## 0540: "Base System"

This forum is for the individual discussion thread that goes with each new comic.

Moderators: Moderators General, Prelates, Magistrates

xkcdpasta
Posts: 46
Joined: Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:32 am UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

I think the confusion about the orgasm line is that people are thinking it applies to girls. I feel Randall is trying to hint that he has a problem swinging too early, so to speak (cf. Jason Biggs in the first slice of American Pie). If we take this to be the case then it would explain its distance from the virginity line, which is properly placed not far from the home plate (Does this make the home plate a post-coital cigarette/glow? I think it must, for if one is interrupted mid-game then this surely counts as out).

Also to anyone bemoaning the lack of an All your base... ref. I think that the Your Base next to the plate might well belong to us.

Open-collar: For a full and frank dissection of cricketing innuendo check out the NSFW http://www.leggyblondecricketfans.co.uk. They even have a clothing range which has plenty of puns.

cyborg_572
Posts: 11
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:12 pm UTC
Contact:

### Re: "Base System" discussion

With all the confusion and controversy about what act goes where, how'd Randall come up with a definitive list? In other words, what's this based on?

ironypoisoning
Posts: 129
Joined: Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:13 am UTC
Location: Chicago

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Lenary wrote:what i was going to say:
can anyone explain how the "virginity" maginot line can cross the orgasm line?

Masturbation. Next question?
"Gerry, I'm a woman! We don't say what we WANT! But we reserve the right to get pissed off if we don't get it. That's what makes us so fascinating! And not a little bit scary." - Lydia, Sliding Doors (1998)

Actaeus
Posts: 606
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:21 pm UTC
Location: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

### Re: "Base System" discussion

ironypoisoning wrote:
Lenary wrote:what i was going to say:
can anyone explain how the "virginity" maginot line can cross the orgasm line?

Masturbation. Next question?

Okay, what about the spot just NE of Thigh Contact?

EDIT: in other words:

Code: Select all

Masturbation  FailureSexx          ????

TheTenthRegime
Posts: 5
Joined: Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:57 am UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

So if I'm interpreting the diagram correctly, then Napoleon's forces all had am orgasm when crossing the Maginot line? Playing baseball. Or during a mass orgy. Well, this diagram is awfully ambiguous. It need footnotes..

ThemePark
Posts: 450
Joined: Fri Jun 27, 2008 5:42 pm UTC
Location: Århus, Denmark

### Re: "Base System" discussion

cyborg_572 wrote:With all the confusion and controversy about what act goes where, how'd Randall come up with a definitive list? In other words, what's this based on?

Lots and lots of excruciating, personal research.
I have traveled from 1979 to be a member of the unofficial board Council of Elders. Phear M3

Actaeus
Posts: 606
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:21 pm UTC
Location: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

### Re: "Base System" discussion

ThemePark wrote:Lots and lots of sexcruciating, personal research.

Fix'd.

ironypoisoning
Posts: 129
Joined: Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:13 am UTC
Location: Chicago

### Re: "Base System" discussion

ThemePark wrote:
cyborg_572 wrote:With all the confusion and controversy about what act goes where, how'd Randall come up with a definitive list? In other words, what's this based on?

Lots and lots of excruciating, personal research.

He's such a hardworking young man, you know. But if he'd simply asked, I would've been glad to put on my sexy librarian glasses and give him a helping hand (or two). I was quite the scholar in my day, you know. *eyelashes flutter*
"Gerry, I'm a woman! We don't say what we WANT! But we reserve the right to get pissed off if we don't get it. That's what makes us so fascinating! And not a little bit scary." - Lydia, Sliding Doors (1998)

dennisw
Posts: 441
Joined: Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:09 am UTC
Location: Appearing pro se AND pro bono!
Contact:

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Actaeus wrote:
ThemePark wrote:Lots and lots of sexcruciating, personal research.

Fix'd.

Try the Printifier for xkcd. You can now scale the comic between 50 and 150%.

I find these very useful: Common Errors in English Usage (web site) and Eats, Shoots & Leaves (book). You may, too.

e pluribus unum

slancky
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:49 am UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

cyborg_572 wrote:With all the confusion and controversy about what act goes where, how'd Randall come up with a definitive list? In other words, what's this based on?

