xkcd.com blag

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

Moderators: Moderators General, Prelates, Magistrates

User avatar
arbivark
Posts: 531
Joined: Wed May 23, 2007 5:29 am UTC

xkcd.com blag

Postby arbivark » Sun Jun 10, 2007 8:10 pm UTC

Ok so it's not a comic. It's a bl<s>o</s>ag post. And as such it has its own comment thread. But some people might have missed it,
or want to discuss here, so this post.
http://blag.xkcd.com/2007/06/06/new-apartment
Image

User avatar
bbctol
Super Deluxe Forum Title of DESTINYâ„¢
Posts: 3137
Joined: Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:27 pm UTC
Location: The Twilight Zone
Contact:

Postby bbctol » Sun Jun 10, 2007 8:14 pm UTC

That's truly awesome. And it goes to show that people in real life are just as stupid as people on the internet, when the first entry on your wikiboard is "PENIS PENIS PENIS". So people aren't ruder on the internet after all! Just ruder in anonymity!

That is a classic idea, though. Love it.

User avatar
liza
It's teatime somewhere
Posts: 1903
Joined: Sun May 13, 2007 8:01 am UTC
Location: New Amsterdam

Postby liza » Sun Jun 10, 2007 11:01 pm UTC

Love it. The 'Language' and 'Shopping List' sections are especially hilarious.

Rysto
Posts: 1460
Joined: Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:07 am UTC

Postby Rysto » Mon Jun 11, 2007 12:17 am UTC

Search: SOCKS

If only that worked. Maybe Google is working on a feature like this...

User avatar
bbctol
Super Deluxe Forum Title of DESTINYâ„¢
Posts: 3137
Joined: Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:27 pm UTC
Location: The Twilight Zone
Contact:

Postby bbctol » Mon Jun 11, 2007 12:30 am UTC

I'm sure everyone's seen
Image

User avatar
SpitValve
Not a mod.
Posts: 5129
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:51 am UTC
Location: Lower pork village

Postby SpitValve » Mon Jun 11, 2007 1:46 am UTC

heh "In popular culture"

Also, I like that Fortran gets a mention.

User avatar
The LuigiManiac
Posts: 695
Joined: Sun Apr 29, 2007 4:09 am UTC
Location: Trapped in a hypothetical situation somewhere in Ontario...help?

Postby The LuigiManiac » Mon Jun 11, 2007 4:34 am UTC

No trivia section?

Also,

Code: Select all

       The neutrality of this thread is disputed.

Please see the relevant [s]flame war[/s] discussion for
            ways to fix this glaring problem.
Spoiler:
THE CAKE IS A 3.141592653589...!

DestinedCruz
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:10 pm UTC

Postby DestinedCruz » Mon Jun 11, 2007 7:40 am UTC

The 'Crash' heading, related to sleep?

Or does it cause the whole apartment to display a hex dump and reboot itself? =/

User avatar
PtS
Posts: 99
Joined: Fri Apr 13, 2007 9:17 am UTC
Location: Finland (the swedish part)
Contact:

Postby PtS » Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:25 am UTC

bbctol wrote:I'm sure everyone's seen
Image


The text should be:
On top of the fridge, right next to your regular ones.
My life is 50% sarcasm and 50% sick humour.

-Me (said with 50% sarcasm)

User avatar
arbivark
Posts: 531
Joined: Wed May 23, 2007 5:29 am UTC

Blag: "Laser Elevator"

Postby arbivark » Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:44 pm UTC

http://blag.xkcd.com/2008/02/15/the-laser-elevator/

Not about a new comic, but a blag post.
Image

The Laser Elevator
Solar sails suck.
In a 2002 paper, Laser Elevator: Momentum Transfer Using an Optical Resonator (available at your local school/library, possibly electronically — J. of Spacecraft and Rockets 2002), Thomas R. Meyer et. al. talk about a neat way to get a lot more speed out of light reflection than with a regular solar sail. The basic physics are pretty simple, and it’s a fun subject to think about....


Cute squirrel is cute. Discuss.

User avatar
rrwoods
Posts: 1509
Joined: Mon Sep 24, 2007 5:57 pm UTC
Location: US

Re: the-laser-elevator blag post with squirrel

Postby rrwoods » Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:48 pm UTC

So, if you put your hand in that there beam, it would be torn to shreds, right? Seems cool.

Also, cute squirrel. Is cute. I can haz squirrel? But rabies: do not want.
31/M/taken/US
age/gender/interest/country

Belial wrote:The sex card is tournament legal. And I am tapping it for, like, six mana.

