0354: "Startling"

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0354: "Startling"

Postby marco » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:16 am UTC

alt text:"We actually reached the future about three years ago."

is anyone going to post this? am I not seeing it?
This happens to me quite often actually...not exactly that but, sudden realization of obvious things slaps me in the face fairly often..
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Re: Startling discussion

Postby screech » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:18 am UTC

Yeah, seemed a bit strange to see it not here.

What a startling comic, anyway. In my mind, the future is 2010, which is only three years away. When we get there, I'm going to be so freaked out.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby thethirdmoose » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:21 am UTC

I will often be going about my daily business, and I will shout
thethirdmoose wrote:Holy expletive! It's two thousand and frickin' seven! We have a giant network of computers! This is awesome!"

And I wonder why people look at me strangely o_o

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby cephalopod9 » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:25 am UTC

I do that all the time. 2007 was especially difficult for somereason. 2001 and all I didn't notice much, but I'll be like "hm... March 2007, that's gotta be like, distant future... wait no, it happened already".
Although that doesn't freak me out as bad as the furniture store adds that are all "NO down payment until 2012!" I mean dang.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby Kleppner » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:25 am UTC

Gone are the days I was care-free and used to watch Power Rangers...

I remember when the millennium rolled around... I was just graduating out of my primary school.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby SpottedNigel » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:29 am UTC

...I sometimes slip into writing "1997" on things. I think my time is broken.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby ++$_ » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:30 am UTC

I still think of years like 1995 as "really recent" when actually it's over a decade ago, September 11 hadn't happened yet, Clinton hadn't had his fling with Monica, and the best computer I had was an Apple with 8 MB of RAM.

Well, yeah, September 11 happens every year, but the particular one that happened in 2001 doesn't.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby aeiss » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:32 am UTC

He's floating in the third panel. Almost. Wish I had core strength like that.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby phlip » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:34 am UTC

The late '90s are "recent" in my mind, too... probably because I grew up through them... every now and again I'll hear that something hasn't happened since 1999, and not think it was that long ago, before I realise it's been 8 years.

On the other hand, that never happens with the early years in this decade... I never confuse 2002 for "recent", for instance... just the late '90s.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby lamarguerite » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:37 am UTC

Ha, so the secret to building core strength is to startle yourself every once in a while? I should explore this.

On topic:
I do this a lot too. 1995 is recent. I don't know what you're talking about. (Even though I was, like, five years old then). I think it's interesting that we view certain years as in the future.

Does anyone do this with birthdays? Every once in a while I will start and think "Oh man, I'm not twelve anymore..."
Or I'll realize that I'm actually not all that short anymore, once in a while, usually while talking to my short(er) friends.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby hezekiah » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:42 am UTC

Both I and my roommate got a chuckle out of this as soon as we read it. My girlfriend, on the other hand, hasn't figured it out in half an hour...

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby Quixotess » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:51 am UTC

Definitely. 1995 is still only five years ago as far as I'm concerned.

I also get agitated about how to say it. "Two thousand seven" doesn't fit in with the pattern we had going, the "eighteen sixty four" and the "nineteen ninety two." Of course, "twenty seven" doesn't work at all, and "twenty oh seven" is just bizarre. Basically, I'm waiting with baited breath for 2010, when 1995 will be fifteen years ago and I can say "twenty ten."
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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby Rysto » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:59 am UTC

Quixotess wrote:Of course, "twenty seven" doesn't work at all, and "twenty oh seven" is just bizarre.

How about "Twenty Aught Seven"?

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby aeflash » Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:03 am UTC

It's better than twenty hundred oh-seven.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby UmbralRaptor » Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:05 am UTC

Rysto wrote:
Quixotess wrote:Of course, "twenty seven" doesn't work at all, and "twenty oh seven" is just bizarre.

How about "Twenty Aught Seven"?

