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Postby BaruMonkey » Wed May 02, 2007 4:03 pm UTC

The LuigiManiac wrote:I just saw this comic and read through the topic, and I have to ask if anyone has figured out what that one mountain is in the "Mountains of Web 1.0". I saw an earlier post asking about it, but I don't think it was ever replied to...

My guess:

(MSC
?????)

possibly "Miscellaneous something." Looks to me like the thing right after "(MSC" is just part of one of the mountains.

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Postby mbelrose » Wed May 02, 2007 4:04 pm UTC

To get to xkcdia, you first need to breed a gold chocobo, then use it to fly to the hidden spot where the four corners of the map meet.

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Postby smithman89 » Wed May 02, 2007 4:04 pm UTC

my favorite is the fact that the Bay of Angst is right off the coast of Xanga and LiveJournal. Second favorite is that Runescape looks like it is 1/3rd the size of WoW, i didnt know that.

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Postby BaruMonkey » Wed May 02, 2007 4:13 pm UTC

smithman89 wrote:... Second favorite is that Runescape looks like it is 1/3rd the size of WoW, i didnt know that.

From http://www.mmogchart.com, as of June 2006:

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Postby Blake Stacey » Wed May 02, 2007 4:13 pm UTC

Dammit, why isn't that island grouping to the lower left called the Blagopelago? I'm doing my best to promote these malapropisms, but if RM isn't helping, I don't know why I should bother.

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Postby aether » Wed May 02, 2007 4:16 pm UTC

xkcd and its fans are the only people I've ever heard a blog called a blag. I don't think it's a widespread internet phenomenon.

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Poster FTW!

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Postby Fnordstrum » Wed May 02, 2007 4:28 pm UTC

The LuigiManiac wrote:Slashdot is on one of the islands around the viral straits, and is labelled "/." on the map.


Oh, duh, no wonder I couldn't find it, silly symbols.

/me slaps self.

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Postby Ikonoclasm » Wed May 02, 2007 4:36 pm UTC

Qwghlm was included. You are truly a god among men. I swear the comics are getting better by the week.

Registered just to say that.

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Postby Trooth » Wed May 02, 2007 4:54 pm UTC

It seems to me like 4chan should be bigger, as well as some forum sites... I don't think a nation as small as 4chan would be able to really invade a nation as big as myspace, but they've done it.
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Postby The Ivy » Wed May 02, 2007 4:55 pm UTC

Words cannot describe how happy this poster made me. I got most of the jokes...I must be a bigger geek than I thought. :D

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Postby oemta » Wed May 02, 2007 4:59 pm UTC

one more person in favor of a poster.

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Postby Belial » Wed May 02, 2007 5:02 pm UTC

Porn isn't a community, silly.
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Postby The Cosmic Fool » Wed May 02, 2007 5:03 pm UTC

I agree. The United Pages of Porn should be some hyperpower, using it's power to influence international net relations between the nations.
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Postby FFF8E7 » Wed May 02, 2007 5:21 pm UTC

The LuigiManiac wrote:I just saw this comic and read through the topic, and I have to ask if anyone has figured out what that one mountain is in the "Mountains of Web 1.0". I saw an earlier post asking about it, but I don't think it was ever replied to.


I think maybe it says "Chu ck Norris," but it's really hard to tell, so don't quote me on that.

what sort of a filter is that???
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Postby Belial » Wed May 02, 2007 5:22 pm UTC

That word filter still hasn't stopped amusing me.

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Postby GrifMoNeY » Wed May 02, 2007 5:28 pm UTC

http://i15.tinypic.com/6gnlnw1.png

I made a story describing my "journey" through the internet, based on the lines drawn on the map. It's extremely long and I don't want to flood the forum. But who wants to read it?

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Postby Belial » Wed May 02, 2007 5:31 pm UTC

what sort of a filter is that???


The kind that occurs when Saladin asks me to enable a word filter so he never has to see Mr. Norris' name on the fora again.

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Postby Kaziel » Wed May 02, 2007 5:41 pm UTC

For those who are saying that 2channel and 4chan should be larger, remember that a huge amount of the posts are anonymous (or at least I know that's true for 4chan...) This makes it almost impossible to accurately gage the real size of the poster base, thus impossible to figure out how large the island should be. I agree with Mother Superior's post that 4chan should have been blurry. Also, another person who would buy this as a poster. It would be even better if we got bi annual updates to this! ^^b

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Postby The LuigiManiac » Wed May 02, 2007 5:45 pm UTC

Kaziel wrote:It would be even better if we got bi annual updates to this! ^^b


I have to say that it simply wouldn't be as-awe inspiring (to new people, I always move the hyphen to the left of wherever I normally should put it). It is good now because it was so fresh and unexpected. If that happens then it will just become business as usual.
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Postby WAHa.06x36 » Wed May 02, 2007 5:52 pm UTC

For those who are saying that 2channel and 4chan should be larger, remember that a huge amount of the posts are anonymous (or at least I know that's true for 4chan...) This makes it almost impossible to accurately gage the real size of the poster base, thus impossible to figure out how large the island should be.

2.5 million posts per day. I don't think there's just a handful of posters sitting around making those.

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Postby Dxh » Wed May 02, 2007 5:57 pm UTC

BaruMonkey wrote:
smithman89 wrote:... Second favorite is that Runescape looks like it is 1/3rd the size of WoW, i didnt know that.

