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0005: "Blown Apart"

Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 3:30 am UTC
by Rhombix
Image

Alt: Blown into prime factors

A great little mathbook doodle, and of the first xkcd comics I read.

Re: "Blown Apart" discussion

Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 4:34 am UTC
by sje46
I'm glad that Randall doesn't explain his comics in the alt-text anymore and makes jokes instead.

Re: "Blown Apart" discussion

Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:32 am UTC
by scarletmanuka
You could argue that Internet Argument is one where the title-text explains the comic, although really I think it's more reinforcing the message of the comic than explaining it as such. Finish Line also strikes me as one where the title-text is fairly explanatory in nature.

But anything's better than the title-text for Startled.

Incidentally, I've decided to use "title-text" as the canonical identifier, since that's what Randall called it in xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel. But hey, that's just me. And Randall. :)

Re: "Blown Apart" discussion

Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:38 am UTC
by EvanED
scarletmanuka wrote:Incidentally, I've decided to use "title-text" as the canonical identifier, since that's what Randall called it in xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel. But hey, that's just me. And Randall. :)

And, you know, the tag. Since it's in the "title" attribute of the "img" tag. (Which is why "alt text" is not exactly right; that would be something different. Browsers generally don't provide easy access to that any more.)

Re: "Blown Apart" discussion

Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:22 am UTC
by scarletmanuka
EvanED wrote:
scarletmanuka wrote:Incidentally, I've decided to use "title-text" as the canonical identifier, since that's what Randall called it in xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel. But hey, that's just me. And Randall. :)

And, you know, the tag. Since it's in the "title" attribute of the "img" tag. (Which is why "alt text" is not exactly right; that would be something different. Browsers generally don't provide easy access to that any more.)

Yes, I realise that, but that has never seemed to be a decisive point before. But now it's official! Which was basically what I was trying to say.

0005: "Blown apart"

Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:05 am UTC
by Monox D. I-Fly
http://www.xkcd.com/5/
Reading the comics from the very beginning. Is this the first funny one?

Re: 0005: "Blown apart"

Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:11 pm UTC
by airdrik
I think most of these first several "comics" are (based on) sketches that he'd done growing up before he started xkcd, and are imho decidedly more imaginative (and surreal).
Certainly not all of his comics are intended to be funny or make the reader laugh, especially his first initial efforts. In general I think his efforts try to focus more on making you think and bringing to light the reality that many of us live but have a hard time expressing or relating than on being funny.

Re: 0005: "Blown apart"

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:49 am UTC
by TvT Rivals
He certainly knows his nerd humor.