0489: "Going West"

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0489: "Going West"

Postby moxmallow » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:01 am UTC

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Alt Text: Listen, they request that you stop submitting a listing for your house labeled 'WHERE YOU BROKE MY HEART'.

http://xkcd.com/489/

EDIT: bah, commentary. I was so flustered and excited to be the first post I forgot. Hope you can all forgive me :P
about the comic: damn I hate when you can't zoom in. Always kinda thought it was a little odd when you could see cars and stuff o.0

EDIT AGAIN: I've heard Google Maps has given directions like "swim across Atlantic Ocean" for directions from places like New York to London. Myth?
Last edited by moxmallow on Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:16 am UTC, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby moxmallow » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:02 am UTC

first thread made about the comic, this one wins :D
Kalos wrote:Big O notation, because despite having 26 english letters, 24 greek letters, and the ability to make up symbols, we STILL choose the one letter easiest confused with a zero
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby sje46 » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:02 am UTC

Cute.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby rwald » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:04 am UTC

OK, how did Randall miss the space between The and Google in the first line? I could understand that if he were typing these, but they're hand-written...right?

Also, I would have had first thread, if I weren't distracted by the existing "Google Maps" discussion...turns out that was for an older comic.

Also also, it's traditional for the first post in the thread to include a permalink to the comic, as well as some sort of commentary.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby joee » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:04 am UTC

Jack Saladin wrote:If you're going to start a topic in this section, include a link to the comic and provide some amount of commentary.


Add some commentary please :P


Back to the comic:
Dammit, google. get better images.
P.S. how come the open letter disappeared between frames 1 & 2?
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby DustinErnst » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:05 am UTC

I like how it's TheGoogle.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby Borrowed Irony » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:07 am UTC

joee wrote:
Jack Saladin wrote:If you're going to start a topic in this section, include a link to the comic and provide some amount of commentary.


Add some commentary please :P


Back to the comic:
Dammit, google. get better images.
P.S. how come the open letter disappeared between frames 1 & 2?

She opened it very carefully and folded it up very quickly after he'd seen it, placing it carefully back into the envelope and resealing it just to prove she could.

The title text is my favorite part of this strip.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby includemaliciousintent » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:08 am UTC

*does a Meh, repost from other thread that I saw first*

Randall is now in MY head. I found out recently that I could end up working for a video game company who makes my MMO (Guild Wars...I'm an addict). I even asked some of the Anet staff on GW's wiki page about what it is like to work there and they say its nice. So in two years, I may head west to Washington state. But lucky for me, my boyfriend will probably follow. ^^
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby madhollywood » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:09 am UTC

There are certain levels of depth that google maps will never penetrate I'm afraid.

And I like "theGoogle" too!
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby moxmallow » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:10 am UTC

TheGoogle sound a little ominous, though I've never really doubted the fact that Google will someday take over the world...
Kalos wrote:Big O notation, because despite having 26 english letters, 24 greek letters, and the ability to make up symbols, we STILL choose the one letter easiest confused with a zero
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby stormoftara » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:11 am UTC

Maybe he didn't have enough room to space The and Google?

Anyway, this was a cute comic. You can't zoom in really close to my house. I wonder if you'd be able to see my car if you could.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby TheHand » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:12 am UTC

Whatever happened to "Do No Evil?"

EDIT: Sorry, I meant "Don't Be Evil"
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby includemaliciousintent » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:13 am UTC

Btw, someone mentioned in the other thread that "Isn't Washington in the East?", if you read carefully, I say "Washington State", refering to the one near Oregon that holds the lovely city of Seattle. Just making sure no one asks that again and gets confused.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby Eternal Density » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:19 am UTC

perhaps one day google maps will zoom in to the Planck length, and zoom out to the multiverse.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby sje46 » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:21 am UTC

includemaliciousintent wrote:Btw, someone mentioned in the other thread that "Isn't Washington in the East?", if you read carefully, I say "Washington State", refering to the one near Oregon that holds the lovely city of Seattle. Just making sure no one asks that again and gets confused.

What.

There can't be two Washingtons!
Next you're going to say there's a new Mexico.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby Eugo » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:25 am UTC

sje46 wrote:There can't be two Washingtons!
Next you're going to say there's a new Mexico.


They found some bug in the old Mexico... allegedly it being a foreign thingy, so they just had to make a new one.

Hey, you got me thinking... and maybe my originality streak comes from never living in a city which would need a "comma state/country". Each city where I lived can be its own primary key. Ha!
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby GyRo567 » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:27 am UTC

moxmallow wrote:TheGoogle sound a little ominous, though I've never really doubted the fact that Google will someday take over the world...


