0576: "Packages"

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0576: "Packages"

Postby plin25 » Fri May 01, 2009 4:00 am UTC

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Alt text: Day six: 'The hell? Who mails a bobcat?'

Oh god the bobcat
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"Packages" Duscussion

Postby darkspork » Fri May 01, 2009 4:00 am UTC

Hey, at least you got the subject correct...

Sometimes, I've wondered if the FBI is watching my purchases too...

EDIT: Ninja'd damnit. Fixed.
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Re: Packages

Postby Steve the Pocket » Fri May 01, 2009 4:01 am UTC

Best. Alt text. EVER.
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Re: "Packages" Duscussion

Postby Comic JK » Fri May 01, 2009 4:01 am UTC

This is such a good idea, I almost feel sorry it's a joke.

http://xkcd.com/325/...too good! Again!
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Re: Packages

Postby rath358 » Fri May 01, 2009 4:02 am UTC

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Re: Packages

Postby Supershadow18 » Fri May 01, 2009 4:02 am UTC

Wow, this was a close one indeed! This thread has commentary, though.

This sounds like a great idea, but I'd be too afraid of exactly this happening to me.

[EDIT]Screw it, somebody make me this script and I'll run it![/EDIT]
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Re: "Packages" Duscussion

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Re: Packages

Postby jspenguin » Fri May 01, 2009 4:03 am UTC

This is eerie.. I'm expecting a package today. Hopefully it's not a bobcat.

Although, interestingly enough, the project I'm working on at work is codenamed "Bobcat".

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Re: Packages

Postby RyanED » Fri May 01, 2009 4:04 am UTC

I would so use that script... someone with skills needs to make it- I have none.

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Re: Packages

Postby Alsadius » Fri May 01, 2009 4:04 am UTC

That's the best comic since the Ruth Bader Ginsburg joke. Randall, you rock.

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Re: Packages

Postby atrain » Fri May 01, 2009 4:05 am UTC

Amazing! I must go and do this!

Potential problem: people selling off software, plans, etc that get downloaded directly and don't send packages.

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Re: "Packages" Duscussion

Postby plin25 » Fri May 01, 2009 4:06 am UTC

Dang, I won by 14 seconds oO

Also no link in this one
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Re: "Packages" Duscussion

Postby Insanity's Partner » Fri May 01, 2009 4:07 am UTC

Comic JK wrote:This is such a good idea, I almost feel sorry it's a joke.


I'm tempted to try this. I love getting stuff in the mail. It's like Christmas. But without the crappy half-ass wrapping.

(Also, better formatting in this thread....despite the missing link and typo.)
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Re: "Packages" Duscussion

Postby eddyk68 » Fri May 01, 2009 4:09 am UTC

If you had to ask about it, then you are already on the list.
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Re: "Packages" Duscussion

Postby darkspork » Fri May 01, 2009 4:11 am UTC

I wouldn't mind shelling out $365 to get some new and interesting random gift every day. I wonder if ebay has an api...

EDIT: Remember Youtube's reaction to this? I wonder if eBay will start doing something like this.
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Re: Packages

Postby Supershadow18 » Fri May 01, 2009 4:11 am UTC

atrain wrote:Amazing! I must go and do this!

Potential problem: people selling off software, plans, etc that get downloaded directly and don't send packages.



That could be a problem. Maybe you can have it search for a few variables on the auction item to tell it to not pick it.
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Re: Packages

Postby aleflamedyud » Fri May 01, 2009 4:17 am UTC

Yeah, that bobcat always causes problems.
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Re: Packages

Postby tuckels » Fri May 01, 2009 4:20 am UTC

Steve the Pocket wrote:Best. Alt text. EVER.

I came here to post exactly the same thing. I'm still giggling a bit.

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Re: Packages

Postby alethiophile » Fri May 01, 2009 4:22 am UTC

Ha. Great one.

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Re: "Packages" Duscussion

Postby alitheiapsis » Fri May 01, 2009 4:22 am UTC

http://xkcd.com/281/ came to mind.

I do love getting packages. This sounds so tempting . . . if only I had $365 with which to enrich my life.
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Re: Packages

Postby molbio5 » Fri May 01, 2009 4:25 am UTC

alt text FTW!
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Re: Packages

Postby tuckels » Fri May 01, 2009 4:27 am UTC

May I ask how lube is incriminating? Or is it just an anal sex joke?

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Re: Packages

Postby sircheeziusbreezius » Fri May 01, 2009 4:27 am UTC

Hmmm...he received everything I've been looking for to liven things up around home..
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Re: "Packages" Duscussion

Postby SocialSceneRepairman » Fri May 01, 2009 4:30 am UTC

$365 over the course of a year? Not exactly a fortune. If you can't put it down all at once, maybe start with a three-month script?

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Re: "Packages" Duscussion

Postby Fett42 » Fri May 01, 2009 4:33 am UTC

Oh my god yes the alt text's reference to comic 325 is too perfect.

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Re: Packages

Postby jpung » Fri May 01, 2009 4:41 am UTC

I don't really want to know how the lube is incriminating.. but I'd totally run that script, too.

Of course, I'm gonna be a douche and point out that
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Re: Packages

Postby CodeLabMaster » Fri May 01, 2009 4:45 am UTC

I think the easiest way to make it would be with AutoHotKey. I'm gonna look into it.

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Re: Packages

Postby SummerGlauFan » Fri May 01, 2009 4:48 am UTC

Truly a great strip.

