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Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 12:50 am UTC
by _TiM_
Lurker, read the comics, found site through Facepunch Studios, Hi.

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 1:03 am UTC
by Nascent
Hi, I don't know how to introduce myself at this moment as I'm going through an identity crisis. Formerly shy, withdrawn, and lonely, I've thrown caution to the wind and opened up. I actually just had a great first year at university. But now I'm 19 at a summer job, renting with strangers, and unfortunately lonely once again. So I'm always open to chat about random things if you are too.

I love geeky and nerdy things, but I dislike being too eccentric such that it alienates others. That's because I enjoy the "fit in with the rest of them" normal stuff too, like going to a favourite restaurant for the sake of it being your favourite, and I love the small things of life, like how a dad on a bike has a tiny small helmet for his baby girl.

xkcd is such a great mix of these two things, and that's why I'm a fan of this great webcomic.

This post may have ended up being too serious, personal, and livejournalish. If it has, here's a lolcat to make up for it:

Image

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 2:29 am UTC
by sleepykit
Why hello!

I'm just going to lurk around here, but it seemed kind of sad to lurk for months and not say hello at the very least. Whether or not I'm human remains to be seen.

*waves*

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 2:30 am UTC
by une see
Nascent wrote:Hi, I don't know how to introduce myself at this moment as I'm going through an identity crisis. Formerly shy, withdrawn, and lonely, I've thrown caution to the wind and opened up. I actually just had a great first year at university. But now I'm 19 at a summer job, renting with strangers, and unfortunately lonely once again. So I'm always open to chat about random things if you are too.

I love geeky and nerdy things, but I dislike being too eccentric such that it alienates others. That's because I enjoy the "fit in with the rest of them" normal stuff too, like going to a favourite restaurant for the sake of it being your favourite, and I love the small things of life, like how a dad on a bike has a tiny small helmet for his baby girl.

xkcd is such a great mix of these two things, and that's why I'm a fan of this great webcomic.

This post may have ended up being too serious, personal, and livejournalish. If it has, here's a lolcat to make up for it:

Image


Have we redefined "lolcat" or something? 'Cause there ain't no cats in that picture.

But there is a hamster! So it's automatically win.

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 2:50 am UTC
by raziekiel
Hi, I'm new here, I've been reading xkcd for some time now, and never thought to look at the forums!
Anyway, I'm 18, heading off to college in the fall at the University of Missouri - Rolla, to major in physics. I'm a nerd, as most people here seem to be, I like to mess around on my computer, play with linux, game, and I enjoy recreational mathematics.

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 3:13 am UTC
by Benfrenchman
Hiya peeps! I'm Ben, caught on to XKCD about a month ago, read them all and they sorta changed my life, or at least my outlook on it.

I'm 21 years old, just coming to the end of my third year of studying Japanese at university, a year which was spent in Japan. The best year of my life, actually. I made tons of amazing friends and I know I'll stay in touch with many of them. Totally jealous of the ones who go to Tufts ;) I adore playing the guitar, my main passion is for songwriting which I love to bits. Music is who I am. I don't have a mathematical bone in my body, but I still get the jokes (go go gadget Wikipedia).

That's me.

I look forwards to finding out who you are.

me!

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 5:14 am UTC
by foolscap
Hi all,

Just found out about this thread. Sorry this is my 2nd post.

Lets see, I'm a ridiculously confused 21 year-old male, I enjoy Math and Physics, but I can't do either to save my life, can't stand Chem, and am so-so about Bio. This is why I'm in Geology. I can use Linux (except Linux can't seem to use my wireless card...), Windows and MacOS.

So I like to think I'm the average XKCD reader.

Oh, I also am having a love affair with ABBA, Bob Dylan, and Jamiroquai, all at the same time.

Looking forward to adding these forums to my daily morning read!

F

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 5:52 am UTC
by Jatopian
I've been reading this comic for perhaps a year, and I like that it appeals to my nerdiness. Except when it misinterprets Godwin & such. Anyway, most strips I like.

I get most of my nerdy stimuli via another forum, so I never really considered actually joining this forum. I'm only joining now because I simply must know why Mr. Munroe depicts girls such as those in today's strip (#289, "Alone") - and whether they have any basis in reality. Because where I live the choice is between airheads & goths (I typically go with the latter).

