0946: “Family Decals”

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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby JoinUsNowAndShareTheSoftware » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:25 am UTC

This comic reminded me of an rms quote (In response to the news that a colleague would not have as much time to devote to Emacs since the birth of his daughter):
It doesn't take special talents to reproduce--even plants can do it. On the other hand, contributing to a program like Emacs takes real skill. That is really something to be proud of. It helps more people, too.


Ignoring the pressure to start a family or even have any long-term relationship is the best choice for a lot of people but they don't seem to realise.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby Vertices » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:57 pm UTC

In Brazil these stickers are known as the "kidnapper's catalog".

On another note, it surprises me that nobody has mentioned the obviously missing third car: the one with only a single guy, and boatloads of money.
(Disclaimer: I'm happily married).
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby sexual_chocolate » Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:40 pm UTC

Can we PLEASE get this in the store? I would love to buy one.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby a13ean » Sat Oct 08, 2011 3:56 pm UTC

I'm pretty late with this, but my gf got these for our car this past summer: http://gotfork.net/images/Window%20decal.JPG
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby Dodestar » Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:18 am UTC

I'd still prefer the one on the left. :wink:
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby merrak » Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:10 am UTC

Sometimes it's tempting to buy a set of family stickers so I can go around adding random new members to people's families. I doubt they would notice for a while, if at all.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby CZeke » Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:59 am UTC

That would be awesome. You'd be the decal equivalent of a cuckoo bird. (Ever read about cuckoo birds? Don't.)
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby hardidu » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:33 pm UTC

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http://i40.tinypic.com/2qcjipx.jpg


I credit XKCD 100% for this, but I loved the idea too much, and had to run with it. Plus, my family/baby-crazy in-laws will downright HATE it. And that, of course, makes me smile. :twisted:
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby Rickster » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:25 am UTC

LoganCale wrote:
Tiberius wrote:What does the alt-text even mean?


My only guess was a reference to the Mouse Army, but I'm probably way off there.


It's an HTML tag. It's intended to say:

"print this text here" if you can't find the picture/image I really wanted to display here

If you mouse over the picture, most browsers will show you the text.

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<img src="http://www.google.com/intl/en_com/images/srpr/logo3w.png"  alt="TEXT YOU SEE WHEN HOVERING" title="TEXT YOU SEE WHEN HOVERING" />


I tried to make a cool example with the google logo and hover text, but I couldn't figure out how to let the board take my BBCode code
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby phlip » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:32 am UTC

Not quite, you're mixing things up. The "alt" attribute specifies the text that's displayed if the image can't be loaded - it's supposed to be an alternate representation of the information in the picture, so if the picture is missing, or you have a text-only browser, or a blind user using text-to-speech, or any other reason why you need a text representation of the picture, it's there. Meanwhile the "title" attribute (not just on images, on any HTML element) stores "extra" information, which is displayed by most browsers in a mouseover tooltip.

Referring to the mouseover tooltips as "alt-text" is a misnomer that dates back to the fact that ye olde versions of IE would display alt text in a tooltip (and didn't recognise the "title" attribute), so website builders would break with the intended usage of the alt attribute and put tooltip-appropriate text in there. IE has since corrected its ways, but the name has stuck.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby CZeke » Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:51 am UTC

Uh, guys? Tiberius wasn't asking what alt-text was. He was confused by the text itself.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby jnrice » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:46 pm UTC

Hey, when will I see this decal in the xkcd store?! I know I would put one on my car.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby hardidu » Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:31 pm UTC

jnrice wrote:Hey, when will I see this decal in the xkcd store?! I know I would put one on my car.


You can just build them online... Goto Familystickers.com and order the components.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby pjt008 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:14 pm UTC

I guess I'm a little late to this party, but...

I made decals for my car that are guy + cat + bag of cash. I'd post pics but I can't do attachments or links as a newbie - can I point someone to them so they can post them?

thanks,
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby KrytenKoro » Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:19 am UTC

Post deleted, I took another look at the timestamp.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby PayasYouDraw » Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:35 am UTC

LeiraHoward wrote:
I had to capitulate and get a minivan to haul our kids, but there is NO WAY I'm putting those stickers on it. My husband joked about it and got the Look Of Death.



