0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

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0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby black_hat_guy » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:01 am UTC

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Title-Text: Guest comic by Bill Amend of FoxTrot, an inspiration to all us nerdy-physics-majors-turned-cartoonists, of which there are an oddly large number.
Yes! I knew he would do one!
It surprised me that Randall is having five comics this week, but it sort of makes sense because a lot of people want to do an xkcd. (When are you going to ask me, Randall? I may not have an actual comic yet but that doesn't mean I can't draw one.)
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby GyRo567 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:03 am UTC

Most excellent! :)

It's great to have a real FoxTrot strip, and even better that it's also an xkcd.
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby rileyrulesu » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:07 am UTC

Wow, first penny arcade now XKCD? That's pretty cool! Especially since Amend is my second favorite guy named Bill who used to write daily cartoons about a dysfunctional family which includes a little boy too smart for his own good.
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby Werewolf » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:07 am UTC

What the-
Foxtrot is in my newspaper every day. I guess xkcd is pretty big, isn't it?

Edit: Since when does Bill Amend have the the root password to Randall Monroe?

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby jpk » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:10 am UTC

Not bad - two of them are even funny. (fat jokes don't really make it, and a "sudo" has sorta been done a little bit. The last one, though, that's not bad.

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby glasnt » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:11 am UTC

How did I not think of the 'Aye' one before?!

ALSO HI JOEE

This comic was pretty good :D

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby ritvax » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:11 am UTC

Wow! First I thought my worlds collided when we had Jeph's xkQcd strip the other day... But to get an "established" cartoonist to help out Randall is just too awesome for words. Seeing Jason at the top of the page starngely makes all the sense in the world when you consider he embodies almost everything about the xkcd universe. Made me miss the daily Fox Trot strips...

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot)"

Postby black_hat_guy » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:12 am UTC

GyRo567 wrote:Most excellent! :)

It's great to have a real FoxTrot strip, and even better that it's also an xkcd.

Definitely. I thought it was interesting that he was emulating Randall by having Jason represent him. I wouldn't be surprised if Jason really is Bill Amend's avatar. I assume Randall's forgiven Bill for this.
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Edit: Jason isn't Bill's avatar. This is like all those arcs where Jason talks about doing a comic/jumble/crossword/sudoku/horoscope.
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby Steve the Pocket » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:13 am UTC

Wow. I think Bill Amend writing XKCD counts as a Crowning Moment of Awesome. I'm not sure for which though.

Werewolf wrote:What the-
Foxtrot is in my newspaper every day. I guess xkcd is pretty big, isn't it?

Wait, literally every day? Because if it is, some poor cartoonist is getting robbed of a slot that ought to be used to not rerun a strip that's no longer being published six out of seven of those days. Tell them to knock it off! As as cool as it is that FoxTrot is so popular that some papers are rerunning it...
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby mowdownjoe » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:18 am UTC

Love how he opened it with a Foxtrot strip. The following strips afterward were also excellent.

And yeah, first Penny Arcade, now xkcd? xkcd is officially big business, man.

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby Werewolf » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:22 am UTC

I don't read the papers much. But it's in the local one. I don't actually know if it's daily though.

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby Eternal Density » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:22 am UTC

These are pretty decent.
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby black_hat_guy » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:23 am UTC

mowdownjoe wrote:Love how he opened it with a Foxtrot strip. The following strips afterward were also excellent.

And yeah, first Penny Arcade, now xkcd? xkcd is officially big business, man.

Well, when you think about it, the first strip is a Foxtrot strip inside an xkcd strip, and the rest are xkcd strips inside Foxtrot strips inside xkcd strips. That seems to be in the spirit of xkcd.
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby GyRo567 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:28 am UTC

black_hat_guy wrote:Well, when you think about it, the first strip is a Foxtrot strip inside an xkcd strip, and the rest are xkcd strips inside Foxtrot strips inside xkcd strips. That seems to be in the spirit of xkcd.

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby black_hat_guy » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:35 am UTC

GyRo567 wrote:
black_hat_guy wrote:Well, when you think about it, the first strip is a Foxtrot strip inside an xkcd strip, and the rest are xkcd strips inside Foxtrot strips inside xkcd strips. That seems to be in the spirit of xkcd.

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby The Scyphozoa » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:36 am UTC

THIS. IS. AWESOME.
Wait, when did he do Penny Arcade?
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby black_hat_guy » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:38 am UTC

The Scyphozoa wrote:THIS. IS. AWESOME.
Wait, when did he do Penny Arcade?

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/9/9/
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby GyRo567 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:38 am UTC

black_hat_guy wrote:Calvin is clearly biased. All the works whose primary form was a painting were high art, and all those whose primary form was a comic were low art. (This is strange because Calvin likes comics.)

Calvin was only a devise for satire. Bill Waterson's comic is clearly some of the greatest art out there, and he frequently used it to make fun of those pretensions that plague Art, as it were.

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby black_hat_guy » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:42 am UTC

GyRo567 wrote:
black_hat_guy wrote:Calvin is clearly biased. All the works whose primary form was a painting were high art, and all those whose primary form was a comic were low art. (This is strange because Calvin likes comics.)

Calvin was only a devise for satire. Bill Waterson's comic is clearly some of the greatest art out there, and he frequently used it to make fun of those pretensions that plague Art, as it were.

