0556: "Alternative Energy Revolution"

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Gertlex » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:52 am UTC

Best XKCD ever. I'm biased.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Kdz » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:54 am UTC

"But I just can't shake the feeling... *rumble*"

I see what you did there!

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby aleflamedyud » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:08 am UTC

philsov wrote:I am I, Don Quixote,
The Lord of La Mancha!
My destiny calls and I go,
And the wild winds of fortune
Will carry me onward,
Oh whithersoever they blow!

Hear me, heathens and wizards,
And serpents of sin!
All your dastardly doings are past,
For a holy endeavor is now to begin,
And virtue shall triumph at last!
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby The Scyphozoa » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:09 am UTC

Quixotess wrote:
The Scyphozoa wrote:I know basically what Don Quixote is, but I don't get it at all. However, I do approve of Don Quixote being a stick figure. (One time in Spanish class, I drew him so that his arms were thicker than his torso.)

Don Quixote was fucking crazy and thought some windmills were giants. "Tilting with windmills" (tilting as in charging at them with one's lance) refers to fighting pointless/crazy/quixotic battles.

Ah, yes. In that case, it was indeed quite awesome.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby wglass » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:15 am UTC

Wow. Incredible. A cartoon combining my enthusiasm for science fiction, enthusiasm for musicals, and it's green!

As an aside, it reminded me as much of Day of the Triffids ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_of_the_Triffids ) then War of the Worlds. In Triffids you have these enormous plants that one day start moving and terrorizing the populace.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Ren » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:17 am UTC

This is the first comic in a while that has made me crack up. Very well done for three reasons:
1. Teen-Sci-Fi Literary reference (The Tripods)
2. Pretty colours
3. Don Qui-friggin-xote
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby lethesoda » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:19 am UTC

Best Don Quixote Reference ever.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Glenn Magus Harvey » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:21 am UTC

Meh @ referencing Tripod or War of the Worlds, neither of which I'm familiar with. (Never even heard of Tripod.)

However, EXTREME win @ Don Quixote.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby collegestudent22 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:27 am UTC

lethesoda wrote:Best Don Quixote Reference ever.


Seconded.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby cephalopod9 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:27 am UTC

Jahoclave wrote:
ryan wrote:I hope it is a series.

I saw Don Quixote at the end and went "yesssss"

Your reaction, it was very similar to mine, except I think I had a bit of an orgasm.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby nike of samothrace » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:32 am UTC

This comic has made my reading of Don Quixote in the original Spanish worthwhile.

I knew there had to be a purpose.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Jack21222 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:32 am UTC

Quixotess wrote:Oh me yarm Oh. Of course you would call on Don Quixote to save you from the wind turbines. Of course. This is my favorite comic in a long time. Total love.


Perfect screen name for this thread. :)
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby ThemePark » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:45 am UTC

Jack21222 wrote:
Quixotess wrote:Oh me yarm Oh. Of course you would call on Don Quixote to save you from the wind turbines. Of course. This is my favorite comic in a long time. Total love.


Perfect screen name for this thread. :)

I'm starting to see a pattern here. First cephalopod9, then Quixotess. Has Randall run out of ideas and is he using users on this forum for inspiration? Or is this just his bid for the Meme '09 contest?
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby tyen » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:48 am UTC

The moment their arms spun freely in our air, they were doomed -- for Man has earned his right to hold this planet against all comers, by virtue of occasionally producing someone totally batshit insane.

Is this a spoof of some part of War of the Worlds? Sounds like it, but not sure. (my searches for parts of those sentences were all already links back to xkcd)

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby rath358 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:49 am UTC

This Comic was pure AWESOME!!! Easily one of the best in a while...
There better be a poster!

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby XbHW_TestEngr » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:52 am UTC

Tripods -> I remember the BBC series that played on PBS in the late 70's or early 80's. I thought it was great! VERY impressed that Randall knows about such things. (There is hope for this younger generation.)

And, I get my first "Randall, get out of my head" moment x2.
1st - I've always "felt" the connection between the turbines and the Tripods.
2nd - I've just been waiting for someone (somewhere, somehow) to start battling (tilting at) the windmills. Don Quixote - FTW!

lindemherz wrote:One shot, series, whatever. I want a poster of this!

DITTO!
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby linguistic » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:54 am UTC

I've just finished reading Greene's Monsignor Quixote to my girlfriend, and now this.

Hence, Randall, get out of my library!
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Surgery » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:55 am UTC

tyen wrote:
The moment their arms spun freely in our air, they were doomed -- for Man has earned his right to hold this planet against all comers, by virtue of occasionally producing someone totally batshit insane.

Is this a spoof of some part of War of the Worlds? Sounds like it, but not sure. (my searches for parts of those sentences were all already links back to xkcd)
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War of the Worlds - 2005 wrote:From the moment the invaders arrived, breathed our air, ate and drank, they were doomed. They were undone, destroyed, after all of man's weapons and devices had failed, by the tiniest creatures that God in his wisdom put upon this earth. By the toll of a billion deaths, man had earned his immunity, his right to survive among this planet's infinite organisms. And that right is ours against all challenges. For neither do men live nor die in vain.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby BlueNight » Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:02 am UTC

Rescued by the Classic Heroes of Literature! Don Quixote took down the ones in Spain, but other countries had to find their own heroes. England was saved by the Big Bad Wolf, while Paul Bunyan saved America. Robert Kennedy Jr. was later quoted as saying, "I told you so."
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby NeWtoz » Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:13 am UTC

aleflamedyud wrote:
philsov wrote:I am I, Don Quixote,
The Lord of La Mancha!
My destiny calls and I go,
And the wild winds of fortune
Will carry me onward,
Oh whithersoever they blow!

