0497: "Secretary: Part 4"

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby DarkKnightJared » Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:10 pm UTC

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Angua » Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:27 pm UTC

So, you think that if he ran in 12 he'd manage to wrack up enough support from xckd fans to make his way through?
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby SJ Zero » Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:28 pm UTC

Oh yeah, because there's definitely 30 million American xkcd comics. :P

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Tron Paul » Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:33 pm UTC

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Angua » Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:41 pm UTC

SJ Zero wrote:Oh yeah, because there's definitely 30 million American xkcd comics. :P


Yeah, but with xkcd fans telling their friends, he might get through as people do it as a joke.
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby crazdgamer » Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:47 pm UTC

So...

Is it silly to bring up the fact that Cory Doctorow's balloon cannon makes a boingboing sound, or did everyone else just see the joke and not bother mentioning it because it's just an "obviously" sort of thing?

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Angua » Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:50 pm UTC

It was mentioned by other people earlier in the thread (try the first page). As well as the pewpewpew of the blimp.

Personally I prefer boingboing, pew sounds too much like a gun with a silencer.
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby twmcneil » Thu Oct 30, 2008 2:34 pm UTC

The "boing! boing!" part made milk come out of my nose.

Does this mean we'll see Jeff Bridges in the final panel?

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby hattiel » Thu Oct 30, 2008 2:38 pm UTC

I like 'pew pew pew'! It's kind of feeble, like little kids pretending to shoot each other.

Also: what noise would the evolved form of the Ronpaul make? I'm thinking he'd have the same sort of roar but with more bike sounds.

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby cwoodin » Thu Oct 30, 2008 2:41 pm UTC

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GodShapedBullet wrote:I guess the Ronpaul believes in evolution now?

Only if he gets to spell it "∃VOUTION"

...dammit why aren't there better backwards letters in Unicode? A hundred thousand characters and no backwards letters.


A cyrillic и looks ok, really.
For that reverse L, is that a box drawing char? It's probably the best, but there's also these ...

∃VOUTIOи (Right Floor, from Miscellaneous Technical)
∃VOUTIOи (Right Square Bracket Lower Corner, from Miscellaneous Technical)
Only the "EVOL" need to be backwards - it's a play on his "the Ronpaul REVOLUTION" bit, wherein "EVOL" (Love backwards) are reversed: http://files.meetup.com/506522/Ron%20Paul%20Revolution%20banner%2030%20x%2089.jpg
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Iv » Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:07 pm UTC

Angua wrote:
SJ Zero wrote:Oh yeah, because there's definitely 30 million American xkcd comics. :P

Yeah, but with xkcd fans telling their friends, he might get through as people do it as a joke.


Laugh, but when you search for "webcomic" in google, XKCD is the first entry. There are also 31445 persons registered on this forum. That is not negligible politically.

SJ Zero wrote:With the Ronpaul, looking at his platform he's going to vote against the bailout, and he voted against the bailout. He follows a set of rules which determine how he's going to vote, and he make it perfectly clear what those rules are.


That makes sense. I am really sad this is a loosing strategy in politics. So people apparently like his integrity, not his platform. OK.

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby xaeon » Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:17 pm UTC

Iv wrote:Laugh, but when you search for "webcomic" in google, XKCD is the first entry. There are also 31445 persons registered on this forum. That is not negligible politically.


Minus those not in America, and those who are not of voting age. I feel that would greatly reduce that number. Oh, and those who are inactive. And those who have political aliances. And those who may now be dead. Etc, etc.

And even so, 31445 people is roughly 0.0138086596% of the US population over the age of 18 (and thus can vote), ie. negligable.

Infact, even if every single person on this board tells 10 of their friends to vote, who in turn each tell 10 of their friends to vote, and they all vote, that is still only 1.53276121%.

Although, going from the 2004 results, and adding the 0.5% vote he got from the 1988 presidental elections, that would be enough votes to earn him 6th place. Woohoo!
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby pyroman » Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:28 pm UTC

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Wow... when i saw the the Ronpaul ---> Tron Paul scene i too was reminded of that but you sir executed it beautifully! That was very well done. Congratulations you win the game!
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby SJ Zero » Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:54 pm UTC

That makes sense. I am really sad this is a loosing strategy in politics. So people apparently like his integrity, not his platform. OK.


The platform he has of limited government, eliminating the income tax, balancing the budget through huge cuts in government programs, it's not the best set of policies ever created by man, but it IS better than the usual Republican and Democrat policies of completely schizophrenic and disjointed political truces with no rhyme or reason.

Frankly, I wouldn't mind seeing similarly complete political philosophies in other directions too. A principled and consistent political philosophy based around the idea of government intervention in certain areas for certain reasons would be fine with me, a lot better than the current status quo. I wouldn't be alone in saying that some of the extra things the government does are quite nice. I don't mind paying for meat inspection, nor regulating recalls to ensure poison food doesn't continue to be sold.
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby AlexCrafter » Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:55 pm UTC

Oh god, I started laughing so hard when I read the alt text. That was great.

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Alder » Thu Oct 30, 2008 4:44 pm UTC

Meh...this didn't exactly crack me up. I think most of the references must be going over my head. :?
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby The Last Sheikah » Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:01 pm UTC

Pah, I think everyone thought of the Pokémon evolution.

How do you think he evolves? Trade? Fire Stone?
Oh wait... he's not a Pokémon...

Anyway, this week has been one of the best series, but to me there hasn't been anything to really make it as epic as people are saying.