Touché. (Seriously man, stop poking me with that sword. Whose idea was fencing anyway? It just sounds like an excuse to stab people repeatedly.)
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby unloadedx5 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:48 am UTC

GyRo567 wrote:
black_hat_guy wrote:Well, when you think about it, the first strip is a Foxtrot strip inside an xkcd strip, and the rest are xkcd strips inside Foxtrot strips inside xkcd strips. That seems to be in the spirit of xkcd.

"An xkcd inside a FoxTrot, inside an xkcd. Low art." ~Calvin


I'm confused about the last comic of the xckd that's in the Foxtrot that's in xckd. Can someone explain?

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby nelsonb » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:10 am UTC

Bill Amend's strips are Awesome. Wow! I'd say that if Bill Amend not only drew these, but wrote the script ideas himself too, then he's got the spirit of XKCD down pat and is one sharp cookie!

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby sje46 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:22 am UTC

He's done parody strips about xkcd before:

http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot/2008/07/13/
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby Icalasari » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:32 am UTC

Can someone explain the Aye one to me? >.> I get most XKCDs, but some math ones fly over my head, and it would suck not to get one made by Bill Amend

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby sje46 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:38 am UTC

Icalasari wrote:Can someone explain the Aye one to me? >.> I get most XKCDs, but some math ones fly over my head, and it would suck not to get one made by Bill Amend

"i" is the unit used to represent the imaginary number. Imaginary numbers involve taking the square root of a negative...which, as you know, is impossible. To represent these numbers, they use this symbol, the letter "i".

Which sounds like "aye".
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby Max2009 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:39 am UTC

Icalasari wrote:Can someone explain the Aye one to me? >.> I get most XKCDs, but some math ones fly over my head, and it would suck not to get one made by Bill Amend

This is the only one that made me smile, the others were groaners.
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby davidstarlingm » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:52 am UTC

Am I the only one who noticed how epic the hair on Heisenberg is?

I Googled him and was shocked....that's exactly what he looks like.

Or maybe everyone else already knew what Heisenberg looked like and felt that joke was beneath them....

(oh crap this is the second consecutive comic where I've commented on a stick figure character's hair)

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby Soultaker~ » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:56 am UTC

Max2009 wrote:This is the only one that made me smile, the others were groaners.

Funny, I thought that was the weakest of them all. But with four comics for the price of one, I can't complain.

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby nelsonb » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:00 am UTC

sje46 wrote:He's done parody strips about xkcd before:

http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot/2008/07/13/


Oh, that's great too. He really gets XKCD. His XKCD mimic strips make me laugh.

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby nelsonb » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:04 am UTC

sje46 wrote:
Icalasari wrote:Can someone explain the Aye one to me?
I get most XKCDs, but some math ones fly over my head, and it would suck not to get one made by Bill Amend

"i" is the unit used to represent the imaginary number. Imaginary numbers involve taking the square root of a negative...which, as you know, is impossible. To represent these numbers, they use this symbol, the letter "i". Which sounds like "aye".


Yeah, I thought that was the best one of all. Shows Bill definitely has the background needed to entertain this crowd!

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby DreadArchon » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:07 am UTC

Heh, the Heisenberg strip was simple and awesome.

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:08 am UTC

Icalasari wrote:Can someone explain the Aye one to me? >.> I get most XKCDs, but some math ones fly over my head, and it would suck not to get one made by Bill Amend

The square root of negative one is i, which is pronounced like "Aye!"
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby cyanyoshi » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:17 am UTC

Wow. The format was brilliant! I found each of the four subcomics rather groan-inducing, but this comic as a whole is charming! Jason would definitely do all of that, which makes me smile!

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Postby Duban » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:02 am UTC

That last one made me burst into laughter.
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby NotAllThere » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:07 am UTC

Guest comic by Bill Amend of FoxTrot, an inspiration to all us nerdy-physics-majors-turned-cartoonists, of which there are an oddly large number


981209839870244854231 is an oddly large number.

Don't get the first one. Please, some kind person, explain it to me. :cry:
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby skeptical scientist » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:07 am UTC

I have to agree that it's pretty sweet to see xkcd getting a guest comic from an established (i.e. syndicated) comic writer.

I also like how he established his "I read xkcd" cred in the second panel. (I'm guessing that was intentional, and he wanted to let us know that he's a fan, too.)
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby Max2009 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:11 am UTC

NotAllThere wrote:Don't get the first one. Please, some kind person, explain it to me. :cry:

Like this one: http://xkcd.com/149/
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby Duban » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:13 am UTC

NotAllThere wrote:
Guest comic by Bill Amend of FoxTrot, an inspiration to all us nerdy-physics-majors-turned-cartoonists, of which there are an oddly large number


981209839870244854231 is an oddly large number.

Don't get the first one. Please, some kind person, explain it to me. :cry:

I'm not the biggest linux nerd, but putting "sudo" before your linux commands overrides some errors/issues with those commands that might arise. It's sort of like saying "do this anyways". I'm sure someone who knows more about linux will explain it better.
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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby mr-mitch » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:25 am UTC

Sudo runs it with superuser privileges (usually, I'm sure you can change this if you wanted to).

It comes from substitute user and do (do).

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot)"

Postby jozwa » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:30 am UTC

HYE GLASNT

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Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Postby lassehp » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:53 am UTC

Hmm. I initially read "car keys" as "cdr keys", probably due to the text style. And I don't even really grok LISP!
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