Hear me, heathens and wizards,
And serpents of sin!
All your dastardly doings are past,
For a holy endeavor is now to begin,
And virtue shall triumph at last!



I started singing this in my head even before I saw Don Quixote. I had the pleasure of singing this song in choir in high school, it was an awesome song.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Chuff » Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:14 am UTC

I must be fucking insane, I was expecting to see Grizzly Adams, of all people. WHAT THE FUCK.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby irishnut » Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:17 am UTC

Strange, War of the Worlds was on cable last night...
Personally i like the Don Q ending better. Germs killed them..such an anti-climactic ending, laame

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby LittleKey » Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:17 am UTC

I think i have decided not to read Don Quixote until I can read it in the original Spanish. I have a ways to go yet! Also, i feel bad at not getting this comic. can someone give me a slight explanation? (And would you believe that the XKCD strip is already included on the Wikipedia page for Don Quixote?)

Oh, and the first thing I thought when I finished reading the comic was "hey, it has that optical illusion where you see grey dots in the intersection of the white parts." try it!
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby StClair » Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:18 am UTC

The alt text is win.


Through the woodland, through the valley
Comes a horseman wild and free
Tilting at the windmills passing
Who can the brave young horseman be?

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby BigRig » Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:26 am UTC

I wonder.. has anyone else read the tripod books? I vaguely remember reading what I think are them in middle school.. but I think I hated them.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby thelastholdout » Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:29 am UTC

This comic is the funniest I've seen in a long time, appealing to literary and movie geeks WHILE lampooning current events. I couldn't stop laughing for several minutes.

You, sir, may just be the best new cartoonist in recent history.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Lukeonia1 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:40 am UTC

Kazuke wrote:My proposal to end the word energy crisis forever: Take all the copies of Twilight and crush them into a singularity. Use it to power a Zero Point Energy Powerplant.

Turning vampire-angst into clean renewable energy: Pure Genius!

Two things about this comic. First, any time someone mentions "tilting at windmills", I think of Don Quixote standing next to a windmill, staring it down, leaning toward it.

Second, it sort of reminds me of this comic from last June.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Midna » Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:00 am UTC

After reading this comic, I clapped my hands in glee and called my boyfriend over to read it.
He's Spanish, and it took him a minute to finally understand why it was so great.
Le sigh.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby phillipsjk » Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:06 am UTC

I really like how the twilight/dawn is rendered. It is a beautiful backdrop.

I know everybody is talking literary referances, but I think it has an important contrarian message as well.

Windmills will not solve our environmental problems alone. Without storage, the power will be intermittant at best.

The rumbling mentioned in the comic may be a reference to rumors that they put out annoying low-frequency vibrations: Are wind farm turbines making people sick? Some say yes (Pantagraph.com)

I for one agree, it should be a poster.

Edit: I forgot to mention: I think this has the potential to be part of an epic series, but stands on its own.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby RogCBrand » Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:09 am UTC

My uncle read the Tripod trilogy when he was young and he got me to read them and I really enjoyed them! I also notice St. Claire posting of the lyrics to Gordon Lightfoot's song on Don Quixote, which is a wonderful song! Yeah, this is the best comic yet! I love the imagination and the mix of wonderful references!

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby tudzax1 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:13 am UTC

All it takes to defeat the tripods is everclear and nuclear weapons.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby littlebee » Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:24 am UTC

linguistic wrote:I've just finished reading Greene's Monsignor Quixote to my girlfriend, and now this.

Hence, Randall, get out of my library!




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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Amarantha » Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:32 am UTC

This is one of my favourites ever.

Plus, it made me think of Quixotess, which is always a good thing :)

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Kni7es » Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:33 am UTC

Damn it, Randall! You're onto our secret plot to fool everyone into believing in global warming so we can achieve world domination through our windmill war machines!

AND WE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT TOO, IF IT WEREN'T FOR YOU MEDDLING KIDS.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby peter-lebt » Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:34 am UTC

I like the comic - especially the surprising 2nd legs they suddenly all have ;)

They used a similar idea in this German TV production (without the devasting but including don quixote and the walking windmills ... ;) )
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Sockmonkey » Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:37 am UTC

I have so much love for this comic and it's so cool that a stick figure on a stick horse could be recognized as Don Quixote

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby skip2061 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:39 am UTC

TheHand wrote:Alternative energy is green, I say. GREEN!


But it's not easy being green.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby folkhero » Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:51 am UTC

Wow, this is definitely one of my favorites, best in a long time. I started reading it with a confused expression wondering "where is he going with this one?" Then I got to the last panel and immediately let out big belly laughs. We have a copy of Picasso's Don Quixote in our bathroom, so I got the reference right away even though I never actually read the book. I also happened to be listening to the Jurassic Park theme song which was just perfect for this comic (let's face it, that song makes almost everything more awesome).
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby linguistic » Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:53 am UTC

littlebee wrote:It's fine. The wizard stole your library and gave it to Randall. Its legit.


Oh sure, blame the wizards...
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Sorroth » Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:04 am UTC

<3 Don Quixote.

This is probably one of my favourite xkcds for a while. Really needs a poster.
Also, the sequence where the turbine stretches its legs really makes me think of sumo wrestlers. Don't know if that was intentional.

And Don Q totally works as a stick figure, especially on Picasso's Rocinante.
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