0260: "The Glass Necklace"

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0260: "The Glass Necklace"

Postby ShadowLurker » Fri May 11, 2007 4:01 am UTC

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Alt-text: "Well, for some value of 'actually work'."

Gah. I have to admit I don't completely get it. Too many of these just go over my head.
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Postby athelas » Fri May 11, 2007 4:02 am UTC

An odd way of making a glass necklace. I like how in xkcdland, all actions have physical representations hovering nearby.


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Postby Introitus » Fri May 11, 2007 4:04 am UTC

I'd love to see someone do this IRL.

And for the life of me, I can't help but think, "Awwwww" when I see the outcome.
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Postby The LuigiManiac » Fri May 11, 2007 4:04 am UTC

Nice weird use of onomatopoeia, as always.

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Postby Anmorata » Fri May 11, 2007 4:14 am UTC

There's something to be said for original gifts, and I think that tops anything I could ever come up with. Awesome. :)
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Postby John DeSavage » Fri May 11, 2007 4:15 am UTC

Not to be pedantic*, but the only onomatopoeias above are rumble, boom, and crack.

*Ok... to be totally pedantic.
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Postby EYanyo » Fri May 11, 2007 4:15 am UTC

Are you trying to have me believe that lightning struck and was conducted through a balloon? Madness, I say!
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Postby Dew_N_O » Fri May 11, 2007 4:15 am UTC

Wow, there are so many things RIGHT with this comic. Endearing humor, solid structure, and powerful emotional connection.

XKCDReviewSite.org.wi gives this comic a 13/15 with 36 total votes.

Pretty sweet.
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Postby warriorness » Fri May 11, 2007 4:16 am UTC

I love the onomatopoeia. Reminds me of some poorly-translated mangas that say "put" or "touch" or whatever every other panel.

So... how would this process make a necklace? I know sand will turn into glass when struck by lightning, but how do you get a loop out of it rather than a single strand?
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Postby Relsqui » Fri May 11, 2007 4:16 am UTC

Well, sand + heat DOES = glass. More or less. This is just an exceptionally roundabout and awesome way of going about it.

If xkcd has as much time on his hands as his characters do, he's gonna make some geek girl really happy. 8)
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Postby The LuigiManiac » Fri May 11, 2007 4:16 am UTC

Dew_N_O wrote:Wow, there are so many things RIGHT with this comic. Endearing humor, solid structure, and powerful emotional connection.

XKCDReviewSite.org.wi gives this comic a 13/15 with 36 total votes.

Pretty sweet.


There's a review site?

EDIT: I just checked Wikipedia, and .wi isn't a top-level domain. IT"S A TRAP!
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Postby DeadCatX2 » Fri May 11, 2007 4:16 am UTC

I believe the comic is referring to Fulgurite.

Obligatory wikipedia link - fulgurite is the material that you get when lightning strikes sand.

The lightning is actually so hot that the sand fuses together to form a sort of glass.
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Postby ++$- » Fri May 11, 2007 4:18 am UTC

EYanyo wrote:Are you trying to have me believe that lightning struck and was conducted through a balloon? Madness, I say!
That lightning has just jumped through 2000 feet of air. Do you think a balloon is going to stop it? Especially a wet one?

The comic wins. I knew what the ending was going to be as soon as I read the title but it was still good.
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Postby Dxh » Fri May 11, 2007 4:22 am UTC

And so close to Mother's day... Hmmm...
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Postby The LuigiManiac » Fri May 11, 2007 4:24 am UTC

In some countries, Mother's Day was on Thursday.
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Postby John DeSavage » Fri May 11, 2007 4:26 am UTC

DeadCatX2 wrote:I believe the comic is referring to Fulgurite.

Obligatory wikipedia link - fulgurite is the material that you get when lightning strikes sand.

The lightning is actually so hot that the sand fuses together to form a sort of glass.


I was going to make an observation about how lightning-fused glass can often be found in gift shops, then I imagined it being mass produced in the same sort of process as depicted in the comic, but with a really large balloon suspending a giant matrix of individual cannisters of sand, and it kind of broke my head.
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Postby EradicateIV » Fri May 11, 2007 4:27 am UTC

Why don't we take the energy from lightning and store it somewhere.

Unless we already do this? (I have no idea?)
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Postby Arancaytar » Fri May 11, 2007 4:30 am UTC

I haven't decided which is funnier: That there are vague "action sounds" for everything; not just "rumble" (the only justifiable one) but also make, admire and give.

Or that that's a lovably circuitous way of producing glass. Even if it does work.

I can only imagine...

"Look, dear, it's a glass necklace!"

"Glass? You're so cheap."

"But... wait! It's glass I made out of sand myself by flying a kite in a thunderstorm!"

This is one of those situations by which you can recognize your girlfriend as a geek (hopefully). :D
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Postby Gelsamel » Fri May 11, 2007 4:37 am UTC

xkcd Fulgurite necklace merchandise please.
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Postby Arancaytar » Fri May 11, 2007 4:44 am UTC

Gelsamel wrote:xkcd Fulgurite necklace merchandise please.


Too lazy to wait for a thunderstorm? :lol:
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Postby Dew_N_O » Fri May 11, 2007 4:53 am UTC

Arancaytar wrote:
Gelsamel wrote:xkcd Fulgurite necklace merchandise please.


Too lazy to wait for a thunderstorm? :lol:


Why would you want to wait for unofficial merchandise? It has no value on the collectors' market and it's not much cheaper...

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Postby skeptical scientist » Fri May 11, 2007 5:01 am UTC

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Dew_N_O wrote:Wow, there are so many things RIGHT with this comic. Endearing humor, solid structure, and powerful emotional connection.

