0496: "Secretary: Part 3"

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0496: "Secretary: Part 3"

Postby dreamwalker007 » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:26 am UTC

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http://www.xkcd.com/496/

Alt: He actually installed each piece in a different car in the lot, then built a new car in the same spot from the displaced pieces. It's a confusing maneuver known as the auto-troll shuffle.

The plot thickens...
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby Cooley » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:28 am UTC

This one started first, it's official.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby videogamesizzle » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:28 am UTC

BUH-BAH-BUMMMMMMM!

wow. BHG has quite the track record.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby glasnt » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:29 am UTC

<3 BHG

Also

CORY's A COMIN'!
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby Delass » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:29 am UTC

Wow...worth the wait. I wonder if it was drawn in the last 20 minutes?
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby martinw89 » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:30 am UTC

It looks like the bottom of the comic was cropped a little to high.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby Benson » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:30 am UTC

A balloon? I think Cory Doctorow is showing up soon...
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby arcsol » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:30 am UTC

Cooley wrote:This one started first, it's official.


aw. /me goes to delete what he posted

wait. balloon? *dundundunduuuuuuuuuuunnnnn*
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby cheezitman2001 » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:30 am UTC

I sort of feel like an idiot for it, but I don't understand the alt text at all. Put a piece of each what in what now?
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby Cooley » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:32 am UTC

has anyone noticed the latest typo?

"I forget about that!" on the steve ballmer argument incident. More code? I hope so!
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby Kain » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:33 am UTC

re "I plead the third"

I plead the first! The theft was just my free expression of the lax security protocols regarding the submarines!
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby ohnoesmilk » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:33 am UTC

Where is Black Hat Man's girlfriend?
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<TheXPhial> lava?
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby roc314 » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:34 am UTC

So BHG just shot up several ranks in my book. So much awesome.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby GodShapedBullet » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:35 am UTC

That's a pretty harsh diss on Radio Shack there, black hat guy.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby mongoose » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:36 am UTC

So, the disassembling a car seems like a really good idea right now, as someone is parallel parked way too close to my car, and I can't back up any more or I'll hit a tree. Of course, in the state my car is in, and with its mass and horsepower, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have a problem moving the other car by just nudging it out of the way. I did just leave a note on their windshield to that effect, and with the rain/ice/snow we're supposed to get tonight, hopefully it'll be frozen on by tomorrow.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby thornahawk » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:36 am UTC

cheezitman2001 wrote:I sort of feel like an idiot for it, but I don't understand the alt text at all. Put a piece of each what in what now?


I'll put it more explicitly.

1. Hat guy disassembles the car that was parked

2. He goes to the other cars, taking a fender from one, a radiator from another, a windshield from still another... you get the idea

3. He replaces the part he removed from "other car" with a part from the car disassembled in #1.

4. He then uses all the parts he collected from the other cars to build a new car.

++++++++++++++++++++++

...or maybe I'm just posting stoned and Randall actually meant somethin' else. :P

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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby includemaliciousintent » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:38 am UTC

Stallman and Elaine have to be in this one! I mean, they loves the balloon. And if there is anything to do with the internet, Stallman has to show. And we need an epic fight. Wouldn't be surprised if they help the Black Hat guy. This comic has like, 5 types of epic in it. Btw, the sub thing was totally Russian, so therefore, doesn't count. ^^"

Also, I don't think anyone has posted this, but Obama already wants someone to take this position:

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story? ... 306&page=1
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby GodShapedBullet » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:38 am UTC

thornahawk wrote:
cheezitman2001 wrote:I sort of feel like an idiot for it, but I don't understand the alt text at all. Put a piece of each what in what now?


[EXPLANATION]

++++++++++++++++++++++

...or maybe I'm just posting stoned and Randall actually meant somethin' else. :P

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No, you got it.

I like the idea because the result is some kind of Frankenstein's Monster type car, stitched together from spare parts and awakened by a genius.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby Whispering » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:39 am UTC

GodShapedBullet wrote:That's a pretty harsh diss on Radio Shack there, black hat guy.


Not really have you been to Radio Shack lately?

Me: Do you have any Perfboard?

Random Radio Shack employee: What's Perfboard?