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 6:24 am UTC
by Wired
Hey all, I'm new.
Up until yesterday I was known as 'Infinity's End' for those who may recognize me, if anybody, decided to change the name to something more... real.
I decided to join because these forums because apparently there is intelligent /mature life. Which is something I need. (Mature as in, older then thirteen.)
Well, see ya in the boards.

EDIT:
Uh... As I look around, I'm not seeing anyone else with sig images...
Are they allowed?

likelihood of being read

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 6:42 am UTC
by letsgo
i'm sarah, shocked to realise that i am in fact 19. currently taking a degree entitled 'american and english studies' at nottingham (uk). i grew up in hong kong but moved to the uk when i was 13(?). i discovered xkcd a year ago, i think, but am not great with forums, which is why it's taken me a while to get here.

i like euphemisms, ampersand, mathematical & scientific mteaphors, maps and diagrams, handwriting, envelopes, being read to, terms of endearment, grey clothes, kittenwar.com, the literal act of writing, sunday papers, tea, words and pretty things.

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:43 am UTC
by pollywog
George Orr wrote:
SpitValve wrote:
George Orr wrote:I've never seen anyone with the last name Orr, but if I did I would be very excited.


I know one of the chief oboists for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and he's an Orr...

Gaah! They're multiplying! I've had at least 5 different Orrs pointed out to me since I made that remark. Well, it's all for the best I guess.


That is only 5 out of the entire population of the world.

letsgo wrote:i'm sarah, shocked to realise that i am in fact 19. currently taking a degree entitled 'american and english studies' at nottingham (uk)


Do you know Robin Hood? And is ampersand different to normal sand?
Sorry for being annoying, but welcome to the fora, all of you. And letsgo, if you have pretty handwriting, why not post it in the Arts section? We'd love to see it.

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:10 am UTC
by j07
Hello.
I've been reading xkcd for awhile and just thought I'd stop in and say hello.
Lets see something about myself...
I'm starting university in September, across the county from where I live now. I like reading, cooking, politics, language, learning new things, nintendo, anything outdoors(camping etc.) and maple tea.

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 12:28 pm UTC
by Benfrenchman
Hey, I was born in Nottingham and my extended family all live there. And my sister goes to Trent. Yay Nottingham!

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 1:06 pm UTC
by MFHodge
Wired wrote:Uh... As I look around, I'm not seeing anyone else with sig images...
Are they allowed?

Yes they are allowed. Big ones are annoying, small ones are fine. I think yours is OK.

foolscap wrote:I'm a ridiculously confused 21 year-old male.

I think I can help. It's underwear, then pants, then socks, then shoes. You can do socks before pants, but it is very important that underwear is first and shoes are last.

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 2:14 pm UTC
by foolscap
foolscap wrote:I'm a ridiculously confused 21 year-old male.

I think I can help. It's underwear, then pants, then socks, then shoes. You can do socks before pants, but it is very important that underwear is first and shoes are last.[/quote]


This helps, people aren't looking at me (as) funnily as they used to. Now just to figure out where *exactly* all those things go...

F

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 2:25 pm UTC
by annelions
Been reading the forum all night, but only just found this thread (the math and science sections are SO much more interesting than general :wink: ).

I've been reading the comic for awhile, but only realized that there was a forum a couple days ago. I just didn't look... up there. Now I go back to (mostly) lurking. :wink:

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 3:15 pm UTC
by pruwyben
Hi!

I'm me. Fairly new to the comic, just started lurking the fora, and i think this has gotta be one of the greatest places on the internet. I may even start posting here.

I was introduced to the comic by my ex-boss (university library) who related the "mixing curse levels" comic to me. I was surprised to see "hyphen", because that's something i used to do all the time.

I like math, music, cartoons, programming, bicycles, and friends. Probably some other stuff too.

I'm a boy, I guess.

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 3:24 pm UTC
by thefiddler
pruwyben wrote:i think this has gotta be one of the greatest places on the internet.

Well, duh. Why do you think we're all here? ^_^
pruwyben wrote:I'm a boy, I guess.

Really? You're not sure? :P

My intro

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 5:07 pm UTC
by Forthur
Hi, people. I've been reading xkcd and its forums for a while now, and I really like it here. I've never considered myself to be very nerdy (despite being an AI algorithms programmer), but the comic and many of the remarks in the forums really speak to me.

