1064: "Front Door"

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby flicky1991 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:04 am UTC

pbnjstowell wrote:I was just watching an old DW episode (Tooth and Claw)...

The show's been going since 1963. That episode is from 2006. Not exactly "old"...

Anyway, on topic - it doesn't really have to be dark for this to apply to me. If there's a possibility my next-door neighbour's dog is outside his house, my hands are literally shaking when I try to unlock the door... (I'm scared of dogs.)
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby ivarma » Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:04 am UTC

I think that that "something behind you" is a velociraptor

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby jozwa » Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:52 am UTC

"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!"

Sounds like an empty threat. Also silly. Then again a more plausible one would be too creepy for this comic.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby BrianB » Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:33 pm 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.


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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby eculc » Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:47 pm UTC

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby queueingtheory » Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:19 pm UTC

BAReFOOt wrote: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.


http://xkcd.com/1053/

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby ctsketch » Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:23 pm UTC

I need a graph titled "Distance my hand is away from my gun as I approach my front door at night"

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Pikrass » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:22 pm UTC

DVC wrote: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 cellocgw » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:45 pm UTC

Tabasco wrote: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.

That's a result of the general law of reversability with respect to the time-axis. Einstein beat you to it.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby cellocgw » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:47 pm UTC

Cousj001 wrote: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.


Because the night is dark and full of terrors. Save us, R'hllor!
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Izzamort » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:25 pm UTC

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby rage » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:03 pm UTC

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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That's the alt text for the comic.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Fire Brns » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:08 pm UTC

I wouldn't call title-text a solution.

Azkyroth wrote:Odd.

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

This.

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cellocgw wrote:
Cousj001 wrote: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.


Because the night is dark and full of terrors. Save us, R'hllor!

Everything worth rationally fearing is usually low light related. Most common rabies carriers are nocturnal, sight is usually one's primary sense and as such one's field of vision is reduced, prey species sleep at night and are most vulnerable then, many stealthy predator animals hunt at night, crimes are more likely to be commited in the dark, ect, ect, i'llstopwastingyourtime, ect.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Sockmonkey » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:17 pm UTC

The only reason strips like this don't make me insist that Randall get out of my head is because I like having company in there.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Patteroast » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:08 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:Because the night is dark and full of terrors. Save us, R'hllor!

Aww... but the night's also full of quiet and stars. Especially nice in an urbanish environment where predators are a much smaller concern, but traffic is a higher one. I'm an enthusiast of astronomy and biking, and going out on a bike ride at three in the morning is one of my favorite things. I even know a spot down in a nearby park that's isolated enough from the city lights to have a pretty decent sky, although it does involve a short walk through pitch black woods at night.

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

When I do get the exact feeling the comic speaks of, I get it while entering the back door of my house as well. Or even while inside, and walking down the stairs to the basement, as the basement door is immediately across from the back door. I guess my front yard is well-lit enough by streetlights that there aren't any hidden corners something could be hiding, but the back is pretty dark. My neighborhood's safe, so when the paranoia does strike, it's not about burglars so much as entirely-irrationally expecting monsters.

On a similar note, I just realized two days ago that people have made some video series on Youtube about Slenderman. In my wisdom, I decided to spend pretty much an entire day watching them, and then go to bed. No matter how rationally sure I am that Slenderman is not only fictional, but recently fictional, my imagination stills feels that the best course of action is to pull up the creepy bastard staring at me from a corner as soon as I close my eyes. The result was lying in bed awake while at peaks of the 'fear something's behind me' and 'embarrassment' curves.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby GallifreyanStudMuffin » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:00 pm UTC

The scariest thing is that I'm pretty sure he actually lives near me so the randomly released wolf is actually a genuine threat. But that's okay, because I never go out anyway.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Pfhorrest » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:29 pm UTC

imyourfoot wrote:
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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I think you meant Otter Ferry? AFAIK the mayor of Tallow just talked with Rurik and presumably got by fine until the Myrkridia tore the town apart.

Then again, I know exactly what happened to the mayor of Otter Ferry too. ye'Boah put an arrow through his head.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby hoarous » Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:37 pm UTC

As a tiny girl who has actually dealt with stalkers a couple of times, this one hit a little bit close to home.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby meatyochre » Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:04 am UTC

If I get a paranoid feeling, I just turn around and look behind me. Or I can root through my purse, pretend I forgot something, and appear to have a plausible excuse for turning around and returning to my car (sometimes, it's nice to be a chick!).

I usually run into the house as fast as possible though, just because there are a crapload of bugs and spiders that get attracted to the porch light. I've tried to get my roommate to stop turning it on, but she won't. So I get to fight my way through a moving wall of mosquitoes and flies and moths and spiders and hope not too many follow me inside :(
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby 61north » Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:35 am UTC

DVC wrote: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.


