1452: "Jurassic World"

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1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby Fritzed » Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:54 am UTC

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I have to say, I went immediately to Dinosaur Comics hoping for a black hat guy cameo.

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Re: 1452 - Jurassic World

Postby tups » Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:07 am UTC

That is an uncharacteristic kind of joke for xkcd ... the use of the brightly coloured T-rex gives away the clue somewhat before you even start properly reading the comic, too.

And I did see the trailer for jurassic world yesterday - you'd have thought that 21 years after the first movie, technology would have improved, so that both the dinosaurs and the environment, with the monorail and the sea-world parody, would be somewhat less obviously computer generated. It looked like complete crap. I don't feel like I need to see this at all. Even aside from concerns about upstaging the most charismatic animal ever ... imagine what will happen if we make it angry!

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Re: 1452 - Jurassic World

Postby Arancaytar » Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:16 am UTC

I wonder when movie dinosaurs will catch up to what we now believe dinosaurs really looked like.

If they don't, then half a century down the line people will still be surprised when they open a biology textbook. :P
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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby rhomboidal » Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:18 am UTC

Memetic engineering.

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Re: 1452 - Jurassic World

Postby BlitzGirl » Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:18 am UTC

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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:23 am UTC

I just realized that I always read T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics in the voice of T-Rex from Toy Story.
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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby The Chosen One » Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:16 am UTC

Sorry, but Dr. McNinja did it better.
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Pfhorrest wrote:I just realized that I always read T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics in the voice of T-Rex from Toy Story.

Dang, now I'm going to start doing this.
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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby casanunda » Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:17 am UTC

Tyrannosaurus Regina?

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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby azule » Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:31 am UTC

Just heard of this movie last night. I don't recall knowing the name until this comic.

The joke was lost on me because I haven't seen crappy CGI via trailers or screenshots.
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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby Silverseren » Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:08 am UTC

I was actually rather disappointed with the trailer. In addition to the banal CGI and ridiculous camera shots and shocked faces, the whole "Oh noes genetic engineering" bit irked me as it always does.

Especially when they act, as media always seems to, like genetics is a magical science that no one can predict or understand the outcome of. No wonder so many people in the US are scientifically illiterate and think the Earth is 6000 years old. :roll:

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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby CapCouillon » Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:12 pm UTC

Roy always was my favorite...
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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby juanro » Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:43 pm UTC

Scarier T-Rex? I thought they would be giving it longer arms, at least...

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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:43 pm UTC

Awwwrite! New cromulent word found!

I think we should work to make "dord" just as well-known as "santorum" :twisted:

BTW, I believe the genetic engineering required to produced an upright T-rex includes rotating several tailbones by 180 degrees (one of the earliest paleontologists was so convinced of the upright pose that he actually broke the fossile vertebrae to allow the tail to bend that way).
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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby mathmannix » Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:12 pm UTC

Is anybody else wondering what happened to his hat? I mean, to me it looks like he turned into a different character...
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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby Whizbang » Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:38 pm UTC

All I want to know is..

Is Jeff Goldblum going to make a cameo with that laugh?

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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby EvanED » Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:45 pm UTC

Now we know who the little person is in panel 4 of every Dinosaur Comic is!

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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:48 pm UTC

EvanED wrote:Now we know who the little person is in panel 4 of every Dinosaur Comic is!


ummm.... Cory Doctorov?
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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby CigarDoug » Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:05 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:BTW, I believe the genetic engineering required to produced an upright T-rex includes rotating several tailbones by 180 degrees (one of the earliest paleontologists was so convinced of the upright pose that he actually broke the fossile vertebrae to allow the tail to bend that way).

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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby PolakoVoador » Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:44 pm UTC

No, you're all wrong. It's obviously Rudy, from the Ice Age:

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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby rmsgrey » Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:52 pm UTC

mathmannix wrote:Is anybody else wondering what happened to his hat? I mean, to me it looks like he turned into a different character...


It does seem more like White Beret guy than White Hat guy...

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Re: 1452 - Jurassic World

Postby Sofox » Wed Nov 26, 2014 4:08 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:Also, if you would prefer to read the xkcd version of any Dinosaur Comics strip: But I Would Rather Be Reading XKCD


Thank you for this. I did the obvious thing and edited the URL to see what other comics it supported.

I think this strip actually works better with the new characters: http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2 ... ennyarcade

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Re: 1452 - Jurassic World

Postby Klear » Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:20 pm UTC

Sofox wrote:
BlitzGirl wrote:Also, if you would prefer to read the xkcd version of any Dinosaur Comics strip: But I Would Rather Be Reading XKCD


Thank you for this. I did the obvious thing and edited the URL to see what other comics it supported.

I think this strip actually works better with the new characters: http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2 ... ennyarcade


It does, but the art sometimes obscures the text =/

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Re: 1452 - Jurassic World

Postby Evadman » Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:23 pm UTC

Sofox wrote:I did the obvious thing and edited the URL to see what other comics it supported.


Too much manual work. Write a script to cycle though all possible words, letters, and google search results for 'webcomic' then deploy it to a few hundred unused VM's in a datacenter that have dual OC48's because why not. Then you will find things like:
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=aboutpirates
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=dccomics
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=pokey
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=buttercupfestival
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=surpriseme
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=thelastdinosaurcomicever
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=onedoneinwatercolours
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=alessonislearnedbutthedamageisirreversible
my favorite: http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=somethingmorehistoricallyaccurate

There's probably more, and there is probably a better way to do this, but why do it better when brute force works too?

