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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby Luthen » Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:50 am UTC

When I was learning how to through a boomerang, my teacher had a method with a great impetus to improve: you had to catch the boomerang by clapping it between your hands in front of your face. I was only hit in the face twice!

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RuBLed wrote:The rightmost panels read from top to bottom is a homage to the movie my super ex-girlfriend..
That is why it is a shark.

That actually makes sense...

That scene was the only good bit of that film.
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby thebandit » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:02 am UTC

Lunch Meat wrote:The comments about the illusory gray dots in the corners make me want to create a diagram of several squares that actually does have light gray dots in the corners. Could that be a technique of nerd sniping? Reproduce a famous illusion, but change it so that what appears to be true actually is true. And then confuse people who actually expect it to be an illusion.


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The strange thing is that even the ones that ARE gray seem to disappear when you look directly at them.

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby souldelay » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:07 am UTC

seems to be an abundance of comics with break ups.

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby TheMagicalTurtle » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:24 am UTC

scowdich wrote:As has been said in other threads, try refreshing the page, and if that doesn't work, clear your cookies and interwebtubes cache.

The comic resonated for me. Hell, not only boomerangs; I've never really been good with any things you throw. I'm getting better at knives, though.
It frightens me that you aren't skilled at throwing objects, but you decided it was a good idea to get better by using knives.

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby souldelay » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:30 am UTC

TheMagicalTurtle wrote:
scowdich wrote:As has been said in other threads, try refreshing the page, and if that doesn't work, clear your cookies and interwebtubes cache.

The comic resonated for me. Hell, not only boomerangs; I've never really been good with any things you throw. I'm getting better at knives, though.
It frightens me that you aren't skilled at throwing objects, but you decided it was a good idea to get better by using knives.


what's even more frightening is that we don't know what he's using for target practice. or what unintentionally becomes target-failed.

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby markfiend » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:37 am UTC

Astronick wrote:Someone should write a little generator that gives you a random selection of the panels to see some truly surreal ones.

Your wish is my command ;)

http://www.markfiend.com/xkcd/index.php

Just keep refreshing for different random strips.

ETA: Heh. I just got frames 7, 2, 3, 10. Nice.
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby souldelay » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:44 am UTC

markfiend wrote:
Astronick wrote:Someone should write a little generator that gives you a random selection of the panels to see some truly surreal ones.

Your wish is my command ;)

http://www.markfiend.com/xkcd/index.php

Just keep refreshing for different random strips.

ETA: Heh. I just got frames 7, 2, 3, 10. Nice.


haha nice I just got 5, 15, 13, and 2 :D

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby Tephlon » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:04 am UTC

Markfiend: That's awesome!

I got 6 - 5 - 16 - 4:

Ouch.
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby Beacons! » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:38 am UTC

5-6-4-1 makes for an interesting story about the little things that turn up in life. Or it could just be a guy playing boomerang with a friend.
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby ThemePark » Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:04 am UTC

This one is pretty good as well. :D
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby Tibixe » Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:34 am UTC

You must remember this one:

http://xkcd.com/381/

Placing it on a Möbius-strip is the *only* way of having real fun with one dimensional comics. Now we have a two dimensional comic. Isn't it obvious that this comic should be placed on the surface of a Klein bottle? That would be sooo fun :D

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby Hypergrip » Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:46 pm UTC

Start in the lower right panel, use the way the knight moves in chess and you get:

1.) floating girl leaves
2.) ponder
3.) Use [Bommerang] on [mysterious floating girl]
4.) There she is again

Chess - it works, bitches! ;)

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby NMcCoy » Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:52 pm UTC

15-3-10-2 via the randomizer is rather poignant.
1-5-13-8 is awesome.

Any chance we could get the randomizer generalized to more fixed-panel-size xkcds?
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby markfiend » Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:04 pm UTC

NMcCoy wrote:Any chance we could get the randomizer generalized to more fixed-panel-size xkcds?

Well, I hereby release my source code under GPL :mrgreen:

Code: Select all

<?php
   $data = array('01','02','03','04','05','06','07','08','09','10','11','12','13','14','15','16');
   shuffle($data);
   for($i = 0; $i < 4; $i++) {
      echo"<img src='xkcd_{$data[$i]}.png' alt='frame_{$data[$i]}' />";
   }
?>

Knock yourself out.

Edit to add: the 16 .pngs are just the 16 frames of today's strip sliced up.
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby Raphael » Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:27 pm UTC

Markfiend, you are so very cool. Is this one of the world's first hacker-friendly, DIY comic strips?

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby random5 » Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:55 pm UTC

I'd put 13-10-4-7 on a loop :) Simple but it works. I also like how the shark is kinda bent into a boomerang shape.

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby DYRE » Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:01 pm UTC

If you want a longer way of reading this, then 1-2-5-9-13-10-6-3-4 is decent

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby Linux0s » Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:16 pm UTC

markfiend wrote:
Astronick wrote:Someone should write a little generator that gives you a random selection of the panels to see some truly surreal ones.

Your wish is my command ;)

http://www.markfiend.com/xkcd/index.php

Just keep refreshing for different random strips.

