Why get worked up over which distortion to pick? They're all useful if you understand them, and deceptive if you don't, and obviously Randall knows this, so why is he pretending to be a stupid pretentious ass?
And why smirk at the idea of an actual globe? How does that fit into his posturing?
Seems to me yer man is running out of things to feel superior about, now that everyone knows about python and what-not. This is a pretty desperate grab, the only thing he's got going for him here is that nobody actually cares, so he can feel superior for caring.
This is the sort of comic that makes me think that most geeks are really desperately sad and lonely for a reason: they're spiteful little bitches who really don't believe that they're smart unless they find some tangible proof of it, which comes in the form of caring passionately about something that other people have never heard of. Might be "I'm really into map projections" (which translates to, "I'm really into being someone who knows the different map projections and likes gloating about it for some reason"). Might be "I'm really into this obscure meme that nobody else is ever going to care about, but I'm going to make it my life so I have something that makes me feel cool and different and a little bit odd, but doesn't actually involve being gay because, well, I'm just not comfortable with that, but I think that gays have a knack for getting chicks, so maybe I can work with this... hey, ponies!". Might be whatever. But it's all affectation. Nobody cares about "My Little Pony", they care about being seen as the guy who cares about "My Little Pony". Nobody cares about map projections, but it's a nice way to lengthen your geek-peen a little. If you were actually the person you're pretending to be, you wouldn't be fronting "I know all about map projections", you'd be off doing whatever it is you do with maps, and you wouldn't be telling the world about your pony fixation, you'd be doing whatever it is that you actually care about.
See, people who are actually interested in things, they do them. When people are afraid they're actually boring pathetic losers, they invent ridiculously obscure things to pretend to be interested in, and then instead of actually being interested in them, they spend all of their time talking about how interested they are in cheese graters of the late 1960s.
I suggest a trip to Life-Mart might be in order. You can wait for the after-christmas sales, it's okay, but I expect everyone to have a life installed and running by, can we say February? Okay, start of February it is. I'll be back around then. Enjoy the holidays!