1918: "NEXUS"

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1918: "NEXUS"

Postby Hiferator » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:58 pm UTC

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Title text: You also refuse to buy Cisco products because you hate the Thong Song, O. Henry, Deep Space Nine, freshwater whitefish, teenaged Incan emperors, Brak's brother, and vegetable-based shortening.

I am assuming this is referring to the villain Hexxus. I feel like this comic could have been funnier if the names were at least pronounced the same, like in the title text examples.

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby Jorpho » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:32 pm UTC

I could figure out the others, but I drew a blank on O. Henry, freshwater whitefish, and Brak's brother. But that's why we have explainxkcd.com.

Makes me think of that tumblr thread about Sephora.
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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby somitomi » Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:41 pm UTC

Gotta admit, this flew miles over my head.
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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby DanAxtell » Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:50 pm UTC

The premise of #1918 is absurd except that the 15th anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom is coming up, when this really happened. The French were too stupide to join Bush 43's invasion of Iraq. By March 2003, there was a de facto boycott of products that sounded French but weren't:
https://news.virginia.edu/content/study ... 3-iraq-war .

For the record, my favorite brand of baked beans is Bush's (with no family connection in Greenwich, Connecticut).

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby wumpus » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:04 pm UTC

DanAxtell wrote:The premise of #1918 is absurd except that the 15th anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom is coming up, when this really happened. The French were too stupide to join Bush 43's invasion of Iraq. By March 2003, there was a de facto boycott of products that sounded French but weren't:
https://news.virginia.edu/content/study ... 3-iraq-war .

For the record, my favorite brand of baked beans is Bush's (with no family connection in Greenwich, Connecticut).


One of the biggest reasons for the US going to war with Iraq was that French oil companies were providing drilling/processing/general petro services to Iraq instead of the big US companies. Since replacing those contracts was so critical, the White House saw no problem in making the French as much of an enemy as Sadam.

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby DracMonster » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:51 pm UTC

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby Mutex » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:22 pm UTC

*scratches head*

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby DanAxtell » Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:14 pm UTC

wumpus wrote:One of the biggest reasons for the US going to war with Iraq was ...

I believe you about one of the several main causes of the Iraq debacle, but please don’t let my mention of my country’s misadventure derail us from the “romance, sarcasm, math, and language” that is #1918 NEXUS. And when it comes to derailing, it was Vélocio in France who perfected it in 1902. That’s why the Tour de France passes through Saint-Étienne every few years. I lived there for 5 months in 2002 and you really need a derailleur. I never made it up to the Col de la République to pay my respects, but I thanked my derailleur many times. And the first “road of iron” in France was in Saint-Étienne in 1827. So, I’m just saying that we shouldn’t derail this conversation, because the Stéphenois in St-É are the experts on the subject of derailing.

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:02 pm UTC

I got enough of the premise to get by. That a (presumed highly coincidental) whole set of soundalike-related things should conspire to utterly boycott a certain company's product range was the better bit.

(And it et ended. my previously upcoming hopes that Comic 1918 would somehow reference my favourite 1918 (yes, even above the year), i.e. the RFC. Because who doesn't like that?)

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby da Doctah » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:43 pm UTC

The office park my doctor's office is in used to be called "The Nexus Center". Seemed wonderfully redundant, right up there with "Negev Desert" or "The La Brea Tar Pits".

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:19 pm UTC

da Doctah wrote:The office park my doctor's office is in used to be called "The Nexus Center". Seemed wonderfully redundant, right up there with "Negev Desert" or "The La Brea Tar Pits".

Torpenhow Hill, Wookey Hole Cave, Eas Fors Waterfall, …

(edit: In fact, my own RL surname is arguably tautological, and features in a further poly-tautology in the form of a feature in the locale of my ancestoral geographic origin. But that's getting into deanonimising territory, and so - after some considerable thought - that's as far as I'll go.)
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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby da Doctah » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:28 pm UTC

Soupspoon wrote:
da Doctah wrote:The office park my doctor's office is in used to be called "The Nexus Center". Seemed wonderfully redundant, right up there with "Negev Desert" or "The La Brea Tar Pits".

