0673: "The Sun"

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0673: "The Sun"

Postby joee » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:02 am UTC

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Link: http://xkcd.com/673/

Title: Obligatory bad guy: This operation is sheer foolishness, and it's not happening on my watch! Mainly because I can't figure out how to adjust the time.

I burst out laughing at the last panel.

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0673: "The Sun"

Postby kaimason1 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:02 am UTC

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Obligatory bad guy: This operation is sheer foolishness, and it's not happening on my watch! Mainly because I can't figure out how to adjust the time.

Daylight savings time was invented by ben franklin, who also did work with electricity. Fusion is mentioned in the comic. Electrofusion? That sounds like techno.

EDIT: Wait... did they just ask for hot astronauts rather than dedicated astronauts or patriotic astronauts? Must be Hollywood.
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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby coppro » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:02 am UTC

Ow, my brain.

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby Eternal Density » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:03 am UTC

So if the sun went out for a day before it was restarted, would that necessarily be a bad thing?
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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby kingofdreams » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:04 am UTC

I take it he hasn't seen "sunshine"
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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby iamevn » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:04 am UTC

IT'S DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME



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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby Omegaton » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:05 am UTC

That movie title is friggin' amazing. For some reason, though, but I feel like I've heard that joke before...

Great comic!

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby acai » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:06 am UTC

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby FishyFred » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:06 am UTC

They made this movie already. It was called Sunshine. It was awesome for two acts and then went completely bizarre in the third act.

Still a kick-ass movie, though, and I made my peace with the silliness of the third act after my second viewing. Absolutely beautiful movie both visually and aurally.

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby el matematico » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:06 am UTC

This comic made me remember http://www.xkcd.com/68/. Shit daylight savings.

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby serrath » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:06 am UTC

Eternal Density wrote:So if the sun went out for a day before it was restarted, would that necessarily be a bad thing?


8 minutes after that day started... yeah.

Luckily if the fusion were failing near the center of the sun, we'd have millenia before we felt the effects of that, so we'd have plenty of time to prepare.

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby BumpInTheNight » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:07 am UTC

Actually, someone already did this type of movie and it was actually pretty sweet. Sunshine, 28 days later's writer and lead actor are among some of the qualities.

acai wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_(2007_film)


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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby minke » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:07 am UTC

I read an article lately about how the sun's rate of fusion has been below average lately. This made me think of that. Daylight Savings Time meets Climate Change?

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby ysth » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:08 am UTC

"Our hottest astronauts" is burning me!

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby Shouyin » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:09 am UTC

kingofdreams wrote:I take it he hasn't seen "sunshine"


That's exactly what I thought after first reading it. Sunshine was flippin' grand though, so I guess sometimes you can make a good disaster movie... just so long as no actual disaster occurs.

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby smartalco » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:11 am UTC

Did anyone else immediately think 'L4D movie titles'?

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby screech » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:12 am UTC

I think someone should call Danny Boyle and get him to retroactively change the movie's tagline.
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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby -.Mateo.- » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:12 am UTC

The "obligatory bad guy" reminded me of the twister comic. And they are both right. If you are making a catastrophe movie, you don't need a bad guy! You need tons visual effects, hot girls, and specially, you need a cool thing to say before pressing the save-the-day button.

Im surprised mutating neutrinos weren't mentioned, perhaps Randall doesn't know about them?

Also, the "send a ship to the dying sun" movie already exists (Sunshine). And it has a bad guy. Don't you ever learn, Hollywood people?
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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby FishyFred » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:12 am UTC

minke wrote:I read an article lately about how the sun's rate of fusion has been below average lately. This made me think of that. Daylight Savings Time meets Climate Change?


Haven't you heard? We're at the nadir of an 11-year cycle in solar radiation, therefore anthropogenic global warming EES A HOAX!!!111!!!1!

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby kaimason1 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:13 am UTC

BumpInTheNight wrote:Sunshine


imbd wrote:Up 217% in popularity this week.


Ok, in ten minutes have we brought it up to three times it's previous popularity???
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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby Halebit » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:13 am UTC

Was I the only one who saw a pun in the third panel in relation to the punchline?

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby frostkiki » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:14 am UTC

Never Fall Back is great tag line, my cheese is blisteringly hot
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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby ohaus » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:16 am UTC

Like everyone else mentioned, I thought this comic was making fun of the movie Sunshine at first. But the movie title of "Daylight Saving Time" was awesome.

