0556: "Alternative Energy Revolution"

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0556: "Alternative Energy Revolution"

Postby niteice » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:03 am UTC

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Do I spy a series?
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby ryan » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:04 am UTC

I hope it is a series.

I saw Don Quixote at the end and went "yesssss"

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby scarecrovv » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:04 am UTC

No you don't, I think. Just ending with Don Quixote is a good ending.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby dennisw » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:05 am UTC

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby war3_master » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:05 am UTC

Wow, he mentioned the Tripod Trilogy by John Cristopher, I think. Although it's not a trilogy since When the Tripods Came came out. I wish they made an audiobook of this great series. I'd love to re-read them, but these days I don't have time to curl up with a good book.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby RandallGetOutOfMyHead » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:05 am UTC

I voted for Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential election!

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Gruntaloob » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:05 am UTC

Don Quixote. Yes.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby GodShapedBullet » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:06 am UTC

The turbine seems friendly enough.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby diotimajsh » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:08 am UTC

Oh, Don Quixote, of course. Now I feel like an idiot for not getting it.

I liked this comic a lot though :).Randall's style continues to refine and develop new subtleties, even though it's all based off of such simplicity (stick-figures).
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby duckshirt » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:09 am UTC

I like it, but is it to-be-continued? I want to know what happens...
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby TheHand » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:10 am UTC

The color is messing with my head man!

Alternative energy is green, I say. GREEN!

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Darke » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:10 am UTC

Oh man, Don Quixote.... good times, good times.

Al Gore totally dropped the ball on this one though, he totally should have seen that coming. If only we had voted for Bush instead, maybe we could have avoided this crisis.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby ANeMzero » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:10 am UTC

I love the story of Don Quixote, and I'm often baffled by the confused looks I get whenever I make a reference to it :(
Thank you Randall for your appreciation of a story about a bat-shit crazy guy (that isn't Fight Club) :D

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby mightymouse1584 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:11 am UTC

extra points for drawing quixote's horse (rocinante) like it appears on the pablo picasso print. a tip of my hat to you sir.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Jahoclave » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:12 am UTC

ryan wrote:I hope it is a series.

I saw Don Quixote at the end and went "yesssss"

Your reaction, it was very similar to mine, except I think I had a bit of an orgasm.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby GodShapedBullet » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:14 am UTC

I hope this isn't To Be Continued...

It's a good reference I suppose if you know Don Quixote but I think I'd rather read some more jokes than read The Adventures of Don Quixote Fighting Animated Wind Turbines.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby glasnt » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:14 am UTC

Aw man, I was hoping for Inigo Montoya.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby dennisw » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:17 am UTC

I, for one, welcome our new tri-bladed, tripedal, renewable energy overlords.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby philsov » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:18 am UTC

I am I, Don Quixote,
The Lord of La Mancha!
My destiny calls and I go,
And the wild winds of fortune
Will carry me onward,
Oh whithersoever they blow!
The time and seasons go on, but all the rhymes and reasons are wrong
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby skine » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:20 am UTC

diotimajsh wrote:Oh, Don Quixote, of course. Now I feel like an idiot for not getting it.


It's okay, the comic was a bit quixotic.

All puns aside, the line "Al Gore, you've doomed us all!" doesn't show any hits on Google at the time of this posting.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Just Tom » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:21 am UTC

I hope there's no continuation - that's a wicked-ass ending (no shifting the hyphens).

As for the windmills, does anyone else see them and become incredibly happy. Some people think they're ugly and destroy the skyline but I love the sight of a bunch of windmills on the horizon.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby mackereth » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:21 am UTC

Just in case you don't know the original:
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I only have to move my gave up and slightly right to see a print of this, so I was also stoked at the last panel!

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Kazuke » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:21 am UTC

Brilliant Comic. They Might be Giants!

My proposal to end the word energy crisis forever: Take all the copies of Twilight and crush them into a singularity. Use it to power a Zero Point Energy Powerplant.

