0452: "Upcoming Hurricanes"

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0452: "Upcoming Hurricanes"

Postby Blipo » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:01 am UTC

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Alt: I'd like to see more damage assessments for hurricanes hitting New York and flooding Manhattan -- something like the 1938 Long Island Express, but aimed a bit more to the west. It's just a matter of time.

As a resident of Vancouver, will I ever see a hurricane? ...

Edit: Crap, Alt text.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby joee » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:02 am UTC

As an Aussie, I think I'm missing most of the humour

Edit: I love "Hurricane cos(x)"
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby dreadfulduck » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:06 am UTC

haha!! I actually lol'ed at this one!!! It was great

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby shadowboy » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:08 am UTC

This is one of the funniest ones in a while.

As a resident of Florida, I found the Florida one (and by extension, the Illinois one) hilarious.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby saxmaniac1987 » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:09 am UTC

Wait, is that a Killer Crayon reference? Please, please let it be. Cause I can't find that game anywhere.
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby nyeguy » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:10 am UTC

The Tron hurricanes were my favorite, but after looking at it for a second, I finally understand the Freud one, and have to compliment Randall on the subtle joke there.

Edit: Shouldn't it be Hurricane cos(x)+7 (well, approximately 7), since it is not centered on the equator, what should the the x axis?
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby TheHand » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:10 am UTC

Hurricane Blue is screwed.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Swivelguy » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:11 am UTC

Hey, we Illinoisians don't have it too easy, we had an EARTHQUAKE!
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby saxmaniac1987 » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:12 am UTC

Oh. Tron. Damn.
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby asad137 » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:12 am UTC

joee wrote:As an Aussie, I think I'm missing most of the humour

Edit: I love "Hurricane cos(x)"


Just replace "hurricane" with "typhoon" and it will all make sense ;)

The Freud hurricane is the best.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Ronfar » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:13 am UTC

Unlike many other cities, New York has absolutely no natural disasters. All of its disasters are entirely man-made.
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby jHo » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:15 am UTC

Kind of reminds me of the game Qix..

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Steve the Pocket » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:17 am UTC

I have very little to say about this, other than... LOL AMPERSAND. And for a second I was trying to figure out how the Hurricane Red and Hurricane Blue related to "Red vs. Blue," Halo, or Unreal Tournament. Ha ha I'm dumb.
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby dreadfulduck » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:22 am UTC

yeah i don't get the red blue thing unless he's talking about one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.

But I enjoyed all the other ones, including the Freud one...love the joke, and mostly the screw it, let's just hit Florida again! hahaha very funny. Also enjoyed where the hell is Bermuda -- it took me a while to actually finally figure out where Bermuda was...I kept thinking it was more south than it actually is

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Taerinshar » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:23 am UTC

Bwaha, great comic as per usual! Hey and if we ever get the Illinois-has-it-too-easy storm we'd get prairie farmers all across Canada & the US rejoicing at all the newfound rain for the crops. For the first hour or so anyways before the barns start washing away...

And I'd love to see the meteorologists try to explain the behavior of some of these hurricanes if they happened. How many press conferences can you stretch 'We haven't got a bloody clue why its doing that' into?

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby shadow_spork » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:28 am UTC

LOL!! This is perfect! :D

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby SwissArmyAnts » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:31 am UTC

Ronfar wrote:Unlike many other cities, New York has absolutely no natural disasters. All of its disasters are entirely man-made.


Well, there is the occasional super-blizzard, and I even recall a minor earthquake or two, but that's about it.
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby RainbowPony » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:32 am UTC

dreadfulduck wrote:yeah i don't get the red blue thing unless he's talking about one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.


Obligatory Wiki link for Red v. Blue : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tron_(arcade_game)

Hurricane Freud just reminded me of the risque Hurricane Rita.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby d3c31t » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:33 am UTC

i got every single one including the tron one except the freud one can someone please explain that to my insignificant little mind?
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby nyeguy » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:36 am UTC

d3c31t wrote:i got every single one including the tron one except the freud one can someone please explain that to my insignificant little mind?

Freud was very into the sexual nature of the human psyche. Look very closely at the shape of the path.
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby thedufer » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:36 am UTC

Love the ampersand in Where-the-Hell-is-Bermuda.

For those of you clueless, Hurricanes Red and Blue are blatant references to the classic video game Tron (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tron_(arcade_game)).

Edit: Gahh ninja'd on link.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby d3c31t » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:37 am UTC

nyeguy wrote:
d3c31t wrote:i got every single one including the tron one except the freud one can someone please explain that to my insignificant little mind?

Freud was very into the sexual nature of the human psyche. Look very closely at the shape of the path.


oh god.... thanks for clearing that up.... wow i thought my mind was just in the gutter didnt realize it was intended to look like that... lol
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby vaderdudenator » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:38 am UTC

top notch as usual. i was just watching the light bike scene recently. cool stuff. especially pre CGI.

