0337: "Post Office Showdown"

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0337: "Post Office Showdown"

Postby HiroP » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:00 am UTC

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Title Text: That track ('Battle Without Honor or Humanity') -- like 'Ride of the Valkyries' -- improves *any* activity.
http://www.xkcd.com/337/

Almost reminds me of the Matrix movies!

Edit: Okay, maybe badly worded - but for some reason, any post office fight-scene reminds me of the Matrix. Though that might have been in Enter the Matrix...
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0337: "Post Office Showdown"

Postby Dynastic » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:01 am UTC

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Alt-Text:That track ('Battle Without Honor or Humanity') -- like 'Ride of the Valkyries' -- improves *any* activity.
Any reason in particular this is in a post office?
http://www.xkcd.com/337/

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Re: "" Discussion

Postby Robin S » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:01 am UTC

Another spelling mistake!
This is a placeholder until I think of something more creative to put here.

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby theintegral » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:02 am UTC

Where else would you have a person with a random box that could possibly have a katana in it?

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby Katastrophy » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:04 am UTC

Eeny, Meeny, Minny, Mo... I chose you.

I have so totally done this, and completely agree with his music choice. I should so change that to my music right now. I'm doing NaNoWriMo and my story plot goes something like this.
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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby AlphaPyro » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:04 am UTC

It's spelled "Choreography".

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby ptveite » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:04 am UTC

I always find myself thinking, "oooh, maybe I should try this crazy/stupid thing. I'll quicksave first though!"

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby b.i.o » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:05 am UTC

Choreographing is spelled wrong :(. *edit* Damn, beaten.

But otherwise awesome comic!

(And those songs most assuredly do improve any activity!)

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby Cabhan » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:05 am UTC

I do this all of the time. Especially now that I take martial arts :).

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby Sunsnail » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:06 am UTC

*sigh*

xkcd makes me feel less unique with the passing of each new comic

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby Robin S » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:06 am UTC

Silver2Falcon wrote:Damn, beaten.
True say.
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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby thisisdavid » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:09 am UTC

i say, isnt thatt wourd thar misspeld?
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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby RockoTDF » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:10 am UTC

God, I'm so guilty of this....
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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby bcdm » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:15 am UTC

RockoTDF wrote:God, I'm so guilty of this....


Who isn't, really?

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby Vitamin_A » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:16 am UTC

Honestly... I may have done this several times... a day.

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby Robin S » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:17 am UTC

I think it's films like Hot Fuzz which subconsciously put me into this sort of mindset.
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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby Dustbin » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:17 am UTC

Start doing parkour and you will start seeing all the flight possibilities as well as all the fight possibilities.
It makes life interesting.

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby Blipo » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:23 am UTC

Oh, god damn. I totally forgot about the comic today. >.<

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby Razzle Storm » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:29 am UTC

I also do this, and look for people's weaknesses. Sometimes I'm barely able to restrain myself from "going postal".

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby Killerkob » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:48 am UTC

Am I the only one who went and downloaded 'Battle Without Honour or Humanity' after seeing it mentioned on xkcd?


What if that postal man has a bomb in that parcel?

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby thebastardman » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:49 am UTC

I do that while in restaurants with a group of people with whom I dont have much to talk about.
Elaborate plans involving drinks trolleys, cutlery, hot soup and handfuls of pepper from the shaker.
Very true about ipod too.
Once turned on the donnie darko soundtrack as my plane flew towards a thunderstorm
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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby Camphlobactor » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:54 am UTC

Crap, l thought l was the only to do this because of my pent up rage. Most comics regarding math l find hard to relate to, but this one really hits close to home.

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby lamarguerite » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:56 am UTC

This is interesting...
a lot of xkcd comics that aren't math/science jokes make me think "I totally know people who do that!" but most of them don't apply to myself so much.

But, in this case, I always think about climbing up or down buildings. Still, not quite the same.

Why post offices in particular? Just all the people with packages?

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby Tisiphone » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:57 am UTC

I just listened to a bit of that soundtrack this morning. Made me feel a little gangsta'. I think I'm channeling XKCD.

I immediately assess any room I walk into for makeshift weapons and defense structures, and here I was thinking it was just me.
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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby Katastrophy » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:00 am UTC

Killerkob wrote:Am I the only one who went and downloaded 'Battle Without Honour or Humanity' after seeing it mentioned on xkcd?

I already had it (Three times, actually), but I immediately put it on a loop and listed to it several times through.
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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby selfopening_door » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:01 am UTC

I sorta do this. Every now and then I suddenly stop and think, "What would I grab right now if I needed a weapon?" Usually it's the nearest, reasonably dense, but not too heavy object; unless there's a sharp object nearby. Never really looked for defensive structures though. No doubt I'll start now though...
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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby aerojad » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:06 am UTC

Get QT to direct this. Combine it with the Everyone Gets Beat Up comic. Instant summer blockbuster. Especially since apparently the writers are on strike.





