0442: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel"

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Quicksilver_Johny » Sun Jun 29, 2008 6:53 am UTC

I started to try to line a couple of them, here's my work in progress straight combination (I have them as separate tracks, too.)
I've brought them together by cutting out sections, causing speedup, especially on boom de yada, I'll have to play with audacity more tomorrow and see if I can do a better job.
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Luthen » Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:58 am UTC

Hmmm... I think we might be able to get all the people in that ad to sing the XKCD lyrics, it's all in the name of science!
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby standinginherfield » Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:15 am UTC

yup, it's that good: i cannot contain my exuberance!
i just have to add my useless comment that this is a fantastic comic.
Fantastic! i like that he loves the whole world from a hamster ball.
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby zoltar » Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:21 am UTC

This is indeed great, but now I can't get that song out of my head!
That wouldn't be so bad if I didn't keep blurting "I love the blogosphere" out loud.

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xkcd loves the Discovery Channel

Postby kesmille » Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:25 am UTC

Yes, yes, I too am one of those people who registered just to make a comment on just how awesome this comic was. HOWEVER! I've done a bit more. I took the comic, chopped it up into individual frames, and put individual links in to go back to the comic or whatever it most closely references, so that people who are new to xkcd can get some back story and possibly get hooked.

Unfortunately, it's on my blog, and there is no way in Cocytus you are going to get me to translate it to BBCode.

You can find the blog entry at http://extremelylame.com/boom-de-yada/.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby captaineddie » Sun Jun 29, 2008 12:54 pm UTC

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Video Gamers Love the Discovery Channel!

Postby P_M_D » Sun Jun 29, 2008 1:12 pm UTC

Aren't you all entitled to your half-arsed musings.You've thought about eternity for 25 mins & think you've come to some interesting conclusions.I couldn't give a ha'penny jizz for your internet assembled philosophy.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Silent Five » Sun Jun 29, 2008 1:40 pm UTC

After reading this comic I spent the better part of an afternoon writing Taft slash fiction.

If there wasn't any before, there is now.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby mm1145 » Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:03 pm UTC

was this comic just one big elabrote way of gettting another "I love your sister" joke?

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby eMan2718281828 » Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:42 pm UTC

It MIGHT not be...

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby TheKhakinator » Sun Jun 29, 2008 4:19 pm UTC

What I find interesting is the previously mentioned /r9k/ post on 4chan - does Randall actually know moot? It'd be interesting to know - attain internet fame, and you get to hang with the internet famous.

It's just, it seems at all the comic cons, the comic writers all hang out. I wish I was a US Webcomic artist and could hang out with cool peeps. Ah well. Maybe next year...

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby milesc » Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:21 pm UTC

Hey Johnny, I love the mix! You've managed to take several moderately crappy singers and by putting us together, we don't even sound half bad :D

Come on people, pull out your microphones and record! I think we need 16 or 17 more people.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Theblackbaron » Sun Jun 29, 2008 6:01 pm UTC

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby cat1205123 » Sun Jun 29, 2008 6:14 pm UTC

Hey all! I'm starting to put these together, and I wanted to point out some things that you should keep in mind when recording.

1) Don't lean in to your microphone. Or, alternatively, don't sing so loudly. There are a couple clips that are *almost* unworkable because of the amount of clipping. It's easy for me to amplify, but difficult to fix a clipped clip.

2) When you save your file, make sure it saves at 44100 Hz, preferably in a high quality MP3 or Ogg Vorbis.

3) The song plays at (roughly) 120bpm, and although I can change the tempo of your voice, it would be nice if you sang it around there.

4) If you're singing along to the tune, could you wear headphones? Sometimes the song in the background isn't the same pitch as the instrumental I'm using (then it clashes! Oh noes!).

Thanks a bunch! :D

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Sykotic1189 » Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:25 pm UTC

I kept scaring people at work by singing both versions of the song while dancing. I just hope my boss doesn't find out...
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby danteshepherd » Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:13 pm UTC

After getting addicted to the song through the Youtube link, I found myself walking around, singing the "I love the whole world" line, and then realizing that wasn't appropriate, started adding "Except Upstate New York", and then just repeating those two phrases all around the office and lab and house. This song is way too catchy.
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby eMan2718281828 » Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:37 pm UTC

Sykotic1189 wrote:I kept scaring people at work by singing both versions of the song while dancing. I just hope my boss doesn't find out...


