0733: "Eagle"

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0733: "Eagle"

Postby specs112 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:01 am UTC

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Alt text: In the off-seasons, I hire an animal trainer to help confront secret agents with situations which they are unable to report by radio.

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“Eagle” discussion

Postby Qaanol » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:01 am UTC

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Title: “In the off-seasons, I hire an animal trainer to help confront secret agents with situations which they are unable to report by radio.”

I like the voice-imitation of radio sounds. Also, how does he know which situations the agents will not be able to respond to by radio? Sounds like it involves a lot of experimentation. Plus the difficulty of finding secret agents in the first place. On the other hand, perhaps a valid technique for identifying secret agents as those who have radios but do not try to report strange animal-related happenings.
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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby TheGrammarBolshevik » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:05 am UTC

I don't understand the alt text. Which kinds of situations would they not be able to report?

Edit: Is it that they can't say things like "The tiger is jumping" for fear that the people on the other end will think that it's code for a Spanish invasion or something?
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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby rankun » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:07 am UTC

Wait, is that an alt text recursion

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby OfficiallyHaphazard » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:08 am UTC

I loved it, especially the alt-text.

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:I don't understand the alt text. Which kinds of situations would they not be able to report?


I interpreted it in the following way:
He hires an animal trainer to find special agents and create awkward situations. These special agents can't report what is going on via radio because they can't use any of their keywords, which are presumably the animals he is creating the strange situations. Basically he does the inverse of what is pictured in the comic.
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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby Omegaton » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:13 am UTC

Yes, but has the Eagle landed?

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby The Origamist » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:17 am UTC

*khhhkht*

"the meerkats are in the bag, over"

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby Eternal Density » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:23 am UTC

Good, a 'my hobby', those tend to be pretty decent. This one's fairly funny actually.
The alt-text doesn't stand up to much scrutiny though. How would he know where to confront secret agents or what their code phrases are? Also how does he expect not to get shot?
Hmm, only one man could potentially pull this off.
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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby tastelikecoke » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:23 am UTC

*khhhkht*

"the ferret is in the air, over"

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby glasnt » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:23 am UTC

I have to admit, I've done this before, but on truckie radio waves.

Truckie: I'm coming up to Logan Rd now, over.
Me: ten four wolfbringer, the little red engine is mobilzed.


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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby Magnanimous » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:25 am UTC

I kind of wonder what Randall's code name would be.

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby JayAr » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:28 am UTC

tastelikecoke wrote:*khhhkht*

"the ferret is in the air, over"

*khhhkht*


*khhhkht*

Copy that...

NOOO

The eagle has eaten the ferret, we repeat

*khhhkht*

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby Elspin » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:29 am UTC

For those asking about the animal trainer part, I think he's talking about literally getting "a fox to trot" or such things to disrupt military codewords

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby -.Mateo.- » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:32 am UTC

You don't need an animal trainer, just get Elvis to leave the building
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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby CorruptUser » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:33 am UTC

*khhhkht* "the cheese is burning, over" *khhhkht*

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby lingomaniac88 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:58 am UTC

This comic reminds me of "Reverse Euphemisms."
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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby thanksbastards » Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:12 am UTC

only better. alt text made it for me i think.

also relates to all the MI-5 (spooks if you arewatching it in britanland) which is obviously a spy show on the BBC, who refuse to use ANY code words or anything subtle at all on the radio, something I noticed right away as being strange. then in one of a few episodes where they poke fun at the CIA when working w/ american agents, the americans need to keep stopping and repeating thier 'coded' phrases in plainspeak. are you really that confident no one else has the tech to intercept your surely encrypted radio transmission? or standing behind you?

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby Warll » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:09 am UTC

I kind of wonder what Randall's code name would be.


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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby tastelikecoke » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:14 am UTC

*khhhkht*

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby Fume Troll » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:14 am UTC

Made me think of the spy scenes in Trigger Happy TV. like this and this

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby floreal » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:25 am UTC

ok randal get out of my head...
was just talking about "into the eagles nest" earlier today...
ya know the old DOS game ;)

on topic... im so gonna piss of people next time im in the zoo :D

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby Red Hal » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:56 am UTC

Randall's codeword?
Both 'Charlie Delta' and 'Romeo Mike' roll off the tongue quite nicely.
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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby libra » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:57 am UTC

OfficiallyHaphazard wrote:I loved it, especially the alt-text.

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:I don't understand the alt text. Which kinds of situations would they not be able to report?


I interpreted it in the following way:
He hires an animal trainer to find special agents and create awkward situations. These special agents can't report what is going on via radio because they can't use any of their keywords, which are presumably the animals he is creating the strange situations. Basically he does the inverse of what is pictured in the comic.

Precisely.

If the agents were pursuing some suspect codenamed Falcon, they couldn't very well suddenly blurt out "Hey, the falcon's sitting on the roof!" or "Aw, jeez, the falcon's just crapped all over my car!" over the radio.

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby libra » Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:00 am UTC

thanksbastards wrote:only better. alt text made it for me i think.

also relates to all the MI-5 (spooks if you arewatching it in britanland) which is obviously a spy show on the BBC, who refuse to use ANY code words or anything subtle at all on the radio, something I noticed right away as being strange. then in one of a few episodes where they poke fun at the CIA when working w/ american agents, the americans need to keep stopping and repeating thier 'coded' phrases in plainspeak. are you really that confident no one else has the tech to intercept your surely encrypted radio transmission? or standing behind you?

