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Postby J the Ninja » Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:51 pm UTC

*mods, if you feel this would be better in General, feel free to move it.*


So, I just ordered my copy of the book! And the online communities poster. I thought of getting a signed copy, but decided I didn't want to spend the extra cash, or wait out the shipping time. Anybody else order already?
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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby GreyingJay » Tue Sep 15, 2009 7:39 pm UTC

Really? NO other threads about the book?

I ordered mine, along with the "I'm going to try science!" shirt. I was really tempted to buy the sudo shirt, but sadly, very few people I know would be able to enjoy the humor.

I also want the xkcd tie, but that'll be for another day.

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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby VHBT » Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:49 pm UTC

I bought it because I wanted to see what Randall's annotations were. It can be interesting to read an author's retrospective commentary.

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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby Vanguard » Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:51 pm UTC

I had no idea there was one.
What is it? Just a compilation of his comics?
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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby VHBT » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:05 pm UTC

Vanguard wrote:I had no idea there was one.
What is it? Just a compilation of his comics?

You can read about it in the blag or in the store.
It consists of the most popular comics so far, as well as Randall's personal favorites. The title text has been included in small print alongside the comics, and he's put notes/doodles/puzzles in the margins (see this image for examples).

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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby CombustibleLemons » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:19 pm UTC

Yeah i really want this but can't afford it. :cry:
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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby Zorlin » Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:23 pm UTC

Just bought the signed copy, thanks for the reminder. This led to an "oh, I can't afford it... but... meh. *buys anyway*" moment.
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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby razrsharp67 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:07 am UTC

going to order my copy right now! :)
really looking forward to the annotations and such by Mr. Munroe.
gonna be great. hopefully can find enough loose change for the signed one.

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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby Tarrantula » Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:49 am UTC

Love how the index for the volumes starts at 0.

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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby estheral » Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:59 am UTC

YAY BOOK! Goddamit, once again I struggle with the same issue as when I bought my skirt: Postage to Australia isn't cheap....so it's best I buy as much other xkcd stuff that I want as possible at the same time....unfortunately that's everything...

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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby Tofu-Sama » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:01 am UTC

I love the index as well. Luckily, I had just connected my Paypal account to my bank account so I could order this. Good timing for me, I suppose. Bah, being Canadian makes Paypal more effort... :D
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Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:19 am UTC

Times like this I wish I had a credit card. By the time I get one the offer will be over. D:
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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby GuitarFreak » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:36 am UTC

Ordered my signed copy today. I can't wait to get it :D
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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby 123zc1 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:50 am UTC

[facepalm]I bough the signed book for $17 extra.[/facepalm] Does that mean it has "extra" stuff in it, or was the $17 just for the signature?

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Postby munchman » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:22 pm UTC

Bought the signed copy as soon as it came out (beat the price rise), shame the shipping to Aus is so expensive. I wish I had enough cash to buy more in the one order. Ah well, it's worth the 50 bucks. (Yeah, that's right! Thank me Randall)
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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby Baza210 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 1:21 pm UTC

Zorlin wrote:Just bought the signed copy, thanks for the reminder. This led to an "oh, I can't afford it... but... meh. *buys anyway*" moment.

Same here ...

123zc1 wrote:[facepalm]I bough the signed book for $17 extra.[/facepalm] Does that mean it has "extra" stuff in it, or was the $17 just for the signature?

and same here ...

$17 seems like a lot considering it was $10 (or indeed less) for the signing of the prints.
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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby Spen » Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:25 pm UTC

Currently resisting this as I need to pay for other stuff...
Sooo ordering this come christmas time though, even with the obscene postage amount.

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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby Zorlin » Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:49 pm UTC

'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:Times like this I wish I had a credit card. By the time I get one the offer will be over. D:

If you can pay me back within a month or two I'll do it for you.

EDIT: Signed offer seems to be over, sorry. D:
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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby balt11t » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:38 pm UTC

I also bought the signed copy of the book. But now I'm not sure if I can wait the additional week. I was bouncing off the walls when I ordered it.

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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby The EGE » Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:54 am UTC

Just bought mine. Now I have to wait 7-14 days, dammit...
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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby aeris92 » Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:19 am UTC

Tofu-Sama wrote:I love the index as well. Luckily, I had just connected my Paypal account to my bank account so I could order this. Good timing for me, I suppose. Bah, being Canadian makes Paypal more effort... :D


how does being Canadian make it any more effort? i just used a credit card without even making an account. 5-7 business days ftw!!!

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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby steewi » Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:28 am UTC

Binary page numbers. I like it.