I'm from the Netherlands, by the way.

Re: My intro

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 5:09 pm UTC
by chrispy1
Forthur wrote:Hi, people. I've been reading xkcd and its forums for a while now, and I really like it here. I've never considered myself to be very nerdy (despite being an AI algorithms programmer), but the comic and many of the remarks in the forums really speak to me.

I'm from the Netherlands, by the way.


An AI Algorithms programmer? Sweet - what programming languages do you use? I'm reading up on Neural Networks and forecasting, and have had to read a little on fuzzy logic/AI. Really cool stuff....that goes right over my head!

Welcome to yourself and anyone else new here....

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 5:48 pm UTC
by Forthur
Thanks, chrispy1.

Delphi mostly, but we're switching to C# soon. If I could have had a voice in the matter, we would have switched to C++ long ago.
Maybe I am a bit of a nerd. Hmm...

I'm not using neural nets but would sometimes like to experiment with those.
AI is fun, by the way. I've been working mostly on software for a real and complicated "bin packing" kind of machine for the last few years. A NP-hard problem with lots of variables and a customer who's never satisfied.

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:04 pm UTC
by Durinthal
Hello to all of the new people. Can someone figure out what kind of growth curve we have here? I'm thinking it's more than linear.

George Orr wrote:Gaah! They're multiplying! I've had at least 5 different Orrs pointed out to me since I made that remark. Well, it's all for the best I guess.

There was an Orr that went to my college a couple of years ago, and there's a city named Orrville nearby.

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:15 pm UTC
by chrispy1
Forthur wrote:Delphi mostly, but we're switching to C# soon. If I could have had a voice in the matter, we would have switched to C++ long ago.
Maybe I am a bit of a nerd. Hmm...

I'm not using neural nets but would sometimes like to experiment with those.
AI is fun, by the way. I've been working mostly on software for a real and complicated "bin packing" kind of machine for the last few years. A NP-hard problem with lots of variables and a customer who's never satisfied.


Wow, that's impressive...We're doing our application in C#/SQL Server, but it's mostly being developed by a 3rd party, so I don't get much practice with that. I do the queries, reports, data mining, etc., and am going to be using the ANNs for the workload reports I need to build. Really neat stuff...

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:47 pm UTC
by IQLCXS
This is my Hallo Everybody.

I don't know that I really want to introduce myself to the whole interblag, but...if you can figure out my name, you'll have more than enough dirt on me to google stalk me through my entire online presence.

It's a challenge, then.

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:59 pm UTC
by jinzougen
I'm introducing myself because the topic said to "introduce myself of perish", and I don't want to perish. Since these were the only two options I seem to have been forced into this...

Name: Brandon Beamer
Occupation: Grad Student (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Focus: Computational Linguistics
Website: http://www.jinzougen.org
Hobbies:
    Kuk Sool Won (first degree black belt and president of the local club here on campus.
    Video games

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:22 pm UTC
by Teifion
Yaargh! I have read the comic for about a month and ghosted on the forums for a little less. I decided that I might want to post one day and heard that I need to introduce myself here.

In my free time I study Computer Engineering at Portsmouth in the UK, run an online game called World of Arl (not sure what the rules on links are so if you just Google "World of Arl" then you'll find it. I also play a fair bit of Warcraft 3 and code PHP and MySQL for fun.

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 2:02 am UTC
by petsfed
I'm a terrible slacker, and have difficulty reading instructions.

I am petsfed, I am from Wyoming, and I split my time between studying for a BS (and presumably grad school, eventually) in Astrophysics, doing research re: astrophysics, rock climbing, and working a night job stocking shelves.

Quite incidentally, if you think making elaborate rules for walking on tiles makes perfect sense, you should not be allowed to stock the Kleenex aisle. What should be a 15 minute job will quickly become a 4 hour marathon of organizing and arranging multi-colored boxes into intricate and complex geometric patterns. While you will see the beauty of the symmetry, the shopper will see a nightmarish order that drives them from the store to seek religious counseling.

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:57 am UTC
by Posalootly
Oh, oh man. I was too busy over at the September Meetup section to even notice this board. But hi! I'm Caroline, I'll be a second year at Rochester Institute of Technology up in New York. I've been following xkcd for about a year but never really got into the community until now. Hopefully I'll get to meet a lot of you in September!

