0618: "Asteroid"

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby diotimajsh » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:01 pm UTC

aeris92 wrote:didnt know where to post this, but Z0MG - did AmazingSuperPowers just take a cheap shot at xkcd?

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title text: This comic is to high school literature as xkcd is to high school science

PS: anyone care explaining it?

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, which is very commonly assigned in high school literature classes.

From Wikipedia:
A young woman named Hester Prynne, has been led from the town prison with her infant daughter in her arms and on the breast of her gown "a rag of scarlet cloth" that "assumed the shape of a letter." It was the uppercase letter "A". The Scarlet Letter "A" represents the act of adultery that she has committed and it is to be a symbol of her sin—a badge of shame—for all to see.


I don't know if the "I have class today" is supposed to refer to something specific, or it's just that he'll have to be around people while he's wearing it.

As for the title text, no, I don't think it's a shot at xkcd. More like a nod or tip of the hat, although I guess it implies that xkcd only refers to high school level science.
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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby Sunidesus » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:12 pm UTC

Awww. That made me sad!

I love Le Petit Prince! I think I have three or four different copies on my shelf. The first is French with black & white illustrations (and lots of my own pencil marks from French class), then an English one with color illustrations, and I finally found a French one with color illustrations recently. I think there might be another one too, but for sure those three.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby Lakario » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:45 pm UTC

s/Deep Impact/Armageddon, no?

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby HanaTheChan » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:49 pm 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.


But that's the beauty of the Le Petit Prince! It's so poignant and whimsical, yet all age groups can enjoy it. Hence why it's traversed generations and gets me to make happy noises... Or frightened squeaks when a certain man decided to draw a nuke in his goram home! I suggest reading it with a really open frame of mind and mulling over the Little Prince's words. They may be simple but it would be a shame to let it wash over.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby SaintCahier » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:53 pm UTC

How Perry Bible Fellowship-y of Randall !

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby HanaTheChan » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:54 pm UTC

The thing I find most utterly disturbing about this is the fact that, in the book anything drawn for the Little Prince becomes real to his world. In some universe powered by our imagination the young chap might actually be getting atomized! Thus I am grumpy at Randall until he puts up a new funny. *sad face too sad for emoticon to express*

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby dasada122 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:00 pm UTC

I thought it was the other way round. That anything the Prince imagined ended up being drawn. And besides, he had to demand the sheep.
(It's been about five years since I read that book, so I may be wrong.)

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby JFigs » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:06 pm UTC

Noooo! I love The Little Prince, I almost cried when I saw this. The poor boy and his rose.. =P

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby para-prophet » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:15 pm UTC

I never heard of the book before this comic.
and I dint understand the comic before I road the wiki site
and the alt-text didn't work for me because frankly English ain't my speciality
so thx for the links. because otherwise I never would have known

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby cathrl » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:18 pm UTC

:shock: :cry:

I got it instantly - and I don't think I've read Le Petit Prince since I was about 14. I'm now 39. It's indelibly printed on my mind, drawing style and all.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby Sunidesus » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:29 pm UTC

cathrl wrote:It's indelibly printed on my mind, drawing style and all.


Me too. I think I would recognize any illustration from the book just about instantly.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby ckbryant » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:58 pm UTC

God help us if wer'e going to have to wait on the Ares V to save the Earth.

I'd just advise everyone to make their peace with the Deity of their choice instead.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby freegle » Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:17 pm UTC

I like it. very funny. However, I now have a small boy here with golden hair demanding i draw him a 'detonation overide button' and an 'asteroid guidance system' :?

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby sircheeziusbreezius » Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:26 pm UTC

freegle wrote:I like it. very funny. However, I now have a small boy here with golden hair demanding i draw him a 'detonation overide button' and an 'asteroid guidance system' :?

<3 you can do it. you can save him.
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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby Chaos_Rose » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:13 pm UTC

Aw, I loved that book. Don't die, Little Prince :(

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Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Postby Jamaican Castle » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:16 pm UTC

Amnesiasoft wrote:Wait. The Prince is wearing clothes, does that imply everyone in the xkcd world runs around naked? I mean, it has always been questionable before, but this would seem to confirm it...


If memory serves, Calvin in the C&H homages had his distinctive getup, yes? My guess is that clothes are assumed to be there, but only rendered if it's a deliberately different art style.

So, um, no they don't. Except maybe BHM and/or the nihil exist bakery dude.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby Elbirn » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:04 pm UTC

I love how this comic strip tends to lead to me learning something new. never heard of le petit prince, now reading it via interwebs. thanks randall.

strip made me realize something though, which is why i bothered registering for this forum in the first place. :P

http://xkcd.com/2/

is obviously a reference to le petit prince, which i didn't understand until i started reading the book and learned about the baobab trees and all of that.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby Kurushimi » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:11 pm UTC

Or you could read the alt text.

I think that's easier.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby SimonPStevens » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:18 pm UTC

I've just ordered the little prince from Amazon.

I wonder if comics references like this boost the book sales.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby there is no zero » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:21 pm UTC

I had to read Le Petit Prince in French class twice.