That question debases the both of us

Amarantha
Posts: 1638
Joined: Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:56 am UTC
Location: Melbourne, Australia

### Re: "Base System" discussion

open-collar wrote:Being English the finer points of Baseball pass me by, but I realised there is a thick vein (fnar!) of innuendo in cricketing positions: Fine Leg, Long Leg, Deep Forward, Leg Gully, Fly Slip... the list is endless. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fielding_(cricket)#Fielding_position_names_and_locations
Not to mention bowling a maiden over...

phantom16
Posts: 15
Joined: Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:58 am UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Haha, i've always loved the comics like this.

Reminds me of the wave lengths one a while back with all the different electromagnetic waves.

Faranya
Posts: 259
Joined: Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:10 am UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

I don't enjoy the fact that oral and anal sex are on the virgin side of the virginity line. I disagree greatly with that placement.

glaEs
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:13 pm UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

branan wrote:
Kal wrote:How come "dry humping" is past the orgasm line? I thought dry humping was supposed to be, uhm.. dry. At least in my case, that means it would have to be quite a bit away from the orgasm line.

The proper application of force at the proper angles, even through several layers of fabric, can be quite stimulating.

Also, I think "dry" means there's no mixing of fluids, not that there aren't any excretions secretions from either partner.

Fix't

The former is a whole new ball game altogether.

Or hanging in the left outfield.

cyborg_572
Posts: 11
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:12 pm UTC
Contact:

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Faranya wrote:I don't enjoy the fact that oral and anal sex are on the virgin side of the virginity line. I disagree greatly with that placement.

That's where they go, according to the strictest dictionary definition of "virgin".

Platypodes
Posts: 218
Joined: Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:42 am UTC
Location: On a knot on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea

### Re: "Base System" discussion

cyborg_572 wrote:
Faranya wrote:I don't enjoy the fact that oral and anal sex are on the virgin side of the virginity line. I disagree greatly with that placement.

That's where they go, according to the strictest dictionary definition of "virgin".

It seems a little silly to use a definition that means one can only lose one's virginity through heterosexual sex.

Then again, I like the idea of explaining to the religious right that they can go home and relax because all dem sinful gays they've been freaking out about are in fact virgins.
videogamesizzle wrote:so, uh, seen any good arbitrary, high numbers lately?

That_Guy_Called_David
Posts: 4
Joined: Thu Nov 20, 2008 4:23 pm UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Thanks to this cartoon I finally understand baseball.

Lenary
Posts: 151
Joined: Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:00 am UTC
Location: Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

### Re: "Base System" discussion

That_Guy_Called_David wrote:Thanks to this cartoon I finally understand baseball.

wait... how? i don't.

also, on an almost unrelated topic, where does http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l73Qf81ZBtg come in the whole base discussion. i reckon you probably get the epic catch just before first base...
My Tumblog

[imath]you = me (awesome + clothes)[/imath]
solve for awesome if you're a hot girl
Spoiler:
[imath]awesome = \frac{you}{me} - clothes[/imath]

That_Guy_Called_David
Posts: 4
Joined: Thu Nov 20, 2008 4:23 pm UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Lenary wrote:
That_Guy_Called_David wrote:Thanks to this cartoon I finally understand baseball.

wait... how? i don't.

also, on an almost unrelated topic, where does http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l73Qf81ZBtg come in the whole base discussion. i reckon you probably get the epic catch just before first base...

That was my rather poor early morning attempt at deadpan humour. The only thing I understand about Baseball is that the American teams are pretty good at it, seeing how all the teams that have won the World Series have come from America

Actaeus
Posts: 606
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:21 pm UTC
Location: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

### Re: "Base System" discussion

That_Guy_Called_David wrote:The only thing I understand about Baseball is that the American teams are pretty good at it, seeing how all the teams that have won the World Series have come from America

Lol...
The "World Series" is actually a terrible name for a tournament with two leagues, both American (and one or two Canadian teams)

JC1
Posts: 9
Joined: Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:53 pm UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Actaeus wrote: "World Series" is actually a terrible name for a tournament with two leagues, both American (and one or two Canadian teams)

So far,
The best Japanese and Carribean/SAmerican players come here, and our (NAmeri) players "rehab" there -
That could change.

What do foreigners' less-than global tournaments use for superlative titles?
GENERATION 6.1E+9: The first time you see this, copy it into your sig on any forum and subtract 1 from the generation. Social experiment.

bruhinb
Posts: 9
Joined: Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:27 pm UTC
Contact:

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Angrist wrote:Imagine the way the conversation would go:

Person 1: What base did you get to?
Person 2: I don't know.
Both: THIRD BASE!

irishnut
Posts: 43
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:58 pm UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Actaeus wrote:The "World Series" is actually a terrible name for a tournament with two leagues, both American (and one or two Canadian teams)

only one canadian team for the record...

