensive list of all meaningful competitions and randomly select one for each decision. Excel-able randomizer spoilered.
Spoiler:
Competition used
Hot dog eating contest =INDEX(A2:A100,RANDBETWEEN(0,COUNTA(A2:A100)))
Swimsuit competition
Unarmed combat
Fiddle contest
Spinning contest
Drinking contest
Break dancing
Rap battle
Yodeling
Fly fishing
Pistols at dusk in hot air balloons
Walk off
Dodgeball
Giant mecha combat
Highest monthly sales
Light bikes
Argentine tango
Log rolling competition
Poker
''ardly know 'er
The first round challenges are:
Spoiler:
Armstrongs: Swimsuit competition
Other Armstrongs: Log rolling competition
Jeffs : Light bikes
Danielses: Pistols as dusk in hot air balloons
Wellses: Dodgeball
Wells: Argentine Tango
Russels: Yodeling
Simmonses: Walk off
*ackmen: 'ardly know 'er
Alans: fiddle contests
McCarthies: Yodeling
Wildes: Swimsuit competition
Oscars de la: highest monthly sales
Nicks: Swimsuit competition ( I did say random)
Nicks 2: Spinning contest
Adamses: 'ardly know 'er
Adiposi rockers: Dodgeball
Colins: Hot dog eating contest
*Farrell*: Yodeling
J. *ewits: Poker
Glovers: Swimsuit competition
Whalbergs: Rap battle
Marks: drinking contest
Pullmen: Log rolling competition
Ghost busters: Light bikes
Rogerses: Spinning (thread) contest.
Spocktopus: Hot dog eating contest
Doctor coldwar: Fiddle contest
The doctor NoRow: Fly fishing
Jerry Lewses: Break dancing
Jenny Lewis and Xeni Jardin: Argentine Tango
Chris *ems*: poker
Chris P*: giant mecha combat
S*allo*s: Hot dog eating contest
Vega/Sioux: Yodeling
Arnold Palmer: Poker
Wesses: Spinning contest
P*ul anderson: Hot dog eating contest
Sir Walters: Rap battle
Fran* Drakes: Rap battle
Vans: Drinking contest
Van winkles: Swimsuit competition
Rip Torn by Natalie Imbruglia: Unarmed combat
The bath and body shop works: Giant mecha combat
Bed bath and beyond thunderdome: Break dancing
Predictions:
Neil over Louie in the swimsuit (He gets to use his figure from moon landing days)
Lance over Stretch in log rolling (Like stretch could pass a drug test himself)
Gene over Richard in the walk off.
Jeff Gordon with the lightbikes, duh
Jeff over Jack with the mid-air duel, cause you should never try that drunk.
Olivia with a surprisingly narrow swimsuit victory, people will be talking about Oscar's for a while.
Renta with the highest monthly sales.
Doctor strange in the fiddle contest.
The Doctor will turn out to be rubbish at fly fishing, as it involves sitting still. Dr No is expected to give the fish way too many chances to escape.
Jerry Lee for break dancing.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 9:28 pm UTC
by SherSlick
Just a heads up but Jack Daniel's has an apostrophe in the name. Jack Daniel owns the whisky...

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 10:14 pm UTC
by pmthecat
After actually following the brackets and comparing based on who I liked best in each pairing, it came down to:

Alan Rickman
vs
The Doctor

And the winner is Alan Rickman because he would make a great Doctor, Villain or anything else in that series (Even a sidekick.)

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 3:58 am UTC
by Pressed Bunson
He's forgotten Dr. Worm. Even though he's not a real doctor.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 6:10 am UTC
by typo
Am I the only one who's had Neil Diamond's "Done Too Soon" playing in his head for two days?

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 6:27 am UTC
by JimsMaher
Doctor Feelgood ...

It seems to all be over in the first round ... whoever survives after eliminating Doctor Strangelove. I'll say Strange beats Manhattan (Metaphysics Vs Physics). Fictional characters with demi-god level powers defeat all kinds of entertainers and entrepreneurs in any bracket that pits them against each other.

Strange for the win.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 12:45 pm UTC
by OP Tipping
So here's how I'd rule it.