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 5:14 am UTC
by Radiun
I'm outclassed, live in Quebec, and Lurk, so feel free to overlook me :)

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 5:56 am UTC
by jtin
Er hello.

Some of my attributes are: human, grad student, applied mathematician, male, ~Chicago, hiker, backpacker, gardener.

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:40 am UTC
by Pseudomammal
To whom it may concern,

I am, to the best of my knowledge, not a bot.

I'm a computer nerd for food, and a biology nerd for fun. Sometimes it's the other way 'round. Ask me about CSS or telomeres.

I didn't go to high school -- I wanted that time for my own projects. I did go to college, and I loved it. Grad school is up next, if I'm lucky.

When XKCD isn't busy making me laugh, it's cheering me up because I'm not the only person that weird, frustrating me that I'm not that awesome, or punching me in the gut 'cause I had her and lost her. I can't get enough.

Once again: not a bot.

END TRANSMISSION

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:07 am UTC
by gulnare
I am Matt.

I live in Perth, Australia, love Music in all it's forms, and have kinda fallen into a slightly disturbing relationship with XKCD.
I work in film sound these days, and hang out talking 'bout stuff with people.

It is my entirely subjective view that everyone should go and listen to a band called Hella. Right about

...

NOW!

They rock.

I am starting to feel that i maybe am a Bot. But is it impossible for a Bot to feel?

Um, yeah. Thats me.

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:06 am UTC
by Jauss
*Gets happy and slighty scared that one of her friends joined the fora*

Be nice to Pseudomammal, he's teh awesome.

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:11 am UTC
by chrispy1
Jauss wrote:Be nice to Pseudomammal, he's teh awesome.


..and from the "Bedroom Game" I just read in the Off Colour Discussion thread that he played, extraordinarily creative!

Welcome all....

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 2:01 pm UTC
by rivenwanderer
*waves* code monkey who just finished my undergrad CS degree (and I'm convinced that school made me less geeky, but I'm working on fixing that). Um, I crochet klein bottles and I like purple and good webcomics.

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 2:12 pm UTC
by TheKhakinator
gulnare wrote:I am Matt.

I live in Perth, Australia, love Music in all it's forms, and have kinda fallen into a slightly disturbing relationship with XKCD.
I work in film sound these days, and hang out talking 'bout stuff with people.

It is my entirely subjective view that everyone should go and listen to a band called Hella. Right about

...

NOW!

They rock.

I am starting to feel that i maybe am a Bot. But is it impossible for a Bot to feel?

Um, yeah. Thats me.

Awesome avatar, I saw that pic on the funniest :P Someone I know said that it's from a video which turns pretty disgusting :shock:

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 4:24 pm UTC
by ooojos
Hey Guys,

I'm Ollie. I'm doing a Teaching/Maths and Comp Sci. double degree at Adelaide Uni, in South Australia.

My username is (are) my initials. My avatar is the visual iTunes had going when I was listening to my favourite song (Because of You - Kelly Clarkson).

Favourite Comic: http://www.xkcd.com/c236.html

-Ollie

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 6:40 pm UTC
by ruderalis
I am Brian. I like computing and reading and most anything that is accessible and has some depth. I don't like violent kooks from private schools.

Every summer in California there's lots of news coverage of wild fires and outdoor-marijuana-grow busts.

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:27 pm UTC
by Ren
Radiun wrote:I'm outclassed, live in Quebec, and Lurk, so feel free to overlook me :)


*refuses to overlook someone from Quebec*

Hello! Welcome! I've never come across any Quebeckers on the fora before, although we have several posters from O'Tawa. Which is close!

Hi

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:51 pm UTC
by supemoy
Hi, my name is John Connor. I am a software Engineer down in Dixieland. I have been a big fan of the comic for a while now and thought I would join the forums. They look like a lot of fun. look forward to meeting you crazy cats and kittens.

--John

P.S. I am not the leader of the resistance against the unstoppable robot hoards, but should the need arise...

Here I wrote a song about it:

Hello my names John Connor, and I'm saving the world again,
from the evil terminating robots from the year 2010.

I sent my father, back into the past,
so that he could tap, my mothers ass.

Hello my names John Connor... Repeat ad nauseum....