1023: "Late-Night BS"

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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby San Fran Sam » Wed Feb 29, 2012 4:56 pm UTC

So, it has come to this.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby av4rice » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:24 pm UTC

A_of_s_t wrote:What in God's name is up with the font? Why is the quality so bad?

You noticed the lettering but not the rest of the image? The whole thing lacks the anti-aliasing that these comics usually get.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby Dingbats » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:31 pm UTC

av4rice wrote:
A_of_s_t wrote:What in God's name is up with the font? Why is the quality so bad?

You noticed the lettering but not the rest of the image? The whole thing lacks the anti-aliasing that these comics usually get.

Yes, and why? Is there some point to it that you need to be American to get?
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby EpicanicusStrikes » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:38 pm UTC

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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby rinka » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:40 pm UTC

av4rice wrote:
A_of_s_t wrote:What in God's name is up with the font? Why is the quality so bad?

You noticed the lettering but not the rest of the image? The whole thing lacks the anti-aliasing that these comics usually get.

I even right-clicked the image to have the picture shown in full size because I couldn't imagine this would be on purpose. :D Though, unless it's related to the comic's content, which I don't think, it's still possible that it's unintentional.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby llwang » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:46 pm UTC

Something is wrong with the resolution or discretization. It hurts.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby Coyne » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:46 pm UTC

Ah, yes. PBS on Ambien: That'll do it every time.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby SirMustapha » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:52 pm UTC

I never expected that Randall would become so lazy that even the image quality of his comics would take such a sudden nosedive. All made worse by the fact that the "joke" is just a watered-down, uninspired creepypasta pastiche. Probably Randall read about it on Wikipedia yesterday and decided to make a comic about it.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby threedognice » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:54 pm UTC

SirMustapha wrote:I never expected that Randall would become so lazy that even the image quality of his comics would take such a sudden nosedive. All made worse by the fact that the "joke" is just a watered-down, uninspired creepypasta pastiche. Probably Randall read about it on Wikipedia yesterday and decided to make a comic about it.

So, it has come to this.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby addams » Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:00 pm UTC

Linux0s wrote:I don't think Bob Ross was capable of painting a less than happy tree. It's your own little world and you can make it any way you like. And in Bob Ross' little world the trees were happy dammit. And the clouds too.

*And if you aren't you're getting scraped off existence with a palette knife.


Yes. Everything about him was calm and content. Bob Ross was like a narcotic. Ten minutes with a pillow and a blanket in front of the TV with him on was sleepy time.

He was way cool. He is recorded for all time. We can still lay down on the floor and listen to him put us to sleep. Right?

Oh Man! It, just, occurred to me. Some of you may have been attempting to paint the trees by the water and the shadows on the water. Not me. I was sleeping. Off and On.

Hey! It is not easy being as happy-go-lucky as he was.
So; It has come to this.

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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby neanderslob » Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:03 pm UTC

This comic is hysterical but at the same time I feel like I don't get it. Is there a particular situation or opinion that he's parodying?
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby Eebster the Great » Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:23 pm UTC

Despite the fact that "Candle Cove" was the first thing that came to mind when I read the comic, I don't think there's really any direct relation.

Unless there's some Carmen Sandiego creepypasta I'm not aware of.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby Steve the Pocket » Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:24 pm UTC

SirMustapha wrote:I never expected that Randall would become so lazy that even the image quality of his comics would take such a sudden nosedive. All made worse by the fact that the "joke" is just a watered-down, uninspired creepypasta pastiche. Probably Randall read about it on Wikipedia yesterday and decided to make a comic about it.

Ever surf the Internet late at night? I fell asleep after visiting deviantART and woke up at like 3 AM. The new XKCD was up, except the humor hadn't aged well, and Randall had clearly been drinking. The strip is some lazy reworking of an old creepypasta, and there's no punchline. The image quality is awful, like he hit the wrong setting in GIMP when he scaled it down. Over in the forum, it's almost a page in before anyone even comments on this.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby redstart » Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:25 pm UTC

SirMustapha wrote:I never expected that Randall would become so lazy that even the image quality of his comics would take such a sudden nosedive. All made worse by the fact that the "joke" is just a watered-down, uninspired creepypasta pastiche. Probably Randall read about it on Wikipedia yesterday and decided to make a comic about it.