I'm also surprised how few people got it, although perhaps I shouldn't be -- I'd never have heard of it either if I hadn't taken French (Well, if neither I nor my brother had), and although it's one of the more common foreign languages to learn here in the US, most people don't.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby sakeniwefu » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:22 pm UTC

I see that most of us who know the bastard as Le Petit Prince, don't feel any compassion.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby mastered » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:26 pm UTC

How sad! I'm rereading The Little Prince because next year we'll be reading it in the original French, and I'm comparing the two. It's really weird - in one place in the English version there was a reference to 'forty-four sunsets', and in the original it's forty-three ... except later it's suddenly forty-four in the French one as well!?
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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:43 pm UTC

That's odd... in the non-online version I read (French), it was almost definitely consistent. I don't remember off the top of my head which number it was though.
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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:01 am UTC

Baron Sloth wrote:
Shadowman615 wrote:There actually used to be a "The Little Prince" cartoon series on Nickelodeon in the 80's.


And it was awesome. I also read the English translation in elementary school, so I immediately got the joke. I'm really quite surprised at the number of people who aren't at least a familiar with the book; even a vague recollection of the premise of the book should be enough to get the joke.


Never read the book, but I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who remembers the cartoon series from Nickelodeon in the 80s, back when Nick was actually worth watching. The main thing I remember was the Prince flying around by using a butterfly net to catch shooting stars, and somehow was able to control them to fly where he wanted.

Looks like there was a movie featuring Gene Wilder. From what I saw on YouTube, it doesn't look too good.

Even though it's been more than 20 years since I last saw it, I can still sing the theme song. I heard it in my head when I read the comic.
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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby Eternal Density » Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:39 am UTC

Some time ago, perhaps last year, I once amused myself by thinking of crossover combinations which utterly fail to work :D (As a side note, the firefox dictionary does not contain "combinations" although it has "combination" and "combination's".) Unfortunately I can't remember any of them right now.
The next stage of the exercise is of course to take each impossible or wrong crossover and make it work...
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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby Elbirn » Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:54 am UTC

Kurushimi wrote:Or you could read the alt text.

I think that's easier.


...wow. indeed i could have. well i feel like an ass. xD

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby Tath » Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:42 am UTC

Now, a much less commonly known fact is that the Little Prince had a spaceship. Go prince, go!




...And why'd he come back to the rose? Didn't he think it died once he left it?

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby fapfapfap » Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:43 am UTC

I just thought I'd register to thank Randall for making this comic. If it weren't for this, I'd never have bothered tracking down and reading The Little Prince. Of all the fantastic comments he'd made in the past, this has perhaps had the biggest impact on me. Except for, perhaps, 559.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby dragon2041 » Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:57 am UTC

Give me my childhood back.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby raj4h » Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:12 am UTC

This comic made me cry a little bit. :cry: I'm sure the nukes will turn out to be duds, and a flock of migrating seagulls will come along to pull the asteroid off course... right? ... ...right? :cry:

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby dragon2041 » Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:13 am UTC

raj4h wrote:This comic made me cry a little bit. :cry: I'm sure the nukes will turn out to be duds, and a flock of migrating seagulls will come along to pull the asteroid off course... right? ... ...right? :cry:


This comic wasn't cute, this comic wasn't sad. This comic was another pathetic attempt to stroke the ego of everyone who got the reference. It has also stolen my childhood. Gief back.

edit: Not to criticize you. I thought your comment was epic :3.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby Something Awesome » Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:29 am UTC

mastered wrote:How sad! I'm rereading The Little Prince because next year we'll be reading it in the original French, and I'm comparing the two. It's really weird - in one place in the English version there was a reference to 'forty-four sunsets', and in the original it's forty-three ... except later it's suddenly forty-four in the French one as well!?

Hmmm... both the French and English copies I have use forty-four, though the Russian translation I know of (here) uses forty-three, and they're consistent within themselves.

This link mentions the discrepancy and goes into an interpretation of 43 sunsets, but it doesn't explain why some French editions use 44.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby bretonn » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:30 am UTC

I read The Little Prince when I was sick when I was about 7 or 8, and I have to say that today's post made me very, very sad.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby bretonn » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:39 am UTC

besides, the little prince technically lived on a very small planet, didn't he? wouldn't that be like a pluto-status planet, not an asteroid?

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby BlueNight » Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:14 am UTC

I guess I always knew the Baobab tree was a metaphor for a mushroom cloud, but until now I hadn't realized that the rose was a metaphor for his lover who made him leave so she could attempt to disarm it. "No, the green wi-" BOOM!

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby Aviatrix » Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:53 am UTC

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby Werewolf » Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:43 am UTC

I just registered, Randall, to tell you that that was horrible, what you just did there. It'll take me weeks before I can look at that beloved book again.

DON'T. DO. THAT.

Now post another comic quick so I won't have to see this on the front page.

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby Ezzthetic » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:15 am UTC

Funny thing is, for once I actually got the joke without having to Google it.

But then I read the title as "A Steroid".

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Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Postby 1977chevy » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:41 pm UTC

"There was nothing there but a flash of white hot light close to his ankle. He remained motionless for an instant. He did not cry out. He exploded as gently as a tree falls. There was not even any sound, because this was in space."


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