Actaeus
Posts: 606
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:21 pm UTC
Location: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

### Re: "Base System" discussion

irishnut wrote:
Actaeus wrote:The "World Series" is actually a terrible name for a tournament with two leagues, both American (and one or two Canadian teams)

only one canadian team for the record...

Thanks for the clarification. I could only remember one, but wanted to hedge my bets.

Posts: 110
Joined: Wed Nov 05, 2008 2:40 am UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

theotherjimmy wrote:
Actaeus wrote:
Kadzar wrote: Well, maybe these terms work better for people who are into baseball. What we need is a more nerd-friendly metaphor.

Bases again.
"Did you get to dozenal?"
"Nah, only decimal again. Still, beats the month it took to convince her to go past trinary."

but you see, the diagram is two dimensional, and includes a 'move past go and do not collect 200 dollars' function. modeling this appropriately in one dimension is just wrong. sadly, I am having trouble thinking of an appropriate medium.

because I can't seem to think of anything, I will accept your bases. (I am now insecure... am I rely a nerd? )
Geogriffith wrote:
Dad, where is Grandpa right now?

"His source code was forked, backups moved off-site, and merged with a compatible project with similar goals. As was mine, as will yours be, someday."
Some Sort of Shuriken-Based Propulsion

Filius Nullius
Posts: 72
Joined: Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:24 am UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Whats with Randall (AKA Mr. Munroe) and Janeane Garofalo, this is the second time or third time I've seen that name since I've been reading the comic..
although the only specific other case that I can confirm right now, is that her name appears in the "Ball Pit Rules"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/blag/ball_pit_rules_400.jpg

Luthen
Posts: 2021
Joined: Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:42 am UTC
Location: Dealing with xkcdian immigration
Contact:

### Re: "Base System" discussion

JC1 wrote:What do foreigners' less-than global tournaments use for superlative titles?
Country/National/Continental Tournament/Series/Competition/Cup?

Though for the AFL (Australian Football League), we could probably get away with calling it the Aussie Rules World Series. Outdoing even America, there are no international teams and 10 of the 16 (soon to be 17) teams are all from one state, Victoria. And some of those in other states began in Victoria too.
My fancy new blog I am not a vampire! PM my location for a prize!*

rnew: ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOAVATAR!
*Terms + conditions changeable

dennisw
Posts: 441
Joined: Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:09 am UTC
Location: Appearing pro se AND pro bono!
Contact:

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Filius Nullius wrote:Whats with Randall (AKA Mr. Munroe) and Janeane Garofalo, this is the second time or third time I've seen that name since I've been reading the comic..
although the only specific other case that I can confirm right now, is that her name appears in the "Ball Pit Rules"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/blag/ball_pit_rules_400.jpg

Here's one.

Some of our knees would buckle were we to receive said eye contact.
Try the Printifier for xkcd. You can now scale the comic between 50 and 150%.

I find these very useful: Common Errors in English Usage (web site) and Eats, Shoots & Leaves (book). You may, too.

e pluribus unum

JC1
Posts: 9
Joined: Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:53 pm UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

dennisw wrote:
Filius Nullius wrote:Whats with Randall (AKA Mr. Munroe) and Janeane Garofalo, this is the second time or third time I've seen that name since I've been reading the comic..
although the only specific other case that I can confirm right now, is that her name appears in the "Ball Pit Rules"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/blag/ball_pit_rules_400.jpg

Here's one.

Some of our knees would buckle were we to receive said eye contact.

As for me, both of 'em.
You see, Filius, she was quite cute about 10 years and 30 lbs ago -
And being an irreverent, severe smartass, that made her a nerd goddess.

She's since aquired boring-cynicism, actual-politics, and an eating disorder.
But, I suppose you'd prefer Uma?
GENERATION 6.1E+9: The first time you see this, copy it into your sig on any forum and subtract 1 from the generation. Social experiment.

Korbl
Posts: 35
Joined: Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:41 am UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Platypodes wrote:Great comic!

Whenever I hear about the "bases," it reminds me of how John Gray, the Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus guy, did a detailed analysis of this system that was so incredibly serious that it amused me to no end... I think the discussion on this forum pretty well discredits the notion that these terms are useful to "facilitate clear communication with a man about sex. :¡This cheese is burning me!:
Well, maybe these terms work better for people who are into baseball. What we need is a more nerd-friendly metaphor.

and fucking, fucking leads to child!"

though that's more reference than metaphor...