User avatar
madjo
Posts: 208
Joined: Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:07 am UTC
Location: Dutch-land
Contact:

Re: the-laser-elevator blag post with squirrel

Postby madjo » Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:38 am UTC

how would you keep the squirrel in place?
:)

You are carrying:
- a slightly paranoid Android
- two left feet (not my own)
- a still unfed and very hungry hippo
- broadsword of +5 ridiculousness stained with the blood of the undead souls
- a stetson Resistol, cuz stetson Resistols are cool.

User avatar
Plasma Man
Posts: 2035
Joined: Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:27 am UTC
Location: Northampton, Northampton, Northampton middle England.

Re: the-laser-elevator blag post with squirrel

Postby Plasma Man » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:12 am UTC

Superglue :twisted:

User avatar
lowbart
Posts: 668
Joined: Sun Dec 09, 2007 10:00 pm UTC
Location: northeastern USA
Contact:

Re: the-laser-elevator blag post with squirrel

Postby lowbart » Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:12 pm UTC

JIGGAWATTS!

Also, there is something wrong with that guy's head. It's lumpy.

@Madjo: Duct tape.
...a fish called the Henamo grunter, named because it makes grunting noises from its swim bladder.
v1nsai wrote:Yes, I'm Linux, how can I help you ma'am?

zenten
Posts: 3799
Joined: Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:42 am UTC
Location: Ottawa, Canada

Blag: "New Electric Skateboard"

Postby zenten » Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:06 pm UTC

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

There is not alt text.

I am trying to remember if the squirrel levitator is a guy or a girl.

User avatar
Supa-Man
Posts: 13
Joined: Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:59 pm UTC
Location: Tempe, Arizona
Contact:

Re: "New Electric Skateboard" Discussion

Postby Supa-Man » Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:00 pm UTC

Shouldn't that guy have crashed into the laser elevator once he let go of the horse?
Ar!!!!!

User avatar
Yuri2356
Posts: 729
Joined: Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:00 pm UTC

Re: "New Electric Skateboard" Discussion

Postby Yuri2356 » Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:13 pm UTC

He turned off the motor before letting go. The 'Rrrr' vanishes in pannel 4.

User avatar
Supa-Man
Posts: 13
Joined: Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:59 pm UTC
Location: Tempe, Arizona
Contact:

Re: "New Electric Skateboard" Discussion

Postby Supa-Man » Fri Mar 14, 2008 8:19 pm UTC

Yuri2356 wrote:He turned off the motor before letting go. The 'Rrrr' vanishes in pannel 4.

But if he turned off the motor then he'd be yanked backward. The "Rrrr" is gone but you can tell the horse is still pulling. He could let go while turning off the motor, but the timing would have to be perfect.
Ar!!!!!

User avatar
sqrt(-1)<3pi
Posts: 28
Joined: Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:49 pm UTC

Re: "New Electric Skateboard" Discussion

Postby sqrt(-1)<3pi » Fri Mar 14, 2008 8:38 pm UTC

zenten wrote:I am trying to remember if the squirrel levitator is a guy or a girl.


Does it matter?

I believe both characters are Randall, as implied by the blogs
Also, this is full of awesome.

