0608: "Form"

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0608: "Form"

Postby Aeetlrcreejl » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:00 am UTC

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Alt-text: 'This space intentionally left blank' is less immediately provocative but more Hofstadterially confusing.

This is the first time where I can say, "Randall, get out of my head".
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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby rho421 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:02 am UTC

I'm going to need an alt-text explanation.

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby glasnt » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:02 am UTC

How can one be persecuted for writing in the 'Do not write in this space' space when there's already writing in the space?

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby suso » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:04 am UTC

This reminds me of signing the 10,000 pages for my mortgage (ugh!). At one point I joked that there would be a blank sheet of paper and they'd say "here, sign this blank sheet of paper. Sure enough, there was one. Not completely blank, but practically nothing on it, it was like a left over page from an extra space or something. :roll:

That was also the closing where the seller actually found out I was in IT and asked me a question about why his e-mail isn't working. That was annoying.
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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby Nasaniaru » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:04 am UTC

I'm afraid Randall is starting to run out of original material. He did a similar one involving number 3 pencils on scantron sheets, and this is not much different. For the first time Randall, not cool comic.

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby GodShapedBullet » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:07 am UTC

glasnt wrote:How can one be persecuted for writing in the 'Do not write in this space' space when there's already writing in the space?


That doesn't really make sense, glasnt.

It's not like if someone is lying on the road with a knife in their back you can't be persecuted for stabbing them.

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby poxic » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:07 am UTC

rho421 wrote:I'm going to need an alt-text explanation.

Douglas Hofstadter, I'm guessing. He wrote the books Godel, Escher, Bach and I Am a Strange Loop, among others. He likes recursion and paradox.
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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby hthall » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:09 am UTC

rho421 wrote:I'm going to need an alt-text explanation.


[to repeat what the ninja just said . . .]

Douglas Hofstadter is the author of Gödel, Escher, Bach, a nerd cult classic that deals especially with the topic of self-reference. Hofstadter is brilliant, but he's also a little annoyingly aware of the fact, a circumstance under which it's hard not to self-refer.

He's light-years behind Wolfram in that regard, though. Hofstadter's book is actually readable.
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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby Storm » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:09 am UTC

Kinda wants me to put...

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby rho421 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:11 am UTC

Storm wrote:Kinda wants me to put...

Do not write posts after this one.


oops.

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby araveugnitsuga » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:12 am UTC

suso wrote:This reminds me of signing the 10,000 pages for my mortgage (ugh!). At one point I joked that there would be a blank sheet of paper and they'd say "here, sign this blank sheet of paper. Sure enough, there was one. Not completely blank, but practically nothing on it, it was like a left over page from an extra space or something. :roll:

That was also the closing where the seller actually found out I was in IT and asked me a question about why his e-mail isn't working. That was annoying.

You got lucky, the seller asked you for something very simple, I had to sign mine prescriptions for Malta Fever (I don't even know why he went to work), it was one of the wierdest moments of my life, and it happened thanks to my mom.

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby Linux0s » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:12 am UTC

Summer reruns: http://xkcd.com/499/

The reason for the do not mark areas is because some forms read both sides through the paper.

Don't make me rehash my scannable forms rant like I did for comic 499!
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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby joee » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:13 am UTC

hi glasnt!

OP: fix the link pls

I always liked filling in circles on the extra lines on multiple choice exams (where you have an answer sheet)
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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby samiam779 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:13 am UTC

He's probably referencing "Hofstadter's law" in particular, which was coined by Douglas Hofstadter:

"It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law."

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby rocketman739 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:15 am UTC

I think I remember seeing what this is referring to. It's some sort of application form for being an artist or something--they want to know what your reaction is to such stimuli. This sound familiar to anyone?

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby nomulous » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:17 am UTC

samiam779 wrote:He's probably referencing "Hofstadter's law" in particular, which was coined by Douglas Hofstadter:

"It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law."


Probably not, considering that particular quote of his isn't related in the least. Randall is just referencing Hofstadter in general, the paradoxical and the self-descriptive.

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby Zero51423 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:37 am UTC

Isn't anyone else even the least bit disturbed about the fact that there are cameras in that guy's house and a assault team ready to go should he write in the "do not write here" space.

Also, I'm wondering what happened to Hat Guy, we haven't seen him for awhile...

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby Random832 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:44 am UTC

rho421 wrote:
Storm wrote:Kinda wants me to put...