Everybody wins.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Storm » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:23 am UTC

I was definitely thinking of Gordon Freeman for the last frame... Don Quixote fits well however! *cheese*
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Ciega » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:27 am UTC

This comic gets a round of applause, for starting off thoughtful (renewable energy), getting rapidly scary (Tripods) and then suddenly silly (don Quixote). Usually we just get either normal-to-scary or normal-to-funny.
And I also am familiar with that sketch; there were two posters of it in my spanish classroom in high school.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby berto17 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:28 am UTC

Storm wrote:I was definitely thinking of Gordon Freeman for the last frame... Don Quixote fits well however! *cheese*

Me too! It was something like "Oh...slight resemblance to Striders there.....help us Gordon!"

I was satisfied enough with Don Q. though.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Stay_Puft_marshmallows » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:28 am UTC

philsov wrote:I am I, Don Quixote,
The Lord of La Mancha!
My destiny calls and I go,
And the wild winds of fortune
Will carry me onward,
Oh whithersoever they blow!


Hail, Knight of the Woeful Countenance,
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Wherever you go
People will know
Of the glorious deeds
Of the Knight of the Woeful Countenance!
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Quixotess » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:32 am UTC

Oh me yarm Oh. Of course you would call on Don Quixote to save you from the wind turbines. Of course. This is my favorite comic in a long time. Total love.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby skine » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:36 am UTC

Just Tom wrote:I hope there's no continuation - that's a wicked-ass ending (no shifting the hyphens).

As for the windmills, does anyone else see them and become incredibly happy. Some people think they're ugly and destroy the skyline but I love the sight of a bunch of windmills on the horizon.

Windmills are awe inspiring if done right, but can be ugly as hell if they're not. I remember a windmill farm on Prince Edward Island actually fit the landscape, at least as well as a giant white pipe can. But, I think it was Schuyler County (not sure) in New York that the windmills are just haphazardly placed around, with different heights, sizes, placement, etc.

However, just seeing them being transported is incredible. They need an extra long trailer just to transport the blades! Those things are huge!



On a side note, I can't get the Pinky and the Brain version Don Cerebro, the Mouse of LaMancha.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Kaelri » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:38 am UTC

This one put a smile on my face like the old ones did. Perfect.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Kailen » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:39 am UTC

I love it. It's just the right mix of reference and insanity.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby psicopoo » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:39 am UTC

Hahahaha, I just barely got this one. I never read Don Quixote, I just happened to do a little research on the origin of the band name "They Might Be Giants" a few years ago, and I think I've seen enough paintings in passing to piece the end together. Despite my lack of education on the topics, this was the funniest XKCD for me in a while.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby tuckels » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:41 am UTC

I'll have to read Don Quixote one day. I did love the comic though.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby cpp789 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:42 am UTC

In my opinion, this is one of the funniest ones in a while. I've always liked War of the Worlds, but add some classic Spanish literature and it only gets better.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby The Scyphozoa » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:45 am UTC

I know basically what Don Quixote is, but I don't get it at all. However, I do approve of Don Quixote being a stick figure. (One time in Spanish class, I drew him so that his arms were thicker than his torso.)
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby kaniman2 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:47 am UTC

The first thing I thought was: WTF? It's in colour!

Anyway, I hope this turns out to be a really awesome series or something too.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby lindemherz » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:48 am UTC

One shot, series, whatever. I want a poster of this!
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby DJorgensen » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:49 am UTC

When I made it to the last panel I already had Don Quixote on the mind...
Those things remind me too much of windmills/giants anyway *shifty*

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Quixotess » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:50 am UTC

The Scyphozoa wrote:I know basically what Don Quixote is, but I don't get it at all. However, I do approve of Don Quixote being a stick figure. (One time in Spanish class, I drew him so that his arms were thicker than his torso.)

Don Quixote was fucking crazy and thought some windmills were giants. "Tilting with windmills" (tilting as in charging at them with one's lance) refers to fighting pointless/crazy/quixotic battles.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Xyros » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:50 am UTC

I just shook my head and laughed.
I still think nuclear power is better though. Realism FTW!
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