Well, the quality was better this morning. I don't know why it changed, but it looked normal when I first saw it.

Creepypasta is mostly uninspired, watered-down pastiches of various urban legends; it's no great crime to take one and do something else with it.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby Invisiblemoose » Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:37 pm UTC

I swear the image quality was fine when it first went up. I'm not crazy.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby WolfieMario » Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:51 pm UTC

Steve the Pocket wrote:
SirMustapha wrote:I never expected that Randall would become so lazy that even the image quality of his comics would take such a sudden nosedive. All made worse by the fact that the "joke" is just a watered-down, uninspired creepypasta pastiche. Probably Randall read about it on Wikipedia yesterday and decided to make a comic about it.

Ever surf the Internet late at night? I fell asleep after visiting deviantART and woke up at like 3 AM. The new XKCD was up, except the humor hadn't aged well, and Randall had clearly been drinking. The strip is some lazy reworking of an old creepypasta, and there's no punchline. The image quality is awful, like he hit the wrong setting in GIMP when he scaled it down. Over in the forum, it's almost a page in before anyone even comments on this.

I saw this at 2AM, and can tell you that nobody spoke of the aliasing because originally that's not how it looked :p

I doubt it has anything to do with resizing; the scale is unchanged - I think it's more likely something went wrong with the alpha channel (assuming Randall does the layers on transparent backgrounds rather than white, which makes sense), though that doesn't quite explain the breakage of the lines on the tile floor (and I can't imagine why this would be done intentionally).
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby suso » Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:06 pm UTC

Wild. I came here just before 2pm and the image was all messed up and I thought maybe that was some part of the joke or comic. But after reading the forum for clues and seeing people's mention in the afternoon, I notice that the image has been fixed. And a little curl magic proves that:

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~$ curl -s -D- http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/late_night_pbs.png | head | grep Last-Modified
Last-Modified: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 18:55:07 GMT


Which was just 10 minutes ago.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby kayghar » Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:18 pm UTC

@suso got to this first, I now see but I can't help noticing that the compression artifacts weren't intentional... I had come up with a list of possible explanations... :/
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby RAGBRAIvet » Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:04 pm UTC

What's even worse is falling asleep while watching late-night reruns of old TV sitcoms on a channel such as 'The HUB' — then waking up in the middle of something like "In the Night Garden".
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby whateveries » Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:18 pm UTC

threedognice wrote:
SirMustapha wrote:I never expected that Randall would become so lazy that even the image quality of his comics would take such a sudden nosedive. All made worse by the fact that the "joke" is just a watered-down, uninspired creepypasta pastiche. Probably Randall read about it on Wikipedia yesterday and decided to make a comic about it.

So, it has come to this.

well played. :)
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby madaco » Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:58 am UTC

SirMustapha wrote:... creepypasta .... Probably Randall read about it on Wikipedia....


err
there are articles on Wikipedia about various creepypasta that no one here has pointer out yet?
how did THAT get through the notibility filters?
I would think that most creepypasta would be not notable, unless is is very common.
I would expect creepypasta that is or was very common to be recognized.

so we have come to this:
the conclusion that it is most probably that either it is not based on creepypasta or it is not based on a Wikipedia article.

That which was to be made to seem likely.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby odog1999 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:18 am UTC

AvatarIII wrote:Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego was a quiz show? I always thought it was a cartoon.


You're thinking of Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego, which indeed was a cartoon version featuring two kid sleuths.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby eaglewings51 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:07 am UTC

I love the mussed up hair on the sleepy guy. It just adds so much to the comic.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby AvatarIII » Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:23 am UTC

odog1999 wrote:
AvatarIII wrote:Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego was a quiz show? I always thought it was a cartoon.


