vodka.cobra wrote:I can already see what the commenters at XKCD sucks are going to say about this. "What? Me no get the joke"
Pietro wrote:FIRST-YEAR CALCULUS IS EASY. GET OVER YOURSELF.
torritorri wrote:So it's not a reference to graduate school math. Who cares?
Um, if you had read for context, you would have seen that my point was directed at vodka.cobra, who, illustrating a general trend in the xkcd forums, was fancying himself pretty damn smart
for grasping a certain topic, in spite of the fact that the topic is of a quite trivial nature.
Nevertheless, it is pretty annoying that the author of a freaking comic about how he's so great at math
does not make jokes above first-year calculus, and manages to get wrong Euclid's freaking proof on the number of primes.
Bloody everyone wrote:It's just a webcomic, it's hard to come up with new material, etc etc
Dudes, seriously, this argument makes no sense. Bowing to "it's just a sitcom", "it's just a movie", "it's just a stand-up act", we could never criticize anything ever again. We would have to watch "Full House" and say, oh, you know, humor is subjective, this sitcom isn't formulaic or severely limited in its scope or anything.
Obviously it's very hard to make good jokes, never mind three times a week. That's why people go on sabbaticals
. Gary Larson did it, Bill Watterson did it, you're not gonna tell me that Randall is above needing it. I bet we would have a treat when he came back.
It would also allow Randall to live life a little bit, I don't know, travel places, get new hobbies. This is pretty damn important when his comic devotes such a large portion of its time to activities/themes in his life and that of his friends, and these days it feels like all Randall does is spend time on the web. Nothing wrong with the web, but the humor gets old.
One or two idiots wrote:You can't say xkcd fans are smug without being smug yourself!
Um, guys, I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you've met smug people before, and that at the very least you were able to talk to your friends about the smug person, without yourselves being smug. Who knows, if you cared about Mr. Smug a little bit, and were not too shy, maybe you even told him, because you know, people aren't 100% aware of their faults all the time. So the response above is pretty lame.
So yeah, I agree with Someursault, reading the comic discussion threads just feels like watching a giant competition of who knows more about given topics. This is annoying for me both when I know nothing about the topic at hand, and when I know a fair bit. Some of you guys seriously need to lay off the ego.
I hope I haven't sounded smug, because I'm trying to tell you guys something about your communication skills, with the aim of communicating with you
. As I see it, the point of the smug person is that they think some people aren't worth communicating with.
I always wondered about the meaning of life. So I looked it up in the dictionary under "L" and there it was --- the meaning of life. It was not what I expected. (Dogbert)