Neil beats Louis. Madd props @ Satchmo but come on.
Stretch through in a walkover due to disqualification.
Bridges over Gordon. Nothing matters less than car driving contests. Nothing.
Jeff over Jack. Think of Purple Rose of Cairo or Pleasantville.
H.G. over Orson. Love the big guy but he never realised his potential.
George over Fargo, in that I am not really able to judge WF's abilities.
Crowe over all the rest. Excellent actor.
Richard over Gene because he's not a racist.
Alan Rickman. This is the toughest of the first round, all three are great. I ended up giving it to Alan because of his delivery of "By Grabthar's Hammer ... what a savings."
Partridge over Parsons. Not at all interested in that kind of music.
Debs over the anti-vaccination idiot and the anti-communist idiot and the loser.
Oscar over Olivia or Gene, he was all kinds of fabulous.
Renta over Hoya for not hitting people.
Nicholson over Nicklaus. The only thing that comes close to mattering less than car driving contests is golf.
Nickleby over Mickelson, as above.
Ryan Adams over Bryan Adams and I don't even know who Ryan Adams is.
Fats over Chubby for not dying.
Firth over Farrell. Just a smidgeon more charming.
Will over Brothers. Underrated as an actor.
JGL over JLH. She's pretty but he's more serious.
Danny over Donald, for Tenenbaums.
Mark over Donnie. I don't even know what Donnie is doing now.
Ruffalo over Shuttleworth. Best Hulk ever.
Bill Paxton. He's the deal.
Bill Murray. Just a bit more versatile.
Ginger over Mister. Better legs.
Mister Spock. Do you need to ask?
Doctor Manhattan from the best graphic novel that will ever be.
The Doctor, because.
Jerry Lewis for the laughs.
Jenny over Xeni for the rock.
Hemsworth, he's prettier.
Pine, he's kirkier.
Scallops, they're tastier.
Vega, she's edgier.
Amanda Palmer, the others mean nothing to me.
Wes Anderson, Tenenbaums again.
Poul Anderson over PTA, lots of great memories.
Scott over Raleigh, the writer over the pusher.
Frank over Francis, another tough one but we need some more scientists in the late rounds.
Van Halen over Morrison or Wilder more or less arbitrarily.
Rip over Robert, the latter made me sleep.
Natalie over Rip, funny joke but she's sweet.
The Body Shop, arbitrarily, I don't know.
Beyond Thunderdome, for not being a damned shop.

Neil over Stretch, he's real and he is spectacular.
Bridges over Daniels, just a bit more talented.
HG over George, more entertaining.
Crowe over Simmons, easily.
Rickman over Partridge with a fine body of work.
Wilde over Renta for extra bitchiness.
Nicholson over Nickleby for being real.
Fats. So I looked up Ryan Adams but Fats has the miles on the clock.
Will Ferrell over Colin for better funny.
Danny over Mark, just a bit better.
Murray over Paxton for the laughs.
Spock over Ginger for the better legs.
The Doctor over Doctor Manhattan for longevity.
Jerry over Jenny for the joy.
Hemsworth over Pine for the pretty.
Scallops over Vega for the nutrition.
Poul over Wes, just for more stuff I like.
Walter Scott over Frank, a bit higher in brow.
Rip van Winkle over Van Halen for being timeless.
Beyond Thunderdome for still not being a damned shop.

HG Wells over Jeff Bridges, he's still more entertaining.
Russell Crowe over Alan Rickman, a tough one, but I loved The Sum Of Us.
Eugene V. Debs over Oscar Wilde for being good to his wife.
Jack Nicholson over Fats, extra cool points.
Will Ferrell over Joseph-Gordon Hewitt for being more versatile.
Mark Ruffalo over Danny Glover for sharp world weariness.
The Doctor over Mister Spock, tough.
Chris Hemsworth over Jerry Lewis, them 'ceps.
Scallops over Amanda Palmer, ma'fac' I could go some now.
Walter Scott over Poul for more lasting contributions.
Natalie over Rip van Winkle, remember her in Johnny English? Smoking.
Beyonce over Beyond Thunderdome, she's Beyond Beyond Thunderdome.

HG Wells over Neil Armstrong, without the dreamers would we have the doers?
Russell Crowe over Eugene V. Debs, for Romper Stomper.
Will Ferrell over Mark Ruffalo, for Blades of Glory.
The Doctor over Bill Murray, 13 against 1.
Sir Walter Scott over Scallops, can a bivalve write Ivanhoe? I don't think so.
Beyonce over Natalie Imbruglia for supreme confidence, hey they both played the Spy's lady friend.

HG Wells over Russell Crowe, really sorry to say goodbye to Big Russ but Wells seriously kicked off sci-fi in the English language.
Jack Nicholson over Will Ferrell, he didn't win those Oscars in a lottery or something.
The Doctor over Chris Hemsworth, but Thor should have said, "You can spend the rest of your life with me, but I can't spend the rest of my life with you."
Beyonce over Sir Walter Scott for enhanced weave patting.

