0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

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0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Kirby » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:06 am UTC

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Alt-text: Guest comic by Zach Weiner of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. When I was stressed out, Zach gave me a talk that was really encouraging and somehow involved nanobots.

You can actually click on the exhibits.... no idea how to get that to work in BB code.

EDIT: Added the "exhibits". Thanks to uncivlengr!
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Madonkadonk » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:07 am UTC

this...this might just be the greatest thing ever!
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby rpgamer » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:10 am UTC

Is that the flying weasel from way back in the day in the Hall of Misunderstood Science? Along with Gandalf and Sauron...

There are no doors to the concession area...
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Tyrannosaur » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:11 am UTC

I really enjoyed this one...

France is fiction. all the way. ive been there once, but it was just a dream....

Who else tried the magic eye trick lol...?
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby from canada » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:13 am UTC

Madonkadonk wrote:P.S. How many xkcd characters can you spot?


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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Boo! » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:14 am UTC

Interactive xkcd! What a fun strip :)

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby alexriehl » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:14 am UTC

Well, I posted the same page 2 minutes after you posted it, Kirby--oh well. What I was going to say was that when you click on the exhibits, you get lots of mini-comics! I have no idea how this works, but it would be cool if someone would explain it. This is a cool idea: A museum to mess with kids just so we find it funny. :D
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Tyrannosaur » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:15 am UTC

rpgamer wrote:There are no doors to the concession area...


woah! there arent... and the doors to the rotunda of uncomfortable topics look different... as do the regrettable pranks...

speaking of doors, i dont think any of those rooms would pass today's fire codes... in the hall of misunderstood science, there are 32 people and only one exit!!
and there are only two exits to the entire museum.. and they are right next to each other....
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby alexriehl » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:16 am UTC

Hat guy is over by the restrooms, wearing 2 hats.
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby arden13 » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:16 am UTC

Anyone know what that thing in the middle of the Hall of Misunderstood Science is? (on the ground, is tan-ish)

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby SummerGlauFan » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:16 am UTC

This was awesome. Hat off to Zach, an author who clearly understands XKCD well...

It also kinda reminds me of when I used to volunteer at a local science center/museum in town, and we had a fountain that you could put your hands on, and it would squirt higher the more relaxed you were. I got mine more than a foot in the air, and a guest said, "Wow. you must love your job."

Edit: The thing in the Hall of Misunderstood Science in the flying ferret.
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby mania » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:17 am UTC

I loved this one. Also one of Zach's additional SMBC visitors today =) - it's been a while.

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Madonkadonk » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:18 am UTC

rpgamer wrote:There are no doors to the concession area...

there must be a three foot wall surrounding the entire section so that only an adult can get over it and a child will need supervision.

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby alexriehl » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:21 am UTC

Tyrannosaur wrote:
rpgamer wrote:There are no doors to the concession area...


woah! there arent... and the doors to the rotunda of uncomfortable topics look different... as do the regrettable pranks...

speaking of doors, i dont think any of those rooms would pass today's fire codes... in the hall of misunderstood science, there are 32 people and only one exit!!
and there are only two exits to the entire museum.. and they are right next to each other....


Maybe there are hidden doors...
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Steve the Pocket » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:23 am UTC

Kirby wrote:You can actually click on the exhibits.... no idea how to get that to work in BB code.

Just post all the click images under the regular one in a vaguely appropriate order?
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Kirby » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:24 am UTC

Am I the only one that thought ground beef did come from the ground, as a kid?

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I was actually kind of surprised that there wasn't already a thread after I saw the comic. The stars must have aligned just right tonight, I suppose.

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Waldo » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:33 am UTC

arden13 wrote:Anyone know what that thing in the middle of the Hall of Misunderstood Science is? (on the ground, is tan-ish)


It appears to be a ferret.
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:39 am UTC

Holy crap! I thought the Fox Trot comic of xkcd was the best so far, but Randall now has a new standard to live up to: Zach Weiner, master of the image map.
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby arden13 » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:39 am UTC

Waldo wrote:
arden13 wrote:Anyone know what that thing in the middle of the Hall of Misunderstood Science is? (on the ground, is tan-ish)


It appears to be a ferret.



