0442: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel"

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Melannen » Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:12 am UTC

Luthen wrote:Like everyone else I was stunned by the awesomeness of this comic. I'm having trouble finding anything to discuss. Except, I'm glad that there are some new jokes (I love transistors), otherwise it could be seen as lacklustre effort.

As to the Discovery Channel ad, I'm saddened that we don't have that ad in Aus. (Plus Jamie and Adam reminded me of their appearance in CSI).

phycoman wrote:This made my day...

Also, I would just love to see this as a shirt...it has so much XKCD in one comic, I would buy a shirt of this in a heartbeat. Don't know if it is technically possible due to size, or colors, but damn this would be an awesome shirt.

Me too.

And your suggestion gave me one of my brain's trademarked tangents to the idea that a "periodic table of the xkcdian elements" should be created.

EDIT: Yay! Top of the death page!
Also have to admit that since I went straight to the discussion thread, the title made me think of that horrible song about "doing it like they do on the Discovery Channel"


LOL!! I would love to see this periodic table of the xkcdian elements thing you speak of :P lol it should totally be created :D

Also..

wtf is a death page?

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Sprinter » Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:19 am UTC

A collage of stick figures gesticulating and you guys love it? That's the worst part... you guys love it.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Melannen » Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:21 am UTC

:roll: :roll: :roll:

it makes me smile


and now that song is stuck in my head lol

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Shakleton » Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:27 am UTC

We don't have the discovery Channel here so it's punchline-less for me but I still like it. :D
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Shakes » Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:30 am UTC

what I find interesting is that for a comic filled with stick figures, it can have so many distinct characters... oh well

I love this comic! (as well...)
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby MrHackman » Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:31 am UTC

The weird bit is, I was watching that video on youtube about 30 seconds before I read the comic. I was all like
"Boom de yada, boom de yada. Ahhh, what an awesome song. let's see if any comics I read are updated. oh look; xkcd has a new one. *reads* BWAH?!"
It was downright spooky.
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby thecommabandit » Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:45 am UTC

Awesome. I log on with the hour I have before school on my birthday and an exponential comic is up. I feel so special =D
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby pyroman » Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:00 am UTC

Haha i love that commercial! it just makes me happy and now that xkcd has adopted its even better.

xkcd FTW!! = )

On the downside i was disappointed that there was no nerd sniping, trebuchet or Raptor reference in the comic. meh owell still great. = )
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby max.goedjen » Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:02 am UTC

hideki101 wrote:panel 1:http://xkcd.com/162/
panel 2:http://xkcd.com/413/
Panel 3:http://xkcd.com/434/
panel 4:http://xkcd.com/239/http://xkcd.com/345/
panel 5:http://xkcd.com/152/
Panel 6:http://img.4chan.org/b/imgboard.html. no link this time
Panel 7:http://xkcd.com/150/
Panel 8:http://blag.xkcd.com/2008/02/27/ballpit-phase-ii/
Panel 9:http://xkcd.com/325/
Panel 10:http://xkcd.com/153/
Panel 11:http://xkcd.com/289/? maybe another one
Panel 12:http://xkcd.com/kite/
Panel 13:http://xkcd.com/256/
Panel 14:http://xkcd.com/8/http://xkcd.com/43/http://xkcd.com/427/
Panel 15:http://xkcd.com/303/
Panel 16:Damn. can't figure this one out.
Panel 17:http://blag.xkcd.com/2008/01/28/obama/
Panel 18:or this one. Has he ever mentioned transistors?
Panel 19:http://xkcd.com/69/?
Panel 20:http://xkcd.com/49/http://xkcd.com/279/http://xkcd.com/317/ There seems to be quite a few sister ones...
Panel 21:http://xkcd.com/249/
Panel 22:http://xkcd.com/291/
Panel 23:http://xkcd.com/108/
Panel 24:http://xkcd.com/409/

I don't know if I got any wrong though. Some aren't comics by the way.


I think Panel 18 may be http://xkcd.com/356/

EDIT: Also, I'll totally voice act for Panels 9 and/or 10

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Shakleton » Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:09 am UTC

max.goedjen wrote:
hideki101 wrote:Cool List.


