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0736: "Cemetery"

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 3:54 am UTC
by LucasBrown
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"Three headstones down, I got a call from my mom and it went from bad to worse."

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 3:57 am UTC
by Otaku4399
Ive never seen a comic without an alt-text :cry:
Yeah it took me a sec but I can see how this would be funny to watch.

edit*
wow that came up fast. :D

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:00 am UTC
by -.Mateo.-
For some reason, I can't read the mouseover...For a second there, I thought logic had abandonde this world and felt myself sink in a bottomless pit of chaos...Then I read it here and thought "heh, that's funny!"

Good comic

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:05 am UTC
by rath358
-.Mateo.- wrote:For some reason, I can't read the mouseover...For a second there, I thought logic had abandonde this world and felt myself sink in a bottomless pit of chaos...Then I read it here and thought "heh, that's funny!"

Good comic

He's screwing with us again :wink:

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:08 am UTC
by LucasBrown
Otaku4399 wrote:wow that came up fast. :D

I was lying in wait.
Otaku4399 wrote:Ive never seen a comic without an alt-text :cry:

Initially, the alt-text was missing; it appeared after a minute or so.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:10 am UTC
by Nintendon't
Goooooood comic.
Kudos, Randall.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:13 am UTC
by Kaelin
My grandmother got ill last week, and my mom seems certain she's going to die in her sleep tonight.

Still, I smiled when I read this comic.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:14 am UTC
by Дерсу Узала
I was excited that he silenced the title text in respect for those who died in the making of that comic, but then, I guess it was just a moment of silence.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:17 am UTC
by squareroot
^Sorry. :-(

A great comic! It's strange when you here some talking to nothing, or seeming to yell at some innocent bystander, before you realize they're on thephone. This is what we want more of, Randall!

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:19 am UTC
by Otaku4399
Kaelin wrote:My grandmother got ill last week, and my mom seems certain she's going to die in her sleep tonight.

Still, I smiled when I read this comic.


sorry, I hope she gets better :(

on second thoughts I wonder how the conversation with his mom went, maybe something involving flowers, but that would just make him sound cruel from a distance.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:24 am UTC
by Zhatt
At first I thought this was about some sort of ultimate revenge: a comic-sans engraving on your most hated typographers tombstone.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:26 am UTC
by -.Mateo.-
Otaku4399 wrote:on second thoughts I wonder how the conversation with his mom went, maybe something involving flowers, but that would just make him sound cruel from a distance.


Well, I imagined the guy talking to what seems to be his mother's grave, then, he starts to ANSWER, and maybe even COMPLAIN. (maybe something like "What's that? No mum, I won't do that! get off my back!")

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:37 am UTC
by pokoleo
Great comic.

We need some sort of chart Randall-Style.

How long it took me to get yelled at. v.s. frequency

GET ON IT.

jks.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:45 am UTC
by ysth
A reference to the dearly departed f8d? http://f8d.org/?c=1

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 5:12 am UTC
by Omegaton
The first appropriate font I thought of was HumorSans.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 5:15 am UTC
by Eternal Density
Due to my browser window being small, it took me a moment to see the bottom part of the text, so I got the full effect of the misunderstanding.
Pretty good one :D

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 6:17 am UTC
by katakombe
usually cemetaries make me sad. but this comic is great, and made me laugh, and reminded me of what people must think when they only hear my end of my usual conversations with my mum. wow.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 6:30 am UTC
by tastelikecoke
what's more confusing is what they are arguing about.

And when you talk about cemetery, it's a visit where we get to play with candles! And I love fire.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 6:35 am UTC
by glasnt
Damn it, now I have Architecture in Helsinki - The Cemetery going through my head.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfJSvoFXclo ( i think, may be a live version, can't check from work :<)


HI JOEE


tastelikecoke wrote:what's more confusing is what they are arguing about.

Client vs Web designer, Art Director vs Pleb, there are a few possibilities
Then again, I do read a lot of 'notalwaysright' and 'clientcopia' and 'clientsfromhell', so I may be biased.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 7:01 am UTC
by Kaelin
Thank you for the sympathy. Still, she's 91 and has been dealing with significant health problems (starting with a quad bypass 16 years ago) and been hospitalized many times since, and each time she's fended off death (on at least a couple occasions her prognosis was not good). Even before getting sick, she's had trouble keeping weight on the last couple years, and she had a fall a few days ago, and it's sort of at the point where it's getting prohibitively difficult on her (for a while she's been using an air supply at night and using a wheelchair to move herself around, and for years she's been dealing with meds that may or may not be worth the side effects). She is also miserable in a hospital (who isn't?), and she just as much needs to stay out of nursing homes.

I have been seeing her about once a week (for a couple/few hours) pretty solidly for about five years now. I have had plenty of opportunities to hear stories and have conversations, and offer a token level of practical support (fetching a meal, walking her dog, grab a handful of things for her).