A couple minutes ago my dad and I were just talking about Brian Cox and how the one of the actors in Sunshine tried to copy his mannerisms... So... Randall get out of my head?

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby Omegaton » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:25 am UTC

kaimason1 wrote:
BumpInTheNight wrote:Sunshine


imbd wrote:Up 217% in popularity this week.


Ok, in ten minutes have we brought it up to three times it's previous popularity???

Since I haven't heard of Sunshine, I'm thinking it probably wasn't too hard.

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby Invisible_Insane » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:30 am UTC

Sunshine... it was not good.
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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby FCN » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:31 am UTC

So when would they play (a slightly altered version of) Ain't No Sunshine? I figure it would be while the astronauts were in their spaceship headed towards the sun, with shots of outerspace & their ship, and cuts back to Earth where people are suffering.
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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby Tath » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:31 am UTC

Alternate thread title: "The Pun" Discussion.







...I would watch this movie. Hell, I might now even watch Sunshine.

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby whitesoxfan » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:32 am UTC

It said "From the makers of the Core"
I wonder what evidence they used to show the sun's fusion is going out. "Sir, there's total darkness in Miami! And temperatures in Madrid just dropped to 500 below!"

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby xlro » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:34 am UTC

best comic in the last few weeks... double word pun, yeah! :mrgreen:

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby e of pi » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:37 am UTC

What does it say that I want to see a live-action version of the movie poster? Not the movie, just the poster. It looks like something I want on my wall. I love the tagline; "Never fall back!" has a great "The line must be drawn here! This far, no further!" feel.

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby Ivora » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:41 am UTC

The comics are becoming more random... and less funny. :oops:

Does the creator do experimental drugs?

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby ysth » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:42 am UTC

whitesoxfan wrote:It said "From the makers of the Core"
I wonder what evidence they used to show the sun's fusion is going out. "Sir, there's total darkness in Miami! And temperatures in Madrid just dropped to 500 below!"
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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby westrim » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:44 am UTC

I agree with this comic completely. We should always be on daylight savings time. I mean, I'm in Southern California and the sun is setting at around five. FIVE people! I get off work at 3:30 and the shadows are already as long as semis.

And that's not counting the enormous amount of rain we just got yesterday. I mean, it must have been at least an inch. And this morning it was effin cold, at most 50 F!
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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby XbHW_TestEngr » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:52 am UTC

You are my sunshine, My only sunshine.
You make me happy, when skies are grey (which is way too much of the time in Seattle)
You never know dear, how much I love you.
Please don't take, my sunshine, away.

Yup ... I named my computer sunshine. Guys in the lab look at me a little strange, but I can deal with it.

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby Firewall422 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:53 am UTC

How is that girl looking in the telescope (presumably at the sun) without getting her corneas melted?

(on second thought, those stick figures don't have eyes anyways, so it doesn't matter)
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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby schwal » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:54 am UTC

I also thought about sunshine. Yes, the third act was wierd, yes it was trope heavy, But I still loved it. because it was beautiful. Possibly the best looking movie ever filmed. and I do NOT say that lightly. Just watch the trailer to see what I mean.

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby CorruptUser » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:56 am UTC

Of course, the reason that the Sun's fusion was going out was because the big bad government was trying to figure out how to weaponize the sun.

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby Fedak » Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:00 am UTC

XbHW_TestEngr wrote:You are my sunshine, My only sunshine.
You make me happy, when skies are grey (which is way too much of the time in Seattle)
You never know dear, how much I love you.
Please don't take, my sunshine, away.

Yup ... I named my computer sunshine. Guys in the lab look at me a little strange, but I can deal with it.

westrim wrote:I agree with this comic completely. We should always be on daylight savings time. I mean, I'm in Southern California and the sun is setting at around five. FIVE

Whiner! Try the Pacific Northwest.


Try Canada.

It's dark almost right after 4 now.

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby schwal » Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:05 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:Of course, the reason that the Sun's fusion was going out was because the big bad government was trying to figure out how to weaponize the sun.


That's easy.

1. Take thing you want to kill/make disappear.
2. Insert into sun.
3. Profit.

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Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Postby HighLowSplit » Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:11 am UTC

Directed by Michael Bay, obviously
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