0618: "Asteroid"

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby sircheeziusbreezius » Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:54 am UTC

the alt-text made me depressed about this comic, because it made me understand :/
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby ricree » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:05 am UTC

My Deep Impact/Little Prince crossover fanfic has been poorly received by the community.


As long as no one rule34s this, we're ok. :D

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby tachash » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:07 am UTC

Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby Max2009 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:10 am UTC

Eternal Density wrote:Again I say: huh?

Asteroids aren't funny unless SG-1 is involved.


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On another note, I think we should ban people who need to do research more than twice a week in order to get the comic.
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby Philosophe » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:13 am UTC

Max2009 wrote:On another note, I think we should ban people who need to do research more than twice a week in order to get the comic.
What the hell is wrong with you people? How can you have not read the Little Prince? Having read it, how can you have forgotten it?!?

*Stamps off raving*


I got the Prince immediately, but I've never heard of Deep whatsit. Do I still have to go? :P

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby cephalopod9 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:21 am UTC

Haggis wrote:I'm laughing out tears of sorrow right now. Oh Little Prince...

Aw, don't cry
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nothing's sad about old (bomb) shells


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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby stavrosg » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:30 am UTC

aleflamedyud wrote:Randall, stop ruining my childhood, you bastard!

This.

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby noname » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:32 am UTC

You mean man. Randall :( . This did not paint a nice picture in my head

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby toad2000 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:33 am UTC

I have no idea what The Little Prince is so I didn't get this...

GET INTO MY HEAD RANDALL!

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby null1024 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:35 am UTC

I just looked it [The Little Prince] up on Wikipedia to get this, and now I'm rather depressed.

Also, wasn't the drill with the nuke to destroy the asteroid from Armageddon? Not Deep Impact?
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby nico » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:36 am UTC

Philosophe wrote:I got the Prince immediately, but I've never heard of Deep whatsit. Do I still have to go? :P


Good, I though I was alone.
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:39 am UTC

This is now automatically among my favorites.

I had to read Le Petit Prince in French last year, and though it was often hard to get through because of the language, I still very much enjoyed it.

Shame on you people who have never heard of it, don't remember it, or didn't like it. (Or at least the first two, I guess people are entitled to their opinions, no matter how stupid)
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby standinginherfield » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:43 am UTC

1) this would be better without (or with a different) title-text.

2) augh! this is the most heartbreaking thing i have ever seen! i am devastated. this is worse than bambi's mother.
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby standinginherfield » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:50 am UTC

joee wrote:
glasnt wrote:I got the Deep impact reference, but I'm stumped on Little Prince.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_little_prince

On my to-read list

Edit: HI GLASNT


dude, read it right now. http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks03/0300771h.html

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby Marquee Moon » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:52 am UTC

Wow just finished reading The Little Prince a couple of hours ago. I was still raw from the ending, and now this... :cry:

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby westrim » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:54 am UTC

Okay, now the number of people posting to say that they didn't get it without looking it up is getting annoying. The Little Prince is a classic of literature that's fit for kids. Deep Impact came out only 11 years ago. Seriously, at least look up a reference you don't understand before bitching about it.

Almost as bad are the ones with imperfect knowledge. Deep Impact and Armageddon both tried to drop a nuke down a hole, but DI's attempt failed; thus, the second half of the movie. Guys complaining about the flower; it's from the cover of the book, you might as well complain about the crater being there. So don't.

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby Josephine » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:59 am UTC

:oops: Until looking things up, I didn't know what The Little Prince was, and my only knowledge of Deep Impact was of the space probe, not the movie...

But now it's depressing.
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby pjt33 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:07 am UTC

Woohoo! I hated the Little Prince. Maybe it was just the English translation, but it seemed to me to be written for 5 year-olds, and I was given a copy for my birthday in my teens.

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby Al-pocalypse » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:19 am UTC

I love The Little Prince, I also love this comic. It appeals to the side of my brain that laughs at dead baby jokes and reads sickipedia.
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby Kisama » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:30 am UTC

westrim wrote:Okay, now the number of people posting to say that they didn't get it without looking it up is getting annoying. The Little Prince is a classic of literature that's fit for kids. Deep Impact came out only 11 years ago. Seriously, at least look up a reference you don't understand before bitching about it.

Almost as bad are the ones with imperfect knowledge. Deep Impact and Armageddon both tried to drop a nuke down a hole, but DI's attempt failed; thus, the second half of the movie. Guys complaining about the flower; it's from the cover of the book, you might as well complain about the crater being there. So don't.

TL;DR: Wikipedia. Learn it. Use it. And stop bitching.
Wow you're, like, the captain of the interwebs! <3

I hadn't watched Deep Impact or read The Little Prince but the comic + title text made it very easy to guess what they are; no research necessary to smile at the comic.

Hmm, after doing a bit of research out of interest, "Le Petit Prince" makes me think of "Namae no nai Kaibutsu" from Monster. It's meant to be a children's story but it's messed up and depressing :/
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby docent » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:31 am UTC

Loved today's comic, will have to reread The Little Prince

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby Max2009 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:32 am UTC

Philosophe wrote:I got the Prince immediately, but I've never heard of Deep whatsit. Do I still have to go? :P


Deep Impact was a movie like Armageddon but without Bruce Willis and not as good (they came out at the same time too). Learn to IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120647/
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:33 am UTC

pjt33 wrote:Woohoo! I hated the Little Prince. Maybe it was just the English translation, but it seemed to me to be written for 5 year-olds, and I was given a copy for my birthday in my teens.