XKCDReviewSite.org.wi gives this comic a 13/15 with 36 total votes.

Pretty sweet.


There's a review site?

EDIT: I just checked Wikipedia, and .wi isn't a top-level domain. IT"S A TRAP!

Does .wi stand for "what if"? It's clearly hypothetically could exist kind of site.
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Postby Dew_N_O » Fri May 11, 2007 5:14 am UTC

skeptical scientist wrote:
The LuigiManiac wrote:
Dew_N_O wrote:Wow, there are so many things RIGHT with this comic. Endearing humor, solid structure, and powerful emotional connection.

XKCDReviewSite.org.wi gives this comic a 13/15 with 36 total votes.

Pretty sweet.


There's a review site?

EDIT: I just checked Wikipedia, and .wi isn't a top-level domain. IT"S A TRAP!

Does .wi stand for "what if"? It's clearly hypothetically could exist kind of site.


Close.

wi stands for "downward facing bird face eye being stabbed WIth a needle" The layout is *that* bad.
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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Fri May 11, 2007 5:21 am UTC

This reminds me of a valentines gift i wanted to give someone. It was going to be a heart shaped pocky on the cover of a manga book they needed to fit their collection. too bad i never got around it.

I think to many people entirely go out and pick whatever's nice with not too much second thought. Like a gift that's good enough, rather than going out of your way to get something totally thoughtful.
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Postby Woxor » Fri May 11, 2007 5:33 am UTC

John DeSavage wrote:Not to be pedantic*, but the only onomatopoeias above are rumble, boom, and crack.

*Ok... to be totally pedantic.

You mean you don't hear an ambient sort of "GIVE" sound when you give something?
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Postby The LuigiManiac » Fri May 11, 2007 5:36 am UTC

Now that I think about it, what if it isn't onomatopoeia at all, but rather the character is running on SCUMM? It has a give command...
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Postby John DeSavage » Fri May 11, 2007 5:44 am UTC

I always liked the Simpsons' take on the campy 60's Batman onomatopoeias.

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Postby Tshen2 » Fri May 11, 2007 5:48 am UTC

It would be pretty awesome if those old SCUMM games had 'approve' and 'admire' commands.

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Postby Brucmack » Fri May 11, 2007 6:23 am UTC

EradicateIV wrote:Why don't we take the energy from lightning and store it somewhere.

Unless we already do this? (I have no idea?)


The problem is that, although it contains an insane amount of energy, a bolt of lightning exists for a very short period of time. So the challenge would be to create some kind of energy storage mechanism that can charge instantaneously and then gradually release the energy. Unfortunately, we don't have batteries that can do this yet :)
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Postby grim4593 » Fri May 11, 2007 7:02 am UTC

Dark Ragnarok wrote:I think to many people entirely go out and pick whatever's nice with not too much second thought. Like a gift that's good enough, rather than going out of your way to get something totally thoughtful.

Thoughtful items are usually useless.
Useful items are usually thoughtless.

For me anyway, I find it hard to get to the balance. Its hard to get something thoughtful. And even if I do find a thoughtful gift, the receiver might just look past that and not even realize the significance or the thought in it. :/
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Postby hellojed » Fri May 11, 2007 7:23 am UTC

grim4593 wrote:
Dark Ragnarok wrote:I think to many people entirely go out and pick whatever's nice with not too much second thought. Like a gift that's good enough, rather than going out of your way to get something totally thoughtful.

Thoughtful items are usually useless.
Useful items are usually thoughtless.

For me anyway, I find it hard to get to the balance. Its hard to get something thoughtful. And even if I do find a thoughtful gift, the receiver might just look past that and not even realize the significance or the thought in it. :/


That's why I usually get books, the only problem is if your recipient doesn't read them, and then it gets tricky, because you have to pick a book that they will read, but wouldn't pick out by themselves.

Yeah, mutual gift giving is a snafu.
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Postby darwinsbeagle » Fri May 11, 2007 7:27 am UTC

grim4593 wrote:Thoughtful items are usually useless.
Useful items are usually thoughtless.


Pithy, but not entirely accurate. I am practical to a fault, and therefore receive a useful gift much more warmly than a useless one. In fact, I tend to think that useless gifts indicate a level of thoughlessness because they show the giver did not consider my preferences.

In short, keep your lightening glass necklaces, and give me a sturdy can opener.
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Postby ArchangelShrike » Fri May 11, 2007 7:31 am UTC

But the necklace is enchanted! +1 to hit!
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Postby Gelsamel » Fri May 11, 2007 7:57 am UTC

Hit sucks, I want Atk.
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Postby ArchangelShrike » Fri May 11, 2007 8:00 am UTC

You need an artificial diamond for that kind of enchantment.
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Postby Puellus Peregrinus » Fri May 11, 2007 9:57 am UTC

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulgurite

Ok. It's official. You guys are nerds :D
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Postby voodooKobra » Fri May 11, 2007 11:23 am UTC

Wow... I wonder if I could make it into an Amulet of Mana?

EDIT: bah! someone already made a gaming joke. Screw you and your +1 to hit. I have weapon focus for that!
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Postby Pfeutzeneutre » Fri May 11, 2007 11:26 am UTC

I just want to go on record as saying that this is a genius idea.
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Postby Minerva » Fri May 11, 2007 11:36 am UTC

Natural Fulgerite, of course, is extremely rare, so i can understand why you might want to make it yourself. But Trinitite isn't as rare, it's far more interesting, and prettier, too.
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Postby lyworm » Fri May 11, 2007 11:41 am UTC

Introitus wrote:I'd love to see someone do this IRL.

And for the life of me, I can't help but think, "Awwwww" when I see the outcome.


Me too. I'm melting :P
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