0674: "Natural Parenting"

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby GBog » Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:05 am UTC

ouin wrote:They disassembled it and re-assemble it I guess.
With the extra-part, they've made the second one..


You mean it's...
Banach-Baby?
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Postby scwizard » Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:05 am UTC

The alt text really made this comic.
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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby Red Hal » Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:12 am UTC

mnvdk wrote:
mrbaggins wrote:I don't think he means between "guys he knew" like his two mates Bill and Steve hooking up, but rather his two mates hooking up with other girls.


And I don't think he meant it seriously... sarcasm, dude?


You are correct, it was an attempt at humour. MrBaggins, I apologise for misleading you, but thank you for the explanation anyway. :)
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Persistance?

Postby hallux » Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:28 am UTC

Will the children be featured in future comics? Congrats to... um... boy stick-figure and girl stick-figure... (is that Megan? I thought they broke up...) what are their names? Surely not Zero and One... although that would make sense... oh and hey! Now they can sort out that bug with voice recognition having problems with young voices!

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby toshiro » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:18 am UTC

NorthLondon wrote:I like how in Panel 2 the baby looks like he's about to go off on some fantastic exploring game. Look at his poise - he's going exploring!

And then look at me, assuming baby number one is male.


Gender typecasting aside, s/he is probably looking towards the future, where s/he sees the second baby. But it's hard to communicate that fact when all the words you know are 'Baby!'.

It must have gone something like this: The Baby mentions the Baby to come (panel 1), then pointedly stares at her or his mother's womb (displaying an amazing feat of self-taught anatomy and biology) (panel 2), whereupon it verifies the success of its proceedings (like any good scientist) (panel 3). Panel 4 shows the dejected, disilliusioned elder child without hope for humanity, glaring at her or his father's groin for not using contraceptives when it mattered (for obviously, the father's brain is not situated between his ears).

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby hyperion2010 » Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:35 pm UTC

Natural selection as sampling bias. I loled.

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby RemTar » Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:46 pm UTC

toshiro wrote:
NorthLondon wrote:I like how in Panel 2 the baby looks like he's about to go off on some fantastic exploring game. Look at his poise - he's going exploring!

And then look at me, assuming baby number one is male.


Gender typecasting aside, s/he is probably looking towards the future, where s/he sees the second baby. But it's hard to communicate that fact when all the words you know are 'Baby!'.

It must have gone something like this: The Baby mentions the Baby to come (panel 1), then pointedly stares at her or his mother's womb (displaying an amazing feat of self-taught anatomy and biology) (panel 2), whereupon it verifies the success of its proceedings (like any good scientist) (panel 3). Panel 4 shows the dejected, disilliusioned elder child without hope for humanity, glaring at her or his father's groin for not using contraceptives when it mattered (for obviously, the father's brain is not situated between his ears).


Wait, What?

Anyway, LOL.
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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby Xutar » Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:54 pm UTC

Is it just me or does this comic also contain a terribad pun (besides the "mother of sampling bias" one)?
"Do what comes naturally"

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby holyyakker » Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:06 pm UTC

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby Pxtl » Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:07 pm UTC

I think this is the first time I've seen the anthropic principal applied at the individual level instead of species wide.

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby faye159 » Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:30 pm UTC

the baby's so cute =D especially in the second panel...

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby Vegan Pirate » Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:40 pm UTC

cprocjr wrote:My question: How long is the gestation period of stick figures? Because in the first panel they only realized they had made a baby when it was already out! And in the last panel it says "soon", and the normal 9 months gestation period really isn't that soon!


Well a stick-child can be gestated and grow in 90 seconds according my extensive research
http://xkcd.com/57/
As the first child is still pretty lil, i'd conclude that soon is indeed, soon. Quite soon.

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby littlelj » Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:58 pm UTC

My baby spent a lot of time in a top with the slogan "v2.0".

Liked this comic lots. That really is how parenting goes sometimes nearly all the time.
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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby steek » Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:59 pm UTC

It's natural because the more you have, the more likely one is to survive.

Also, how intentional was the pun "mother of all sampling bias"

Edit I didn't have enough time to read the entire thread before posting, so i apologize for reposting the pun comment, though the question still stands.

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby SHISHKABOB » Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:17 pm UTC

"has managed to figured it out"
The hell, man.