Pluto is meeting someone; Neptune is asking someone out; Uranus is first date; Saturn is kissing; Jupiter is fondling; Mars is sleeping together (literally); Earth is oral; Venus is fingering; Mercury is fucking. The sun is marriage, for obvious reasons which unfortunately defy the reason that I choose the direction...

vwspeedracer
Posts: 6
Joined: Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:52 am UTC
Location: Colchester, VT
Contact:

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Leonsbuddydave wrote:In other news, I'm all for a poster of this.

THIS

Korbl
Posts: 35
Joined: Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:41 am UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

I'd much rather have a t-shirt. Though I think I'd have to get a new one for each ballpark.... using it as a score card is just too good an idea to pass up...

also, as to questions as to what retrograde wheelbarrow is...
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.p ... heelbarrow

As true as the first one is, the second definition is just priceless...

but come to think of it, the poster could hold a record of "Teams who have played here"

dennisw
Posts: 441
Joined: Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:09 am UTC
Location: Appearing pro se AND pro bono!
Contact:

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Puts me in mind of "Portions for Foxes" by Rilo Kiley.

Korbl wrote:Uranus is first date;

Not on any first date I've been on.
Try the Printifier for xkcd. You can now scale the comic between 50 and 150%.

I find these very useful: Common Errors in English Usage (web site) and Eats, Shoots & Leaves (book). You may, too.

e pluribus unum

Korbl
Posts: 35
Joined: Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:41 am UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

I thought about going the other direction so I could make the obvious Uranus joke, but I had an actual logical reason for the direction I went (things get hotter the closer you get to the sun, until of course you get to the sun and fry to a crisp on the altar.) and thought that better than a single joke...

skylros
Posts: 7
Joined: Tue Aug 05, 2008 7:15 pm UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

I like this comic, is rather funny. I also love the "appropriate" binary translation

Faranya
Posts: 259
Joined: Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:10 am UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Actaeus wrote:
irishnut wrote:
Actaeus wrote:The "World Series" is actually a terrible name for a tournament with two leagues, both American (and one or two Canadian teams)

only one canadian team for the record...

Thanks for the clarification. I could only remember one, but wanted to hedge my bets.

There used to be two...

golemB
Posts: 2
Joined: Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:49 pm UTC

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Iluvatar wrote:The binary reads, appropriately, "base 2"

The funny thing is, if you search Google for the base-10 representation as a single string ("6261 7365 2032"), you get exactly one search result: a list of "The 12000 Most Popular Web Sites" - and xkcd.com is listed on there at #1053. If you search the document there, the string does not appear, but each of the individual numbers does (since they're each numbers less than 12,000).

That is a truly odd result - a seemingly unrelated, unplanned effect in which there is exactly one Google match that is presumably unplanned by Randall. Stranger still, I can't understand why Google set this as the one and only valid match; if you remove the quotes from the search, you get tons of results (as expected), yet the full string does not really appear within the matching document.

Hmmm. It does seem to show up within the "indexing" box of Scribd at the bottom right of the web page, but I do not understand what that is or how it works. Anybody got a clue?

Luthen
Posts: 2021
Joined: Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:42 am UTC
Location: Dealing with xkcdian immigration
Contact:

### Re: "Base System" discussion

golemB wrote:
Iluvatar wrote:The binary reads, appropriately, "base 2"
for the base-10 representation as a single string ("6261 7365 2032"),
My Google-fu is weak, what did that mean?
My fancy new blog I am not a vampire! PM my location for a prize!*

rnew: ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOAVATAR!
*Terms + conditions changeable

ThemePark
Posts: 450
Joined: Fri Jun 27, 2008 5:42 pm UTC
Location: Århus, Denmark

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Luthen wrote:
golemB wrote:
Iluvatar wrote:The binary reads, appropriately, "base 2"
for the base-10 representation as a single string ("6261 7365 2032"),
My Google-fu is weak, what did that mean?

It's the hexadecimal representation of the ASCII characters of the string "base 2".
I have traveled from 1979 to be a member of the unofficial board Council of Elders. Phear M3

Actaeus
Posts: 606
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:21 pm UTC
Location: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

### Re: "Base System" discussion

ThemePark wrote:
Luthen wrote:
golemB wrote:
Iluvatar wrote:The binary reads, appropriately, "base 2"
for the base-10 representation as a single string ("6261 7365 2032"),
My Google-fu is weak, what did that mean?

It's the hexadecimal representation of the ASCII characters of the string "base 2".

No it isn't, it's decimal.