You're thinking of Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego, which indeed was a cartoon version featuring two kid sleuths.


ah oh, I'm guessing the Quiz show never made it to this side of the pond, even though the cartoon did.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby Number3Pencils » Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:59 am UTC

Scorpio3002 wrote:Would the graves in Cambodia be marked with crosses? Really don't think Christianity was too big at the time (though Pol Pot would certainly have targeted it if it were).


I just went to the Killing Fields in January. No crosses there. All the graves there are mass graves, so instead of putting individual grave markers up, they just fenced off the areas to show where the mass graves had been. When I saw the picture, though, I figured it was a place "like the Cambodian Killing Fields [or] Mogadishu". Not necessarily either of those places.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby Mirkwood » Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:48 pm UTC

Number3Pencils wrote:
Scorpio3002 wrote:Would the graves in Cambodia be marked with crosses? Really don't think Christianity was too big at the time (though Pol Pot would certainly have targeted it if it were).


I just went to the Killing Fields in January. No crosses there. All the graves there are mass graves, so instead of putting individual grave markers up, they just fenced off the areas to show where the mass graves had been. When I saw the picture, though, I figured it was a place "like the Cambodian Killing Fields [or] Mogadishu". Not necessarily either of those places.


Yeah, I think they're showing some other bad place. My own interpretation was that it one of those crosses-row-on-row cemeteries in France or Belgium, but the crosses aren't actually in a row.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby FrobozzWizard » Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:16 pm UTC

Did you see "Late Night with Jim Lehrer" last night? It was hilarious!
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby SirMustapha » Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:34 pm UTC

madaco wrote:so we have come to this:
the conclusion that it is most probably that either it is not based on creepypasta or it is not based on a Wikipedia article.


Not based on creepypasta? Not likely: it follows the formula way too closely, with the same kind of narrative of of sequence of unsettling events related to well known and/or nostalgic things.

Not based on Wikipedia? Not necessarily so.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby devopablo » Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:43 pm UTC

Can anyone explain why this is funny?

I've seen late-night PBS before. I've seen the Carmen Sandiego quiz show. I've seen both when young and not young. I don't lack context or reference for this comic at all. The only thing I haven't done is ever take Ambien. Is that the whole joke? Hallucinations? Or is there something else that's *actually* funny?
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby rcox1 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:45 pm UTC

What I remember about late night PBS was the number of scantily clad persons. I remember one show, A Very Peculiar Practice, that always delivered the goods. And in the days when many of us still had broadcast tv and VCRS were not everywhere, that was a good thing.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby enderverse » Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:20 pm UTC

This is the most "meh" comic in a long time.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby BotoBoto » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:27 pm UTC

philip1201 wrote:
milN wrote:It should be an Austrian basement, I believe... Dutch basements are just full of weed and old stolen bicycle parts :)


There is no mention of a basement in the comic. Anne Frank was captured living in a secret room behind a bookshelf in a Dutch apartment (and, like many Dutch Jews, deported to a concentration camp and brutally murdered).
It would make no sense for it to be an Austrian basement, because it was a good thing that girl was found in there.

Also, it was Dutch bicycles that were stolen by the Nazis, because their iron frames were useful for the war effort.
Furthermore, it is illegal to grow more than three marijuana plants without a license, and [url=http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/lif_can_use-lifestyle-cannabis-use]Dutch people don't use much weed] compared to nations like the US, so it is much less likely to find a lot of marijuana growing in a Dutch basement than in an American one.


Have you ever been in a student complex? They grow that shit alll the time.
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby Slesh » Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:14 am UTC

I approve of this comic for mentioning Carmen Sandiego and Rockapella. I still have some of the lyrics to that memorized all these years later.
Steal your seoul in south korea,
Make Antarctica cry uncle,
From the red seas to Greenland, you'll be singing the blues,

Well, I never arkansas her steal the mekong from the jungle,
Tell me, Where In The World is Carmen Sandiego?
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Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Postby bobateme » Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:54 pm UTC

I made an account on the forum just to say this:
I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE, and I love it.
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