Also can someone explain the freud thing? i was around for floyd, and i know who freud was but IDK where the joke is.

edit: Damn, beaten to the freud question. i saw the shape but for a (generally) high brow comic like this i expected something deeper.
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby nahtanoj999 » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:43 am UTC

Wow. Chicago and lightbikes. This comic knows how to make me happy.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Lunch Meat » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:47 am UTC

Blipo wrote:Image
Alt: I'd like to see more damage assessments for hurricanes hitting New York and flooding Manhattan -- something like the 1938 Long Island Express, but aimed a bit more to the west. It's just a matter of time.

As a resident of Vancouver, will I ever see a hurricane? ...

Edit: Crap, Alt text.


California will probably never see them, but we get these exciting miniature earthquakes every so often, just to keep us on our toes. Very humorous comic. I approve.

Wrong link, btw. Should be 453.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby GodShapedBullet » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:58 am UTC

This was a pretty nice comic. More of these, please.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby cephalopod9 » Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:00 am UTC

I think Hurricane Screw-It was renamed Scrambles: Dealer of Death.
Also, I feel we should go on purple alert.
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Twinfire0 » Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:16 am UTC

Did anybody else notice how hurricane Freud not only forms a risque shape, but also appears to "modify" the state of Florida?

Randall needs a vacation... (Not to Florida apparently! Or Illinois!)

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby wxoddball » Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:17 am UTC

Hurricane cos(x) needs more y-intercept. Not enough Coriolis force that close to the equator. :)

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby vodka.cobra » Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:21 am UTC

wxoddball wrote:Hurricane cos(x) needs more y-intercept. Not enough Coriolis force that close to the equator. :)

Yeah. Mo' like Tropical Bipolar Depression cos(x)
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby smartalco » Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:24 am UTC

For the record, I got every one of those jokes.

Also, this is one of the best xkcd's in a couple months.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby simX » Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:33 am UTC

nyeguy wrote:Shouldn't it be Hurricane cos(x)+7 (well, approximately 7), since it is not centered on the equator, what should the the x axis?


This was my first thought when I saw Hurricane cos(x). I was also wondering if it was correctly centered about the prime meridian, because that also matters.

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby sje46 » Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:38 am UTC

Was anyone else surprised when they first learned how north Bermuda is? And it is in the middle of no where. I would have figured it be more down south in the carribean.
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Dr Zoidberg » Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:44 am UTC

asad137 wrote:
joee wrote:As an Aussie, I think I'm missing most of the humour

Edit: I love "Hurricane cos(x)"


Just replace "hurricane" with "typhoon" and it will all make sense ;)

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby minke » Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:47 am UTC

simX wrote:
nyeguy wrote:Shouldn't it be Hurricane cos(x)+7 (well, approximately 7), since it is not centered on the equator, what should the the x axis?


This was my first thought when I saw Hurricane cos(x). I was also wondering if it was correctly centered about the prime meridian, because that also matters.


Both of these things only matter if you assume that the earth is flat. Calling this function cos(x) also is based on the assumption that at least this section of the earth is flat, but it's a more reasonable assumption because the map is only of one section of a sphere. Bringing the rest of the globe into things only makes them more complicated (and more distorted). Also, just because there's a set of coordinates already in place on the globe doesn't necessarily mean that it's mathematically handy to use them. I'm in favor of setting your axes wherever they're most convenient, in which case cos(x) is a perfectly reasonable equation for the hurricane. Though, given its proximity to freud, perhaps it would have better been called sin(x) :)

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Melannen » Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:56 am UTC

I actually chuckled at this one :) Good job Randall

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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Kaiyas » Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:03 am UTC

I got all of them, but I'm not entirely sure what hurricane freud is doing.... :?
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby ParanoidDrone » Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:04 am UTC

Living in Louisiana for the vast majority of my life, I grew up with hurricanes. Needless to say, this comic makes me happy. Poor Florida...and Illinois...not that I'd terribly mind if they got hit. <_< I recall reading about a hurricane in the past managing to cross the Appalachian Mountains and get into Canada or somesuch before finally dying out, but I can't remember its name for the life of me.

Slightly OT: I love it when people unfamiliar with hurricanes grossly overreact to them. A conversation between my friend and a friend of said friend after a category 3:

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Friend of Friend: YOU'RE ALIVE?
F: Um, yeah?
FOF: BUT THERE WAS A HURRICANE!
F: It was just a category 3...
FOF: A CATEGORY 3?
F: Yes...
FOF: SO YOU'RE ALIVE?
F: Um, yes.

The FOF was from California iirc, but come on. You only need to really worry once it hits category 4. Anything lower is just a massive thunderstorm for all practical purposes. Goodness knows we need the rain as of now. <_<

Also, I spent more time analyzing the paths of the hurricanes and pondering how likely they were to really happen than actually reading the comic. I'm not sure what this says about me.
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Rathum » Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:09 am UTC

A friend of mine just referenced this story.

I figured this thread needed an obligatory "Get out of my head!" post. :D

Loving the tron hurricanes.
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Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Postby Lanjolo » Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:11 am UTC

I initially thought hurricane red would have something to do with Cuba being socialist :o
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