Wow.. Its been a long time since i've seen that strip

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Ph0X » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:45 am UTC

There's 27 sub-comics, you can check to see if you missed any here:

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Psykar » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:52 am UTC

I went through the source code hoping to find a hidden one that was like 4 pixels in a corner or something... waste of time it seems :(

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby 11rcombs » Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:01 am UTC

(sending from my iPhone, please excuse typos)
The image has an image map "linked" to it. This means that different areas of the base image function like normal hyperlinks. However, in this case, these hyperlinks (which act much like HTML anchor tags) have their "mousedown" event handlers bound to a function which throws the requested sub-comic onscreen in a div tag aligned with the mouse pointer.


Regarding the implementation of this in bbcode:
In order to pull off anything even vaguely close to this functionality, you'd need either image map support, JS support, or both. Seeing as BBCode has neither, this is a good time to say, "no soup for you"!

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Magnanimous » Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:02 am UTC

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY APPROVE OF THIS.

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby ritvax » Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:16 am UTC

Madonkadonk wrote:P.S. How many xkcd characters can you spot?


Cory Doctorow and his red cape and goggles!! NEar the top of the hall...
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby udqbpn » Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:17 am UTC

Did anyone else picture the mentioned dad as obviously being Calvin's? http://img.phombo.com/img1/photocombo/63/sunsets.jpg, for example.

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby ritvax » Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:21 am UTC

udqbpn wrote:Did anyone else picture the mentioned dad as obviously being Calvin's? http://img.phombo.com/img1/photocombo/63/sunsets.jpg, for example.


When I thought of misleading dads, I thought of Calvin's dad.

This was a clever comic in terms of execution. A nice change up from the norm. Many clever bits.

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Ferahgo » Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:27 am UTC

ritvax wrote:
udqbpn wrote:Did anyone else picture the mentioned dad as obviously being Calvin's? http://img.phombo.com/img1/photocombo/63/sunsets.jpg, for example.


When I thought of misleading dads, I thought of Calvin's dad.

This was a clever comic in terms of execution. A nice change up from the norm. Many clever bits.

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I came here just to see if anyone else thought it was a reference to Calvin's dad. My first thought as well.

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby TheStormRanger » Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:38 am UTC

alexriehl wrote:Hat guy is over by the restrooms, wearing 2 hats.


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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Salamander » Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:49 am UTC

Corey Doctorow spotted, between Misunderstood Science and Regrettable Pranks.

Awesome comic, btw. Love the interactive bit.

EDIT: Whoops, was already pointed out, :P
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby SummerGlauFan » Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:57 am UTC

Beret Guy is in the Conservatory of Badly Remembered History. Right next to the Star Wars memorial. ;)
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby arbivark » Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:09 am UTC

the least we can do dad does a bit of trolling now and then too.
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby RebeccaRGB » Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:09 am UTC

udqbpn wrote:Did anyone else picture the mentioned dad as obviously being Calvin's? http://img.phombo.com/img1/photocombo/63/sunsets.jpg, for example.

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:31 am UTC

Megan is just south of the entrance to Regrettable Pranks. (It's a strick person with shoulder-length black hair, it has to be Megan! :P)

The blonde chick who's mom is from Savannah and who works as a phone support tech is just north of the dinosaur skeleton.

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby phillipsjk » Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:51 am UTC

I didn't like the JavaScript, but then I am biased against it in general.

A "real" image map would replace the entire window with the exhibit picture. You would have to use the "back" button to get back to the comic.

I think the Unixkcd was compelling enough to forgive client-side scripting. This, I found awkward to use. I did not know you can dismiss the images by clicking on them until I checked just now.

I suppose some scripting may be expected because Zach Weiner uses it on his own site for the "votey" red mouse-over thing.
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Mazuku » Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:52 am UTC

I KNEW IT! Dinosaurs really are just made of bones.
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby glasnt » Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:00 am UTC

More than 6 months on, I finally notice SummerGlauFan's sig.

I don't remember writing it, so I searched for it.

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Mr.Molly » Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:19 am UTC

What? Damn. Not a single Waldo reference. This was the perfect strip for it too.

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Qaanol » Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:59 am UTC

Indeed this does look like something Calvin’s dad may have approved of, but also let’s not forget Parental Trolling.
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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby Dave » Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:43 am UTC

This strip is excellent.

Easily the best guest strip so far.

France is definitely fiction.

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Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Postby katamariqueen » Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:46 am UTC

I had to ask... Korgmen and Spangs?

...have I been trolled? :c


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