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Re: 1452 - Jurassic World

Postby Klear » Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:53 pm UTC

Evadman wrote:
Sofox wrote:I did the obvious thing and edited the URL to see what other comics it supported.


Too much manual work. Write a script to cycle though all possible words, letters, and google search results for 'webcomic' then deploy it to a few hundred unused VM's in a datacenter that have dual OC48's because why not. Then you will find things like:
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=aboutpirates
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=dccomics
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=pokey
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=buttercupfestival
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=surpriseme
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=thelastdinosaurcomicever
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=onedoneinwatercolours
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=alessonislearnedbutthedamageisirreversible
my favorite: http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=somethingmorehistoricallyaccurate

There's probably more, and there is probably a better way to do this, but why do it better when brute force works too?


Or you could google "butiwouldratherbereading" and find this.

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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby BlitzGirl » Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:58 pm UTC

mathmannix wrote:Is anybody else wondering what happened to his hat? I mean, to me it looks like he turned into a different character...

Yeah, what happened to the hat between panels 3 and 4?
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Re: 1452 - Jurassic World

Postby Evadman » Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:12 pm UTC

Klear wrote:Or you could google "butiwouldratherbereading" and find this.


Okay, I guess that works too. I'm gonna go cry now in my corner.

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Re: 1452 - Jurassic World

Postby Yablo » Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:59 pm UTC

Arancaytar wrote:I wonder when movie dinosaurs will catch up to what we now believe dinosaurs really looked like.

If they don't, then half a century down the line people will still be surprised when they open a biology textbook. :P

When I first heard scientists had revised their vision of dinosaurs, it made me think of H.G. Wells' "Food of the Gods". Giant chickens rampaging the countryside make for a hard scene to forget.
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Re: 1452 - Jurassic World

Postby Flumble » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:25 am UTC

Yablo wrote:Giant chickens rampaging the countryside make for a hard scene to forget.

[url-http://crytekfiles.com/files/5460_file_a3f822f8b2236c6971d56e62eac47db3.zip]Indeed they do[/url].


BlitzGirl wrote:Also, if you would prefer to read the xkcd version of any Dinosaur Comics strip: But I Would Rather Be Reading XKCD

Oooh, lovely! I didn't know dinosaurcomics even had this feature.

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Re: 1452 - Jurassic World

Postby Tova » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:58 am UTC

tups wrote:That is an uncharacteristic kind of joke for xkcd ... the use of the brightly coloured T-rex gives away the clue somewhat before you even start properly reading the comic, too.


It's a reference, so it's unfortunately an all-too characteristic kind of joke for xkcd. A reference will always be fawned over.

And yes, I agree 100% with what you said about the brightly coloured t-rex giving the joke away (such as it is) from the start.

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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby Klear » Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:02 am UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:
mathmannix wrote:Is anybody else wondering what happened to his hat? I mean, to me it looks like he turned into a different character...

Yeah, what happened to the hat between panels 3 and 4?


I... can't believe I didn't notice that.

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tups wrote:That is an uncharacteristic kind of joke for xkcd ... the use of the brightly coloured T-rex gives away the clue somewhat before you even start properly reading the comic, too.


It's a reference, so it's unfortunately an all-too characteristic kind of joke for xkcd. A reference will always be fawned over.

And yes, I agree 100% with what you said about the brightly coloured t-rex giving the joke away (such as it is) from the start.


Am I the only one who didn't notice the brightly coloured T-rex until I got to the last panel?


Wow... I need to work on my noticing skills.

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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby BlitzGirl » Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:06 am UTC

Klear wrote:Wow... I need to work on my noticing skills.

You just need to set the calibration from "subliminal Batman" to "neon green dinosaur and also a hat".
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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby Klear » Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:33 am UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:
Klear wrote:Wow... I need to work on my noticing skills.

You just need to set the calibration from "subliminal Batman" to "neon green dinosaur and also a hat".


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Postby Eternal Density » Thu Nov 27, 2014 5:30 am UTC

When I read the comic yesterday I was thinking "I wonder what this Jurassic World thing is?".
Then I was googling something to do with dinosaurs and DNA this morning and accidentally found a lot of pages with people going on about Jurassic World. Meh, anyhow.
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Re: 1452 - Jurassic World

Postby azule » Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:25 am UTC

Tova wrote:And yes, I agree 100% with what you said about the brightly coloured t-rex giving the joke away (such as it is) from the start.
One of the good instances where mobile viewing is superior. I didn't notice the dino until just before I panned to the last frame. Read as: small screen.
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Re: 1452 - Jurassic World

Postby HES » Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:32 pm UTC

Tova wrote:And yes, I agree 100% with what you said about the brightly coloured t-rex giving the joke away (such as it is) from the start.

Thankfully my browser window was sufficiently narrow at the time to mitigate this.
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Re: 1452 - Jurassic World

Postby RabbitWho » Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:39 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:
Also, if you would prefer to read the xkcd version of any Dinosaur Comics strip: But I Would Rather Be Reading XKCD


Ha ha that's hilarious. But no way, that dinosaurs face just makes me HAPPY

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Re: 1452: "Jurassic World"

Postby Milliemartin » Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:49 am UTC

That's just amazing. "Genetic Engineers " That's why i see several of the dinosaurs on roads. What's there upcoming invention are they looking develop some aliens. :roll:


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