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby SpringLoaded12 » Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:29 pm UTC

Baby #1 is clearly highly evolved; it can say "Baby!" from the moment it is born, and based on its poses in the first 3 panels, it's acting like it has figured out everything about everything around it.

That must sound crazy, but... just look at it, I dunno.

SHISHKABOB wrote:"has managed to figured it out"
The hell, man.

Actually, that's correct grammar in this case. "Every single one of my ancestors" would use "has" instead of "have," because of the "every single one" part. It refers to multiple ancestors, but only one at a time, thus it's pseudo-singular. If the alt-text had been "All of my ancestors," then it would be correct to use "have" and not "has."

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby neoliminal » Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:33 pm UTC

I would like to point out for the record that this is exactly how it works.

I have two children and both were conceived while my wife was taking birth control pills.
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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby Spoe » Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:31 pm UTC

Title text: On one hand, every single one of my ancestors going back billions of years has managed to figured it out. On the other hand, that's the mother of all sampling biases.


On the gripping hand, that's natural selection for you.

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby chanakrogue » Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:37 pm UTC

neoliminal wrote:I would like to point out for the record that this is exactly how it works.

I have two children and both were conceived while my wife was taking birth control pills.


Does that still qualify as "natural" birth? There's something supernatural about that...
I don't want my wife to use the pill.

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby neoliminal » Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:44 pm UTC

chanakrogue wrote:
neoliminal wrote:I would like to point out for the record that this is exactly how it works.

I have two children and both were conceived while my wife was taking birth control pills.


Does that still qualify as "natural" birth? There's something supernatural about that...
I don't want my wife to use the pill.


If you believe in statistics, then we had a .01 x .01 chance of it happening. Hell, I've seen TWO Royal Flush hands in live texas hold-ems. The odds of that are remarkably more interesting than having children while on birth control.
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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby scalziand » Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:18 pm UTC

Xutar wrote:Is it just me or does this comic also contain a terribad pun (besides the "mother of sampling bias" one)?
"Do what comes naturally"

Doin What Comes Naturally From Annie Get Your Gun?
Yeah, that was my first thought.

oh, and Baby!

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Postby Monika » Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:38 pm UTC

The baby is of course not a Pokémon. It is pre-born because the parents experimented with spice during pregnancy.

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Postby jc » Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:04 pm UTC

xmillion wrote:Whatever they are doing, it must be working, as both babies already are (and still are) standing on their feet.

Maybe, as others have hinted, stick-figure humans have a somewhat different reproductive process than we meaty humans. Not only do they have a much shorter gestation period, which is reasonable since they don't need to grow all of that bulky, massive body. Also, their young are able to stand up and talk soon after birth. Sorta like the ungulates, maybe. Newborn calves, fawns, etc. are up and walking within minutes of birth, and are able to follow their mother around. In a few days, they're running around. This is probably an adaptation for getting away from predators. We might wonder what predators stick-figure humans have that make such rapid development necessary.

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Postby Dudely » Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:20 pm UTC

s0merand0mdude wrote:Get out of my life, Randall?

My nephew was born this morning, so a baby-themed comic is...fitting, I guess.


I've one better- me and my wife are young, geeky computer programmers. She is 22 weeks pregnant.

Let's just say it hit pretty close to home.

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby -.Mateo.- » Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:34 pm UTC

jc wrote:
xmillion wrote:Whatever they are doing, it must be working, as both babies already are (and still are) standing on their feet.

Maybe, as others have hinted, stick-figure humans have a somewhat different reproductive process than we meaty humans. Not only do they have a much shorter gestation period, which is reasonable since they don't need to grow all of that bulky, massive body. Also, their young are able to stand up and talk soon after birth. Sorta like the ungulates, maybe. Newborn calves, fawns, etc. are up and walking within minutes of birth, and are able to follow their mother around. In a few days, they're running around. This is probably an adaptation for getting away from predators. We might wonder what predators stick-figure humans have that make such rapid development necessary.


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Was this a birth announcement?

Postby nelsonb » Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:04 pm UTC

Was this our favorite cartoonist's way of announcing the birth of a child?

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby NorthLondon » Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:21 pm UTC

-.Mateo.- wrote:
jc wrote:
xmillion wrote:Whatever they are doing, it must be working, as both babies already are (and still are) standing on their feet.

