0556: "Alternative Energy Revolution"

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby fishamaphone » Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:19 am UTC

So... after all this, should we start calling him "Don Kyoto?"

Or is that going a bit too far?

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Korbl » Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:19 am UTC

Ok, I have to request the last panel as a shirt.. that was awesome... and I need a Don Quixote shirt anyway... the word quixotic describes me all too well...

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Naurgul » Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:25 am UTC

I think this is the best xkcd ever. Thanks Mr. Munroe! :)
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Beautiful Comic

Postby SciBoy » Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:27 am UTC

One of the best ones yet, aesthetically extremely pleasing. Also, your rendition of Don Quixote is excellente. Props!
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby almightyze » Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:35 am UTC

Don Quixote de La Manchaaaaaaa

I remember once discussing it in a history class in high school. My teacher kept insisting it be called "Man of La Mancha" (a case of follow the textbook...lame). But that's no fun to say, whereas to an English speaker, that title says tons more and sounds more of a flourish. I was on the verge of giving her the "bitch, please" look, but then I thought it...unwise.

I can't see the HL reference, whereas I can see the other reference. Feh, stupid gamers :mrgreen:
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Protector one » Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:35 am UTC

We will be ready. I present you, Don Quixote 2000.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby DesertKnight » Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:57 am UTC

Hello, everyone. I've been reading XKCD for a while now, but rarely stopped by the forums. I simply had to register just to add my voice to the chorus of requests for a poster of this one! I'm working on a PhD in medieval literature, focusing on the romances that Don Quixote spoofs so well, and I had to send a link to this comic to about a dozen of my colleagues. Between this one, "Nerd Sniping," and the "Large Hadron Collider," I think I've gotten pretty much every one I know interested in XKCD!

Keep up the good work, and please give us a poster of this one (mouse-over text included, of course!)

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby joys4peace » Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:02 am UTC

Protector one wrote:We will be ready. I present you, Don Quixote 2000.

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Oh dear. Where has his steed ran off to?

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby apoch » Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:12 am UTC

I think the first and last panels would make magnificent desktop wallpapers.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby benjhuey » Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:28 am UTC

This is why I never let those things out of my sight. Look at 'em, just standing there. . .menacingly!
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby dennisw » Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:40 am UTC

Lukeonia1 wrote:
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.

I've also always thought of "tilting at windmills" in that way. The futility of leaning into the attack as if the windmill were a producer of wind (and thus on the counter-attack) rather than a consumer of it (but sweeping him aside nonetheless).

fishamaphone wrote:So... after all this, should we start calling him "Don Kyoto?"

Or is that going a bit too far?

Briliant!

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Protector one wrote:We will be ready. I present you, Don Quixote 2000.



Oh dear. Where has his steed ran off to?

His landspeeder* is parked on the other side of a nearby sand dune.

* Actually, it's a Prius.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby cyberblade » Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:55 am UTC

While I loved the whole comic, I keep thinking that everyone missed what I saw at the most thought inspiring line in this comic:

"for Man has earned his right to hold this planet against all comers, by virtue of occasionally producing someone totally batshit insane."

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby william » Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:04 am UTC

psicopoo wrote:Hahahaha, I just barely got this one. I never read Don Quixote, I just happened to do a little research on the origin of the band name "They Might Be Giants" a few years ago, and I think I've seen enough paintings in passing to piece the end together. Despite my lack of education on the topics, this was the funniest XKCD for me in a while.

I never read Don Quixote, but I remember that scene from the episode of Wishbone.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby zc1979 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:08 am UTC

I, for one, welcome our new Turbine overlords.

As someone who works in the Wind Industry and is up one of these things almost every day, this made my day! :D

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby HPDDJ » Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:20 am UTC

At first I thought that was one of your interblag blaggers come to save the day, and then it hit me... Don Quixote!

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby ankesh » Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:29 am UTC

Can we buy a poster of this comic?

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Outchanter » Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:35 am UTC


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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby JorickHorn » Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:35 am UTC

This is probably now my favourite XKCD, and that's saying a shit-ton. I laughed my ass off.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby alias.exe » Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:36 am UTC

Lukeonia1 wrote:Second, it sort of reminds me of this comic from last June.


It also reminds me of a comic, I forget which one exactly, but it was dealing with the habit that karate-people have of chopping blocks of wood in half with their bare hands. Then a race of wooden-block-aliens invade. Insta-rape.

My 2 cents. An awesomely awesome comic, I'd love a desktop wallpaper-able version.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby richard_senior » Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:38 am UTC

Thought process :
"hey I bet I'm the only one reading this who gets it"
"I'm really clever"
"Lets find the forum gloat"
"Damn, lots of other people have knowledge of classical spanish literature..."
"I'm still average.. back to work"....

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby numen » Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:51 am UTC

Oh me yarm… a problem which is pretty much unlikely to be possible to be solved by Regular Expressions… :( http://xkcd.com/208/

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Myles.ONeill » Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:05 am UTC

Whooo! Don Quixote is epic!

I want this to be a movie!
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Melchiades » Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:24 am UTC

Don Quijote.

Bring on the luddites!

Unleash your uneasy fantasies in a comic extravaganza spanning across pop, core-culture, myths and coiling into history itself!

Ranting aside, one of my favourite comics instantly.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby JohnDoe » Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:27 am UTC

COLOURS ON MY XKCD?

