1064: "Front Door"

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1064: "Front Door"

Postby sportsracer48 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:04 am UTC

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Alt text: FYI: I'll be releasing a wolf into a randomly-chosen front yard sometime in the next 30 years. Now your fear is reasonable, and you don't need to feel embarrassed anymore. Problem solved!

And, fixed.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby rhomboidal » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:06 am UTC

I regularly get spooked by the motion-sensing driveway light until I realize I'm the one who triggered it.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby eculc » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:12 am UTC

this one was first. the other one is a fraud.

also, WTF randall? why no alt-text?

rants aside, I regularly experience this, aside form the jump in embarassment at the end.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Plasma Mongoose » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:16 am UTC

I wonder if this graph also applies to someone's back-door.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Bobsama » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:17 am UTC

When I rewire the motion-activated lights & their sensors, I'll be making sure that the lights turn on well ahead of me instead of after I stumble on the stairs.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Arky » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:19 am UTC

rhomboidal wrote:I regularly get spooked by the motion-sensing driveway light until I realize I'm the one who triggered it.


Or ARE you?

Maybe it was triggered just before you came within the proximity sensor range by someone hiding behind that bush over there.

Perhaps you should put a line down on your driveway, correct to the millimetre, so that you can have a higher degree of confidence that the light was triggered by you and not by the axe murderer in the bushes (who is probably keeping really still and not triggering the light, so don't worry).
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Arky » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:20 am UTC

Plasma Mongoose wrote:I wonder if this graph also applies to someone's back-door.


Only if it is you approaching someone else's back door, and only if you replace "embarassment" with "excitement".
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby hypersapien » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:20 am UTC

There's no title-text.

BTW, everyone, alt-text is what displays when the the image doesn't load. The hoverover is called title-text.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Goozim King » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:20 am UTC

No title text. Was someone following him right before he posted the comic?

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby karanj » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:25 am UTC

The lack of title text is scaring me >_>

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Plasma Mongoose » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:26 am UTC

Arky wrote:
Plasma Mongoose wrote:I wonder if this graph also applies to someone's back-door.


Only if it is you approaching someone else's back door, and only if you replace "embarassment" with "excitement".


Just goes to show how versatile graphs are. :D
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Tabasco » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:28 am UTC

I find this comic funnier if you try reading it "backwards" ... i.e., the person is embarrassed by what's going on in their own place, they leave, and then once safely outside and the embarrassment subsides it's replaced by fear someone'll figure out what they were up to ... thus their initially hurried escape is accompanied by a similar curve of the fear response. I guess it's not that great a fit, but it amuses me all the same. Go figure.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Alsadius » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:44 am UTC

I guess they can't all be funny.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Azkyroth » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:49 am UTC

Odd.

I only have this happen in the hallway at work after turning out the lights.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby jakerman999 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:01 am UTC

Little bit of nitpicking, shouldn't movement speed come to a stop(or near enough to one) when the door is reached? Some time should be taken to open it, and probably unlock it as well given that it's dark it's probably locked.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Erwin Brödinger » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:09 am UTC

jakerman999 wrote:Little bit of nitpicking, shouldn't movement speed come to a stop(or near enough to one) when the door is reached? Some time should be taken to open it, and probably unlock it as well given that it's dark it's probably locked.


He is diving through the window.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby lemmings » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:10 am UTC

Someone needs to take that gray curve, shift it down a bit so that the starting position is below 0, then integrate it. Label that new plot, "Distance from a person walking to their door". The +C needs to be high enough that it nearly reaches 0 when the person begins running.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Diadem » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:22 am UTC

hypersapien wrote:There's no title-text.

BTW, everyone, alt-text is what displays when the the image doesn't load. The hoverover is called title-text.

Everybody knows, no one cares. On XKCD it's called an alt-text.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby BAReFOOt » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:33 am UTC

Now I need to make a chart of my feelings when noticing there’s no title text.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby whateveries » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:33 am UTC

Arky wrote:
rhomboidal wrote:I regularly get spooked by the motion-sensing driveway light until I realize I'm the one who triggered it.


Or ARE you?

Maybe it was triggered just before you came within the proximity sensor range by someone hiding behind that bush over there.

Perhaps you should put a line down on your driveway, correct to the millimetre, so that you can have a higher degree of confidence that the light was triggered by you and not by the axe murderer in the bushes (who is probably keeping really still and not triggering the light, so don't worry).


unfortunately the repeatability of the PIR detector is hampered by things like ambient temperature, thermal mass and low cost high volume manufacturing requirments, it kind of takes a best guess inside of a window that there is something out there, getting mm accuracy would require a laser based scan, or trip line, but that is a completely different kettle of fish, Vision based processing is a good possibility with the existance of the open computer vision library you could with a bit of time and effort make your own system and grid up your drive using a webcam, that could work well maybe not mm accuracy, but certainly within inches...wait the little box in the corner tells me my compilation is complete, back to work.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby mcgaggen » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:41 am UTC

The first thing I thought about after reading this (well really the second, the first was thinking about how this comic applies to my life) is this other comic: http://xkcd.com/833/
(I couldn't figure out how to insert an image)

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby BAReFOOt » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:42 am UTC

Diadem wrote:On XKCD it's called an alt-text.


It’s only you, mate.
There is an alt text. It’s “Front Door”.
And there is a title text. But it’s empty.
Here’s the code:

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<img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/front_door.png" title="" alt="Front Door" />


People said “alt text” instead of “title text” in the times before HTML4, when there was only the alt attribute, and browsers erroneously treated it like a title attribute! That has loooong changed. Everyone knows that. So get with the times.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby vemorris » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:47 am UTC

Well, I think it IS pretty funny, in a classic XKCD kind of way. The "alt" (or whatever) text that isn't there? About the comic, at two levels it's saying,

"There's actually nothing behind me."