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Postby Brooklynxman » Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:54 am UTC

'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:Times like this I wish I had a credit card. By the time I get one the offer will be over. D:


Wait the book is only a limited run?

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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby munchman » Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:45 am UTC

Brooklynxman wrote:
'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:Times like this I wish I had a credit card. By the time I get one the offer will be over. D:


Wait the book is only a limited run?

DAMMIT! I haz no money nao.


I think he may be talking about the signed copy, which was only available for the first 24 hours
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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby reevey » Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:34 am UTC

Tarrantula wrote:Love how the index for the volumes starts at 0.


Perhaps they will be numbered in binary?

steewi wrote:Binary page numbers. I like it.


Ah-hah! I knew it... I now feel stupid for having broadcast my ignorance of binary.

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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby faye159 » Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:14 pm UTC

oh, how I envy you all............

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Postby sircheeziusbreezius » Fri Sep 18, 2009 5:35 pm UTC

i ordered a signed copy the first day available :D
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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby Tofu-Sama » Sat Sep 19, 2009 2:59 am UTC

aeris92 wrote:
Tofu-Sama wrote:I love the index as well. Luckily, I had just connected my Paypal account to my bank account so I could order this. Good timing for me, I suppose. Bah, being Canadian makes Paypal more effort... :D


how does being Canadian make it any more effort? i just used a credit card without even making an account. 5-7 business days ftw!!!


It takes longer for transfers from a bank account, so it's a fair bit longer of a wait.
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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby und3rdark » Sat Sep 19, 2009 8:05 pm UTC

My copy of the book just showed up!

The pages are numbered in trinary!

There is also some form of cipher in the annotations. I haven't had a chance to look more closely though...

Awesome book Randall, can't wait for volume 1 :)
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Postby munchman » Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:15 pm UTC

und3rdark wrote:My copy of the book just showed up!


That was fast. Did you order the signed copy, or just the plain one?
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Postby und3rdark » Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:48 pm UTC

munchman wrote:That was fast. Did you order the signed copy, or just the plain one?


The plain one.
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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby Sarda » Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:36 am UTC

From my understanding, signed copies were to begin shipping on Wednesday. Was I then wrong when I took that for being this past Wednesday? Am I going to be waiting another week for my copy?
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Postby munchman » Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:54 am UTC

Sarda wrote:From my understanding, signed copies were to begin shipping on Wednesday. Was I then wrong when I took that for being this past Wednesday? Am I going to be waiting another week for my copy?


Unsigned copies were going to start shipping the Wednesday after they were released. Signed will be sent a week later. I was merely wondering if they'd started shipping early.
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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby Posalootly » Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:05 pm UTC

Just got my book about an hour ago. Looks like we have our work cut out for us as far as code breaking goes. Otherwise I'm loving this.

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Postby bamboojess » Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:37 pm UTC

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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby GrayPenguin » Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:36 pm UTC

Just got my book today! I noticed that pages 15-38 (I think, my..trinary? is a bit rusty...) are rather blurry. Is this a characteristic of the book or a misprint? Other than that, great work. I love the almost-a-square size.

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Postby Clamburger » Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:11 pm UTC

To celebrate the release of the first xkcd book, xkcd sucks created an accompanying book and somebody from the blog went to the book party to give it to Randall.

Randall himself said "I'm glad you had fun doing this"

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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby risforrob » Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:21 am UTC

GrayPenguin wrote:Just got my book today! I noticed that pages 15-38 (I think, my..trinary? is a bit rusty...) are rather blurry. Is this a characteristic of the book or a misprint? Other than that, great work. I love the almost-a-square size.

I suspect misprint. The same chunk of pages are blurry in my own copy. Starting from the Vanilla Ice venn diagram (page 1000) and ending with factoring time (page 10100).

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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby poxic » Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:46 am UTC

Clamburger wrote:To celebrate the release of the first xkcd book, xkcd sucks created an accompanying book and somebody from the blog went to the book party to give it to Randall.

Randall himself said "I'm glad you had fun doing this"

It would have been much funnier if someone had given him an xkcdsw book...

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Re: The XKCD Book Thread

Postby mathbard » Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:27 pm UTC

steewi wrote:Binary page numbers. I like it.


Not binary, trinary (base 3).

und3rdark wrote:My copy of the book just showed up!

The pages are numbered in trinary!

There is also some form of cipher in the annotations. I haven't had a chance to look more closely though...

Awesome book Randall, can't wait for volume 1 :)


And not complete trinary. It skips from 6 to 9, then from 15 to 18 to 27. I haven't finished looking at the numbers, but there are probably other gaps. I can't imagine that this was accidental, so it's probably another code or cipher.


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