I'm sure you love your kids very much, but I've always felt that the natural limit for the size of a family is that the family and their luggage should fit in a saloon car. If you need to buy anything described as a "van", you've had too many children.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby mathmannix » Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:41 pm UTC

PayasYouDraw wrote:
LeiraHoward wrote:
I had to capitulate and get a minivan to haul our kids, but there is NO WAY I'm putting those stickers on it. My husband joked about it and got the Look Of Death.



I'm sure you love your kids very much, but I've always felt that the natural limit for the size of a family is that the family and their luggage should fit in a saloon car. If you need to buy anything described as a "van", you've had too many children.


It's maybe not the same in the British Isles, which is where I'm guessing you're from by the use of the term "saloon car", but here in the US, the luggage requirements of only one child can be enough to justify a mid-size SUV; two or three kids and you're going to definitely need a large SUV, or a van of some sort, for more than an overnight trip, maybe even for one night. My sister and her husband just upgraded from an SUV to a minivan because they have two kids now. We have a large SUV and one <1-year-old daughter, and have no problem filling it up with a stroller, a high chair, an exer-saucer, a pack-n-play (portable crib), a jenny jump-up, various toys and stuffed animals to cheer her up, diaper bags, bottles and baby food, and a large suitcase for the number of outfits she can go through in a day between "one end and the other". Plus our suitcases, pillows, laptops, and garment bag.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby PayasYouDraw » Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:44 pm UTC

mathmannix wrote:
It's maybe not the same in the British Isles, which is where I'm guessing you're from by the use of the term "saloon car", but here in the US, the luggage requirements of only one child can be enough to justify a mid-size SUV; two or three kids and you're going to definitely need a large SUV, or a van of some sort, for more than an overnight trip, maybe even for one night. My sister and her husband just upgraded from an SUV to a minivan because they have two kids now. We have a large SUV and one <1-year-old daughter, and have no problem filling it up with a stroller, a high chair, an exer-saucer, a pack-n-play (portable crib), a jenny jump-up, various toys and stuffed animals to cheer her up, diaper bags, bottles and baby food, and a large suitcase for the number of outfits she can go through in a day between "one end and the other". Plus our suitcases, pillows, laptops, and garment bag.


Admittedly it's more a case that I'd never compromise what my car says about me for the sake of a larger family. :wink: But I wouldn't have thought 1 child would warrant such a huge amount of stuff.

PS. You correctly guess my Britishness, but not my location.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby PinkShinyRose » Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:01 pm UTC

Don't a lot of those SUVs/vans (aren't they the same except for the amount of profile in the tires?) sacrifice their luggage space to the 6th and 7th seats (or maybe even 3th/4th/5th in the smaller ones) leaving less space than in a sedan, or even a hatchback?

I guess it makes sense for a 1 year old, I was thinking a little older (when they no longer need to be constrained by their toys) and was like: how can a family of 3 not fit in a sedan?
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby Tyndmyr » Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:19 pm UTC

PinkShinyRose wrote:Don't a lot of those SUVs/vans (aren't they the same except for the amount of profile in the tires?) sacrifice their luggage space to the 6th and 7th seats (or maybe even 3th/4th/5th in the smaller ones) leaving less space than in a sedan, or even a hatchback?

I guess it makes sense for a 1 year old, I was thinking a little older (when they no longer need to be constrained by their toys) and was like: how can a family of 3 not fit in a sedan?


Even at a young age, it seems unusual. You've got a trunk and a coupla seats worth of space. *shrug* I'm not a parent though, so meh.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby mathmannix » Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:39 pm UTC

PinkShinyRose wrote:Don't a lot of those SUVs/vans (aren't they the same except for the amount of profile in the tires?) sacrifice their luggage space to the 6th and 7th seats (or maybe even 3th/4th/5th in the smaller ones) leaving less space than in a sedan, or even a hatchback?

I guess it makes sense for a 1 year old, I was thinking a little older (when they no longer need to be constrained by their toys) and was like: how can a family of 3 not fit in a sedan?


Ours has a third row of seats (5th-7th seats) that folds flat forward as part of what I call the cargo bay. We keep ours down most of the time; when we need the seats we can't take as much cargo.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby speising » Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:24 pm UTC

my parents like to tell the story how the went on a skiing holiday with three little kids and a grandma, in a vw beetle.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby HES » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:51 pm UTC

speising wrote:my parents like to tell the story how the went on a skiing holiday with three little kids and a grandma, in a vw beetle.