Just what you are realizing when you get through the front door. Quite clever, actually.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby FCN » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:59 am UTC

Now with title text:

FYI: I'll be releasing a wolf into a randomly-chosen front yard sometime in the next 30 years. Now your fear is reasonable, and you don't need to feel embarrassed anymore. Problem solved!
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby bhoot » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:00 am UTC

I know that GOOMHR is cliche and all, but GET THE HELL OUT OF MY HEAD GOD DAMMIT!

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby imyourfoot » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:07 am UTC

I've recently become afraid of the dark again once I started imagining that weeping angels were right behind me.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby orangustang » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:08 am UTC

I want to know the units for this. HOW MANY FEAR?!

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Arancaytar » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:15 am UTC

Wolf? Not a raptor?

(Though I suppose raptors are even harder to come by at the pet store than bobcats. And I tried that for months now; they keep sending me office chairs.)
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Arky » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:20 am UTC

orangustang wrote:I want to know the units for this. HOW MANY FEAR?!


The unit of Fear is the Ailes. The same units are also used for Uncertainty and Doubt, which are interchangeable with Fear.

Before the Ailes was adopted as the S.I. unit, it was known by many different names around the world such as the Howard or the Mao. Some American scientific literature still uses the outdated Atwater units.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Pfhorrest » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:29 am UTC

imyourfoot wrote:I've recently become afraid of the dark again once I started imagining that weeping angels were right behind me.

I was reading this thread thinking how silly it is that people are honestly afraid, even on a subconscious level, that someone is going to sneak up on them as they approach their own damn house in the night, and wondering what kind of bad neighborhoods you all must live in where this is even a plausible threat vs say getting struck by lightning...

Then I read your comment, my chest tightened up a bit, and I compulsively scanned my yard out my window to make sure I didn't have any new statues watching me.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Shidoshi » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:13 am UTC

lemmings wrote:Someone needs to take that gray curve, shift it down a bit so that the starting position is below 0, then integrate it. Label that new plot, "Distance from a person walking to their door". The +C needs to be high enough that it nearly reaches 0 when the person begins running.

If only we knew what units were used on the vertical scale...

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby pbnjstowell » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:14 am UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:
imyourfoot wrote:I've recently become afraid of the dark again once I started imagining that weeping angels were right behind me.

Then I read your comment, my chest tightened up a bit, and I compulsively scanned my yard out my window to make sure I didn't have any new statues watching me.


This is why I shut my curtains at night.


PS. Maybe it's not a really good GOOMHR moment, but I was just watching an old DW episode (Tooth and Claw)... and it's a full moon in the morning.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby VectorZero » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:21 am UTC

orangustang wrote:I want to know the units for this. HOW MANY FEAR?!
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Cousj001 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:51 am UTC

Almost every species in the Universe has an irrational fear of the dark. But they're wrong. 'Cause it's not irrational. It's the Vashta Nerada.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby DVC » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:57 am UTC

Even if Randall releases a Wolf fear wouldn't be reasonable. Reasonable fear would be fear that was statistically justified, and one Wolf won't do it.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby DVC » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:02 am UTC

BAReFOOt wrote:
Diadem wrote:On XKCD it's called an alt-text.


It’s only you, mate.
There is an alt text. It’s “Front Door”.
And there is a title text. But it’s empty.
Here’s the code:

Code: Select all

<img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/front_door.png" title="" alt="Front Door" />


People said “alt text” instead of “title text” in the times before HTML4, when there was only the alt attribute, and browsers erroneously treated it like a title attribute! That has loooong changed. Everyone knows that. So get with the times.


You've just described an etymology making alt-text an entirely valid term to use. Remember that English is not a prescribed language and dictionaries don't define things, they just record how words are commonly used. In the same way, we all know what alt-text means, just because the way of coding it has changed doesn't mean the term is no longer valid.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby imyourfoot » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:43 am UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:
imyourfoot wrote:I've recently become afraid of the dark again once I started imagining that weeping angels were right behind me.

I was reading this thread thinking how silly it is that people are honestly afraid, even on a subconscious level, that someone is going to sneak up on them as they approach their own damn house in the night, and wondering what kind of bad neighborhoods you all must live in where this is even a plausible threat vs say getting struck by lightning...

Then I read your comment, my chest tightened up a bit, and I compulsively scanned my yard out my window to make sure I didn't have any new statues watching me.


So that's what happened to the mayor of Tallow...

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Soma » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:19 am UTC

BAReFOOt wrote:
Diadem wrote:On XKCD it's called an alt-text.


It’s only you, mate.
There is an alt text. It’s “Front Door”.
And there is a title text. But it’s empty.
Here’s the code:

Code: Select all

<img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/front_door.png" title="" alt="Front Door" />


People said “alt text” instead of “title text” in the times before HTML4, when there was only the alt attribute, and browsers erroneously treated it like a title attribute! That has loooong changed. Everyone knows that. So get with the times.


You are the definition of "douche bag".

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby jmbryant » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:48 am UTC

Speeding up is NOT the correct response to a wolf behind you.
Turn and face it.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby VelociraptorEvader » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:00 am UTC

Ahhh thank you Randall for solving unfounded part in that fear I had. It was a major problem that as the graph showed caused a lot of embarrassment. Now I only have to deal with the wolf bites. :D
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