I hope she gets better, but it's not going to be tragic if she doesn't. She's lived through more than her fair share of tragedy (lost a child at a young age and in her younger 50s lost her husband to MS that seemed to be triggered by contaminated water he consumed during WWII). She's seen three grandkids get married (the other two, myself included, are not about to get hitched any time soon) and has four great-grandkids. She's made some mistakes in her life, but she has also made some tough decisions and done some great things (she helped put all her grandkids through college, something she did not have the opportunity to do herself). I've learned about as much as I can hope to from her, and I've been lucky to have had as much time as I have had. I am grateful for her, but I am also at ease.

And my own morbid sense of humor, plus Randall's touch, still allows me to smile at this strip.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 8:23 am UTC
by BlogosphereMan
Zhatt wrote:At first I thought this was about some sort of ultimate revenge: a comic-sans engraving on your most hated typographers tombstone.


I thought so too at first :))

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 9:40 am UTC
by Technical Ben
The funniest thing I saw with a hands free headset, was someone walking up to me. He said "Hi, how you doing?" Being polite, although not having a clue who he was, I thought I say "fine and how about you? (who are you?)". Thankfully before I got a chance to he said "I'm fine to, so do you wish to..." and it became obvious he was on a hands free kit, and just had the bad habit of looking at other people, or walking in their direction while talking. :lol:

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 10:36 am UTC
by LTK
I've got five bucks for the first person to do this in real life and videotaping it.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:04 am UTC
by tastelikecoke
glasntic acid wrote:
tastelikecoke wrote:what's more confusing is what they are arguing about.

Client vs Web designer, Art Director vs Pleb, there are a few possibilities

I thought it was about typography geeks fighting over their fonts.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:10 am UTC
by joee
What about at the bedside of a gravely ill person? I have this nagging feeling that there's probably worse places, but my creativity is sapped tonight.

HI GLASNT

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:43 am UTC
by gelatinskeleton
And I've discovered that the worst place to read XKCD is school. I literally laughed out loud, and people looked at me funny.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:58 am UTC
by natey
I would have liked more panels on this one... wait, he's been making a lot of 1-panel comics, is he on a budget again?
http://xkcd.com/521/

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 12:33 pm UTC
by xepher
Zhatt wrote:At first I thought this was about some sort of ultimate revenge: a comic-sans engraving on your most hated typographers tombstone.

Same here.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 1:03 pm UTC
by Mishrak
natey wrote:I would have liked more panels on this one... wait, he's been making a lot of 1-panel comics, is he on a budget again?
http://xkcd.com/521/



lol

Great gomic btw.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 1:05 pm UTC
by Isaac20
Oh wow, I may be a terrible person for this, but this is the hardest I've laughed at xkcd in a long while.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 1:40 pm UTC
by squall_line
I love the subtle details in the background, like the mother holding her hand over the child's eyes. :)

Pretty great comic this time! :)

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 1:53 pm UTC
by MarkSmash
It is kind of creepy, though the opposite is no less so.

I was walking in the park in San Francisco when this scruffy bearded man with a hand to his ear was arguing vociferously with someone. I overheard him repeating, "Shut up!, Shut up!" quite angrily.

The creepy part was when I noticed that he had nothing in his hands and that he was arguing with the voices in his head.

Though, with the size of cell phones getting smaller, the chances of ingesting one or getting one surgically implanted is increasing. Maybe we'll all end up like that guy.

"Shut up!, Shut up!"

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 3:00 pm UTC
by thelandlord
This comic is so good it's just prompted me to join up and make my first post here!

I had no idea it was possible to cram so much win into so few frames... pure genius. :D

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 3:59 pm UTC
by Sprocket
:-D Awesome.

Grave stones have fonts, and you know font geeks will get picky about how they want their eternal kerning. So the conversation almost makes sense, aside from the tense of person.
"yes dad, yes I know you wanted Arial, but mom insisted on something with little more flair...well you shouldn't have had your tie so close to the industrial printer head!"

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 5:06 pm UTC
by Pesto
This comic makes me a little sad. I just got back from a trip for my grandma's funeral. :(

I also got to visit my other grandparents' graves, but it was good to see my extended family. I hadn't seen some of them in 25 years.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 5:29 pm UTC
by PeteThePessimist
You know, that's funny, because I just got a call from your mom too! She's so clingy.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 5:32 pm UTC
by Ephemeron
BlogosphereMan wrote:
Zhatt wrote:At first I thought this was about some sort of ultimate revenge: a comic-sans engraving on your most hated typographers tombstone.


I thought so too at first :))


Here you go, guys

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 5:34 pm UTC
by SteveStein
This comic puts me in mind of the gravesite of e.e. cummings in the Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston.
His stone is set in upper case. Bothers me, but I hope he rests in peace.

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 6:17 pm UTC
by teko
Oh god, I just had that font conversation yesterday with my coworker yesterday.

And I still didn't get my sans-serif texts!

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 6:20 pm UTC
by rdm_box
Technical Ben wrote:The funniest thing I saw with a hands free headset, was someone walking up to me. He said "Hi, how you doing?" Being polite, although not having a clue who he was, I thought I say "fine and how about you? (who are you?)". Thankfully before I got a chance to he said "I'm fine to, so do you wish to..." and it became obvious he was on a hands free kit, and just had the bad habit of looking at other people, or walking in their direction while talking. :lol:


I'm surprised no-one has linked to this yet