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0445: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs"

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:00 am UTC
by joee
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Alt text: Bonus strip: just read the rightmost panels straight down.

http://xkcd.com/445/


Poor Randall. Did he have a bad experience in Australia? We're nice, I swear!

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:02 am UTC
by glasnt
Oh phew, i thought it was my webproxies not letting me see xkcd ;-;

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:03 am UTC
by robot/human
The artwork is fantastic in this one. Stick figures can go a long way.

EDIT: Well that won't make sense now that the image is up.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:03 am UTC
by VHBT
Well, it's up now, and this thread wins the thread war.

I didn't find it particularly funny, but that may be just me.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:04 am UTC
by GuitarFreak
lolwut? This thread wasn't here when I posted mine D:

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:04 am UTC
by benjhuey
Random, no?

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:06 am UTC
by MarioMaster151
is it just my stupid computer, or is the thread up before the comic?

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:07 am UTC
by malec2b
I tried throwing a boomerang a long time back. Well, that is to say I succeed at throwing a boomerang. I failed at getting it to come back.

I thought this comic was hilarious, especially the army of boomerangs in panel 8.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:08 am UTC
by scowdich
As has been said in other threads, try refreshing the page, and if that doesn't work, clear your cookies and interwebtubes cache.

The comic resonated for me. Hell, not only boomerangs; I've never really been good with any things you throw. I'm getting better at knives, though.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:09 am UTC
by VHBT
GuitarFreak wrote:lolwut? This thread wasn't here when I posted mine D:

Yours was posted at 11:01 PM UTC, and this was posted at 11:00 UTC.
MarioMaster151 wrote:is it just my stupid computer, or is the thread up before the comic?

The thread was up first. If you still can't see the image, press ctrl+f5 (this works on most browsers).

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:12 am UTC
by fersrs
lol, for a second I thought everyone was just fucking with me. It makes much more sense now that I can see the comic.
Also, is that another girl with black hair, or is that BHG?

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:14 am UTC
by Ansible
Try reading the comic from every possible direction for extra laughs.

Also, the IRC room has made me aware of gray dots in between the comic squares. Now I can't stop seeing them.

MarioMaster151 wrote:is it just my stupid computer, or is the thread up before the comic?

I think there was a good three minutes before the actual image showed up.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:15 am UTC
by eleniy86
i got worried. i was waiting up for the new comic and it wasnt there! go figure the cookies had something to do with it....

boomerangs are a pain to throw. it's like you have to throw them a certain angle at a certain degree with a certain amount of force...i swear, those aborigines were some crazy physicist geniuses to invent those...at least he got something to come back to him, even though it wasnt anything worth getting...


maybe it was the hat guy throwing stuff back?? im just saying it's something he would do to mess with the guy :)


masher wrote:
Ansible wrote:Try reading the comic from every possible direction for extra laughs.


Top left to bottom right is pretty surreal...



read bottom left to top right for what usually happens to you when you throw a boomerang lol

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:17 am UTC
by masher
Ansible wrote:Try reading the comic from every possible direction for extra laughs.


Top left to bottom right is pretty surreal...

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:25 am UTC
by Deadweight
This comic is best read diagonally, bottom right to top left is my favorite.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:26 am UTC
by ConMan
masher wrote:
Ansible wrote:Try reading the comic from every possible direction for extra laughs.


Top left to bottom right is pretty surreal...

The columns each tell an interesting story - the 1st one is about the frustration of a man who keeps throwing boomerangs, but never gets them to return. The 4th, as Randall suggests, is just plain funny. The 3rd is, in a way, almost a throwback to Internet Argument - has he gotten into a "discussion" on Solaris vs RedHat, and has the girl just arrived to take him to meet the other person? And the 2nd is very poignant in its minimalism.

The top right to bottom left diagonal is a great story about never giving up. Of course, if you read it bottom left to top right it's just the first row all over again.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:29 am UTC
by Tigerlion
I'm surprised he put a shark in the 3rd row, 4th panel, not a raptor.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:33 am UTC
by Roland Lockheart
Reading column 2 top to bottom doesn't work very well, but reading it backwards is kinda neat.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:41 am UTC
by RuBLed
The rightmost panels read from top to bottom is a homage to the movie my super ex-girlfriend..

That is why it is a shark.

too bad it doesn't have lasers...

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:41 am UTC
by Glenn Magus Harvey
Nice...up until the last line. I guess I'm just not as into this surreal humor thing (recall the "Remember Monty Python: Promote Surreal Humor" comic).

Nice technique with including the bonus comic, though.

Now, if I assume that last line isn't surreal humor, would someone mind explaining to me how it makes sense?