For what it's worth, I live in Alaska. One wolf would be a relief. There are literally hundreds of wolves, moose, and bears roaming around the city streets up here. In the past week or so, there have been at least four moose attacks in the local paper and one grizzly bear was shot in someone's front yard because it killed the family' llama. (I am not making this up.) Last year a bear ate someone's paralyzed pet bunny right in their front yard. (Again, I am not making this up). There's a pack of wolves on the edge of town that over several years managed to kill and eat about a half dozen pet dogs while their owners were out walking with the dogs. Bears have mauled or killed multiple people in the area over the years.

My wife encountered a large bull moose on our front sidewalk in the dark several years ago. She tried to run back into the house as the moose closed in on her, and she fumbled with the door knob in a panic. She managed to get the door open at the last second and slammed the door in the moose's face as he tried to come inside.

Almost everyone in Alaska has had a close call with one of these critters.

So, yes, I have the fear shown on the comic. But in Alaska, it's NOT irrational. It's self preservation. And there's no embarrassment involved.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Wes Janson » Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:26 am UTC

As someone with a concealed weapons permit, trained to carry a weapon any time I leave the house...I have to admit it seems bizarre to hear people discussing a fear of something behind them. I'm highly proficient with a pistol, and have a relatively high degree of situational awareness. If you're armed, aware of your surroundings, and know how to respond to a threat, there's nothing much left in the world to fear. From that perspective, being afraid of things that go bump in the night is downright silly - like the fear of falling into a swimming pool, if you're an Olympic swimmer.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby whateveries » Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:49 am UTC

Wes Janson wrote:...If you're armed, aware of your surroundings, and know how to respond to a threat, there's nothing much left in the world to fear


because* no one who was armed, aware and knew how to respond to a threat EVER got killed. NEVER EVER.


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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby J Thomas » Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:08 am UTC

whateveries wrote:
Wes Janson wrote:...If you're armed, aware of your surroundings, and know how to respond to a threat, there's nothing much left in the world to fear


because* no one who was armed, aware and knew how to respond to a threat EVER got killed. NEVER EVER.


EDITED FOR GENERAl IDIOT SPELLING MISSSSSTEAK


Hey, somebody finds an illusion of safety and you want to take it away from him so he'll be scared like you? What for you do that?
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Wes Janson » Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:14 am UTC

whateveries wrote:
Wes Janson wrote:...If you're armed, aware of your surroundings, and know how to respond to a threat, there's nothing much left in the world to fear


because* no one who was armed, aware and knew how to respond to a threat EVER got killed. NEVER EVER.


EDITED FOR GENERAl IDIOT SPELLING MISSSSSTEAK


Any time you walk outside, you might die from lightning. And at any moment you might suddenly have an aneurysm and croak. We don't normally fear these events, because they're low-probability and we have virtually zero control over their occurrence (unless you never walk outside, and replace your blood with some form of nanomachines, one supposes). The fear of being robbed, murdered, or raped is really about the fear of not having control over your own life or death. Someone else suddenly has that power over you, and there's no recourse but to beg, pray, threaten, or cajole. Once you accept personal responsibility for your own safety and gain the physical means to defend yourself, the fear doesn't have much hold - you've regained control, even if only in part, over your own fate.

Hey, somebody finds an illusion of safety and you want to take it away from him so he'll be scared like you? What for you do that?


Tell the old crippled guy I know who was attacked by a crowbar-wielding maniac that his revolver was just an "illusion of safety" when he used it to keep from being beaten. Tell my friend's wife that a pistol would have been merely an "illusion of safety" when her house was broken into and she was clubbed to death - oh, wait. It could have saved her life, had she been carrying it at the time.

In the meantime, enjoy living in fear of shadows at the door while remaining ignorant of the real threats, mundane and not, all around you.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby ritwik.mango » Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:12 am UTC

Why aren't the axes labelled? I thought that was Graphs 101.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Ryozenzuzex » Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:23 am UTC

DVC wrote: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.


I don't think that I can afford to purchase a statistically significant number of wolves. Much less distribute them in a properly random fashion!

Kickstarter, here I come!

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby imyourfoot » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:30 am UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:
imyourfoot wrote:
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...

Spoiler:
You are the only person on the internet who might figure out what I'm talking about.

I think you meant Otter Ferry? AFAIK the mayor of Tallow just talked with Rurik and presumably got by fine until the Myrkridia tore the town apart.

Then again, I know exactly what happened to the mayor of Otter Ferry too. ye'Boah put an arrow through his head.