The late Robert A Wilson pointed out that, given enough time, the most solid and stable-minded secret agent will eventually get so paranoid that he starts hallucinating alien talking dogs from Sirius, and habitually start wearing shiny shiny tinfoil underneath his Government-issue black fedora.

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby Lunchpuppy » Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:27 am UTC

I'm just trying to wrap my brain around field biologists having an off-season.

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby Technical Ben » Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:13 am UTC

Kind of on topic, but the British Wildlife photographer of the year got his title taken back. Why? He was using trained animals to setup fake wildlife scenes! :shock:
This comic reminded me of that. Especially what Randall would do. I can see a dog dressed in a dress, riding a bicycle and jumping through hoops, all in it's natural environment. That would confuse anyone!
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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby troggle » Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:50 am UTC

Fume Troll wrote:Made me think of the spy scenes in Trigger Happy TV. like this and this


I can't view these and I'm in the UK, wtf?

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby nukesubmarine » Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:00 am UTC

Don't eagles build their nests on cliffs or really tall trees? Since this one branches so low, I doubt it would be too tall.

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby Fume Troll » Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:20 am UTC

troggle wrote:
Fume Troll wrote:Made me think of the spy scenes in Trigger Happy TV. like this and this


I can't view these and I'm in the UK, wtf?


I'm not, and I can...odd.

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby Coffee » Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:07 am UTC

So that was *you!*
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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby Itsnotinmyidiom » Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:54 am UTC

Man, this one made me laugh. But whoever made the falcon-based description of the alttext really made it for me! I'd quote them, but I'm working from a handheld.
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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby Technical Ben » Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:16 pm UTC

troggle wrote:
Fume Troll wrote:Made me think of the spy scenes in Trigger Happy TV. like this and this


I can't view these and I'm in the UK, wtf?


On a strange reversal of the norm, AFAIK, Channel 4 show it on their website. So worldwide, Channel 4 are happy for you to watch their shows on Youtube. But if your in the UK, you must watch in on the Channel 4 website (if it's even available :( ) or buy the box set. :roll:
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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby jeff@orca.lu » Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:35 pm UTC

LOL, when I read the ALT-text I though there should be an escape character or escape-codeword!

*krrrrrt*
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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby GameFreak » Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:52 pm UTC

*khhhkht*
The chickens have flown the coop.
I repeat...
The chickens have flown the coop.
*khhhkht*

OR

*khhhkht*
The cat is out of the bag.
I repeat...
The cat is out of the bag.
*khhhkht*
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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby Kingreaper » Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:15 pm UTC

Technical Ben wrote:
troggle wrote:
Fume Troll wrote:Made me think of the spy scenes in Trigger Happy TV. like this and this


I can't view these and I'm in the UK, wtf?


On a strange reversal of the norm, AFAIK, Channel 4 show it on their website. So worldwide, Channel 4 are happy for you to watch their shows on Youtube. But if your in the UK, you must watch in on the Channel 4 website (if it's even available :( ) or buy the box set. :roll:

Or:
http://www.youtube.com/show/triggerhapp ... 334D92CDD4

Where youtube show it in collabaration with channel 4

(admittedly, the full series isn't available yet, but it's increasing over time)

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby phillipsjk » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:25 pm UTC

GameFreak wrote:*khhhkht*
The cat is out of the bag.
I repeat...
The cat is out of the bag.
*khhhkht*


What they would say if there was a real cat let of of a real bag:

*Khhhkht*
A grey cat has been let out of a bag.
I say again...
A grey cat has been let out of a bag.
*Khhhkht*

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby kafkadog » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:32 pm UTC

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:I don't understand the alt text. Which kinds of situations would they not be able to report?

Given your user name, I'm surprised you didn't point out the grammatical error in the alt text.

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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby bmonk » Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:32 pm UTC

JayAr wrote:
tastelikecoke wrote:*khhhkht*

"the ferret is in the air, over"

*khhhkht*


*khhhkht*

Copy that...

NOOO

The eagle has eaten the ferret, we repeat

*khhhkht*

That is the code for when China attacks Germany from the border they share...They don't share a border, I know that.

Is that border anywhere near Springfield, NT (which state borders Ohio, Nevada, Maine, and Kentucky)?
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Re: “Eagle” discussion

Postby rdm_box » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:09 pm UTC

Eternal Density wrote:Good, a 'my hobby', those tend to be pretty decent. This one's fairly funny actually.
The alt-text doesn't stand up to much scrutiny though. How would he know where to confront secret agents or what their code phrases are? Also how does he expect not to get shot?
Hmm, only one man could potentially pull this off.
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Re: "Eagle" Discussion

Postby Edrees » Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:15 pm UTC

It took me awhile to understand this. I didn't quite understand why you'd be having a walkie talkie conversation with someone you were following around. I still don't understand, but I just changed the comic to read "My hobby: Interpreting everything field biologists say as code". I got confused because I thought he was supposed to be following the biologist, yet they are sharing walkie talkies. Funny comic, but yeah, I tend to really read into these so that threw me off.


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