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:45 am UTC
by sje46
Glenn Magus Harvey wrote:Nice...up until the last line. I guess I'm just not as into this surreal humor thing (recall the "Remember Monty Python: Promote Surreal Humor" comic).

Nice technique with including the bonus comic, though.

Now, if I assume that last line isn't surreal humor, would someone mind explaining to me how it makes sense?

I don't see how it can't be surreal humor. . .

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:47 am UTC
by LSN
I guess I should get one of these forum account dealies now (i.e. got an account just to comment on this one).

Deadweight wrote:This comic is best read diagonally, bottom right to top left is my favorite.

I concur!!

RuBLed wrote:The rightmost panels read from top to bottom is a homage to the movie my super ex-girlfriend..

That is why it is a shark.

That actually makes sense...

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:54 am UTC
by _sandswipe_
I love all these alternate orders. I just read it wraparound style (15-12-5-2), and it took me a while to figure it out.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:55 am UTC
by Jakobpunkt
I don't get the "last four strips top to bottom" bonus strip. My favourite reading is the bottom row, right to left.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:56 am UTC
by sje46
_sandswipe_ wrote:I love all these alternate orders. I just read it wraparound style (15-12-5-2), and it took me a while to figure it out.

What do you mean "wrap-around" style? You mean you read panel 15 first, then 12, then 5 then 2?

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:56 am UTC
by thebandit
Damn you, whoever mentioned the gray dots. Now I'll never unsee them.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:57 am UTC
by daryuu
Deadweight wrote:This comic is best read diagonally, bottom right to top left is my favorite.


I think that panels 5, 10, 15, and 4 make a better story...

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:58 am UTC
by HistidineTheCat
My favourite way to read this is bottom right to bottom left. Just 4 panels. I wish we could deal with all our problems this way, just chucking boomerangs at them.

Boomerangs are quite fun to throw around and play catch with (with someone else; it's just boring if you're trying to get it to come back to you, since they almost never do unless you threw it wrong or there was a stiff breeze). Though I would not recommend playing catch with a hunting boomerang.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:00 am UTC
by sje46
How many people here didn't know that boomerangs were originally weapons?

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:06 am UTC
by pancck
Yeah, I throw booms myself, and they are tricky to get the hang of at first.... but now they are quite a bit of fun, although I have never seen any of those results after throwing... (except the first...)

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:07 am UTC
by pancck
Yeah, boomerangs originally didn't even come back... I have been throwing mine for about 3 years... I would recommend the hobby to everyone..

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:12 am UTC
by Gelsamel
Also note that classic little illusion, the dots in between the panel square thing.

Disclaimer: Didn't read thread, sorry if this has been said already.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:16 am UTC
by malec2b
Try reading the third column down. I like to think of it as the story of someone who tries to grab a soda using telekinesis, but gets confused when it doesn't work, only to find that it causes a woman to float over.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:28 am UTC
by ADXCKGuy
ConMan wrote:Of course, if you read it bottom left to top right it's just the first row all over again.
Nope.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:52 am UTC
by Lunch Meat
The comments about the illusory gray dots in the corners make me want to create a diagram of several squares that actually does have light gray dots in the corners. Could that be a technique of nerd sniping? Reproduce a famous illusion, but change it so that what appears to be true actually is true. And then confuse people who actually expect it to be an illusion.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:55 am UTC
by Random832
VHBT wrote:
GuitarFreak wrote:lolwut? This thread wasn't here when I posted mine D:

Yours was posted at 11:01 PM UTC, and this was posted at 11:00 UTC.


I think you are not on the UTC you think you are. (it says 00:00 and 00:01 my-local-time, which means it's 05:00 and 05:01 UTC)

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:04 am UTC
by Astronick
I love the "make up your own variation" nature of this comic...

If the panels are 1-4 top row left to right, then 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, read it thusly:

1, 2, 6, 10, 14, 3, 7 then choose any of 4, 8 or 12!

Someone should write a little generator that gives you a random selection of the panels to see some truly surreal ones.

I have a boomerang but I have never taken it to a sufficiently large area to give it a go. I feel that I need space, lots of space, to get some practice in.

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:27 am UTC
by hotwing_conspiracy
[obligatory] Long time troll, here. Yes,I registered just to post this :) [/obligatory]

Here's 4 new two-panel comics mashed up from today's. Please don't be mad, Randall! :lol:

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--edit-- added link to flickr

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:27 am UTC
by ShadowLurker
this reminds me somewhat of the forum game slot machine

Re: "I Am Not Good with Boomerangs" discussion

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:40 am UTC
by jakejake
For my experience with boomerangs, read the comic normally, OMITTING all rightmost panels...

They never come back. :(