I think Panel 18 may be http://xkcd.com/356/


No, that's resistors and not trnsistors!
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Luthen » Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:09 am UTC

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Just my brain being wierd: In Chinese the word for four sounds like the word for Death => Fourth page=death page
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Unforgiven » Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:20 am UTC

I love this ad (even though I hadn't seen it before checking out this thread), and I love this comic.

... but National Geographic is better. :P
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Dobblesworth » Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:28 am UTC

The initial thought that came into my head when reading the title, was that the content might be related to that classical love power ballad "You and me baby may be nothing but mammals, so let's do it like they do on the Discovery Channel." Definitely not what I was expecting though. Initially read it as a series of unconnected events, just for a collage of xkcd that might be indicating a retirement, then noticed the rhyming couplets and the interesting "Boom Da Yada!" refrain, then started singing along. Certainly something you can do a capella with any tune/tempo you fancy really.

And yes I do have and love the Discovery Channel (and Discovery +1, +0.5, Turbo, Science, Civilisation channels...), just don't think that advert has migrated across the Atlantic yet.

Yay! Go xkcd!

<Obligatory Boom Da Yada>

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Sethum » Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:43 am UTC

Rat wrote:so uh.. what does the cursor in the transistor panel mean?

i've been wondering for the past few minutes how that even happened...

did he just screencap that guy from a different comic and catch his mouse?

good strip though...


That's no cursor, Rat. Take a look at a standard transistor diagram: Bipolar Junction Transistor Image

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby makaveli » Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:51 am UTC

Rules one and two plox #.#

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby julian.delfiki » Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:54 am UTC

Comic 442. Significant? I think so.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby VectorZero » Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:02 am UTC

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby ryelle » Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:09 am UTC

obviously someone needs to get on this [this being making a recording, that is]. was someone already put in charge? I volunteer for panel 4 or 18.
[and re: the comic itself... well, I was going to check xkcd and go to bed, but it put me in such a good mood that here I am two hours later, still smiling at it.]
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Lenary » Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:51 am UTC

that's all so clever and funny ...especially the transistor box
but i'm still wondering what the tune is...
this will keep me entertained all weekend...and hopefully longer

oh, and i volunteer for the engineer, the sex (all of them, but i'd need a female partner) and the transistor panels if we film it
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" Discussion

Postby M.qrius » Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:36 am UTC

cbgoding wrote:I would say "rules one and two, toddler" but /b/ has been overrun by underage kids for over a year and it is therefore a moot point (irony?). Ah well.

If you're not a part of /b/, then why whould you stick to its rules? Besides, /b/ has always been overrun by underage kids.

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What do you think? A trap of course!

Sprinter wrote:A collage of stick figures gesticulating and you guys love it? That's the worst part... you guys love it.

*laughs hollowly*
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All of these things combined make an awesome comic. It doesn't surprise me people like it as much as they do, in fact, it surprises me that you don't. Try and enjoy the world around you. Life is much more fun when you're happy.

Rat wrote:so uh.. what does the cursor in the transistor panel mean?

i've been wondering for the past few minutes how that even happened...

did he just screencap that guy from a different comic and catch his mouse?

good strip though...
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby jib » Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:40 am UTC

*adds xkcd to the ever-growing list of sites on which people without the ability to download multi-megabyte videos can't get the full experience*

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby M.qrius » Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:49 am UTC

jib wrote:*adds xkcd to the ever-growing list of sites on which people without the ability to download multi-megabyte videos can't get the full experience*
Add xkcd to the following lists as well then:
Site on which people who don't have an advanced math degree can't get the full experience
Site on which people who don't have an advanced physics degree can't get the full experience
Site on which people who don't have an advanced programming degree can't get the full experience
Site on which people who haven't played every game can't get the full experience
Site on which people who haven't seen every movie can't get the full experience

You're not going to get all references. Hardly anyone is. It's not a big deal.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby crazdgamer » Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:51 am UTC

I'm coming out of lurking to say that this comic is made of fucking win.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Wondrej » Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:59 am UTC

I thinks this is just a great comic, we should make XKCD vid of this :) It'd be cool

And All those liks to previous comics oh I realy like it... besides cool song anyway :D

I made a topic :oops: so if someone is interested here you go
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby You, sir, name? » Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:12 am UTC

I was secretly hoping for a Steve Ballmer cameo. You know... "I LOVE THIS COMPANYYY!"
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby asliceofpi » Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:40 am UTC

This was fantastic. XD

(Am I the only one that immediately googled "taft slash fiction" out of pure curiosity? >.> )

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby SimonBob » Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:52 am UTC

Get out of my combination of nostalgia and awesome, Randall!!
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby koreanforrabbit » Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:13 pm UTC

I moved from Chicago to Virginia because my boyfriend scored a job at the Discovery Channel.

