0358: "Loud Party"

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0358: "Loud Party"

Postby UmbralRaptor » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:10 am UTC

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alt:I'm glad this is so much fun because I'm not sure how we're getting down.

I'm reminded of some IRC and message board discussions. Perhaps to properly add the details, they should be wearing headphones?

And wouldn't it be relatively easy to get down? (Just jump?) (although landing properly and making sure that the laptops don't get damaged might be somewhat hard.)
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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby shinybaby » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:14 am UTC

i've had a moment sort of like this, actually, though with something of a twist...

i was hanging out in a tree once, just chilling out and chatting with a friend when, after about 45 minutes of conversation, a voice from above us in the tree contributed a comment! in the whole arboretum, we'd managed to climb a tree someone else was already occupying!
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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby jaydoubleyou » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:16 am UTC

yeah, i don't get this one. are they supposed to be in an internet chatroom, working up the courage to talk to eachother? they are obviously friends. I mean, they're in a tree together! in real life!

WTF?

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby toysbfun » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:16 am UTC

UmbralRaptor wrote:I'm reminded of some IRC and message board discussions. Perhaps to properly add the details, they should be wearing headphones?

And wouldn't it be relatively easy to get down? (Just jump?) (although landing properly and making sure that the laptops don't get damaged might be somewhat hard.)

Headphones would ruin the imaginary party idea. As to getting down, he hands her his laptop and jumps. She tosses the laptops down for him to catch, then she jumps. Unless by getting down you mean dancing.

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby skyo » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:16 am UTC

Memories are coming back of the Jungle Gym at the Cambridge meetup... it was like both situations in one!
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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby starkruzr » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:17 am UTC

Aren't they actually at the party and daydreaming that they're in the tree together?
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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby skyo » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:18 am UTC

jaydoubleyou wrote:yeah, i don't get this one. are they supposed to be in an internet chatroom, working up the courage to talk to eachother? they are obviously friends. I mean, they're in a tree together! in real life!

WTF?


The way I see it, both of them are fantasizing about leaving the party and spending the night on their laptops in a tree. It took me a little while to realize that the bottom part is the imagination bubble, not the top.
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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby aerojad » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:20 am UTC

*perplexed*
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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby saus » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:21 am UTC

Aren't they actually at the party and daydreaming that they're in the tree together?


Nice observation... although now I have no idea what this means. Especially with the alt text.

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby slobrummer » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:21 am UTC

or perhaps the party drove them to find peace and quiet in a tree somewhere?

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby richlayers » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:22 am UTC

I really like that the cups are red.

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby jaydoubleyou » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:22 am UTC

yeah, that makes more sense if they are at the party, dreaming about being in the tree. props to you.

and now that I look at it, the thought bubbles get bigger as they go down (opposite of normal comic conventions), and the outline of the thought bubble curls towards the tree, not the other way as one would expect.

maybe i should look at the picture more carefully before making an ass out of myself.

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:22 am UTC

I've had the exact same experience about a million times, with the exception of the girl thinking the same thing...

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby Lathe » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:23 am UTC

richlayers wrote:I really like that the cups are red.

You beat me to it. :)

Related, is this the first use of color or am I forgetting a comic?

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby Lathe » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:25 am UTC

jaydoubleyou wrote:yeah, that makes more sense if they are at the party, dreaming about being in the tree. props to you.

and now that I look at it, the thought bubbles get bigger as they go down (opposite of normal comic conventions), and the outline of the thought bubble curls towards the tree, not the other way as one would expect.

maybe i should look at the picture more carefully before making an ass out of myself.


I had a similar thought when I read it the first time, so you're not the only one.

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby Almost in register » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:26 am UTC

I've never been one for loud parties myself, either. Although, if I were sitting in a tree, there's something else I'd rather be D-O-I-N-G than surfing on my laptop.
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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby jaydoubleyou » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:27 am UTC

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I don't know if anyone has ever told you this, but your sig pic is freaky as hell. It looks like you are trying to get me to give up my soul so you can eat it. and you're HUNGRY.

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby muteKi » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:27 am UTC

Lathe wrote:Related, is this the first use of color or am I forgetting a comic?

Nah, several here and there have had it. The Road Runner cartoon one is a recent one, as is Wasteland. Several old ones are as well.

Actually, going back, many of the very recent ones have had a touch of color, like the IM one, the virus one, and a bit here and there on the 1337 series.
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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby ShadowLurker » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:28 am UTC

you kid me!

http://xkcd.com/356/ had color

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby Zaraden » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:32 am UTC

Lathe wrote:Related, is this the first use of color or am I forgetting a comic?


Sorry, but have you ever read any xkcd in your life? I dunno, there's only colour every three comics or so... Try: http://www.xkcd.com/352/
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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby e946 » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:35 am UTC

If you look at the person standing next to the male subject (let's just call him party guy for now), he has his hand on/around party guy's shoulder. I could totally see him encouraging party guy to go talk to her or something.

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby gringer » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:39 am UTC

starkruzr wrote:Aren't they actually at the party and daydreaming that they're in the tree together?
That's a very nice trick, crowding out the party with thoughts of trees. Maybe if more people at the party thought about it, the loud music and drunken behaviour would disappear entirely.

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby lamarguerite » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:40 am UTC

I often leave loud parties to sit in trees.