I freely admit my joke is incredibly obtuse, but I do indeed mean the mayor of Tallow. Let's just say that during a certain depiction of the story of Rurik's flight to Tallow, the commander of the squad took his orders to kill everything a little too zealously and ended up liberating Tallow from its beloved leader before Rurik could talk to him. You might remember a spirited discussion about the subject which led to a rule clarification regarding said depictions...

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Sockmonkey » Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:17 am UTC

Wes Janson wrote:In the meantime, enjoy living in fear of shadows at the door while remaining ignorant of the real threats, mundane and not, all around you.
You're missing the point. This is about how silly we feel when we hurry to the front door at night when we already know nobody is around because our imaginations are screwing with us. It's fun to laugh at ourselves sometimes. The pro-gun ownership speech was rather OT and uneeded.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby J Thomas » Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:39 am UTC

Wes Janson wrote:
Hey, somebody finds an illusion of safety and you want to take it away from him so he'll be scared like you? What for you do that?


Tell the old crippled guy I know who was attacked by a crowbar-wielding maniac that his revolver was just an "illusion of safety" when he used it to keep from being beaten. Tell my friend's wife that a pistol would have been merely an "illusion of safety" when her house was broken into and she was clubbed to death - oh, wait. It could have saved her life, had she been carrying it at the time.

In the meantime, enjoy living in fear of shadows at the door while remaining ignorant of the real threats, mundane and not, all around you.


You are encouraging me to try to reveal to you that your sense of safety is an illusion. Did you notice that was what you were doing? But I don't particularly want to do that. I doubt I could do it effectively anyway, since it's a belief you find comforting and you are probably impervious to other points of view.

I will say though that I've gone more than 15 years without carrying a firearm and I don't miss it. I have lived in my current neighborhood for 10 years and there has been only one firearms incident that I noticed. One of my neighbors was a hispanic man that I was reasonably sure was dealing drugs. He got upset when he saw me re-sorting the recycling stuff. I only wanted it to be sorted better but I think he thought I was looking through it for evidence or something. I had several unpleasant incidents with him, and once he seriously threatened me, but he didn't actually attack. He liked to sit in his Mercedes late at night with the seat folded back and use his cell phone. One night somebody shot the car a few times with magnum rounds right where he would have been sitting. He was very shook up about it and moved away that month. It was probably a rival drug dealer. My experience has been that when I avoid offensive behavior (like drug deals) mostly the unpleasant people around me tend to take out their frustrations on each other.

Anyway, different people just plain lead different lives. Even though there are lots of dangers that firearms can't help you with, and some where they are a positive liability, still your life might make them useful for you. Once when I was poor and living in a slum, my downstairs neighbor had lots of trouble. Pretty much every weekend he'd get at least one drunk or crazy person who'd think he'd been with their girlfriend because they got the address wrong, or think he was somebody who owed them money, or all sorts of crazy stuff. Sometimes they shot through his door. He needed his gun to scare them away. None of those people ever bothered me at all. He was a convicted felon and if the police found out he had a gun they'd probably consider it a parole violation and lock him up again. But likely if people thought I had one, somebody would break into my room while I wasn't there to steal it. And maybe the difference was just that I was on the second floor and all those crazy people just didn't take the trouble to climb the stairs.

I think it's really bad that the police do nothing to protect poor people and then punish them when they protect themselves. I looked at that whole "cycle of violence" thing and decided I didn't want to be part of it. As it turned out, I didn't have to. I would want to recommend that to you too, but different people have to live different lives and what works for one won't work for another. A wolverine who tried to live like an elephant would at best starve. So I guess I'm glad you found something you're happy with so far.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Maxintech » Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:45 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:

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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 jpers36 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:22 pm UTC

Ryozenzuzex wrote:I don't think that I can afford to purchase a statistically significant number of wolves. Much less distribute them in a properly random fashion!

Kickstarter, here I come!


Nice user name! *twirls truhands*

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby Sockmonkey » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:12 am UTC

jpers36 wrote:
Ryozenzuzex wrote:I don't think that I can afford to purchase a statistically significant number of wolves. Much less distribute them in a properly random fashion!

Kickstarter, here I come!


Nice user name! *twirls truhands*

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby moxfyre » Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:58 am UTC

Dear Randall,

I'd like to express my Basically Decent umbrage at the notion of wolves as naturally aggressive to humans, a belief which has contributed to their extirpation from many regions of the world, frequently at the hands of dead white males.

Couldn't you have collectively threatened us with a randomly-loosed velociraptor instead? Now there's a cold-blooded (debatable), vicious predator which I never see in lovable nature videos. Even a shark in my front yard would be terrifying. God, those things scare the crap out of me, even when I'm swimming in fresh water.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby moxfyre » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:01 am UTC

Ryozenzuzex wrote:
DVC wrote: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.


