1614: "Kites"

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1614: "Kites"

Postby cyanyoshi » Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:09 am UTC

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Title text: "[Dog returns with the end of a string in its mouth] [Voice drifts down from the sky] Kites are fun!"

I wanna flyyy so I can reach the highest of all of the heavens!

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby Quicksilver » Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:45 am UTC

First thing that came to mind:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhRk45Sdg2o

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby rhomboidal » Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:01 am UTC

You could never do this with a cat.

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby orthogon » Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:26 am UTC

Is it a bad sign that I find Beret Guy quite inspirational?

This is an interesting variation on the format, or, rather, the opposite: a comic that was over-constrained by the format. Have we had "stage directions" in the title text before? The title text would have been better as a drawing (show, don't tell), but in the grammar of xkcd it's a supplementary joke following the main punchline, and so it belongs in the title text.

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rhomboidal wrote:You could never do this with a cat.

Exactly. Yet another thing to add to the list of reasons why the dog is the superior animal.
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby TheEngineer » Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:04 am UTC

If I get a dog I think I'll call him Archimedes. Just need to remember not to stand too close to trees or street lights.

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby HES » Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:12 am UTC

Hopefully the dog will scare off all the red spiders.
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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby The Moomin » Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:40 am UTC

You know what's actually really good? Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

If Snoopy floated like this, Charlie could send him up to savage the branches of the kite-eating tree. I was actually expecting a kite-eating tree reference.
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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby Copper Bezel » Wed Dec 09, 2015 11:03 am UTC

orthogon wrote:Is it a bad sign that I find Beret Guy quite inspirational?

Given he's kind of a "dreamer" type, that seems pretty natural to me.

orthogon wrote:This is an interesting variation on the format, or, rather, the opposite: a comic that was over-constrained by the format. Have we had "stage directions" in the title text before? The title text would have been better as a drawing (show, don't tell), but in the grammar of xkcd it's a supplementary joke following the main punchline, and so it belongs in the title text.

Good point. Makes me think of SMBC, which does use the supplemental image. I don't think it would break the universe if Randall started using image tooltips when appropriate - hardly the only strips on xkcd that vary from the usual interaction style.
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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:30 pm UTC

rhomboidal wrote:You could never do this with a cat.


On the other hand, your cat can fly across the room.
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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby Mikeski » Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:16 pm UTC

That's a small dog. Was Beret Guy walking his dog, or fishing for eagles?

Though, given the mechanics of a dog doing his business from that location, I guess I'm glad he doesn't have a Saint Bernard.

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby Scoobydeux » Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:20 pm UTC

The dog must be a Skye Terrier, it's too small for an Airedale.

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby thevicente » Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:36 pm UTC

I hate kites.

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby rmsgrey » Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:09 pm UTC

Kites were extinct in England for a while. They got better.

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby cryptoengineer » Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:25 pm UTC

The Moomin wrote:You know what's actually really good? Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

If Snoopy floated like this, Charlie could send him up to savage the branches of the kite-eating tree. I was actually expecting a kite-eating tree reference.
Maybe I just have Peanuts on the brain as I'm slowly obtaining and reading the complete works.


There was a period, I think in the 70s, when Snoopy could fly like a helicopter by making his ears spin around his head (don't try to make
this rational). Of course, he also flew a Sopwith Camel, but only in his imagination.

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby Aiwendil » Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:04 pm UTC

I'll bet Beret Guy listens to the Free Design: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPaAb3F_d6M

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby Kit. » Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:08 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:On the other hand, your cat can fly across the room.

As they say in Russia:

"Hedgehog is a proud bird...
Spoiler:
it won't fly until you kick it."

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby rmsgrey » Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:08 pm UTC

cryptoengineer wrote:There was a period, I think in the 70s, when Snoopy could fly like a helicopter by making his ears spin around his head (don't try to make
this rational).


Yeah, that's pretty crazy - everyone knows beagles fly by flapping their ears...

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby Coyoty » Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:23 pm UTC

Krypto's a good boy.

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby kodiac » Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:38 am UTC

In the title text, is Beret Guy perhaps being carried by this kind of kite?