Maybe, as others have hinted, stick-figure humans have a somewhat different reproductive process than we meaty humans. Not only do they have a much shorter gestation period, which is reasonable since they don't need to grow all of that bulky, massive body. Also, their young are able to stand up and talk soon after birth. Sorta like the ungulates, maybe. Newborn calves, fawns, etc. are up and walking within minutes of birth, and are able to follow their mother around. In a few days, they're running around. This is probably an adaptation for getting away from predators. We might wonder what predators stick-figure humans have that make such rapid development necessary.


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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby aterimperator » Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:30 pm UTC

whitelotus wrote:Advice on First-Year Maintenance"
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When should I bring the baby to a doctor for servicing?

I like the language.

scwizard wrote:The alt text really made this comic.

Agreed.

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Postby Kratos Aurion » Fri Dec 11, 2009 8:26 pm UTC

SpringLoaded12 wrote:Baby #1 is clearly highly evolved; it can say "Baby!" from the moment it is born, and based on its poses in the first 3 panels, it's acting like it has figured out everything about everything around it.

That must sound crazy, but... just look at it, I dunno.

SHISHKABOB wrote:"has managed to figured it out"
The hell, man.

Actually, that's correct grammar in this case. "Every single one of my ancestors" would use "has" instead of "have," because of the "every single one" part. It refers to multiple ancestors, but only one at a time, thus it's pseudo-singular. If the alt-text had been "All of my ancestors," then it would be correct to use "have" and not "has."

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Nooo, the problem was with "figured", it should be "figure". If it was ever "figured" on the comic though, it's been fix'd, as it's currently "figure".

Also, Randall, get out of my head, I was thinking about babies about a week ago when I saw a baby.

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Postby dennisw » Fri Dec 11, 2009 8:56 pm UTC

neoliminal wrote:I would like to point out for the record that this is exactly how it works.

I have two children and both were conceived while my wife was taking birth control pills.


She has to take each birth control pill in their proper order. It doesn't work if you only take every fourth one (or only claim to have taken them).

Edit: fixed typo
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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby neoliminal » Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:37 pm UTC

dennisw wrote:
neoliminal wrote:I would like to point out for the record that this is exactly how it works.

I have two children and both were conceived while my wife was taking birth control pills.


She has to take each birth control pill in their proper order. I [sic] doesn't work if you only take every fourth one (or only claim to have taken them).


Wait, exactly how do you know my wife?
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Postby Monika » Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:56 pm UTC

Kratos Aurion wrote:Nooo, the problem was with "figured", it should be "figure". If it was ever "figured" on the comic though, it's been fix'd, as it's currently "figure".

It was fixed.

Also, Randall, get out of my head, I was thinking about babies about a week ago when I saw a baby.

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby Glenn Magus Harvey » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:24 pm UTC

How come it took 49 posts for someone to finally point out the awesome awful awesome pun in the alt-text?

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Postby drewster1829 » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:48 pm UTC

I lol'ed. Also, Randall, get out of my head...I was just having this conversation yesterday! :P
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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby ghotiful » Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:31 am UTC

Kratos Aurion wrote:Nooo, the problem was with "figured", it should be "figure". If it was ever "figured" on the comic though, it's been fix'd, as it's currently "figure".


Well, seeing how quickly she gets her figure back after each birth, some tense confusion is only natural.

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby DragonStargazer » Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:43 am UTC

Is it just me, or is the baby so very incredibly cute, despite the fact that it's a stick figure?

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DragonStargazer wrote:Is it just me, or is the baby so very incredibly cute, despite the fact that it's a stick figure?


So true! So very cute I almost want to go do what comes naturally and procreate some more ... almost.

Having 3 grown kids, 1 of whom is newly married, I am expecting that within the next few years there will be grand-babies. I only hope they are as cute as this baby.

I am so happy that none of my children have misshaped heads; thinking of the block-headed people I know and their obnoxious children.
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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby dennisw » Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:10 am UTC

neoliminal wrote:
dennisw wrote:
neoliminal wrote:I would like to point out for the record that this is exactly how it works.

I have two children and both were conceived while my wife was taking birth control pills.


She has to take each birth control pill in their proper order. I [sic] doesn't work if you only take every fourth one (or only claim to have taken them).


Wait, exactly how do you know my wife?

Wait, I thought we were talking about your mom.
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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby Glenn Magus Harvey » Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:07 am UTC

XbHW_TestEngr: Nice pun there.

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Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Postby Outchanter » Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:57 am UTC

Geogriffith wrote:Dammit Randall, get out of Mark Twain's head!

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