I don't think that I can afford to purchase a statistically significant number of wolves. Much less distribute them in a properly random fashion!

Kickstarter, here I come!


Oh man, have I got the perfect business plan for you!

1. Collect wolves
2. Distribute wolves
3. ???
4. Profit

Defending against an avalanche of lawsuits may be another important piece of the plan. Not sure exactly where it fits in.

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby cub » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:11 am UTC

walking back to my front door at night:

fear that there's someone behind me

forward speed

embarrassment relief that i no longer live in the rape capital of the u.s. where i grew up

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby BrianB » Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:00 pm 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:

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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.


Actually,this is the code....

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<div id="comic">
<img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/front_door.png" title="FYI: I&#39;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&#39;t need to feel embarrassed anymore. Problem solved!" alt="Front Door" />
</div>


Clearly the title text is "FYI..." and the alt-text is "Front Door"

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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby jpers36 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:42 pm UTC

moxfyre wrote:I'd like to express my Basically Decent umbrage at the notion of wolves as naturally aggressive to humans, a belief which has contributed to their extirpation from many regions of the world, frequently at the hands of dead white males.


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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby eviloatmeal » Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:05 pm UTC

FYI: My uncle used to have a pet wolf. Not some circus animal he trained from birth or whatever. No. A rabid, feral creature he found wandering around in the woods somewhere, and leashed on a steel chain.

He'd bring the wolf over to my grandparents' house, where everyone went to hang out with the family, and he'd tie the thick steel chain around the tall, thick redwood in the back yard. The wolf would eat just about anything it was fed, but oddly enough did not like carrots. It would scarf down large bowls of salad with the speed and vigor one could only expect from a hungry wolf, but somehow the chopped carrot pieces would always end up at the bottom of the bowl, untouched.

Anyway, the moral of the story is that the wolf decided it didn't want to be stuck to a large redwood trunk, and tore its inch-thick chain leash and escaped the yard, never to be seen again. So there IS a wolf out there, prowling the neighborhood trash cans of the west coast of the United States. You SHOULD be worried, as it could very well show up in your street next, and it may be a good idea to keep a carrot in your back pocket as a deterrent.
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby twiggydanger » Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:57 am UTC

this image is something that could only have been created by a man because most women have a totally justified fear of being attacked outside of our homes
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Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Postby J Thomas » Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:30 pm UTC

twiggydanger wrote:this image is something that could only have been created by a man because most women have a totally justified fear of being attacked outside of our homes


I'm afraid that's true. Why is it? First off, there's biased sampling involved. If a woman spends 1/3 of her time at home, and attacks come completely randomly, then 1/3 of attacks would come while she's at home. More than that because some of the time she would be better protected. If she works in an office building during regular office hours, she would get some protection by numbers during that time.

But I suspect it is not random. If she lives alone, or if an attacker believes her home is empty before she arrives, that would make her home one of the safest places to attack. Most people will hesitate to come into her home to help her, because of their sense of propriety. That's certainly true of me. Once I was taking my 4-year-old daughter on a walk, and we passed a condo where a woman and a man were having a loud argument in spanish. The woman sounded angry and afraid, but I definitely wasn't ready to intervene. Then she came running out onto the lawn and he came out and grabbed her. My daughter asked "What are they doing?" and I said loudly "Maybe they're playing. If she was serious she'd scream". Then she screamed and I called 911. I felt a little wimpy for not getting more involved, but my daughter was there. And if I got hurt nobody would have much sympathy for me, while if I hurt him she might sympathize with him and get me arrested. Before I got through talking to the police a carload of hispanic men stopped and chased him away. Lower-class people tend to get upset if you call the police, but they shrugged it off that time.

It's like ChaungTzu said. You can put your valuables in a safe so people won't steal them, but then some strong thief might carry away the whole box, happy that he didn't have to look all over for scattered stuff. I wish I had a good solution, but I don't.

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He feels embarrassed for getting scared. He does have a right to feel embarrassed. Men are conditioned to think they're supposed to be able to handle anything. Ghosts and vampires and such excepted. It's a stupid belief. It's silly to think that you can walk into an ambush made by people who have their strategy all planned out, and beat them all up. So we have men who carry dinky little handguns thinking they can walk into an ambush and win that way. But not unlikely the other side has planned for that too. If they keep the situation ambiguous until the split-second the wave-function collapses, you're going to lose that gun. Unless you're willing to act like an utter asshole a whole lot of times around people who had no intention of attacking you. There's no good solution. Luckily, men are not that likely to get attacked in the first place, and when it does happen it's often only for money.

Your situation is different from Randall's, but I think he has the right to laugh at his own problems even when they are so much less than yours.
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