Edit: forgot to say, I think he just let the horse pull the rope out of his hand after turning off the motor
public static String reCurse()
{
``````return "Damnit!" +reCurse();
}

[the 4th root of n]*([the previous number - 1] to the 4th)-(the product of the 2 numbers in brackets)=the answer to Life the Universe and Everything, where n is the page of my post in the intro thread

zenten
Posts: 3799
Joined: Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:42 am UTC
Location: Ottawa, Canada

Re: "New Electric Skateboard" Discussion

Postby zenten » Fri Mar 14, 2008 8:41 pm UTC

sqrt(-1)<3pi wrote:
zenten wrote:I am trying to remember if the squirrel levitator is a guy or a girl.


Does it matter?

I believe both characters are Randall, as implied by the blogs
Also, this is full of awesome.

Edit: forgot to say, I think he just let the horse pull the rope out of his hand after turning off the motor


Well, the implications of it are amusing, if they're both him :)

Also, I want that skateboard, and I have ever since Donatello invented one.

Avoidist
Posts: 21
Joined: Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:05 am UTC

Re: "New Electric Skateboard" Discussion

Postby Avoidist » Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:29 pm UTC

If so, I think this is the third count of the making-out-with-yourself theme.

http://xkcd.com/105/
http://xkcd.com/267/

It takes narcissism to a whole new level.

zenten
Posts: 3799
Joined: Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:42 am UTC
Location: Ottawa, Canada

Re: "New Electric Skateboard" Discussion

Postby zenten » Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:47 am UTC

Avoidist wrote:If so, I think this is the third count of the making-out-with-yourself theme.

http://xkcd.com/105/
http://xkcd.com/267/

It takes narcissism to a whole new level.


Yes, but the first one has the guy not necessarily going along with it, and the second is most definitely not Randall.

SciBoy
Posts: 25
Joined: Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:13 pm UTC

Re: "New Electric Skateboard" Discussion

Postby SciBoy » Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:11 pm UTC

That squirrel is SO photoshopped.

But it still made me laugh again to watch it, specially in the panel where the laser is turned off and the platform is falling. The squirrel is all cool with it.
Image

Adhemar
Posts: 7
Joined: Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:21 am UTC

Blag: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off

Postby Adhemar » Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:34 am UTC

Randall mentions on his blog that he did an interview with the New Yorker.

He forgets to mention that the interview includes a cartoon-off.

Randall’s entries are definitely xkcd’ish.
So even though they are not officially part of xkcd, they merit an individual xkcd comic thread.
Mods, go on and delete (or move) this thread if you disagree.

Randall’s cartoons:

The contender is to draw The Internet, as envisioned by the elderly
Image

The contender is to draw String Theory
Image

The contender is to draw 1999
Image

The contender is to draw Your favorite animal eating your favorite food
Image

Link: Cartoon-Off: xkcd, at the New Yorker
Title text/Alt text: None
Comment: “String theory” is my favourite, as it has the highest level of xkcd’ish subject matter and humour. The “cat o’ nine tails” whip has enough strings in it to merit a string theory discussion.
Verdict: Randall beat Farley Katz’ ass.
I wonder who’s technically copyright owner: the New Yorker or Randall, and what license applies.

User avatar
armorsmith42
Posts: 105
Joined: Sat Aug 11, 2007 1:20 am UTC
Location: London
Contact:

Re: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off Discussion

Postby armorsmith42 » Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:43 am UTC

Once drawn by Randall, they would be subject to his copyright automatically.
Since he didn't licence them under creative commons, I infer that they are still copyrighted material.
This would make both you and the New Yorker violators of his copyright who will never be sued because Randall is not an asshat.
I must obey the inscrutable exhortations of my soul

6.626068 × 10-34 m^2 kg / s

User avatar
fishyfish777
Posts: 375
Joined: Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:29 pm UTC

Re: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off Discussion

Postby fishyfish777 » Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:17 am UTC

armorsmith42 wrote:Once drawn by Randall, they would be subject to his copyright automatically.
Since he didn't licence them under creative commons, I infer that they are still copyrighted material.
This would make both you and the New Yorker violators of his copyright who will never be sued because Randall is not an asshat.


LOLWUT :D Who gives a crap, it's just drawings.
Neon Rain wrote:And somehow we humans can invent scanning-probe microscopes that can "see" individual atoms, yet still can't invent a machine that can reliably scan tests not taken with a #2 pencil.

GodShapedBullet
Posts: 686
Joined: Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:59 pm UTC
Location: Delaware
Contact:

Re: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off Discussion

Postby GodShapedBullet » Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:14 am UTC

I think Randall won at each category besides the favorite animal eating your favorite food comic. I like the "pulled a Palin" thing, but I think the concept Farley Katz presented is really great for the category.

Munroe: 3
Katz: 1

Thanks a lot for sharing this, Adhemar. I had no idea the New Yorker did stuff like this and I had no idea Randall Munroe did this. The interview is pretty funny too.

User avatar
arbivark
Posts: 531
Joined: Wed May 23, 2007 5:29 am UTC

Re: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off Discussion

Postby arbivark » Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:33 pm UTC

I'm glad to see this thread is already here.
Boingboing had a post about a quirky restaurant which linked to an article in the new yorker, where i stumbled on the cartoon-off.

Klotz
Posts: 550
Joined: Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:27 pm UTC

Re: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off Discussion

Postby Klotz » Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:00 pm UTC

I actually laughed so hard at these.

User avatar
Irrational
Posts: 23
Joined: Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:03 am UTC
Contact:

Re: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off Discussion

Postby Irrational » Fri Oct 17, 2008 2:32 pm UTC

I like the 1999 one, and I love the string theory one.

mootinator
Posts: 69
Joined: Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:27 pm UTC