There are two ways of looking at it. One is that it's a cute story for 5 year-olds. The other is as a great philosophical work. I generally hate my English teachers for always trying to find meaning where there is none, but in this book I think it's almost obviously there. Perhaps it was the English translation, but I loved the original French version even with only a couple years of French experience.
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby Whyareall » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:02 am UTC

I got to the last panel, and immediately went "Awww". No having to rely on the title-text for me!

Also, that's the first time in ages I've seen title-text, not alt text! Hooray for club!

EDIT: Holy crap, I just remembered I've been thinking about the box drawn for the little prince with the sheep inside it for the last few days! Weirdest "Randall, get out of my head!" ever?
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This may have already been posted, but you can read the story, complete with illustrations, at http://www.odaha.com/antoine-de-saint-e ... tle-prince
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby Nyerguds » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:04 am UTC

westrim wrote:Guys complaining about the flower; it's from the cover of the book, you might as well complain about the crater being there.

It's a volcano! Not a crater...

I saw the title text pop up in the RSS feed before the image was loaded (the Opera RSS feed reader seems to prefer the Title text over the Alt text to show as Alt text. wtf. That, or the RSS version has no alt text), so I got it right away... even though I knew of the book I never actually read it. But I've successfully googled myself a pair of PDFs (English and French version; still not sure which one I'll read first) and put it on my Todo list :wink:
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby standinginherfield » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:16 am UTC

Nyerguds wrote:
westrim wrote:Guys complaining about the flower; it's from the cover of the book, you might as well complain about the crater being there.

It's a volcano! Not a crater...

I saw the title text pop up in the RSS feed before the image was loaded, so I got it right away... even though I knew of the book I never actually read it. But I've successfully googled myself a pair of PDFs (English and French version; still not sure which one I'll read first) and put it on my Todo list :wink:


(if you have the ability, do read the French first. i highly recommend it in case that has not been made clear :) )
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby Tormuse » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:17 am UTC

I'm glad the alt-text was there; I wouldn't have gotten it otherwise. I only vaguely remember the "Little Prince" TV show from when I was a kid.
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby Nyerguds » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:20 am UTC

standinginherfield wrote:(if you have the ability, do read the French first. i highly recommend it in case that has not been made clear :) )

No problem for me. I'm Belgian; it's my second language. But for those with less language knowlegde, here's an English version:

http://wikilivres.info/wiki/The_Little_Prince
(heck, they got the French one too. And a bunch of others, too)

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby lunarul » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:32 am UTC

I don't know about the English translation, but I read the Romanian translation and the book was great... It's not really a children's book, it's more a book for adults who never gave up on being children.
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby General_Norris » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:32 am UTC

Man this comic was great, I laughed quite a bit.

Is really The little prince so unknown?

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby sarabob » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:34 am UTC

pjt33 wrote:Woohoo! I hated the Little Prince. Maybe it was just the English translation, but it seemed to me to be written for 5 year-olds, and I was given a copy for my birthday in my teens.


Gave it to my 7-year-old - she read it with no problem whatsoever, but utterly failed to understand what the yellow flash by the prince's ankle was, nor any of the other heart-wrenching parts of the book.

I'm just glad that the rose is still there. It's been bothering me lately.

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby skordge » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:37 am UTC

Oh, damn, did not get it, until I read the title text.

Yeah, it made me giggle =)
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby Tofu-Sama » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:40 am UTC

It took me a moment to recognize the reference to The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince for me, since I read it in a French Immersion class), but now I simultaneosly laughed and was somewhat sad...

EDIT: Hmm, after glancing over parts of the english version I can see many subtleties I missed reading it in a language I was just beginning to understand... I wish we didn't read that back in grade 9...
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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby demadaha » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:42 am UTC

ricree wrote:
My Deep Impact/Little Prince crossover fanfic has been poorly received by the community.


As long as no one rule34s this, we're ok. :D


Just the suggestion of rule 34 in this case and the names of images that could be created make me decidedly not ok.

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby mjc0961 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:55 am UTC

kcwong wrote:Because Deep Impact + Little Price wasn't well received, we now have Armageddon + Little Prince?

Oh good. I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought of Armageddon for the first three panels. I was really confused when the alt text mentioned Deep Impact instead.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby milN » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:58 am UTC

That was sooo awesome! I always hated the little emo bastard =]

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby niccarpediem » Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:10 am UTC

When the comic specified asteroid, I thought of Armageddon because in Deep Impact it was a comet. There were other notable differences between the movies, and I have always felt that Deep Impact got maligned. Also I did get all necessary references, but I think the real joy in xkcd is when you do discover something new that will probably enrich your life.

*notable exception to the enriching of life thing. I had to wiki rule34 back with the "wetriffs" comic...then I discovered 4chan. :( I didn't need that.

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby ysth » Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:18 am UTC

westrim wrote:Okay, now the number of people posting to say that they didn't get it without looking it up is getting annoying. The Little Prince is a classic of literature that's fit for kids.
Blech. About as suitable for kids as Catcher in the Rye: that is, not at all. Angsty suicidalness just plain doesn't belong in kids' "literature".
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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby rocketrat » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:04 am UTC

It bothers me slightly that that is in fact, as far as I know, not a "rover" but a probe.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby Reginald » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:07 am UTC

"The little Prince" was the first thing I shared with my wife, who passed away last week.* So excuse me when I say this: Randall Munroe you dumbfuck asswanker, choke on your unfunny abomination of a webcomic. You made yourself a mortal enemy today.

I expect this post to be deleted shortly, so I rely on someone who can understand how I feel about this to deliver the message to Munroe. Thanks.

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