Obligatory link to future history:
http://robinsloan.com/epic/

Is my brain not working well with word patterns if it didn't parse the missing space in theGoogle? (It's otherwise dead from studying, but I thought it was still reading pretty well)
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby Pit » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:30 am UTC

I think it's just more that it didn't seem to fit the panel. I didn't even catch that >_<
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby thedufer » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:33 am UTC

Ironically, I downloaded Google Earth about an hour ago to look at all my friends' houses. Coincidences like this make my day.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby cbies » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:36 am UTC

The reference to "theGoogle..." possibly a nod to President Bush's line when discussing it, "I use the Google all the time."
Or perhaps he just ran out of space in the panel.
Just a thought.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby valbaca » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:41 am UTC

From the title I was really expecting a Dark Tower reference...I guess that's what happens when your midway through a series :/

alt text was pretty good
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby mino » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:48 am UTC

I wonder why he assumed that being on the Google Maps team meant moving to California, specifically... as far as I'm aware the majority of Maps development is still done out of Sydney, Australia.

(Yes, yes, I know -- maybe that specific position is in CA and they've discussed where the job was before she got the offer... but still...)
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby ffzman » Wed Oct 15, 2008 5:36 am UTC

This comic makes me suddenly really, really creeped out that the characters don't have eyes.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby Nemphael » Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:03 am UTC

I don't think she'll get to theGoogle anyway. http://xkcd.com/461/
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby Rimka » Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:13 am UTC

valbaca wrote:From the title I was really expecting a Dark Tower reference...I guess that's what happens when your midway through a series :/

alt text was pretty good


The Black Hat Man fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed?

Seriously though, great series. I truly believe it was King's magnum opus. I did have a considerably difficult time getting through "Wizard and Glass", however.


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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby Cynical Idealist » Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:18 am UTC

moxmallow wrote:EDIT AGAIN: I've heard Google Maps has given directions like "swim across Atlantic Ocean" for directions from places like New York to London. Myth?

It used to. It doesn't anymore.

EDIT: I messed up my tags :oops:
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby Spynexes » Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:19 am UTC

moxmallow wrote:EDIT AGAIN: I've heard Google Maps has given directions like "swim across Atlantic Ocean" for directions from places like New York to London. Myth?

No myth, has been working for quite a long time until it became popular. You can still find lots of pictures through the google image search using your search words above.

The comic is cool... I hate it when this message apears... why can't google just zoom the current picture? Wouldn't add any details yes, but it looks prettier.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby zapakh » Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:19 am UTC

This post:
includemaliciousintent wrote:But lucky for me, my boyfriend will probably follow. ^^

Comes with this avatar:
Image

Signs point to "yes". Godspeed. :D
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby Cynical Idealist » Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:20 am UTC

zapakh wrote:This post:
includemaliciousintent wrote:But lucky for me, my boyfriend will probably follow. ^^

Comes with this avatar:
Image

Signs point to "yes". Godspeed. :D

*SNRK*
Nice catch on the avatar.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby Nemphael » Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:24 am UTC

Cynical Idealist wrote:Nice catch on the avatar.

Speaking of avatars, where does yours lead?
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby Cynical Idealist » Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:36 am UTC

Nemphael wrote:
Cynical Idealist wrote:Nice catch on the avatar.

Speaking of avatars, where does yours lead?

That would be telling.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby vodka.cobra » Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:45 am UTC

zapakh wrote:This post:
includemaliciousintent wrote:But lucky for me, my boyfriend will probably follow. ^^

Comes with this avatar:
Image

Signs point to "yes". Godspeed. :D

Hahaha. Epic.
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Nemphael wrote:
Cynical Idealist wrote:Nice catch on the avatar.

Speaking of avatars, where does yours lead?

That would be telling.

It leads to MC Esher's house. Duh!
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby Cynical Idealist » Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:50 am UTC

vodka.cobra wrote:It leads to MC Esher's house. Duh!

SHHH!
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby Paranoid__Android » Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:19 am UTC

Oh wow!! This one made me laugh.

Nice one Randal
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby gnutrino » Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:52 am UTC

moxmallow wrote:TheGoogle sound a little ominous, though I've never really doubted the fact that Google will someday take over the world...


Somedays I have a sneaking suspicion that they already have...

But yeah awesome comic today
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby booya » Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:53 am UTC

Am I the only one that hears Arnold when I read "California"?

Come to think of it, the whole comic sounds cool with Arnold's voice.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby JohnDoe » Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:18 am UTC

Bah, the couple recent comics is not as witty nor snappy as before.

Maybe Randall Munroe should take a long vacation first.
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby Elvish Pillager » Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:40 am UTC

I love the "looking deeper" panel (or whatever you call those things that aren't surrounded by a box.)
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby ThemePark » Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:20 am UTC

I come here to point out that the whole misguided directions on Google Maps thing isn't a myth, and somebody already beat me to it. Oh well, I can at least share my thought that theGoogle is probably just Google catching up with the whole i* and e* fad, but making it their own way. Soon lots of products will imitate Google and be named the* (insert funny names here, as I'm imcapable of coming up with any atm).
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Re: "Going West" Discussion

Postby JFarceur » Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:31 pm UTC

The letters does not disappear, they are sideways. Since they have no depth, they are not visible for us here in the 3rd dimension.
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