NOT ON MY WATCH

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby ethan1701 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:33 am UTC

I think I'm going to print out a sticker of the 'Al Gore, you've doomed us all' panel. That alone is brilliant!

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby ams » Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:40 am UTC

Oh, wow. For me, personally, this is the funniest xkcd I've ever seen. Not because the topic is particularly funny, but because of my history with the topic.

About this time last year I was working at a newspaper in Idaho. There was a big hubbub about a proposed wind mine, and a local man drew an editorial cartoon comparing a millionaire opposed to the project to Don Quixote. What makes it even funnier is that his art was relatively crude, looking very similar to the art in this strip.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby plod » Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:42 am UTC

I'm not familiar with Don Quixote, how is it pronounced?

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Maurog » Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:03 pm UTC

Speaking of comics it reminds us of, this was a pretty recent one on PartiallyClips.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby RoseDeNose » Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:10 pm UTC

Yay! A comic suitable for liberal arts majors. Major lols! :-D

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby RoseDeNose » Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:12 pm UTC

plod wrote:I'm not familiar with Don Quixote, how is it pronounced?



DAWN kee-HOE-tay

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby BlackMesa » Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:14 pm UTC

I saw the first box and immedeately guessed what it would be about. I was not dissappointed
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby cyberblade » Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:19 pm UTC

RoseDeNose wrote:
plod wrote:I'm not familiar with Don Quixote, how is it pronounced?



DAWN kee-HOE-tay


How about we leave that be and try this : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Quixot ... nunciation

There's also an audio file at the top of that page with someone speaking it moderately correctly

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby deeperwell42 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:25 pm UTC

This is just what I love about xkcd - the cultural reference points can range from urban legends to Cervantes in the space of two comics :D

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby sje46 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:28 pm UTC

Randall, you liberal incester!

What the heck is this? I finish my morning coffee, excited to see the new xkcd, and with glee I click open firefox, and it goes to my homepage . . .and I see this. This piece of . ..You know what? There is no word to describe it.

Besides the gaudy color (orange? Really?) I am downright offended that you would even mention that . . .that name.

Al Gore. Screw Al Gore! Do you know what that man did? What he did to my family? Oh, we saw his movie. An Inconvienant Day After Tomorrow, or whatever the feces it's called. It's disgusting. Positively vomit-inducing. I can't stand that dribble. Yes, I accept the world is going to end, and it is going to end soon. But not by flooding. God already did that, you roguish infidels. By fire.

My sister was so terribly upset by the movie, so we had to take revenge. We lifted ourselves out of the bunker (which we had put ourselves in after we got the newspaper saying Al Gore won), and decided that we, the righteous, would help God's Hand out in destroying the world by fire. We must seek revenge. With our flamethrowers on our backs, we piled on our Ford and putted towards the nations capital, to take out the Liberal Agenda ourselves, and to hasten the end of the world for the Righteous.

We were to storm the White House at 6PM, when we assumed Al Gore and his heathen family would be dining, on goat's blood, or whatever we eats. We were hiding behind the Blair House. However, my brother, Jebediziakah, felt the glory of God's Rage, and just couldn't handle it anymore. He rushed towards the building, flamethrower licking out flames, melting the face of a homeless woman standing outside the park holding a poster protesting nuclear war. That woman.

Well, I guess you can fgure out what happened next.

My brother died. He died trying to rid God's earth of scum like President Al Gore. This comic, this putrid orange comic, only serves to remind me of my brother's death, due directly to Al Gores policies. You are trivializing young Jebediziakah Hebikajiakan Thomas's death. You should feel terrible.

Not cool, not funny, not a good strip.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Vivitar » Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:36 pm UTC

Instant classic!

As a student of comparative literature and a political active left-winger, this comic threw me away. Great work Randall. And all the poster demands are backed up from here.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby ConMan » Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:37 pm UTC

sje46 wrote:Not cool, not funny, not a good strip.

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Damn, sje, how long have you been saving that one up for?
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby shadow blasko » Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:51 pm UTC

Wow, thinking about the tripod books really takes me back.

Was wanting to send RM this image this morning... It seems to be fitting. I bet he finds it as fascinating and terrifying as I do.

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby fallingstill » Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:05 pm UTC

Today’s comic is amazing!

A couple of months ago, I was at South Point in Hawaii, which – in addition to being a very fascinating place in itself – has an old windfarm with a whole bunch of semi-broken wind turbines spinning away until they break. The place is totally surreal and apocalyptic looking. Just the idea of something as futuristic as wind turbines being broken and abandoned is freaky.

Here is one of the pics I took and links to a few others if you're so inclined or want to see full-screen versions (all are SFW):

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/fallingsti ... 138035620/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fallingsti ... 138035620/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fallingsti ... 138035620/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fallingsti ... 138035620/

Cheers!

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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby Rowsdower » Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:22 pm UTC

Ohmygosh, Don Quixote.

Now I'm glad I read that stupid book.

This is hilarious.
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Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

Postby dcm35 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:24 pm UTC

Interestingly, I read something over the summer that mentioned how thousands of bats are slaughtered by wind turbines. And it's not because the blades hit them. It's because the turbines apparently create a pressure vortex that causes the bats' insides to explode on entry.

Someone needs to make some kind of "scarebat", whether physical or sonic.


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