ETA: Heh. I just got frames 7, 2, 3, 10. Nice.


FTW! My first go was probably the best: 10, 2, 7, 8.

Bet Randall wishes he would have thought of this - random interactive web strip humor.
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby d3c31t » Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:29 pm UTC

sorry but when ya just look at the comic it creates the little dot illusion with feint gray dots appearing inbetween the panels.... i thought it was kinda cool
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby Red Hal » Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:35 pm UTC

Gray dots. :cry:

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby Raphael » Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:39 pm UTC

I think this one is quite good. It's my favourite of all the ones I've generated so far. Simple, yet perfect. Zenlike.
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby markfiend » Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:57 pm UTC

Just a thought. With a little twist... GPL release again

Code: Select all

<?php
   $data = array('01','02','03','04','05','06','07','08','09','10','11','12','13','14','15','16');
   shuffle($data);
   for($i = 0; $i < 16; $i++) {
      echo"<img src='xkcd_{$data[$i]}.png' alt='frame_{$data[$i]}' />";
      if ($i % 4 == 3) echo "<br />\n";
   }
?>

We can have all 16 frames randomised.

http://www.markfiend.com/xkcd/16.php

Edit to add: Sorry Randall. :mrgreen:
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby Roland Lockheart » Fri Jul 04, 2008 3:02 pm UTC

markfiend wrote:Your wish is my command ;)

http://www.markfiend.com/xkcd/index.php

Just keep refreshing for different random strips.

ETA: Heh. I just got frames 7, 2, 3, 10. Nice.


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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby Vanguard » Fri Jul 04, 2008 3:16 pm UTC

The randomness made this brilliant.
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby choginga » Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:09 pm UTC

I got 6, 11, 3, 12.

Guy stands there, points, then is attacked by a shark.

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby ThemePark » Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:15 pm UTC

Brilliant random comic.

Sorry about the top of the panels being cut off, I forgot to scroll up in my browser before I hit Print Screen.
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby muku » Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:22 pm UTC

markfiend wrote:
Astronick wrote:Someone should write a little generator that gives you a random selection of the panels to see some truly surreal ones.

Your wish is my command ;)

http://www.markfiend.com/xkcd/index.php

Just keep refreshing for different random strips.

ETA: Heh. I just got frames 7, 2, 3, 10. Nice.


Gnah. I made one of those after reading the first page of the thread.

Then I read the second page.

I feel useless now.

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby JET73L » Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:24 pm UTC

I actually thought it was because the shark was shaped like a boomerang, and that iot had nothing to do with the movie. But it does make ensewith the alt-text bonus strip.

I love this comic. I have made two boomerangs, one traditional, and one cross-patterned (wiuth the four wings, rather than two). THe former, I could through, but never got the hang of getting it to come back. THe latter, I could et to come back, but never got the hang of not getting hit in the arm or the head.

Note: Is markfiend's randomizer not working for anyone else?
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby sje46 » Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:27 pm UTC

ThemePark wrote:Brilliant random comic.

Sorry about the top of the panels being cut off, I forgot to scroll up in my browser before I hit Print Screen.

Haha, I love yours. I like the second row, where the guy standing is just attacked by a shark randomly.

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby Astronick » Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:37 pm UTC

markfiend wrote:
Astronick wrote:Someone should write a little generator that gives you a random selection of the panels to see some truly surreal ones.

Your wish is my command ;)

http://www.markfiend.com/xkcd/index.php

Just keep refreshing for different random strips.

ETA: Heh. I just got frames 7, 2, 3, 10. Nice.


Thanks markfiend, that is superb. I would have done it myself but work was calling, sadly. The first one I got has also been my favourite so far:

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby JET73L » Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:38 pm UTC

@ Theme park: I just realised, the last row of panels could be used as a Scientific vs. Normal comic, if it split and had a second fourth panel with a normal person just standing there.
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby muku » Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:57 pm UTC

Well, FWIW, here's my souped up deluxe randomizer, with manual entry and permalinks:

http://mukuste.x10hosting.com/boomerang/

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby Mr. Anderson » Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:59 pm UTC

The numbering of a KV-map is the only true order for reading this strip.

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby russianspy1234 » Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:00 pm UTC

i like reading the second column top to bottom

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby Drakuun » Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:10 pm UTC

The bonus strip doesn't seem to have it's own mouse over popup txt : (

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby ADXCKGuy » Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:16 pm UTC

I like the 4-panel random strips better than the 16s.

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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby GBog » Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:29 pm UTC

This guy has mad boomerang skills:
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby zahlman » Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:52 pm UTC

masher wrote:
Ansible wrote:Try reading the comic from every possible direction for extra laughs.


Top left to bottom right is pretty surreal...


I like top right to bottom left. (Interpret the second panel as the guy rubbing his forehead after getting hit, rather than searching as in the original context.)
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby cs24 » Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:13 pm UTC

1-16-4-7:
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Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Postby Evanz » Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:38 pm UTC

i was confused by this one at first, and was inspired to read the thread on it... and i've been laughing since :D
Everyone saying mix and match... its made me look at it and find a funny one =]

5 - 16 - 7 - 2 - 6 - 10 - 4

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