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0472: "House of Pancakes"

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:02 am UTC
by joee
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Alt text: Fuck it. I'm just going to Waffle House.

Extra title-text: Today's comic: a parody of House of Leaves

http://xkcd.com/472


*is confused, but thinks it's cool*

Edit: Where's footnote 23 used?

Edit: Man, randall, stop changing the alt/title text :P

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:03 am UTC
by TheHand
What a surprise visual!

Kudos to playing with the form.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:04 am UTC
by GodShapedBullet
Oh, I really liked this comic and its execution.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:05 am UTC
by suso
Star Trek: The Experience is closing? NOOO!!!!! I only got to go once (maybe that was enough), but when I went, Quark's Bar was closed for some private party which was VERY annoying. If they are going to have a private party, have it after hours or something.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:05 am UTC
by Dynastic
I didn't like this one too much, but it was ok.
On another note, is this the first xkcd so esoteric that it explicitly said what was being referenced?

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:06 am UTC
by Linux0s
Thought I had the wrong comic for a minute there. A departue of format.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:07 am UTC
by GodShapedBullet
Dynastic wrote:I didn't like this one too much, but it was ok.
On another note, is this the first xkcd so esoteric that it explicitly said what was being referenced?


I don't think this comic is entertaining at all if you don't get the reference, and House of Leaves isn't THAT well known, so I think it is a pretty good call to leave a little note.

Plus, I can't imagine it would be great to go to all that effort only to have people not appreciate what you were trying to do.

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:09 am UTC
by xkcdfan
I don't think this comic is entertaining at all if you don't get the reference, and House of Leaves isn't THAT well known, so I think it is a pretty good call to leave a little note.


I laughed out loud and I didn't get the reference. WTF for the win.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:09 am UTC
by Logodaedalus
House of Leaves! I didn't know that was a widely enough known book to reference without comment in a webcomic...

Edit: Oh. In my haste to show how cool I was by recognizing the reference, I missed the (extra) alt-text.
Edit Edit: Wait a minute.... It wasn't really there, was it? Extra title text courtesy of OP?
Edit Edit Edit: Ahhh, there it is. I'm having conversations with myself just like Johnny Whatsisface (It's been a while since I read it)

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:11 am UTC
by NightStar
AHAHAHA

I read the book, and rather than being freaked out or becoming obsessed, my reaction was "uh, what?"

So I support this parody whole-heartedly. Although I think it needs more postmodernist rhetoric.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:12 am UTC
by Tom
For the curious, the source code just changed from

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<img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/house_of_pancakes.png" title="&lt;br /&gt;(For those confused, today's comic is referencing &lt;a href=http://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764&quot;&gt;House of Leaves&lt;/a&gt;.)&quot;" alt="&lt;span style=&quot;color: #0000ED&quot;&gt;House&lt;/span&gt; of Pancakes" /><br/>
to

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<img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/house_of_pancakes.png" title="Fuck it.  I'm just going to Waffle House." alt="&lt;span style=&quot;color: #0000ED&quot;&gt;House&lt;/span&gt; of Pancakes" /><br/>

Link is to http://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764.

Also, note the blue title:

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<h1><span style="color: #0000ED">House</span> of Pancakes</h1><br/>

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:14 am UTC
by Enigma90825
I've never read this book, but I now feel inspired to read it. Is it worth the read?

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:15 am UTC
by Rinso
Minotaur

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:15 am UTC
by Stay_Puft_marshmallows
I think it's a shame that this is actually a reference to something.

Sometimes a reliable laugh must be sacrificed in order to introduce some much-needed insanity.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:17 am UTC
by krynd
Honestly, I thought it was funny, but didn't catch the reference. I can't explain it, but I think I laughed because it reminded me of those movies that end a story with a soliloquy - looking back on the events in the movie, and talking (in a shell-shocked kind of way) about how the events in the movie forever changed things in the narrator's life (ie parody of some cheap ending to a movie that decided to suddenly insult its viewers' intelligence. Because I want to spend 2 hours watching something, only to have it re-told in a highlights real in 30 seconds?).

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:17 am UTC
by Khaz
Oooh, he withdrew the explanation. Bold move!