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby platypus01 » Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:12 am UTC

sometimes, when i think "5 years ago," i'll be thinking 1995 for some reason. it's weird. i'm also surprised to see that it's not all that uncommon... i thought i was just a freak.. (i get simple things mixed up all the time. i almost always have to tilt my head and hands to the side to figure out which side is left and which is right....)

lamarguerite wrote:Does anyone do this with birthdays? Every once in a while I will start and think "Oh man, I'm not twelve anymore..."

yeah, kinda. i remember after i turned 14, i kept thinking i was 13 for a while. then it happened again when i turned 15, etc.

and now, i somehow can't believe i'm already 17. in fact, while writing this response, i thought i was 16. and had to double check in my mind that i am in fact 17 (i think..). wtf?!?!

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby SimonSwift » Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:21 am UTC

I often find myself hypnotically writing "2005" on things. It doesn't make any sense, it just seems like the year is always 2005. Not to mention if I see something happened in 2006, I'm thinking, "Oh, that's not too far away from now...Wait...that already happened...whoops." I think I'm stuck in 2005. It wasn't even that memorable of a year, it just never seems like 2007 to me. And the 21st Century thing is weird, too. I'm always thinking, "Yeah, it's the 20th century, we should have these things by now," but I correct myself...I dunno...Stuck in the past, I guess. Aren't we all?

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby nahtanoj999 » Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:22 am UTC

Every few months? Try days.

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Re: Startling discussion

Postby steelbound » Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:23 am UTC

screech wrote:In my mind, the future is 2010, which is only three years away. When we get there, I'm going to be so freaked out.

I was recently sent my new credit card since the last one expired and this one is good till 2010 and I my first thought was - Wow! that's so far into the future. But then realized it's only 3 years away.

Sometimes I wonder if Randall Munroe does in fact exist or if somehow the readers of xkcd are collectively connected through the internet and Randall is just the avatar that pens what we have on our mind.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby Orp » Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:25 am UTC

I always get sacked when I say "this century" (referring to the 1900's of course); it's really embarrassing!

Who can think about humanity developing computers, nuclear power, and space flight as "last century!"

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby muteKi » Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:28 am UTC

It's rather odd how I to look at the mid 90s as just yesterday.
I mean, 1994 was AWESOME. Sonic 3, Hootie and the Blowfish, Forrest Gump, not having school.
Those were magical times that I will never see again.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:29 am UTC

For some reason I find myself not so often going "holy shit, it's 2007" but rather "holy shit, I'm 20". O_o
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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby MadnessASAP » Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:32 am UTC

Man I can totally realate to this but I tried to show it to one of my freinds over MSN and she seems to thim I'm just crazy. *sigh* It's lonely being a nerd sometimes.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby jlintern » Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:40 am UTC

I can almost guarantee that in the (not so distant) future, this decade will be referred to as "twenty - oh - one, "twenty - oh - two", etc.. just as we refer to 1901 as "nineteen - oh - one". 2000 will probably just be "two thousand".

EDIT: I take that back, 2000 will probably be "the year two thousand", since just "two thousand" is a little ambiguous. We do the same thing with the other multiples of 100.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby scarletmanuka » Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:46 am UTC

Hi MadnessASAP; it can be lonely being a nerd sometimes - but not around here.

Now get over to the introduction thread before the raptors (or moderators) get you!

As for me, the year doesn't surprise me but, as others have said, the fact that the 1990s are no longer recent and the fact that it's not the 20th century any more still do.

And I usually have to stop and think about it to work out how old I am. But from what I've heard from others that seems to be pretty common once you get into your 30s and the birthdays just don't really matter any more. (I'm 34 now. Man, that's starting to sound old... I still think of myself as a young guy but I keep getting freaked out by how young my coworkers are. :( )
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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby Vitamin_A » Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:50 am UTC

Yeah, I do things similar like this a lot.

"Holy crap, its December"
"Oh my God, its Thursday"
"What, its the 14th?"
"So, like a few years ago, in say about 1997, so that would be about *quick mental math* holy crap, ten years ago."