From http://www.mmogchart.com, as of June 2006:

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Just out of curiousity, how is each 'share' measured? Dollar value? Because, in all honesty, WoW is probably one of, if not the, most expensive subscriptions there... So, the value could be scewed. Not to mention that the vast majority of RuneScape players don't pay for their accounts.

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Postby Peshmerga » Wed May 02, 2007 6:03 pm UTC

Trooth wrote:It seems to me like 4chan should be bigger, as well as some forum sites... I don't think a nation as small as 4chan would be able to really invade a nation as big as myspace, but they've done it.


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Postby Dijon » Wed May 02, 2007 6:08 pm UTC

iLEZ wrote:
OmenPigeon wrote:(Also, yay for Qwghlm.)

Seconded that. The Qwghlm-reference forced me to finally create an account to comment! :)


Hey, me too.

I love the map, though I would have expected a fairly substantial GameFAQs island somewhere in the Ocean of Subculture between YTMND and MMORPGia. I suppose the LUE peninsula would have been a little too obscene for a G-rated comic.

EDIT: Though I have preserved it for posterity, I would like to officially announce that the above implication that xkcd is a "G-rated" comic has been thoroughly rebuked and should under no circumstances be taken seriously. It is clear that my knowledge of both xkcd and the MPAA rating system is utterly insufficient. I have seen the error of my ways and am currently seeking help.
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Postby Belial » Wed May 02, 2007 6:10 pm UTC

G-rated? Really?
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Postby suso » Wed May 02, 2007 6:47 pm UTC

Belial wrote:Porn isn't a community, silly.


No, its a bunch of cumonmetitties.

Sorry, very juvenile I know.

Is nobody else seeing the 2^8th post announcement on the front page?

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Postby Kaziel » Wed May 02, 2007 7:13 pm UTC

WAHa.06x36 wrote:2.5 million posts per day. I don't think there's just a handful of posters sitting around making those.
I concur, but the problem is, again, there is no good way to accurately gage the size the island should be.

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Postby FlyNavy » Wed May 02, 2007 7:21 pm UTC

aw, where's Genmay :(

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Postby electoralfraud » Wed May 02, 2007 7:32 pm UTC

poster please :)

awesome comic; gone straight on my desktop.

It reminds me of the earthsea map. Was this intentional I wonder?

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Postby Dijon » Wed May 02, 2007 7:37 pm UTC

Belial wrote:G-rated? Really?


I would show it to children, but it's entirely possible that I'm just a bad person.

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Postby Berge » Wed May 02, 2007 7:48 pm UTC

I'm only posting this to see what Bruce Schneier gets filtered to.

LE4dGOLEM SAYS: It gets filtered to Saladin's Mom.
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Postby BaruMonkey » Wed May 02, 2007 8:13 pm UTC

Dxh wrote:Just out of curiousity, how is each 'share' measured? Dollar value? Because, in all honesty, WoW is probably one of, if not the, most expensive subscriptions there... So, the value could be scewed. Not to mention that the vast majority of RuneScape players don't pay for their accounts.

From reading the site, it looks to me like it is indeed simply number of subscribers.

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Postby bbctol » Wed May 02, 2007 8:15 pm UTC

The more I look at this, the funnier it gets. "Compass-rose shaped island"? Instantly classic.

EDIT: "Stallman's Airship" makes me crack up.

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Postby EvanED » Wed May 02, 2007 8:19 pm UTC

Dijon wrote:
Belial wrote:G-rated? Really?


I would show it to children, but it's entirely possible that I'm just a bad person.


It probably wouldn't even get away with PG-13. Almost all comics are fine, but we have:
* the clit mouse
* The Mathematics of Cunnilingus
* At least five occurances of the word fuck and one of cunt (which alone assures an R rating from the MPAA if you treat the whole series as a movie)
* And a couple of pretty suggestive comics, particularly this

BTW, Chuck Norrіs. Please don't ban me. ;-)

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Postby jisakujien » Wed May 02, 2007 8:53 pm UTC

While I agree with several other posts about some inaccuracies I still laughed and enjoyed the comic (which is the point isn't it?). A larger version with the text readable or a list of the approximate sizes he used would be great.

Why are the various islands of the "Wikipedia" project connected to each other and MIT, some IRC server, and engadget/gizmodo?

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Postby cmacis » Wed May 02, 2007 8:54 pm UTC

Any child who gets xkcd is mature enough to see a few 'fuck's and the occasional stick woman griping at the bed.

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Postby Akula » Wed May 02, 2007 9:02 pm UTC

Google's Volcano Fortress...

Shipwreck of the SS Howard Dean
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Postby The LuigiManiac » Wed May 02, 2007 9:03 pm UTC

EvanED wrote:
Dijon wrote:
Belial wrote:G-rated? Really?


I would show it to children, but it's entirely possible that I'm just a bad person.


It probably wouldn't even get away with PG-13. Almost all comics are fine, but we have:
* the clit mouse
* The Mathematics of Cunnilingus
* At least five occurances of the word fuck and one of cunt (which alone assures an R rating from the MPAA if you treat the whole series as a movie)
* And a couple of pretty suggestive comics, particularly this

BTW, Chuck Norrіs. Please don't ban me. ;-)


What happened to the word filter there? Hmm... "Bruce Schneier" *previews*. It still works for me. How come it didn't work when you said it?
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