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Re: "" Discussion

Postby Intamin » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:09 am UTC

Robin S wrote:Another spelling mistake!


Where?

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby mds » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:16 am UTC

Someone should compile a complete "soundtrack to the action movie in my head."

I nominate the theme from the "Chateau" fight scene in The Matrix Reloaded.

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby EvanED » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:24 am UTC

You can bet I did stuff similar to that over the summer when I was playing Half Life 2 for a couple or more hours a day for a couple weeks. "Okay now, I'm going down the steps to the laundry room. Where is cover where some headcrabs could be? Better watch out for the zombies that are no doubt behind the door after I open it."

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby lewis1350 » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:27 am UTC

Dustbin wrote:Start doing parkour and you will start seeing all the flight possibilities as well as all the fight possibilities.
It makes life interesting.


HELL yes. Nerds who do parkour are the coolest people in the world.

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby Kudos » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:30 am UTC

Sometimes I imagine that there's no one after me.

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby seventoes » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:33 am UTC

For some reason this seems more appropriate as a "My Hobby:" comic, but i still lol'd a little nonetheless.
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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby DSDM » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:35 am UTC

Man, I do this too. An a lot of the time not even with real people that are actually around me, just imaginary people, Generic Asshole #2, Typical Douche #4, etc.

I just started reading this comic, and I laughed my ass off through most of the archives (apart from some of the math references that were above me, but I did get most of the computer science ones, so my years in college weren't a total waste.) I totally identify with a lot of these. Especially "Exercise" (#189)

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby AstralRunner » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:39 am UTC

But you know what improves things even more than Battle Without Honor or Humility?

Yakety Sax. This rule even applies to Kill Bill fight scenes.
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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby SimonSwift » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:44 am UTC

Katastrophy wrote:Eeny, Meeny, Minny, Mo... I chose you.

I have so totally done this, and completely agree with his music choice. I should so change that to my music right now. I'm doing NaNoWriMo and my story plot goes something like this.



I'm doing NaNoWriMo, too. Coolio.


And Randall, get the hell out of my head...I actually do this while driving (I know, not so smart), when I get really bored, I think, "What if that guy in front of me just started pushing me with his bumper" and I go through an awesome car chase scene. Or "What if that cop pulls me over and someone planted a pound of cocaine in my car that I didn't know about," and proceed with another awesome car chase scene. And actually, one time, it DID get to the point where I simply HAD to put on some cool car chase music...just in case...

I do it in other boring situations, too. Like, sometimes I just sit there and go, "What would happen if some guy pulled a knife on me?" and then go into this incredibly detailed fight scene (which is preceeded by some witty dialogue). I've gotten to the point where I was lipping my dialogue, actually...


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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby dindon » Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:08 am UTC

"Battle without Honour or Humanity" really shouldn't be described as "the Kill Bill fight theme", since it never plays during a fight. If I remember correctly, it starts after the Blue Hornet theme, as O-Ren Ishii and her entourage enter the House of Blue Leaves (in slow motion of course) and leads into "Woo Hoo" by the 5, 6, 7, 8's, after which we finally get to a fight.

I didn't find the actual fight music to be particularly memorable during Volume One, with the exception of the brief, yet brilliant, appearance of The Human Beinz's "Nobody but me".

(I would precede this with something like, "Not that it really matters, but..." or "I'm sorry to be so pedantic...", but it does and I'm not. This place is pedantry central.)

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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby bmunichman » Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:15 am UTC

xkcd has this frightening ability to discover our hidden habits and quirks and puts them in stick-figure form.

I mean, seriously, I'm not the only person to do that? I guess thats good to know.

Especially after watching the Bourne movies in recent years I've taken to scoping out people I walk by on the street, checking my shadows as I walk past streetlights, sneaking a glance in a storefront window to catch the reflection of someone who might be following me.
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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby space_raptor » Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:17 am UTC

I prefer "Leave You Far Behind", by Lunatic Calm, for my imaginary fight scenes.
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Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

Postby Lyra Ngalia » Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:30 am UTC

Dear Randall,
You're starting to scare me. Please get out of my head before I tear the apartment apart looking for the surveillance bugs. And while you're at it, could you tell Ryan North to stop spying on my boyfriend. It's kind of creepy.
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My fight theme alternates between Bridge of Khazad-Dum (FotR), What Shall We Die For (PotC3), and Salva Nos (Noir). And I was just choreographing fight scenes in my head today while walking across campus this afternoon.
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