Yeah, I have really good sense of right-now time, as in I usually don't have to look at a clock, but beyond that, I'm totally off.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby DSDM » Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:03 am UTC

I get startled by that, as well as the realization that "the turn of the century" is not 1900 anymore. We have reached the future. Now where's may goddamn flying car, already?!

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby aerojad » Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:15 am UTC

re: 21st century

It's a bit of a letdown, isn't it?

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby Solt » Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:43 am UTC

As much as his previous comics amused me, this is the first time I can say that Randal HAS READ MY MIND.

Seriously, it's two-thousand-fucking-seven. It is, without question, the most exciting time to be alive (and young!) in the entirety of human history. Amazing!
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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby matthijsje » Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:47 am UTC

its the 21st century!?
oh my god

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby cjsedwards » Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:47 am UTC

They have 8 years to develop flying cars and hover boards, or I am not going to be impressed. Doc brown better not have screwed up the future as badly as I think he has...

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby 3.14159265... » Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:55 am UTC

I mention this quite often to everyone.

We got to witness the millenia change! FTW!

Even Jesus didn't get to witness this!
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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby r1chard » Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:11 am UTC

Sorry, but the future doesn't happen until Buck Rogers wakes up :)

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby squark » Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:24 am UTC

UmbralRaptor wrote:
Rysto wrote:
Quixotess wrote:Of course, "twenty seven" doesn't work at all, and "twenty oh seven" is just bizarre.

How about "Twenty Aught Seven"?

The year of the Bond.

000000000000000000007! Some kind of super-secret agent.

More relevant: I'm always shocked when I stop and think about how long ago the '90s actually were...it seems like no time at all has passed.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby Shpadoinkle » Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:25 am UTC

This happens to me occasionally too. Suff like "holy crap, I'm 23." Or "It's the 14th already? But the 2nd was just a couple days ago!"

On the other hand, I sometimes have to marvel at everything that's been developed in the last few years. Computers that are THOUSANDs of times faster, more advanced, and more powerful than what was available 30 years ago are now routine. My Playstation 2 could probably make 1977's most powerful computer it's bitch and make it beg for more. We have cars that run on fucking CORN. Having a real-time conversation with someone on the other side of the planet for six cents is entirely possible and done daily. Communications of all kinds that could take weeks or months are now done in minutes. Digital cameras probably seemed ages away as little as 15 years ago. Hell, I've done stuff in Photoshop that probably would have been worth thousands of dollars in 1987, and I'm only marginally skilled with it. How fast are things going to progress? And will I live long enough to see technological advancement reach critical speed? How long will it be before someone writes a program that can beat Turing tests 100% of the time? Also, will I still be interested in sex when they finally roll out with sex robots?

My head hurts...

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby 3clipse » Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:29 am UTC

Yeah, I do that a lot.

I also occasionally do the "holy crap, the fact that I'm standing here right now is an almost infinitely small probability." Being a bio major and actually learning the odds on just how small the percentage of me being me is doesn't help make it go away =P.
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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby Atario » Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:10 am UTC

1707 = "seventeen oh seven"

1807 = "eighteen oh seven"

1907 = "ninteen oh seven"

2007 = "twenty oh seven"


1700 = "seventeen hundred"

1800 = "eighteen hundred"

1900 = "nineteen hundred"

2000 = "twenty hundred"


It's the only way that makes sense, and I stick to it.

In other news, the number of people posting here who are 20 or younger is freaking me out. I feel so old now.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby Eleyras » Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:13 am UTC

My only question with this is with the alt text. Why did the future happen 3 years ago [2004] instead of 2000 or 2001?
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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby Domovoi » Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:19 am UTC

Every once in a while I realise I'm 26 and I get depressed. I so much want to be ten again and stand in line with my parents to buy Super Mario Bros. 3.

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Re: "Startling" discussion

Postby sjkebab » Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:34 am UTC

3.1415926...: Even Jesus didn't get to witness this!

Actually he would've been a 3 year old when it went from 1BC to 1AD...

Anyway, I had a similar discussion with a friend just yesterday.
"Oh my god! Girls born in 1990 will be 18 in a couple of weeks! WTF?!?"


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