Location: Saskatoon, SK

Re: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off Discussion

Postby mootinator » Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:23 pm UTC

armorsmith42 wrote:Once drawn by Randall, they would be subject to his copyright automatically.
Since he didn't licence them under creative commons, I infer that they are still copyrighted material.
This would make both you and the New Yorker violators of his copyright who will never be sued because Randall is not an asshat.


No. Normally when you enter a contest or submit materials to a magazine you're giving them either implied or express permission to publish your work. Some publishers requires you to transfer your rights to them as a condition of entry/submission. Usually they want at least the right of first publication.

User avatar
RealGrouchy
Nobody Misses Me As Much As Meaux.
Posts: 6704
Joined: Thu May 18, 2006 7:17 am UTC
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Contact:

Re: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off Discussion

Postby RealGrouchy » Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:58 am UTC

Epic wins by Randall, some of Katz's were also pretty funny. I laughed hard at each one, though I missed the title text.

Three in a row was too much, though--reminds me of the "funniest joke in the world" campaign against the Germans in the war. I imagine many lives have been saved by the Monday-Wednesday-Thursday spacing of xkcd comics.

- RG>
Jack Saladin wrote:etc., lock'd
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:At least he has the decency to REMOVE THE GAP BETWEEN HIS QUOTES....
Sungura wrote:I don't really miss him. At all. He was pretty grouchy.

JoshuaZ
Posts: 401
Joined: Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:18 am UTC
Contact:

Re: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off Discussion

Postby JoshuaZ » Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:55 am UTC

String theory is brilliant. In 4 space a 2-d object can still be knotted. So a properly designed sheet could be used. But I don't think it could embed in three dimensions. Haven't studied higher dimensional knot theory in a while.

User avatar
This_is_a_username
Posts: 8
Joined: Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:42 am UTC

Re: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off Discussion

Postby This_is_a_username » Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:23 am UTC

the 1999 one is awesome. Your favorite animal eating your favorite food is funny as hell too. :lol:
This_is_a_signature

GENERATION 28: The first time you see this, copy it into your sig on any forum and add 1 to the generation. Social experiment.

TV4Fun
Posts: 104
Joined: Mon Oct 01, 2007 5:45 am UTC
Location: Certifiable C++ Programmer

Re: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off Discussion

Postby TV4Fun » Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:40 am UTC

I don't read a lot of new yorker, so what is the new yorker cartoon with the dog being referenced there?
$_[0] wrote:rule 2:
Once a relationship ends, physical access to all relevant machinery is denied.

User avatar
ConMan
Shepherd's Pie?
Posts: 1690
Joined: Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:56 am UTC
Location: Beacon Alpha

Re: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off Discussion

Postby ConMan » Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:40 am UTC

TV4Fun wrote:I don't read a lot of new yorker, so what is the new yorker cartoon with the dog being referenced there?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Internet,_nobody_knows_you%27re_a_dog
pollywog wrote:
Wikihow wrote:* Smile a lot! Give a gay girl a knowing "Hey, I'm a lesbian too!" smile.
I want to learn this smile, perfect it, and then go around smiling at lesbians and freaking them out.

User avatar
Elipongo
Posts: 24
Joined: Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:50 am UTC
Location: Upper West Side, New York City, NY
Contact:

Re: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off Discussion

Postby Elipongo » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:12 am UTC

I'm a longtime lurker, but I just had to register just to add to this thread. I fixed up Randall's Wikipedia article last month and I've been keeping an eye on it every once in a while. This morning I noticed that the article's traffic spiked on Thursday http://stats.grok.se/en/200810/Randall_Munroe, and I was understandably puzzled. I worked my way through Google news search and found the cartoon-off. All I can say is freakin' sweet! Funny, until I read the caption I thought Katz's first entry was Randall's- it's kind of his style. Cute how the young people and perverts overlap. I also like how Katz's cow is crying. Randall's hat-tip to The New Yorker's "On the Internet Nobody Knows You're a Dog" cartoon is just great!

User avatar
Jebobek
Posts: 2219
Joined: Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:19 pm UTC
Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Geohash graticule

Re: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off Discussion

Postby Jebobek » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:53 pm UTC

RealGrouchy wrote:Epic wins by Randall, some of Katz's were also pretty funny. I laughed hard at each one, though I missed the title text.

Three in a row was too much, though--reminds me of the "funniest joke in the world" campaign against the Germans in the war. I imagine many lives have been saved by the Monday-Wednesday-Thursday spacing of xkcd comics.

- RG>
It was a good thing most of our soldiers did not know German when they were reading it off! The last one reminded me of "I don't know what you're talking about, so heres <insert animal here> with a <insert silly hat-substitute here>." So I laughed at that one too.
Image

bluegenetic
Posts: 7
Joined: Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:46 pm UTC

Re: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off Discussion

Postby bluegenetic » Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:55 pm UTC

LOL :lol: The 1999 was the best!!

mache-b123
Posts: 27
Joined: Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:02 pm UTC
Location: Bogotá, Blagosphere.

Re: "The New Yorker" Cartoon-Off Discussion

Postby mache-b123 » Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:41 am UTC

Someday we'll see "the Siliconer" where all the guys who today work independently get their best shots.

Meanwhile... I know they laugh about my ideas, but in 9 years I'll take a lot of fun of them spreading cartoons of them by their obsolete iPhones TB, muahahahaha! :twisted:
Image


Return to “Individual XKCD Comic Threads”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 40 guests