0731: "Desert Island"

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0731: "Desert Island"

Postby n3mo » Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:58 am UTC

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Telescopes and bathyscapes and sonar probes of Scottish lakes, Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse explained with abstract phase-space maps, some x-ray slides, a music score, Minard's Napoleonic war: the most exciting new frontier is charting what's already here.

wondering how he lived for 44 days on that little barren stub of land =P
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Re: Desert Island Discussion

Postby Kizor » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:00 am UTC

What's bugging me is the alt text. I keep trying to read it as a re-wording of We didn't start the fire, and it keeps coming across as malformed.

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby rpgamer » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:00 am UTC

Being a marine science major, big likes to this one.
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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby torontoraptor » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:01 am UTC

Boomdeyada boomdeyada boomedeyada boomdeyada.

The world is awesome. :)
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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby TomRobbins » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:02 am UTC

Airplane crash, old sunken boat, submarine, and is that black smoke?.. is this a shout out to LOST?

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby dataxpress » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:03 am UTC

Yeah but he can't possibly *DO* anything with all the stuff there, except maybe get hurt by it or drown trying to do anything useful with it.
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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby MrD3a7h » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:06 am UTC

That Akula-class submarine is heading towards those rocks. Crazy Ivan anyone?

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby glasnt » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:09 am UTC

As soon as I read "scottish", I searched the image for Nessie.

I have lochs on the mind.

I'm sorry.

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby pretzil » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:12 am UTC

torontoraptor wrote:Boomdeyada boomdeyada boomedeyada boomdeyada.

The world is awesome. :)


Nope, if that really was discovery channel, that would be Bear Grylls, and if that was Bear Grylls he would be on his back with a hose up his backside

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby thewaytodustydeath » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:16 am UTC

The Tacoma Narrows bridge! Woo hoo! That is one of those pet things I have where I cherish knowing it because no one else I know knows about it. But it's nice to be reminded that there are plenty of online nerdy types who do. What about you guys? What are your such cherished knowledges? Things you know about which are uncomplicated but admittedly kick-ass in some way and somewhat obscure to the normal eye?

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby JayAr » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:17 am UTC

I honestly think this is my least favorite, I don't know why. I see all the humor there just, just it derails before it becomes funny to me.
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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby glitterbug12 » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:18 am UTC

Anyone else think that this comic kinda goes deeper (haha, bad pun) than normal if you look at it in a certain way? I don't really think of it as funny either, but melikes.

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby Omegaton » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:20 am UTC

I think the people on the submarine are mocking him.

TomRobbins wrote:Airplane crash, old sunken boat, submarine, and is that black smoke?.. is this a shout out to LOST?

It looks like the smoke is supposed to be coming from a deep sea vent, indicated by the worms nearby.

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby natey » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:22 am UTC

What makes me laugh is the obviously friendly squid hugging that whale :]
That's definately not an attack

Edit: "if you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring three things...

Would three things even fit on that?
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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby Jorpho » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:22 am UTC

I was quite surprised not to see the sunken waterproof box of signal flares, a weighed-down inflatable life raft, etc. But that was a Far Side cartoon.
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I can hardly conceive of any physics course dealing with wave motion and not discussing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby Zaoldyeck » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:25 am UTC

One would think that at least the guy realizes there be fish down there. He must be eating food, I mean, no one could be that coherent after 44 days without food.

But the better question is, where's the water?

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby natey » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:28 am UTC

Zaoldyeck wrote:One would think that at least the guy realizes there be fish down there. He must be eating food, I mean, no one could be that coherent after 44 days without food.

But the better question is, where's the water?


All around him? Maybe it's a really, REALLY big freshwater lake. Or maybe there's a lil puddle on the side we can't see?

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby Magnanimous » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:30 am UTC

No Rapture? I am disappoint.
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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby thewaytodustydeath » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:31 am UTC

Jorpho wrote:I can hardly conceive of any physics course dealing with wave motion and not discussing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.


I hadn't considered that. I'm not in the sciences myself, which probably makes me a minority around these parts.

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby SorryBoringNickName » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:32 am UTC

This comic is not funny, but is still good, made me think a lot, actually, about the incredible amount of shit that we humans have dropped to the sea and another water sources.
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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby Mavrisa » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:37 am UTC

Does it seem like the last line is missing a syllable:
"the most exciting new frontier is charting what is already here."
Or is that just me?
Edit: I think I may be reading already as 2 syllables somehow. So nevermind :?

On another note: I don't think it's freshwater.. and even if it is, it's highly acidic.
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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby LordDragonfang » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:39 am UTC

Does anyone know what tune the alt-text is supposed to be sung to? It seems to have a rhyming scheme, but the syllabic pattern is too irregular for a poem.

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby Kyrn » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:41 am UTC

Zaoldyeck wrote:One would think that at least the guy realizes there be fish down there. He must be eating food, I mean, no one could be that coherent after 44 days without food.

But the better question is, where's the water?


Or maybe it's precisely because he's not coherent that he thinks it's day 44.
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Re: Desert Island Discussion

Postby djf » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:42 am UTC

Kizor wrote:What's bugging me is the alt text. I keep trying to read it as a re-wording of We didn't start the fire, and it keeps coming across as malformed.