Jack Nicholson over HG Wells, just for the greater number of significant works.
The Doctor over Beyonce for being bigger on the inside.

The Doctor over Jack Nicholson. The Evergreen Man survives The Mulholland Man, The Bringer Of Darkness shades the Joker, Smith exterminates Schmidt.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 2:38 pm UTC
by Kit.
Obligatory xkcd reference...

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 4:11 pm UTC
by nirreskeya
Dr. Gonzo.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 6:38 pm UTC
by Pfhorrest
I still don't really get the point of this, but to join in on what everyone else seems to be doing:

Neil beats Louis, and would beat either of the other two Armstrongs so it doesn't matter which of them wins... for that matter Neil beats anyone else on the left-hand side too so none of those brackets matter, Neil Armstrong is the finalist from the left.

Phillip beats both Bills. Murray beats Aykroyd but it doesn't matter because Pullman still beats him... and either of the Rogers... but now this Spock/Ock bracket gets interesting. Doc Spock loses no matter what, but either Spock or Doc Ock would beat Pullman so this match matters... and I think Spock wins that round. Now it gets even more intense with further Doctors upping the ante even further, where the winner there would clearly beat Spock. Manhattan obviously beats Strangelove, and though I hear that there's a compelling argument that Strange should beat Manhattan, I'm just not familiar with Strange so Manhattan takes that bracket and is so far contender for the whole pot.

But... though Manhattan easily beats No, and Doctorow is way out of his league here, The Doctor (assuming that means the Gallifreyan one and not the holographic one) could plausibly beat Manhattan because, while Manhattan clearly perceives time as a strict progression of cause to effect, seeing the supposed strings but still being bound by them like the puppet he is, the Doctor knows, from his non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, that it's really more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly... timey-wimey... stuff. Point being The Doctor wins, probably by some kind of temporal shenanigans that Manhattan, for all his power, is just incapable of comprehending.

The Doctor then clearly beats anyone else on the right, leaving him and Neil Armstrong the final contenders. And honestly, I don't think there much of a fight there. Literally. I expect The Doctor and Neil Armstrong would get along fantastically, with The Doctor respecting this great figure from the history of space travel, the first human being ever to set foot on another world (that in turn being instrumental in saving mankind from The Silence). And Neil would probably be thrilled to meet a genuine alien, even more so if he got to travel through space and time with him.

So in the end, The Doctor and Neil Armstrong both win, and live happily ever after.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 8:00 pm UTC
by Yablo
I was really pulling for Rip Torn, but my bracket somehow ended up with Doctor Manhattan knocking out Oscar de la Hoya in the eighth round.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 6:58 pm UTC
by david.windsor
XKCD Bracket
‏@xkcdbracket
Day 1 Results:

Louis Armstrong: 38.30%
Neil Armstrong: 61.70%

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 6:59 pm UTC
by david.windsor
XKCD Bracket‏@xkcdbracket
Day 2 results: What's worse: Getting busted for doping or losing to a doll? #xkcdbracket

Lance Armstrong: 24.66%
Stretch Armstrong: 75.34%

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm UTC
by david.windsor
XKCD Bracket‏@xkcdbracket
Yesterday's result: It's Jerry Lee Lewis over Jerry no-Lee Lewis!

Jerry Lewis: 40.43%
Jerry Lee Lewis: 59.57%

#xkcdbracket

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 8:14 pm UTC
by BadBart
The missing "doctor" that came to mind was Doctor Science--he knows more than you do!

But that lead to a further doctor sub-bracket: Doctor Science/Bill Nye the Science Guy/Mister Wizard/Dr. Emilio Lizardo.

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Fri May 29, 2015 6:11 pm UTC
by kwz
I think this has been said already, but missing the Neil/Neal section was kind of a big deal:

Neil Gaiman
Neal Stephenson
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil Patrick Harris

also, what's up with the Mister / Fred Astaire / Rogers deal??
Had to make that an even 3-way split between Ginger, Fred & Fred. . .

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Posted: Sat May 30, 2015 3:50 am UTC
by All_¥our_Bass
Dr. Freeman, Dr. Robotnick, Dr. Wily, Dr Zhivago...

I could go on and on.

Re: 1529: "Bracket" - the missing doctor is (IMHO)

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:45 pm UTC
by DanielDern
Doctor Doom.