1879: "Eclipse Birds"

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1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby Raidri » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:30 am UTC

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Title text: 'Hey! Put her down!' 'No, it's ok! The next chance for me to be carried to a blood cauldron isn't until 2024!'

Fourth eclipse comic in a row, how much more will we get?
How long where previous series of comics?
And is the Blood Cauldron a Warhammer reference?

So many questions, so few answers ...

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:51 am UTC

I predict they'll continue in this theme until 31/Jan/2018, being reset by the next Lunar eclipse.... That'll be a Wednesday comic.

(Or The End Of Times, whichever comes first.)

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby cellocgw » Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:13 am UTC

Raidri wrote:
Fourth eclipse comic in a row, how much more will we get?
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You know the answer: you'll have to.... Wait For It.

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby Cygnwulf » Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:59 am UTC

cellocgw wrote:
Raidri wrote:
Fourth eclipse comic in a row, how much more will we get?
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You know the answer: you'll have to.... Wait For It.

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Blood Cauldron could also be an Skyrim refrence, possibly

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby Wee Red Bird » Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:04 pm UTC

Us birds will be fine.
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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby flicky1991 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:05 pm UTC

I read the "time is upon us" and "blood cauldron" lines as being human voices intermingled among the bird ones, although explainxkcd disagrees with me.

But sure, if the birds are sacrificing people, count me in. :P
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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby Locoluis » Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:22 pm UTC

Finally, a decent sequel to Hitchcock's “The Birds”.
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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby da Doctah » Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:36 pm UTC

I object to the implication in the first panel that all birds react the same way. If I had any doubts, they were put to rest just before our last mega-mondo-duststorm (which they now call a "haboob" because it makes the weather reporters giggle). Sparrows and finches were nowhere to be seen, pigeons were voluntarily grounding themselves and walking anywhere they needed to go, but the grackles! Ah, the grackles were flying elaborate aerobatic stunt patterns that would have been impossible in still air.

And making sure everyone, whether bird, human or other, was watching.

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby morriswalters » Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:59 pm UTC

The three strips seem to be saying something connected.

The first says that labels are meaningless without the ideas behind them.
The second says, that points of view are important, and that points of view have individual faces.
The third is about things we think are true, and the things that really are.
Which suggests a fourth.

And other things.

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby Reka » Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:12 pm UTC

Raidri wrote:Fourth eclipse comic in a row, how much more will we get?

Given that today is the eclipse, did you really expect today's comic to not be about the eclipse?

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby Raidri » Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:20 pm UTC

Reka wrote:
Raidri wrote:Fourth eclipse comic in a row, how much more will we get?

Given that today is the eclipse, did you really expect today's comic to not be about the eclipse?

No, but I am curious if and how many after-eclipse comics are coming.

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby Quizatzhaderac » Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:36 pm UTC

So when's the next Terran eclipse going to be?

I figure if the solar eclipse is when you can't see the sun, and the lunar is when you can't see the sun....
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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:50 pm UTC

Get drunk/high, fall in the gutter face up and stare up at the sky.

(Drunkenness/mental-elevation is an optional, but useful, part of that.)

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby heuristically_alone » Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:54 pm UTC

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby gmalivuk » Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:41 pm UTC

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby pkcommando » Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:11 pm UTC

heuristically_alone wrote:Ready for the eclipse

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby DanD » Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:16 pm UTC

Cygnwulf wrote:
cellocgw wrote:
Raidri wrote:
Fourth eclipse comic in a row, how much more will we get?
.


You know the answer: you'll have to.... Wait For It.

Signed, Mr. Ten * 7 * Seventeen

I died a little.

Blood Cauldron could also be an Skyrim refrence, possibly


I'd read it as a Chronicles of Prydain reference, honestly. But evil cauldrons of one sort or another are not uncommon.

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby Yu_p » Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:53 pm UTC

flicky1991 wrote:I read the "time is upon us" and "blood cauldron" lines as being human voices intermingled among the bird ones, although explainxkcd disagrees with me.

But sure, if the birds are sacrificing people, count me in. :P

I had the same interpretation. I also interpreted the "Hey! Put her down!" as a request to human cultists.

But the "Birds carry her away"-explanation also seems weirdly plausible.

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby rmsgrey » Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:26 pm UTC

I hear humans start freaking out weeks before an eclipse and don't recover until a few days after...

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby morriswalters » Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:42 pm UTC

rmsgrey wrote:I hear humans start freaking out weeks before an eclipse and don't recover until a few days after...
+1

Yu_p wrote:But the "Birds carry her away"-explanation also seems weirdly plausible.
Yeah, though you never actually see any birds with bird text. Or cultist with cauldrons. It's like 3 equations in 3 unknowns, with no equal sign and no coefficients. Make up whatever story suits you.

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby New User » Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:46 pm UTC

Birds did get quiet, and now they still are about twelve minutes after the total eclipse. All I hear are crickets chirping. Also, in the moments leading up to the totality, cicadas started buzzing incessantly, which is something that normally happens in the evening. I expected to hear cocks crowing, but maybe I don't live near enough to any chicken coops.

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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby Peaceful Whale » Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:55 pm UTC

What eclipse? The sun God is battleing the gaint pearl god!!! REPENT OR THE HUMANS WILL INVADE DEEP WATER! ARM YOURSELVES BRETHERN!!! WE FIGHT TO SAVE THE SUN!!!

*in other news*

13,728,642 ships were mysteriously sunk. All where the eclipse's shadow was.
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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby Pfhorrest » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:16 pm UTC

I thought that all the dialogue at the end here was birds (besides the stuff obviously coming from humans in-frame). The birds have a crazy cult with a blood cauldron and are carrying one of the birds to the blood cauldron for reasons.
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Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Postby DavidSh » Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:24 pm UTC

It's the sort of thing you'd expect shrikes to do.

I didn't notice the nearby swallows behaving much differently, but at totality I was staring pretty much fixedly at the hole in the sky.


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