Just tell him/her that your code is compiling.

cat1205123 wrote:3) The song plays at (roughly) 120bpm, and although I can change the tempo of your voice, it would be nice if you sang it around there.

4) If you're singing along to the tune, could you wear headphones? Sometimes the song in the background isn't the same pitch as the instrumental I'm using (then it clashes! Oh noes!).


I got something closer to 130 bpm (using 4/4 time). Singing with the tune might help so that we can be (reasonably close to) the same key.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby cat1205123 » Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:51 pm UTC

eMan2718281828 wrote:[...]

I got something closer to 130 bpm (using 4/4 time). Singing with the tune might help so that we can be (reasonably close to) the same key.



Singing with the tune is great, but having the instrumental in the recording...not so much. That's where the headphones come in.

Also, I think you're right about the 130bpm. I didn't want to actually drag out my metronome. :P

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Rowsdower » Sun Jun 29, 2008 11:42 pm UTC

I go around humming this song now. "I love your suffering" XD

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby blueberry » Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:08 am UTC

I love this. Put a big smile on my face and a tear in my eye. :D

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Aleks » Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:10 am UTC

When I get home tonight, you shall have my voice. I was thinking of doing two renditions. One where I just kinda sing in key, and another where I pull off harsher vocals. YEAH \m/ lol, I'll see how the latter turns out. I don't think I'll be up to screaming.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby trvsdrlng » Mon Jun 30, 2008 4:46 am UTC

Well, given that I'm a horrible singer, here's my take at it. It should be at the right tempo, as I was singing along to the song (the joy of headphones!)

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Re: xkcd loves the Discovery Channel

Postby trvsdrlng » Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:09 am UTC

kesmille wrote:Yes, yes, I too am one of those people who registered just to make a comment on just how awesome this comic was. HOWEVER! I've done a bit more. I took the comic, chopped it up into individual frames, and put individual links in to go back to the comic or whatever it most closely references, so that people who are new to xkcd can get some back story and possibly get hooked.

Unfortunately, it's on my blog, and there is no way in Cocytus you are going to get me to translate it to BBCode.

You can find the blog entry at http://extremelylame.com/boom-de-yada/.


Well, then, there's no way in Lethe that I WON'T do it!

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Wow... that only took about a half-hour. I love procrastinating!

EDIT: Sorry for the double-post. :( I felt it was justified due to the different sub-topics I was posting on and the size of this post.
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Taliesin » Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:09 am UTC

Now I have another song that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
I actually dreamed about this comic yesterday night. Or at least the beginning. And the girl doing the engineering was replaced by a Hells Angel but there was the momentum, the bakery and blagosphere. Don't remember the exact details, though.
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Re: xkcd loves the Discovery Channel

Postby Luthen » Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:53 am UTC

trvsdrlng wrote:
kesmille wrote:Yes, yes, I too am one of those people who registered just to make a comment on just how awesome this comic was. HOWEVER! I've done a bit more. I took the comic, chopped it up into individual frames, and put individual links in to go back to the comic or whatever it most closely references, so that people who are new to xkcd can get some back story and possibly get hooked.

Unfortunately, it's on my blog, and there is no way in Cocytus you are going to get me to translate it to BBCode.

You can find the blog entry at http://extremelylame.com/boom-de-yada/.


Well, then, there's no way in Lethe that I WON'T do it!

Spoiler:
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Alt-text for all 24: "I love the title-text!"

Wow... that only took about a half-hour. I love procrastinating!

EDIT: Sorry for the double-post. :( I felt it was justified due to the different sub-topics I was posting on and the size of this post.


Not so practical in the forum but Kesmille, couldn't you have just don't done an image map?

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Lenary » Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:05 am UTC

now why couldn't we have a box that says "i love that tree"(http://xkcd.com/398/)

that would have been funny
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Re: xkcd loves the Discovery Channel

Postby kesmille » Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:21 am UTC

Luthen wrote:Not so practical in the forum but Kesmille, couldn't you have just don't done an image map?