Do not write posts after this one.


oops.


I wrote this post before that one. I only posted it after it.

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby abyss666 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:47 am UTC

How much you want to bet that the guys with guns are the same ones that enforce the mattress tag warning labels. Just remember that there are always multiple cameras pointed at your bed whenever you sleep.

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby Minuet » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:49 am UTC

This is what a blank tab looks like on my browser.

How odd.

(Alt-text related.)
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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby Eternal Density » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:54 am UTC

He must have written 'in this space' in the space, and they're the Pun Police.
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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby aeris92 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:56 am UTC

hofstadwhat? stop making up words Randall.

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby glasnt » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:57 am UTC

GodShapedBullet wrote:
glasnt wrote:How can one be persecuted for writing in the 'Do not write in this space' space when there's already writing in the space?


That doesn't really make sense, glasnt.

It's not like if someone is lying on the road with a knife in their back you can't be persecuted for stabbing them.

Yeah, you don't make sense.

I'm saying that there's already writing/text in the space, so it's not like there not already stuff in there. Its like you see people jumping off a bridge but there's a 'no jumping' sign...

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby TheSkyMovesSideways » Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:08 am UTC

Hehehe, he referenced The Hof. :D
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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby RaginCrock » Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:19 am UTC

Absolutely hilarious. Good job once again Randall. :D

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby Bobsama » Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:20 am UTC

So wait I wasn't supposed to trick the scantron into thinking my test was the answer key? :shock: :x

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby Sir-Taco » Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:22 am UTC

Seemed like a rerun to me, maybe a story from this? But eh, it is summer.
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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby Norse » Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:29 am UTC

This comic was supposed to be about Chrome OS.

Let me down Randal :(

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby DSDM » Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:44 am UTC

abyss666 wrote:How much you want to bet that the guys with guns are the same ones that enforce the mattress tag warning labels. Just remember that there are always multiple cameras pointed at your bed whenever you sleep.


How did you know about my camer-- uh, ahem. Actually, the mattress labels are handled by a different agency. Tearing one of those suckers off will get you extraordinarily rendered. Don't bother listening for the black government helicopters, they'll be on whisper mode.

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby omgembee » Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:50 am UTC

I could never resist the urge to draw a single, miniscule smiley face in those blank areas.

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby TunezNZ » Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:56 am UTC

In ncea the marker has to make note of any work you put down including on the intentionally blank pages
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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby Random832 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:56 am UTC

Minuet wrote:This is what a blank tab looks like on my browser.

How odd.


What browser (it's definitely NOT firefox as-released) and what OS (looks like windows, if so what shell customizations) are that?

Also, damn you, i lost

(Alt-text related.)

What alt text? You linked to a jpeg directly.

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby Psycho Goose » Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:58 am UTC

It has been a while since the cheese has literally burnt me, but it worked here.

Kinda hurts, actually, but yay -- cheeeese.
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Re: "Form" discussion

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby Benson » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:35 am UTC

Random832 wrote:
Minuet wrote:This is what a blank tab looks like on my browser.

How odd.


What browser (it's definitely NOT firefox as-released) and what OS (looks like windows, if so what shell customizations) are that?

I'd hazard a guess that this is responsible for the text: http://userstyles.org/styles/1441
The sleekness of the rest looks nice, though; I second the demand for info.

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby TheSkyMovesSideways » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:36 am UTC

abyss666 wrote:How much you want to bet that the guys with guns are the same ones that enforce the mattress tag warning labels. Just remember that there are always multiple cameras pointed at your bed whenever you sleep.

I remember being so confused, at about 8 years of age, watching Pee-wee's Big Adventure and seeing a character who had broken out of jail, explaining that he was locked up for cutting a do-not-remove label off a mattress. (My thoughts at the time: "You can go to jail in America for cutting off a mattress label? What the hell is wrong with that country??" :shock:)

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby dindon » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:42 am UTC

The alt-text reminded me of what's written on the extra sheets of compsci exams at our school: "This space intentionally left (mostly) blank". It always makes me smile.

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby cephalopod9 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:55 am UTC

Maybe he lucks out and only draws some pictures.
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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby 314159 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:57 am UTC

One of the reasons I love my current job is that I once got a form with a page saying "This page intentionally left blank. Apart from this writing."

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Re: "Form" discussion

Postby Dew_N_O » Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:02 am UTC

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