OF course, you know it was Black Hat Guy who's mailing all that stuff to him...
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Re: "Packages" Duscussion

Postby Eilonwy05 » Fri May 01, 2009 4:51 am UTC

Anyone besides me immediately think of "The Something Store" when reading this?

From somethingstore dot com

SomethingStore is a fun new website that operates simply: We will send you something, an item selected randomly among many things from our inventory, for $10 (free shipping in the US) and you will find out what your something is when you receive it. What will yours be?


So I guess it would be $3650 a year, and they have a list of forbidden items, but still...

I don't often laugh out loud at comics -- even xkcd -- but this one made me :lol: in RL.

Edit: removed link - helps to RTFM, yeah?

Edit 2: if this is the wrong discussion thread, mods please feel free to move this to the "active" one...
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Re: Packages

Postby plin25 » Fri May 01, 2009 4:58 am UTC

tuckels wrote:May I ask how lube is incriminating? Or is it just an anal sex joke?


Well, it sort of builds up.

Think of a person wearing a ski mask taking a bear trap and rubber hose into the Pentagon, and he has lube.
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Re: "Packages" Duscussion

Postby wakingrufus » Fri May 01, 2009 4:59 am UTC

Also very similar to www.woot.com when they sell their "bag of crap"

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Re: "Packages" Duscussion

Postby ParanoidAndroid » Fri May 01, 2009 4:59 am UTC

Hey! Continuity!

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Re: Packages

Postby dennisw » Fri May 01, 2009 5:11 am UTC

I'm going to write a script that games this script. Anybody know how much osmium or iridium cost?

You see, the USPS has a flat-rate shipping box that's 5-3/8" x 8-5/8" x 3-5/8" 1-5/8" (about the size of a large paperback book). The postage is only $4.95 for any destination in the US. You can mail up to 70 lbs (31.75 kg) in this little box per postal regulations (did they really think that through?). Neither osmium nor iridium would max it out.

I can just imagine the looks on all the faces of the postal workers, the postal inspectors, the recipient, the FBI agents...

Lead would be cheaper, but would only weigh about 30 lbs (it would still cause some surprised looks). At a commodity price of around $0.60 per pound, the block would cost about $18 (although lead shot retails for quite a bit more than that).

There are larger flat rate boxes. One is 12 x 12 x 5.5 (smaller than a box for a pair of boots) and would hold over 320 lbs of lead. It costs $13.95 to mail. In the description the phrase "regardless of weight" is used. :lol:

plin25 wrote:Well, it sort of builds up.

Think of a person wearing a ski mask taking a bear trap and rubber hose into the Pentagon, and he has lube.

And a bobcat. And a really really heavy box. That's impervious to xray.

Edit: I fumble-fingered the volume calculation.

Edit2: It turns out that, upon further checking, all the values and calculations were correct in the first place. I merely typo'd the dimensions of the small box here in this post.
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Re: "Packages" Duscussion

Postby TunezNZ » Fri May 01, 2009 5:19 am UTC

Posting here as this one has the correct title style.

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Re: Packages

Postby Yak_ » Fri May 01, 2009 5:24 am UTC

jpung wrote:I don't really want to know how the lube is incriminating.. but I'd totally run that script, too.

Of course, I'm gonna be a douche and point out that
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"Et al." is primarily used for people's names, he should have used "et cetera".

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Re: "Packages" Duscussion

Postby Navarr » Fri May 01, 2009 5:33 am UTC

This leads me to believe his computer is against the government. AI and everything.

Best ALT Evar. I'm also tempted to mail a bobcat once every 30 packages.

BTW, have any of you gotten my package of time yet?

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Re: Packages

Postby GuitarFreak » Fri May 01, 2009 5:40 am UTC

dennisw wrote:I'm going to write a script that games this script. Anybody know how much osmium or iridium cost?

You see, the USPS has a flat-rate shipping box that's 5-3/8" x 8-5/8" x 3-5/8" (about the size of a large paperback book). The postage is only $4.95 for any destination in the US. You can mail up to 70 lbs (31.75 kg) in this little box per postal regulations (did they really think that through?). Neither osmium nor iridium would max it out.

I can just imagine the looks on all the faces of the postal workers, the postal inspectors, the recipient, the FBI agents...

Lead would be cheaper, but would only weigh about 30 lbs (it would still cause some surprised looks). There are larger flat rate boxes. One is 12 x 12 x 5.5 (smaller than a box for a pair of boots) and would hold over 320 lbs of lead. It costs $13.95 to mail. In the description the phrase "regardless of weight" is used. :¡This cheese is burning me!:

plin25 wrote:Well, it sort of builds up.

Think of a person wearing a ski mask taking a bear trap and rubber hose into the Pentagon, and he has lube.

And a bobcat. And a really really heavy box. That's impervious to xray.


Osmium is really expensive. Using tungsten, it would cost almost $200000 to get enough to fill the large box. Osmium would be in the millions.
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Re: Packages

Postby Mez » Fri May 01, 2009 5:48 am UTC

My response on reading the alt text was

"yaaaaaayyyyy"

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Re: Packages

Postby Storm » Fri May 01, 2009 5:51 am UTC

I think Randall wrote this comic simply so that someone would make this script..
awesome comic - better alt text!!
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Re: "Packages" Duscussion

Postby darkspork » Fri May 01, 2009 6:06 am UTC

Navarr wrote:This leads me to believe his computer is against the government. AI and everything.

Best ALT Evar. I'm also tempted to mail a bobcat once every 30 packages.

BTW, have any of you gotten my package of time yet?

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