For the record, I haven't a clue what House of Leaves is and I still laughed. I think it was the "Enough with your GOD DAMN PANCAKES!" that got to me. :P

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:18 am UTC
by AnotherUser
Yes! Hell yes! I nearly died of laughter when I noticed the "House" in "House of Pancakes" was blue!

Enigma90825 wrote:I've never read this book, but I now feel inspired to read it. Is it worth the read?


The first I even heard of the book was back when I was a little snot who browsed 4chan. There were lots of differing opinions over whether or not the book was actually good, but it interested me enough that I ordered it. I liked it, although it took me a little while to get past the beginning.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:19 am UTC
by krynd
Tom wrote:For the curious, the source code just changed from

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<img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/house_of_pancakes.png" title="&lt;br /&gt;(For those confused, today's comic is referencing &lt;a href=http://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764&quot;&gt;House of Leaves&lt;/a&gt;.)&quot;" alt="&lt;span style=&quot;color: #0000ED&quot;&gt;House&lt;/span&gt; of Pancakes" /><br/>
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<img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/house_of_pancakes.png" title="Fuck it.  I'm just going to Waffle House." alt="&lt;span style=&quot;color: #0000ED&quot;&gt;House&lt;/span&gt; of Pancakes" /><br/>

Link is to http://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764


Also, note the blue title:

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<h1><span style="color: #0000ED">House</span> of Pancakes</h1><br/>


I like the latter better. Doesn't make it seem like he's insulting us as the first one did. It also throws in some humor for those who don't get the reference.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:19 am UTC
by themuffinking
I read House of Leaves, and let me tell you something: that book will give you nightmares. I'm serious. You won't be able to walk down a hallway without every light in the house on. I wouldn't even read it indoors - go out to a park or something, surrounded by people. Otherwise, you're going to be frozen in your chair until your brain gets around to repressing the memory of what you've just read.

That said, this comic is the antidote. Kind of like how Bender's Big Score made the episode with Fry's dog not be sad anymore (yeah), this makes House of Leaves not mess with my psyche anymore.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:20 am UTC
by A. Smith
Would have been funnier if it had been "I've had it with those motherfucking pancakes in the motherfucking house!" :wink:

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:20 am UTC
by vodka.cobra
Randall's mind has finally snapped!

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:20 am UTC
by Ronfar
I know of House of Leaves because of TV Tropes.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:20 am UTC
by LittleKey
well, i've never heard of the book before, so i didn't really get it. but nicely done comic.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:21 am UTC
by GodShapedBullet
It's not really an insult to assume that you may not have read House of Leaves. It's not like you can just intuit that this comic is about a wacky novel.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:21 am UTC
by Findago
Oh my god.
This book dropped my GPA two points and ruined my relationship with my one of my best girlfriends.
I had to burn the book.
In addition to that, this was supposed to be the last XKCD I was ever going to read, but now I don't think I can stop. No matter how popular it gets, it will still have its vague references.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:22 am UTC
by moomusic
If I wasn't already completely infatuated with the mind of Mr. Munroe, it has now occured.

I got into House because of Poe (Danielewski's sister) and her 'Haunted' record...anyone else?

Oh. And the book freaked me out so bad, I had to put it in the fridge.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:24 am UTC
by Armaina
Enigma90825 wrote:I've never read this book, but I now feel inspired to read it. Is it worth the read?

I personally think it is, I really loved it myself. Then again I really like the whole crazyness, if you will, of the book itself. Though get the partial color or full color version, it adds to the effect.

moomusic wrote:I got into House because of Poe (Danielewski's sister) and her 'Haunted' record...anyone else?

Oh. And the book freaked me out so bad, I had to put it in the fridge.

Oh man me too! I looooveee that album, and it gives and interesting layer to the book as well (seriously I recommend both!) Oh I loved the book. Man I couldn't put it down :D

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:28 am UTC
by BlueNight
This comic made me feel like I was in a JHorror film parody. It was absurdist while being scary. Like the moment in The Village when the blind girl turns around, the camera follows, and sees the beast full-frame... and then it starts running at her! Except it's Weird Al. I loved it. Then I read the alt-text and laughed out loud.

I have never even heard of the referenced book. Thanks for the warning.