Same for me, but with "Its the End of the World as We Know it (I Feel Fine)"

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby rwald » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:43 am UTC

For some reason this reminds me of the song A Horse With No Name:
After nine days, I let the horse run free,
'Cause the desert had turned to sea.
There were plants and birds, and rocks and things,
There was sand and hills and rings.
The ocean is a desert, with its life underground,
And a perfect disguise above.
Under the cities lies, a heart made of ground,
But the humans will give no love.

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby Aluminum Falcom » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:45 am UTC

its the title song to the Big Bang Theory.
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Re: Desert Island Discussion

Postby Berge » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:47 am UTC

Kizor wrote:What's bugging me is the alt text. I keep trying to read it as a re-wording of We didn't start the fire, and it keeps coming across as malformed.


I'm glad you said this, because that was the first thing I thought when I read the alt-text.

Edit: If you sync it up in your head so that the last bit of the alt text is the "rock and roller cola wars, I can't take it any more!" part It works out, with some awkward emphasis around the "abstract phase maps" part.
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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby Kimble » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:48 am UTC

LordDragonfang wrote:Does anyone know what tune the alt-text is supposed to be sung to? It seems to have a rhyming scheme, but the syllabic pattern is too irregular for a poem.


Except for a missing unstressed syllable, it's perfect iambic octameter (or tetrameter, perhaps) in my Standard American English accent:

... Telescopes and bathyscapes and sonar probes of Scottish lakes,
Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse explained with abstract phase-space maps,
some x-ray slides, a music score, Minard's Napoleonic war:
the most exciting new frontier is charting what's already here.

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby rwald » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:50 am UTC

Kimble wrote:
LordDragonfang wrote:Does anyone know what tune the alt-text is supposed to be sung to? It seems to have a rhyming scheme, but the syllabic pattern is too irregular for a poem.


Except for a missing unstressed syllable, it's perfect iambic octameter (or tetrameter, perhaps) in my Standard American English accent:

... Telescopes and bathyscapes and sonar probes of Scottish lakes,
Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse explained with abstract phase-space maps,
some x-ray slides, a music score, Minard's Napoleonic war:
the most exciting new frontier is charting what's already here.

And with that, I recognize it: I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General.

Edit: Though to be fair, I'm actually thinking The Elements Song.

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Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:54 am UTC

It's not bad, but especially following the last one, I really get the feeling someone wants to sell some posters. :|
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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby Shedek » Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:05 am UTC

rwald wrote:
Kimble wrote:
LordDragonfang wrote:Does anyone know what tune the alt-text is supposed to be sung to? It seems to have a rhyming scheme, but the syllabic pattern is too irregular for a poem.


Except for a missing unstressed syllable, it's perfect iambic octameter (or tetrameter, perhaps) in my Standard American English accent:

... Telescopes and bathyscapes and sonar probes of Scottish lakes,
Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse explained with abstract phase-space maps,
some x-ray slides, a music score, Minard's Napoleonic war:
the most exciting new frontier is charting what's already here.

And with that, I recognize it: I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General.

Edit: Though to be fair, I'm actually thinking The Elements Song.


Darn it! You got to it before I did.

The most exciting new frontier is charting what's already here,
the most exciting new frontier is charting what's already here,
the most exciting new frontier is charting what's already-ready here. :D

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby MotorToad » Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:09 am UTC

Yes, all that stuff's in the ocean... but damn the distance between them.
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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby sinal » Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:34 am UTC

That Island looks like it is going to wear away.

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby Majicou » Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:45 am UTC

sinal wrote:That Island looks like it is going to wear away.


Oh dear. We'd better get Hank Johnson on the phone.

So it would seem that the title text can be synced up with any number of things because of its meter. It's kind of like when you find out that all of Emily Dickinson's poems have the same meter and can be sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas" or the Gilligan's Island theme.

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby RockoTDF » Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:45 am UTC

I think what he is trying to say is that we are spending so much time worrying about exploring space, but we have equally amazing oceans nearer to us that we just ignore. We are all the dude on the desert island.
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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby StClair » Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:52 am UTC

Yes, that's all very nice; but if we can't figure out a way to get off this island, we're still going to die when the resources run out.

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby LuNatic » Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:53 am UTC

I'm in favour of gutting NASA and transferring most of their funding to a Oceanic Exploration and Preservation Institute. The seas are so much more interesting than space.
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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby rpgamer » Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:55 am UTC

natey wrote:What makes me laugh is the obviously friendly squid hugging that whale :]
That's definately not an attack

Looks like the squid is setting up for a pile driver.

And now to look too deep [hah] into this:

Just about everything here seems to be in miniature. The plane... maybe almost accurate. But the ship, sub, squid, whale, vent, and worms are all so tiny. The ship would have rotted away centuries ago, unless those are still in use somewhere. And the plane would be covered in sediment and encrusting organisms.Though the "smoke" from the smoker is extremely extended. And islands near ridge systems aren't exactly common. They'd be volcanic. And if I take the depth of the water into account, none of it makes much sense.

And before anyone says anything about the jellies, they can indeed get that big.
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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby dsplaisted » Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:55 am UTC

natey wrote:What makes me laugh is the obviously friendly squid hugging that whale :]
That's definately not an attack


Did no one get the reference to TMBG? Or am I just seeing references where there are none?

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Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

Postby Galen » Fri Apr 23, 2010 6:10 am UTC

It is Earth Day.

torontoraptor wrote:Boomdeyada boomdeyada boomedeyada boomdeyada.

The world is awesome. :)


I heard it to this tune. Love the in depth analysis by everyone.

What I really want to know is, what phase-space maps explain the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows?
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