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby RogueCynic » Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:05 am UTC

cryptoengineer wrote:
The Moomin wrote:You know what's actually really good? Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

If Snoopy floated like this, Charlie could send him up to savage the branches of the kite-eating tree. I was actually expecting a kite-eating tree reference.
Maybe I just have Peanuts on the brain as I'm slowly obtaining and reading the complete works.


There was a period, I think in the 70s, when Snoopy could fly like a helicopter by making his ears spin around his head (don't try to make
this rational). Of course, he also flew a Sopwith Camel, but only in his imagination.

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby The Moomin » Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:23 am UTC

RogueCynic wrote:
cryptoengineer wrote:
The Moomin wrote:You know what's actually really good? Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

If Snoopy floated like this, Charlie could send him up to savage the branches of the kite-eating tree. I was actually expecting a kite-eating tree reference.
Maybe I just have Peanuts on the brain as I'm slowly obtaining and reading the complete works.


There was a period, I think in the 70s, when Snoopy could fly like a helicopter by making his ears spin around his head (don't try to make
this rational). Of course, he also flew a Sopwith Camel, but only in his imagination.

ce
Snoopy flew the Sopwith Camel in World War I, not his imagination.


Didn't he fly on his kennel on a dark and stormy night?
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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby squonk » Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:14 pm UTC

The Moomin wrote:You know what's actually really good? Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

If Snoopy floated like this, Charlie could send him up to savage the branches of the kite-eating tree. I was actually expecting a kite-eating tree reference.
Maybe I just have Peanuts on the brain as I'm slowly obtaining and reading the complete works.

Snoopy actually floated around the moon for a good long time, before finally crashing into it in 1969.

To this day we still don't know where Snoopy is.

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby orthogon » Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:01 pm UTC

squonk wrote:
The Moomin wrote:You know what's actually really good? Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

If Snoopy floated like this, Charlie could send him up to savage the branches of the kite-eating tree. I was actually expecting a kite-eating tree reference.
Maybe I just have Peanuts on the brain as I'm slowly obtaining and reading the complete works.

Snoopy actually floated around the moon for a good long time, before finally crashing into it in 1969.

To this day we still don't know where Snoopy is.

Sure we do: he grew up, learned to talk, developed a liberal political sensibility, got more sophisticated and started dating girls.
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xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby Keyman » Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:38 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
squonk wrote:
The Moomin wrote:You know what's actually really good? Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

If Snoopy floated like this, Charlie could send him up to savage the branches of the kite-eating tree. I was actually expecting a kite-eating tree reference.
Maybe I just have Peanuts on the brain as I'm slowly obtaining and reading the complete works.

Snoopy actually floated around the moon for a good long time, before finally crashing into it in 1969.

To this day we still don't know where Snoopy is.

Sure we do: he grew up, learned to talk, developed a liberal political sensibility, got more sophisticated and started dating girls.
Spoiler:
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And had his ears done...
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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:05 pm UTC

Quicksilver wrote:First thing that came to mind:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhRk45Sdg2o

Mine was Mitch Hedberg.

"I saw a kid flying a kite, and he seemed so happy that the kite was flying. I dunno why, that's what they're supposed to do! I'd have been way more impressed if he were flying a chair. Imagine trying to fly a chair! You'd have to run like a motherfucker."

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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby Djehutynakht » Fri Dec 11, 2015 5:41 am UTC

Very cool coincidence.

I was on "Kites", clicked random, and landed on "Kite" http://xkcd.com/235/

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Only city dogs need a leash

Postby ProfessorGuy » Mon Dec 14, 2015 3:47 am UTC

When my dog flies around, chasing woodpeckers, he never has to be on a leash. Living out here means he free to fly all around the fields and forest. I mean, why even have a flying dog if you're going to keep him on a leash?

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Re: Only city dogs need a leash

Postby Neil_Boekend » Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:30 am UTC

ProfessorGuy wrote:I mean, why even have a flying dog if you're going to keep him on a leash?
So you call it Falkor and fly around Fantastica.
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Re: 1614: "Kites"

Postby Showsni » Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:12 pm UTC

Copper Bezel wrote:Good point. Makes me think of SMBC, which does use the supplemental image. I don't think it would break the universe if Randall started using image tooltips when appropriate - hardly the only strips on xkcd that vary from the usual interaction style.


There is one xkcd comic that uses a picture in the tooltip - by hijacking SMBC.

http://xkcd.com/604/
http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=1565


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