Torpenhow Hill, Wookey Hole Cave, Eas Fors Waterfall, …

Oh yes, I know of Torpenhow Hill. In fact, on the alt.usage.english Usenet group, we call such place names "Torpenhows" in recognition of the phenomenon, but I wasn't sure how well-known the name was elsewhere.

And under a hundred miles from where I'm sitting, there's Picacho Peak.

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby Soupspoon » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:04 am UTC

(Nice to see a Usenetter, and obviously a current community thereupon. Been a long while since I haunted a.u.en myself, or done much more than lurk my own major haunts of times past.)

da Doctah wrote:And under a hundred miles from where I'm sitting, there's Picacho Peak.

You have too much space between your geography. From my own front door, I can walk to at least two X X Xish names in well under an hour. That come straight to mind, without looking it up!

A small-ish drive from where I am now, away from home, is one of the various River Rivers, but length-wise features are more cheaty than point-wise ones in that regard. :P
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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby dtilque » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:28 am UTC

da Doctah wrote:And under a hundred miles from where I'm sitting, there's Picacho Peak.


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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby Mikeski » Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:31 am UTC

I assume one cannot learn Italian at "Vista View" school (there's more than one in the USA), but maybe they teach other things...

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby colonel_hack » Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:17 am UTC

da Doctah wrote:The office park my doctor's office is in used to be called
And under a hundred miles from where I'm sitting, there's Picacho Peak.

Not to be confused with Pinnacle Peak, named after a card game.

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby da Doctah » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:01 am UTC

Mikeski wrote:I assume one cannot learn Italian at "Vista View" school (there's more than one in the USA), but maybe they teach other things...


I always wanted to publish a newspaper called the Daily Journal.

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby orthogon » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:52 am UTC

Isn't a Nexus some kind of Android phone? Or is it one of those hybrid cars?
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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby svenman » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:20 am UTC

Wasn't it the title of the monarch of Ethiopia, before the revolution?
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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby herbstschweigen » Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:14 pm UTC

Isn't it the name of that trans-dimensional place in Star Trek 7, Generations? (That was my association and I was completely lost with the comic.)

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby Eternal Density » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:54 am UTC

Hey don't hate on Cisco! He's got pretty cool superpowers and he's good at naming supervillains!
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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby Euphonium » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:58 am UTC

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby aaronb1138 » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:54 pm UTC

Hopefully someone will add this to ExplainXKCD (edit: I just did), but there is another layer of nuance to this comic (Soupspoon vaguely mentioned it). It's #1918... and with the Cisco Nexus joke, RFC 1918 is often cited as a style of IPv4 addressing in a private network. RFC 1918 defines the subnets allocated for private, internal usage, typically behind a NAT for getting to the Internet (your home router's typical 192.168.x.x/24 is based on RFC 1918). Most Cisco Nexus equipment is doing core / aggregation routing and switching of RFC 1918 addressed networks.

Disclosure: I do switch / route / firewall at a Fortune 500 company and often make jokes about never buy Cisco / Nexus again. I might print this one up and put it on my cube for our Cisco rep to see. Need to find some way of getting the alt-text in the printout.

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby Hiferator » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:44 am UTC

aaronb1138 wrote: I might print this one up and put it on my cube for our Cisco rep to see. Need to find some way of getting the alt-text in the printout.

You could look into Humor Sans if you want to keep it in style with the comic. (The Download link on the blogpost is dead, but I'm sure it can still be found somewhere.)

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Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Postby PM 2Ring » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:49 pm UTC

aaronb1138 wrote:Need to find some way of getting the alt-text in the printout.

The mobile view at m.xkcd.com can display the alt text.


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