Me: *sigh*

Radio Shack you've got questions we have blank stares.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby Timequake » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:40 am UTC

GodShapedBullet wrote:That's a pretty harsh diss on Radio Shack there, black hat guy.

But it's true. Personally, I've actually never seen anyone in a Radio Shack who didn't work there and wasn't me.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby krynd » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:41 am UTC

GodShapedBullet wrote:That's a pretty harsh diss on Radio Shack there, black hat guy.

I actually know someone that's that callous and apathetic. Luckily he doesn't seem smart enough to build a death ray, so we should be safe.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby GodShapedBullet » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:44 am UTC

I think with Radio Shack being as empty as it is, if someone walked in, you'd notice.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby Bulvox » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:44 am UTC

I must say that I laughed while reading this comic. It was made of awesome.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby madhollywood » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:46 am UTC

A confirmation hearing befitting an Internet czar.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby sargeras0000 » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:47 am UTC

I walked into a Radio Shack once...
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby sje46 » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:47 am UTC

I have never witnessed so much win in my life.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby AltoidAddict » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:48 am UTC

After part 2, I didn't think it could get any better.

I'm quite glad that I was wrong.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby fenrir_darkwolf » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:48 am UTC

Building a death-ray, then vaporizing a customer... I think I have friends with such potential :P...
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby rwald » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:49 am UTC

Despite what some people are suggesting, I doubt that Cory Doctorow (who is obviously going to appear in the next comic) will actually try to help the Classhole. Instead, I expect that he and the Ronpaul have a long, bitter history, but will be forced to work together to overcome a greater evil.

Also, is there some pun with auto-troll shuffle I'm missing? I understand what he actually did, but it sounds like the setup for a horrible pun.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby listrophy » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:53 am UTC

And out of left field comes....

Lawrence Lessig?

You heard it here first.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby mongoose » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:57 am UTC

listrophy wrote:Lawrence Lessig?



Constitutional Scholar!
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby ACU-LP » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:59 am UTC

Once again, an brilliant comic. BHM never ceases to amaze. *wants even more history*
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby xkcd » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:03 am UTC

Thanks for catching my miswrite, cooley! Yesterday's errors stayed for a long time because of a complicated dance of filenames I managed wherein every time I corrected an error, I brought back an old one without noticing. It should all be fixed now. This is the one downside to not having a real editor -- you guys see all my mistakes :)

Oh man I'm excited about the rest of this arc. I'm tempted to scan and post them right now.

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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby vodka.cobra » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:08 am UTC

I like where this is going.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby Firnagzen » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:09 am UTC

Impossible. That's not the BHM we all know and [love/hate*]. He can't possibly be arrested.

And even if he were arrested, the ways he broke out of prison would far exceed the reasons he got chucked in in the first place.

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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby Emperor_Z » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:10 am UTC

Random semi-serious tangent:

The death ray thing has now reawakened by strong fear of dying randomly, minding my own business and not seeing it coming.

*Shudder*

I wanna look death STRAIGHT IN THE EYE, and say "'Oh me yarm SHIT SHIT GO AWAY PLEASE ARG!"
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby pyroman » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:10 am UTC

Whispering wrote:
GodShapedBullet wrote:That's a pretty harsh diss on Radio Shack there, black hat guy.


Not really have you been to Radio Shack lately?

Me: Do you have any Perfboard?

Random Radio Shack employee: What's Perfboard?

Me: *sigh*

Radio Shack you've got questions we have blank stares.


Its true. I have walked into radio shack on several different occasions always thinking "OH BOY! nerdy electronic stuff!" but then i enter and see there is no one there and then look to see that all they have is a couple of vastly over priced resistors. Its at this point when i sigh turn around and walk out.

But anyways it looks like BHG has quite the record there. He has my vote. After all when it comes to quartering troops all i have to say is "NOT IN MY BACKYARD!"
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby chionophile » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:11 am UTC

xkcd wrote:Oh man I'm excited about the rest of this arc. I'm tempted to scan and post them right now.

<3


I would be okay with this. :P
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby Mark Hall » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:11 am UTC

The answers of the hat man were almost Dadaist in their glory.
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Re: Secretary: Part 3

Postby pltnmvenus » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:13 am UTC

For several months after the 1337 story arc, my wallpaper was the 5 comics put into one huge comic.

I think I'll have a new wallpaper on Friday.
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