He gets paid bank to watch teevee all night. Also, we get a fat discount on DVD sets and electronics.

We LOVE the Discovery Channel.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Not an Evil Robot » Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:22 pm UTC

This xkcd made me so happy.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Durinthal » Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:24 pm UTC

jib wrote:*adds xkcd to the ever-growing list of sites on which people without the ability to download multi-megabyte videos can't get the full experience*

You mean it's not already on there for this one?

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby jbass357 » Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:27 pm UTC

caitlin wrote:
VHBT wrote:That post is extremely self-contradictory.


... I don't understand?


nm, he took you out of context.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby jazlean » Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:30 pm UTC

This lastest comic is awesome! One of my favs!
So many awesome references, it's like 24 comics in one!
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby kfbest » Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:36 pm UTC

Randall, you are absolutely brilliant. You have made a beautiful and amazing commercial even that much better. What's more is that you used the same theme (i.e. little clips of the Discovery Channel vs. little clips of XKCD).

Thank you for making this comic. It's great.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Mmmm, Pi » Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:48 pm UTC

This is great, and I want it on a t-shirt.
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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Nomic » Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:50 pm UTC

This comic is made out of WIN and OWN (as well as awesome for added flavour)!

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Raemon » Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:51 pm UTC

Add me to the list of people who registered specifically to express how awesome this was. I hadn't heard the song before, but liked the comic anyway. Then I heard the song. Then I read the comic again. Then I listened to the song again. Then I continued to do read and listen over and over and over until I could sing both of them at will.

I second the notion that we need to have an official XKCD version of this (ideally, it'd be animated), but another ideas has occurred to me: I keep singing the song over and over and get frustrated when I run out of words. This isn't a song that is supposed to end, anyway, so..... I think someone (preferably someone slightly less lazy than me) should put together some kind of ongoing web-project that let's people upload new lyrics and somehow loops them together indefinitely, providing infinite things to love. (Or at least a whole lot)

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby phodd » Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:58 pm UTC

bitwiseshiftleft wrote:(this) is based on an old campfire song:
old campfire song wrote:I love the mountains.
I love the rolling hills.
I love the fountains.
I love the daffodils.
I love the fireside
When all the lights are low.
Boom-dee-a-da, Boom-dee-a-da.
Boom-dee-a-da, Boom-dee-a-da.
Boom-dee-a-da, Boom-dee-a-da.
Boom-dee-a-da, Boom-dee-a-da.


Alphaniner wrote:As far as the piano chords, C#-A#m-F#-G#

Apparently they're too cool for a normal chords sequence.

Robin S wrote:I don't think it originally used a piano, but it's your standard chord progression I-VIm-IV-V.

Strange. I learned the campfire song with chords G-Em-Am-D, or I-VIm-IIm-V. A subtle difference, perhaps, and likely influenced by 'God Save The Queen' in that regard (Or 'My Country 'Tis Of Thee' for United-Statesians, whose ancestors changed all the words in the late 1700s :wink: ). Reserving IV is handy for instrumental breaks and lead-ins too. :D

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby ahecht » Fri Jun 27, 2008 1:02 pm UTC

I'm surprised that Randall didn't address the astronauts' "terrorist fist-jab" at the beginning of the original.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby mache-b123 » Fri Jun 27, 2008 1:07 pm UTC

Man...

MAN...

MAN!!!

What a comic! Awesome! Boom de yada, boom de yada, boom de yada, boom de yada.

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Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

Postby Jebobek » Fri Jun 27, 2008 1:10 pm UTC

I wanna hear the reference song but my network blocks youtube :(
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