You want scary? I was taking care of my grandmother one night (the summer after her stroke). I turned around and saw the guy in the closet. It took me half a second to realize there were only supposed to be two people in the house, me and her. It took another two seconds to realize it was her shirt and pants for the next day. It took three minutes for my heartbeat to return to resting speed. I now check the locks on the doors before I go to bed.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:29 am UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
That reminds me of the time I killed a waffle waitress...

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:29 am UTC
by phlip
I haven't read this book yet, but I've heard it mentioned often enough to spot the reference from the "House" in the title...

If this strip is any indication, that book must be... odd...

Any suggestions on where I can get my hands on it?

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:31 am UTC
by suzi
oh god YES

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:31 am UTC
by toenolla
I love this strip. I want it to have my babies.

I inherited a copy of House of Leaves that had been passed around by various people who became too freaked out to finish the book. Because of the travel, it's all torn up and tattered like I imagine the old man's papers would have been; definitely adds to the mythology.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:32 am UTC
by kayteebeehive
suso wrote:Star Trek: The Experience is closing? NOOO!!!!! I only got to go once (maybe that was enough), but when I went, Quark's Bar was closed for some private party which was VERY annoying. If they are going to have a private party, have it after hours or something.


Seriously, I didn't get the reference but once I saw the bit about star trek i was all MEHR WTF ITS CLOSED???? Apparently it closed sept 1. Which is sad because I almost went to vegas this summer and was gonna visit it again....to buy a baby tribble to go along with my big tribble. Now I'm depressed.

Oh, and I had a huge freakin drink at Quarks Bar, it was called a Borg Queen or something. It was green.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:35 am UTC
by Whie
Enigma90825 wrote:I've never read this book, but I now feel inspired to read it. Is it worth the read?

I heard about this book from a post on the book board here. It went like this.
Bakemaster wrote:Nobody seems to want to tell me what House of Leaves is about either, despite my annoying them with improper formatting. Always "read it and find out".

Belial wrote:I can tell you what it's about.

Alright, essentially, it's the fictional journal of a guy who found an extensive film review for a film that doesn't exist in his dead neighbor's house. The film documents a man and his family who discover that their house has hallways and doors that, spatially speaking, given the dimensions of their house, cannot exist. It documents their journey into these lightless, blank, shifting corridors, interspersed with notes by the journal-keeper, occasional comments about his life, and how reading the description of this movie is starting to drive him insane.

And of course, it's about a good bit more than that, once you scratch the surface.

My reaction was the same as the next person who posted:
Ketzerei wrote:Is it as awesome as it sounds?

Come to think of it, can anything be as awesome as that sounds?

And it was just that awesome.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:36 am UTC
by Charlie!
I enjoyed the book without being freaked out. I definitely recommend it, though it's the second-sloggiest book (goddamn gormenghast) I've ever read due to massive footnote overdose.

I enjoyed this comic without falling in love. I definitely recommend it to people who like house of leaves but haven't seen XKCD, despite being one of the more directly referencing and less interestingly geeky (damn centripetal force) comics.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:39 am UTC
by kellsbells
I laughed so hard. And my copy of House of Leaves is still in the mail...

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:43 am UTC
by phlip
joee wrote:Edit: Where's footnote 23 used?

The reference is after the "and" under "Strawberry Banana Pancakes", the footnote itself is the sideways one right in the middle of the page.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:45 am UTC
by Wolf
Even though I've only just started the book, I laughed out loud when I saw this comic.

It made me very happy. : )

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:46 am UTC
by Nobodyhasthis
FUCK YES.

I created an account just to say how fucking cool it is for xkcd to do a House of Leaves strip, especially since I just re-read it. Strip's at least 5 years late, but whatever.

Edit: The book was originally published in 2000, making the strip, in actuality, eight years late.

There is, in fact, no book called House of Leaves, the wikipedia entry being a complete forgery. There is also no evidence that a Mark Z. Danielewski, or a Randall Munroe, has ever existed. - Ed.

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:49 am UTC
by Upthorn
This strip finally confirms my long standing suspicion that the editor's note at the top of Comic Fragment is a subtle House of Leaves reference.
At first I thought I was just being paranoid, because it went up the day after I had had a plane trip with House of Leaves as my only available reading material. I mean, the fact that I had stopped reading at the page that was displayed on wikipedia was enough of a coincidence without me actively looking for more...