1533: "Antique Factory"

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1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby Copper Bezel » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:45 am UTC

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Title wrote:WARNING: This item was aged by the same inexorable passage of time that also produces nuts.

Product does not contain nuts. Product may contain nuts.

Edit: I guess we can assume the cloud business didn't work out, then?
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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby addams » Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:27 am UTC

What a cute comic.
Pondering creation produced by the Passage of Time.
That takes Time.

Now I understand why old used furniture and art costs more than new items.
The extra cost is required for labor. NutHead may produce a superior product.

It may take a great deal of Time to think about that.
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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby orthogon » Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:27 am UTC

Copper Bezel wrote:
Title wrote:WARNING: This item was aged by the same inexorable passage of time that also produces nuts.


Not only that, but in the very same universe. Almost certainly contains electrons that were once part of a nut.

Randall seems to be brooding on the inexorable passage of time recently. Early mid-life crisis?
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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby Echo244 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:37 am UTC

orthogon wrote:
Copper Bezel wrote:
Title wrote:WARNING: This item was aged by the same inexorable passage of time that also produces nuts.


Not only that, but in the very same universe. Almost certainly contains electrons that were once part of a nut.

Randall seems to be brooding on the inexorable passage of time recently. Early mid-life crisis?


Maybe he's been reading the Time thread, and is getting near the end... ;-P

As for this comic... is Beret Guy devaluing one of the raw materials for his end product by sitting on it? Or is the natural non-damaging wear going to add to the charm and enhance the value?
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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby jc » Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:55 am UTC

addams wrote:...
The extra cost is required for labor. NutHead may produce a superior product. ....

I was wondering if anyone else would notice that his head + hat look a lot like an acorn. But he's been in other comics with the same head shape, so maybe this wasn't intentional?

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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby Whizbang » Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:38 pm UTC

Now that I see it, I think it almost must be intentional. Has this been Randall's inside joke the whole time? White Beret Guy is a little nutty.
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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby Jorpho » Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:58 pm UTC

Makes me think of David Brin's "The Practice Effect", in which a man finds himself in a universe where the more things are used, the better they become – such that an old, well-used family heirloom is a treasured, fine quality product. The protagonist eventually finds himself in a dungeon and starts speculating whether unsavory types are ever invited to make use of it to ensure it retains its unpleasant properties.

It's a pretty good book – relatively short and not overly taxing. I highly recommend it.

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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby jozwa » Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:58 pm UTC

Gif format gives me the feeling of constant passage of time: http://i.imgur.com/aaQTXLE.gif

All that's missing is a fitting piano music track.

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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby Ken_g6 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:23 pm UTC

Hey, somebody's gotta be the security guard at the warehouse, right? :wink:

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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby Beavertails » Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:26 pm UTC

Wait. Is it Nut Head or Beret Guy?

Is there a list of accepted XKCD names, or at least a dispute thread? This is important.
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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby DennyMo » Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:27 pm UTC

Funny, except that there are thousands of people around the world working in factories and workshops dedicated to churning out antiques - fake antiques, that is.

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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby pkcommando » Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:17 pm UTC

Beavertails wrote:Wait. Is it Nut Head or Beret Guy?

Is there a list of accepted XKCD names, or at least a dispute thread? This is important.

He's Beret Existentialist on the TV Tropes Characters page and Beret Guy on Wikipedia. I don't think the internet has any higher authority than those two sites, so...

I would like to add - curse you to all who pointed out his head looks like an acorn. I never noticed that until today and now I fear I won't be able to unsee it.

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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby rmsgrey » Wed Jun 03, 2015 3:24 pm UTC

DennyMo wrote:Funny, except that there are thousands of people around the world working in factories and workshops dedicated to churning out antiques - fake antiques, that is.


Lots of factories turn out antiques - it's just hard to tell when they fall off the production line which are antiques and which are land-fill (okay, yeah, it's all land-fill, just some sooner than others)

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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby orthogon » Wed Jun 03, 2015 3:36 pm UTC

pkcommando wrote:I don't think the internet has any higher authority than [TV Tropes and Wikipedia], so...

This is pure brilliance. It's so wrong in theory and yet so true in practice. I can barely remember the last piece of information I gleaned from somewhere other than those two sources. StackOverflow deserves an honourable mention: it requires more effort to separate the wheat from the chaff, but there is wheat aplenty, and somebody will usually post a gluten-free alternative too.
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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby Cervisiae Amatorem » Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:14 pm UTC

I like how he just sat there for the last two panels, patiently waiting for me to get the joke. Which I did by the last panel.

I really like this comic. A return to the subtly clever, instead of intentionally bizarre.

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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby mathmannix » Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:03 pm UTC

jozwa wrote:Gif format gives me the feeling of constant passage of time: http://i.imgur.com/aaQTXLE.gif

All that's missing is a fitting piano music track.

In my head the piano was playing the Entertainer or maybe Maple Leaf Rag by Jolson...
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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby Coyoty » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:33 pm UTC

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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby Quercus » Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:40 pm UTC

pkcommando wrote:
Beavertails wrote:Wait. Is it Nut Head or Beret Guy?

Is there a list of accepted XKCD names, or at least a dispute thread? This is important.

He's Beret Existentialist on the TV Tropes Characters page and Beret Guy on Wikipedia. I don't think the internet has any higher authority than those two sites, so...


addams is, of course, higher authority (I'm not really joking about that, I like to think of her as the wise sage of the fora)

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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby addams » Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:46 pm UTC

Gee.
I think that is a compliment.
Thank you, Quercus.
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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby San Fran Sam » Thu Jun 04, 2015 12:37 am UTC

I would laugh, but that looks like my office.

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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby phlip » Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:58 am UTC

mathmannix wrote:
jozwa wrote:Gif format gives me the feeling of constant passage of time: http://i.imgur.com/aaQTXLE.gif

All that's missing is a fitting piano music track.

In my head the piano was playing the Entertainer or maybe Maple Leaf Rag by Jolson...

Interesting, in my head it was Gary Jules - Mad World...

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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby The Moomin » Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:45 am UTC

addams wrote:What a cute comic.
Pondering creation produced by the Passage of Time.
That takes Time.

Now I understand why old used furniture and art costs more than new items.
The extra cost is required for labor. NutHead may produce a superior product.

It may take a great deal of Time to think about that.


The product being well used and well loved over time gives it added sentimental value.
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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby senor_cardgage » Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:42 pm UTC

Copper Bezel wrote:
Title wrote:WARNING: This item was aged by the same inexorable passage of time that also produces nuts.



Processes nuts, not "produces" nuts.

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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby 5th Earth » Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:22 pm UTC

senor_cardgage wrote:
Copper Bezel wrote:
Title wrote:WARNING: This item was aged by the same inexorable passage of time that also produces nuts.



Processes nuts, not "produces" nuts.


Our universe contains nuts. Everything in the universe is a result of the physical contents and properties of our universe, interacting as a result of the passage of time. Therefore, in our universe, time produces nuts.

I know, the real world label says "processes". I like my philosophical interpretation better.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.

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Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Postby addams » Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:00 am UTC

I like your philosophical interpretation better, too.
The stick figure that works in the antique factory;
His head looks like an acorn. Acorns are nuts.

What about using a somewhat crude definition of the word 'Nut"?
Use both at the same Time. He is becoming more Nuts; In Time.

The furniture is getting older.
While a Nut is being created.

Oh! jozwa;
The GIF is wonderful!
It does convey a sense of Time.

That's a crazy making job.
Maybe, it was made by Nuts.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.

Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.


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