Before seatbelt requirements were a thing, I presume.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby Mikeski » Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:54 am UTC

HES wrote:Before seatbelt requirements were a thing, I presume.

Ah, the good old days... being a little kid in a sleeping bag in the back of the station wagon, rolling down the highway at 3AM heading to Grandma's house...
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby PayasYouDraw » Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:17 am UTC

PinkShinyRose wrote:Don't a lot of those SUVs/vans (aren't they the same except for the amount of profile in the tires?) sacrifice their luggage space to the 6th and 7th seats (or maybe even 3th/4th/5th in the smaller ones) leaving less space than in a sedan, or even a hatchback?

I guess it makes sense for a 1 year old, I was thinking a little older (when they no longer need to be constrained by their toys) and was like: how can a family of 3 not fit in a sedan?


I'd normally interpret SUV to mean a 4x4 like a Land Rover or Toyota Land Cruiser, whereas a minivan is more a people mover like a Renault Espace. The latter class being the most uncool class of car known to mankind.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby orthogon » Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:02 pm UTC

For some reason those massive 4x4s are popular amongst affluent parents in London, even though they take up about 120% of the available width of a typical two-way road. They're known here as "Chelsea Tractors".
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby HES » Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:38 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:For some reason those massive 4x4s are popular amongst affluent parents in London, even though they take up about 120% of the available width of a typical two-way road. They're known here as "Chelsea Tractors".

The deluded reasoning for the school-run 4x4s is that they have high safety ratings for the passengers, so the kids are safer. Except once they get out, they are susceptible to the really low safety rating for pedestrians, and the more parent's buying them to keep their kids safe, the less safe their and everyone else's kids actually are. Quite apart from the fact that they should be walking or cycling where possible.
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby PinkShinyRose » Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:33 pm UTC

HES wrote:
orthogon wrote:For some reason those massive 4x4s are popular amongst affluent parents in London, even though they take up about 120% of the available width of a typical two-way road. They're known here as "Chelsea Tractors".

The deluded reasoning for the school-run 4x4s is that they have high safety ratings for the passengers, so the kids are safer. Except once they get out, they are susceptible to the really low safety rating for pedestrians, and the more parent's buying them to keep their kids safe, the less safe their and everyone else's kids actually are. Quite apart from the fact that they should be walking or cycling where possible.

This kind of sounds like the tragedy of the commons, but different :P. They should just make every area within 1 km from a school a 4x4 free-zone, especially in urban areas (kind of like they don't allow 'coffeeshops' (it's a euphemism for cannabis store, I think it lacks an English equivalent) within a certain distance from schools here).
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby orthogon » Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:23 pm UTC

PinkShinyRose wrote:They should just make every area within 1 km from a school a 4x4 free-zone, especially in urban areas (kind of like they don't allow 'coffeeshops' (it's a euphemism for cannabis store, I think it lacks an English equivalent) within a certain distance from schools here).

I love the way you say coffeeshop lacks an English equivalent. It's a bit like the French having no word for entrepreneur. It's essentially true: we don't have a word for a cafe-like establishment that sells decriminalised cannabis, although we do of course have a word coffeeshop, and those of us who have visited the fine city of Amsterdam and spent time in said establishments would definitely refer to them as coffeeshops, borrowing the word (back) from Dutch (my head is starting to spin). Similarly, it's quite plausible that entrepreneur only gained the meaning "owner of a small business" in French by re-adoption from English (my French dictionary doesn't have etymologies). (I'm delighted to learn that I'm not actually defending G.W.Bush here, because he didn't say it in the first place...)
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Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Postby Tyndmyr » Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:28 pm UTC

PayasYouDraw wrote:
PinkShinyRose wrote:Don't a lot of those SUVs/vans (aren't they the same except for the amount of profile in the tires?) sacrifice their luggage space to the 6th and 7th seats (or maybe even 3th/4th/5th in the smaller ones) leaving less space than in a sedan, or even a hatchback?

I guess it makes sense for a 1 year old, I was thinking a little older (when they no longer need to be constrained by their toys) and was like: how can a family of 3 not fit in a sedan?


I'd normally interpret SUV to mean a 4x4 like a Land Rover or Toyota Land Cruiser, whereas a minivan is more a people mover like a Renault Espace. The latter class being the most uncool class of car known to mankind.


While normally true, the teenage mutant ninja turtles did drive a van, and thus they had a brief moment of awesome in the 90s. Brief.
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