Well, that's not strictly true, but I often feel I need to leave loud parties to sit outside, where it's quiet. All those people, making noise and pretending to interact...

Yeah, they're definitely actually at a party and daydreaming together.

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby Lobstrosity » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:40 am UTC

my interpretation is that they'd rather be flirting over the internet while being with eachother than be awkwardly apart form each other in front of many drunk people. red cups means drunk for me. :P

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby Puzzlemaker » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:40 am UTC

YES.

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby toughlove » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:42 am UTC

well i guess they both realize that they both are nerds?

my nerd sense is tingling...?


but anyways i guess they're not party people? though it DOES seem like one hell of a party.

maybe they have a connection.

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby starkruzr » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:44 am UTC

jaydoubleyou wrote:yeah, that makes more sense if they are at the party, dreaming about being in the tree. props to you.

and now that I look at it, the thought bubbles get bigger as they go down (opposite of normal comic conventions), and the outline of the thought bubble curls towards the tree, not the other way as one would expect.

maybe i should look at the picture more carefully before making an ass out of myself.
Indeed. I, for one, think long and hard about precisely *how* to make an ass of myself, and then jump enthusiastically into it with both feet. :D

What is everyone's "cutoff" for how loud a party gets before it stops being fun? Mine is "can no longer clearly interact with the person I am trying to talk to."
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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby toughlove » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:46 am UTC

yeah, that makes more sense if they are at the party, dreaming about being in the tree. props to you.

and now that I look at it, the thought bubbles get bigger as they go down (opposite of normal comic conventions), and the outline of the thought bubble curls towards the tree, not the other way as one would expect.


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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby the_johnald » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:51 am UTC

I don't get this one. Why are they daydreaming of being in the tree together, when they're not interacting in any way in the tree? If they were imagining being alone together, why aren't they talking (or doing something else :wink: )? Or, if they are just wanting to be away from the party, why are they in a tree together?

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby Owehn » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:52 am UTC

I went out to lunch with some friends of mine. None of us said a word. We had a great time.
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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby Magic Duck » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:53 am UTC

jaydoubleyou wrote:WTF?
the_johnald wrote:I don't get this one.


What's with people's need to always understand things. Sometimes you just need to accept that an xkcd comic won't open to you. I for instance don't most of the time understand life. It doesn't prevent me from enjoying it, however.

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby Zafsk » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:53 am UTC

I personally think this is a reference to this comic : http://xkcd.com/248/

It makes sense...

And I have spent time with someone before with out necessarily talking or interacting with them. Its just time together doing what you want.

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby starkruzr » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:55 am UTC

Magic Duck wrote:
jaydoubleyou wrote:WTF?
the_johnald wrote:I don't get this one.


What's with people's need to always understand things.
With THIS crowd? PLEASE tell me you're joking. :p

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby e946 » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:59 am UTC

Magic Duck wrote:
jaydoubleyou wrote:WTF?
the_johnald wrote:I don't get this one.


What's with people's need to always understand things. Sometimes you just need to accept that an xkcd comic won't open to you. I for instance don't most of the time understand life. It doesn't prevent me from enjoying it, however.


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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby Lobstrosity » Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:01 am UTC

e946 wrote:
This forum is full of nothing but science-minded people. That's what we do.


I disagree! I hate science. I heart xkcd.

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby starkruzr » Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:04 am UTC

e946 wrote:
Magic Duck wrote:
jaydoubleyou wrote:WTF?
the_johnald wrote:I don't get this one.


What's with people's need to always understand things. Sometimes you just need to accept that an xkcd comic won't open to you. I for instance don't most of the time understand life. It doesn't prevent me from enjoying it, however.


This forum is full of nothing but science-minded people. That's what we do.


xkcd is about people as well as science, math and engineering. But the readership is definitely slanted in the "intellectually curious" direction. Heavily slanted.
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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby suso » Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:07 am UTC

starkruzr wrote:Aren't they actually at the party and daydreaming that they're in the tree together?


Or am I butterfly?

I think this comic might be a reference to the philosopher who once went to sleep and dreamt of being a butterfly and when he woke up, wasn't sure if he was human or the butterfly.
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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby Number3Pencils » Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:08 am UTC

It took me a minute or so before I realized which direction the thought bubbles were going. Then I really liked it. Because: I love climbing trees, That's a very well-drawn tree, And I hate loud parties. I'm only disappointed by the fact that they're not even looking at each other, and they've brought technology straight out of its domain into nature. But, I don't have to agree with everything in every xkcd; quite possibly Randall doesn't even.

Hits home with me because there was the Worst Party Ever directly below my dorm room last night, leaking into the entire building. Our hallway, stairwell, and bathroom had a heavy odor of vomit, a girl was passed out on the floor, music was blasting until 02:45, and there was marijuana sprinkled around the sinks. I seriously want to throttle someone for it.

I hate parties, in general.
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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby Spot » Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:25 am UTC

Did anyone else notice that the guy standing on the couch is about to get his drink all over the two people sitting next to him?

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Re: "Loud Party" discussion

Postby Eleyras » Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:28 am UTC

Interesting that the tree is realistic, while the party is composed entirely of stick figures/line drawings, making the tree/nature stuff more "real" than the party they're actually at.
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