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Unfortunately, my fu is weak when it comes to things like that, so it didn't even cross my mind. My fu is much stronger in things that I've had actual training in, such as thermodynamics/analog electronics (though all that navy training is starting to get fuzzy through disuse) and philosophy/religious studies (which are still relatively fresh in my brain). I will remember the image map for next time though. I'd have much rather done that.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby q00u » Mon Jun 30, 2008 12:11 pm UTC

Ansible wrote:
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hideki101 wrote:Panel 16:Damn. can't figure this one out.
I think it's http://xkcd.com/135/.
I thought that too, but the teacher has hair in the new version. "Mr. Munroe" doesn't.
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Re: xkcd loves the Discovery Channel

Postby Random832 » Mon Jun 30, 2008 12:26 pm UTC

trvsdrlng wrote:Image


Fix'd. (and that goes for you too, kesmille)

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby JET73L » Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:25 pm UTC

I liked that commercial. I LOVE this comic. (I love that panel 3. I love this forum. and all xkcd. boom de yada boom de yada...)

Problem is, now I;ve got the blogosphere, cryptography, and her sister mixed up with tornadoes, egyptian kings, and lighting Jamie's arm on fire.
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Platypodes » Tue Jul 01, 2008 2:05 am UTC

Okay, here's mine.

I found it just impossible to sing along with the Discovery Channel video... The meters of the different clips in the vid are just a tiny bit out of sync, and when I tried to sing along with it, that threw me off so that I ended up getting just enough more out of sync from line to line that it sounded awful. So I tried to fix the beat in my head as best I could and just sang... Hope I'm close.

cat1205123, I'm emailing it to you too. And I did include the astronauts' lines.
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Postby RSMaster » Tue Jul 01, 2008 2:06 am UTC

Someone calculate the chances of me finding this commercial on youtube, then visiting xkcd. Funny.
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Lunch Meat » Tue Jul 01, 2008 3:28 am UTC

tonsofpcs wrote:I love that "sister" matches up with "giant squid" in the video.


I liked the part where the happy woman singing about the ocean matched up with Black Hat Guy's "suffering" line.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Ari » Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:49 am UTC

I really like the Barack Obama joke, for some reason.
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Rowsdower » Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:42 pm UTC

blueberry wrote:I love this. Put a big smile on my face and a tear in my eye. :D

Me too. It makes me randomly happy.
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Stokely » Wed Jul 02, 2008 2:54 am UTC

I only registered to say I was truly touched by this one.

A friend pointed me to this site.

I hope I am never the same again.

I love the whole world

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby ADXCKGuy » Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:48 am UTC

For those people wanting to make a video of the project, Cory Doctorow is going to be at 3Pi-Con, someone should bring a cape and ask him to pose.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby abehrens » Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:24 pm UTC

bitwiseshiftleft wrote:
Steve the Pocket wrote:You'd think someone would have posted a link to the ad in question by now.

The ad, in turn, is based on an old campfire song:
old campfire song wrote:I love the mountains.
I love the rolling hills.
I love the fountains.
I love the daffodils.
I love the fireside
When all the lights are low.
Boom-dee-a-da, Boom-dee-a-da.
Boom-dee-a-da, Boom-dee-a-da.
Boom-dee-a-da, Boom-dee-a-da.
Boom-dee-a-da, Boom-dee-a-da.

I've known the campfire song for years, but until I saw the comic, I had no idea that the Discovery Channel had borrowed the music. That's what I get for having thrown my television out the window twenty years ago, I guess.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Alturin » Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:50 pm UTC

I just stumbled across this 'gem':
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDF4E1B7QEo

Beware, hyperactive singing children ahead :P.

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Re: xkcd loves the Discovery Channel

Postby Cheese! » Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:47 pm UTC

kesmille wrote:Yes, yes, I too am one of those people who registered just to make a comment on just how awesome this comic was. HOWEVER! I've done a bit more. I took the comic, chopped it up into individual frames, and put individual links in to go back to the comic or whatever it most closely references, so that people who are new to xkcd can get some back story and possibly get hooked.

Unfortunately, it's on my blog, and there is no way in Cocytus you are going to get me to translate it to BBCode.

You can find the blog entry at http://extremelylame.com/boom-de-yada/.

Good idea, but I think that the "the future's pretty cool" panel goes best with the Nihilism comic.
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