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Synthuir » Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:03 pm UTC

I'm assuming he can revert to the Ronpaul, thus making the Pokémon reference non-parallel.
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Vnend » Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:37 pm UTC

Panel 12 is an excellent example of why main stream comics didn't allow the word 'flick'.

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby xaeon » Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:44 pm UTC

Vnend wrote:Panel 12 is an excellent example of why main stream comics didn't allow the word 'flick'.


I know where you're going, but personally I don't see it.
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Kyros » Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:12 pm UTC

Jesus the Boing Boing part was great
Started snickering in schoolabout it
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby marketdoctor » Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:20 pm UTC

The only thing I loved not already mentioned was that Cory Doctrow's balloon basket weapons system was an upside-down Dalek. Maybe they're over Utah...

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby The1exile » Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:35 pm UTC

Tron reference = win.
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby EpicCheese » Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:55 pm UTC

As the Ronpaul is ready to take on BHG, Ted Stevens and EFG drop in through the skylight. The mass hysterical battle only ends when the combined forces of SomethingAwful/YTMND/4chan/Ebaums/Digg/Slashdot/MySpace swarm the capitol in a Zerg rush. When the smoke clears the entire city is one big 404.

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Vroshnak » Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:33 pm UTC

I usually really enjoy xkcd. Lately, not so much.

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby drustvold » Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:43 pm UTC

*in british accent* This story arc is getting much to silly. I demand that it be ended immediately!

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby seraphrevan » Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:29 pm UTC

This is the greatest xkcd plotline that I've ever read.

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Vanguard » Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:36 pm UTC

This one wasn't as funny. I hope it recovers.
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby roc314 » Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:43 pm UTC

To counteract all the negative comments recently in this thread, I will say that this arc is the most concentrated form of epic that has ever been created. 200 years from now, the group that worships this arc will become the largest religion in the world, and absorb all other religions. These comics will be copy/pasted into the bible, and Jesus Christ will be replaced with BHG. The Qur'an will be about the Ronpaul. The constitution of every country with a constitution will be modified to state that "The Secretary Art in xkcd must be placed in every public area, and must be memorized by schoolchildren around the world." There will be peace and prosperity forever.

(Edit: no, I'm not totally ripping off the idea from the Star Trek Futurama episode.)
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby torritorri » Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:47 pm UTC

Er. Am I the only one that thinks this series isn't particularly funny? I'm not criticizing Randall, I get all the jokes, I guess I'm just not geeky enough to think they're that entertaining. So yeah.

Just my 2E-2 cents.
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby denalinea » Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:55 pm UTC

Crap, this secretary series was frickin hysterical. So funny it actually made me sign up for the forums so I could post. Keep up the good work. I like laughing out loud at work and making people look at me funny :D

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby luketheduke » Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:56 pm UTC

torritorri wrote:Er. Am I the only one that thinks this series isn't particularly funny?

You are wrong. This was epic.
Vanguard wrote:This one wasn't as funny. I hope it recovers.

You are wrong. This was epic.
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You are wrong. This was epic.

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby lethesoda » Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:07 pm UTC

... Tron Paul?

Hell yeah. Rock on, XCKD!
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Vanguard » Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:27 pm UTC

luketheduke wrote:
torritorri wrote:Er. Am I the only one that thinks this series isn't particularly funny?

You are wrong. This was epic.
Vanguard wrote:This one wasn't as funny. I hope it recovers.

You are wrong. This was epic.
Vroshnak wrote:I usually really enjoy xkcd. Lately, not so much.

You are wrong. This was epic.

...yes, I do like puns and all other forms of exceptionally bad jokes.


Don't get me wrong, I LOVED the first 3.
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby cycoden » Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:31 pm UTC

I won't let you stop this nomination. We bloggers look after our own.


...does that mean the classhole has a blog?
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Diadem » Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:35 pm UTC

Am I the only one who's a bit disappointed in this comic? The Tron Paul pun was great, and the alt-text was awesome. But ...

The characters seem to be acting horribly out of character. the Ronpaul and Doctorow fighting? That seems really weird, they have almost the same ideals regarding the internet. And why is the Ronpaul suddenly trying to help main-stream politics? Does he even have influence in the White House? He's not exactly popular in his own party. It's just weirdness. Why is Doctorow supporting BHG? I mean sure they are both bloggers, but c'mon. BHG would certainly bring the internet under totalitarian control (HIS control, not governments, but still). Why would doctorow support that?
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Synthuir » Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:56 pm UTC

Diadem wrote:Am I the only one who's a bit disappointed in this comic? The Tron Paul pun was great, and the alt-text was awesome. But ...

The characters seem to be acting horribly out of character. the Ronpaul and Doctorow fighting? That seems really weird, they have almost the same ideals regarding the internet. And why is the Ronpaul suddenly trying to help main-stream politics? Does he even have influence in the White House? He's not exactly popular in his own party. It's just weirdness. Why is Doctorow supporting BHG? I mean sure they are both bloggers, but c'mon. BHG would certainly bring the internet under totalitarian control (HIS control, not governments, but still). Why would doctorow support that?


You are displaying an obvious lack of knowledge about BHG-- as are we all. What little we know about his personality is what you're thinking about. There is no way that anyone, especially BHG, would let the internet go. You can think of him as the BOFH, Cory Doctorow as PFY and the Ronpaul as the Boss. Make more sense now? I hope so. Now stop with your doubt of this. It is too awesome for that.
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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby JohnTheWysard » Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:56 pm UTC

ElectTron!

No... proton... no... forget it.

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Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Postby Archangel » Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:12 pm UTC

Quite enjoying this series, although not as much as l33t.
The "dropping the gold" thing reminded me of Firefly (specifically the Hero of Canton).


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