0740: "The Tell-Tale Beat"

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby sqrt(-1)<3pi » Fri May 14, 2010 6:51 am UTC

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby scarletmanuka » Fri May 14, 2010 6:58 am UTC

ysth wrote:Color me confused...the Fall of the House of Usher is part of Tales of Mystery and Imagination...by the Alan Parsons Project. No Roderick or Daft Punk involved at all.

I hope you're trolling and that you just got me. But in case you're not, the main comic is a reference to Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Tell-Tale Heart" and the title text is a reference to Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Fall of the House of Usher". Roderick Usher is the eponymous Usher in the latter tale.

The album by the Alan Parsons Project is also a reference to Poe's work.
Wikipedia wrote:Tales of Mystery and Imagination is the debut album by the progressive rock group The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1976. The album's avant-garde soundscapes kept it from being a blockbuster, but the interesting lyrical and musical themes — retellings of horror stories and poetry by Edgar Allan Poe — attracted a small audience. The title of the album is taken from a popular title for Poe's macabre tales of the same name, Tales of Mystery & Imagination, first published in 1908 and many times since under this name.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Hamsvlekiss » Fri May 14, 2010 7:36 am UTC

As a lover of Daft Punk, Edgar Allen Poe, and Edward Goreyesque artwork, I sincerely applaud this comic.

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Postby RabbitWho » Fri May 14, 2010 7:56 am UTC

Added to the list of xkcd comics I hope never ends up in the "inspired activities" section of Wikipedia.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby shpoffo » Fri May 14, 2010 8:26 am UTC

I was listening to a track that had the sounds of a heartbeat just as I loaded today's comic. So Win.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby af5d1bc9 » Fri May 14, 2010 8:50 am UTC

Daft bodies?

Or was that too obvious... I'm kinda slow with these cultural references.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby EthErealist » Fri May 14, 2010 8:58 am UTC

This comic's style reminds me of Edward Gorey.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby bpostle » Fri May 14, 2010 8:59 am UTC

Nice to see a drawing in Pannini projection.

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Postby Ammar » Fri May 14, 2010 9:12 am UTC

Wow! compared to your usual xkcd strip this one's phenomenal!
Never saw such a stick figure, very fitting too

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Felstaff » Fri May 14, 2010 9:48 am UTC

Ammar wrote:Wow! compared to your usual xkcd strip this one's phenomenal!
Never saw such a stick figure, very fitting too
It looks like Randall's trying not just harder, better, and faster, but stronger too.
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Fri May 14, 2010 10:03 am UTC

Quite possibly one of the best comics to-date. I, too, noticed the picture of the long-lost Lenore, the rare and radiant Lenore, as well as the bust of Pallas above the chamber door. Not to mention the books of forgotten lore. Only this, and nothing more.

This comic has inspired me to finally pick up that book of Poe's Complete Works I bought on clearance at Borders a couple of years ago. The artwork looks very Gothic, very dark. Reminded me of Edward Gorey's artwork, especially The Gashlycrumb Tinies.
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby tastelikecoke » Fri May 14, 2010 10:43 am UTC

Unfortunately, I have a bad time reading this obscure reference.

I'll just instead appreciate the different artwork.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Coffee » Fri May 14, 2010 11:06 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:It looks like Randall's trying not just harder, better, and faster, but stronger too.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Vieto » Fri May 14, 2010 11:18 am UTC

I wonder if he's being haunted... Around the World?


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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby neoliminal » Fri May 14, 2010 11:46 am UTC

Hamsvlekiss wrote:As a lover of Daft Punk, Edgar Allen Poe, and Edward Goreyesque artwork, I sincerely applaud this comic.


I was impressed with the line strokes. I wonder how long this took him or if he used the Gorey Photoshop Plugin.
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby natey » Fri May 14, 2010 12:03 pm UTC

This is why we should all learn from potral, and incinerate the body.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby oddtail » Fri May 14, 2010 12:35 pm UTC

I like Poe (it looks almost like "I like pie"...), but I didn't like this comic. Not particularly funny, not particularly witty (as xkcd goes, that is. Don't kill me), I was sort-of "meh" at it.

But apparently, few share my opinion =)

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby jlane628 » Fri May 14, 2010 12:47 pm UTC

I'm a big fan of this one. The subject matter was amusing, I liked it, but the drawing style was so different that it really made the comic for me. I loved it.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Mishrak » Fri May 14, 2010 1:03 pm UTC

Felstaff wrote:
Ammar wrote:Wow! compared to your usual xkcd strip this one's phenomenal!
Never saw such a stick figure, very fitting too
It looks like Randall's trying not just harder, better, and faster, but stronger too.



Nice.

I love Daft Punk, I love Poe, and especially the two pieces of literature referenced here. Love the art, and I hope he can do it one more time.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby flag » Fri May 14, 2010 2:12 pm UTC

PatrickRsGhost wrote:Quite possibly one of the best comics to-date. I, too, noticed the picture of the long-lost Lenore, the rare and radiant Lenore, as well as the bust of Pallas above the chamber door. Not to mention the books of forgotten lore. Only this, and nothing more.

Exactly. He spent some time on this one. Beautiful.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Charos » Fri May 14, 2010 2:26 pm UTC

Just registered to say: Thanks for this amazing strip!

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby cream wobbly » Fri May 14, 2010 2:26 pm UTC

Werewolf wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:In my considered opinion,

wuh??

Edgar Allan Poe wrote a story about a man (not a madman of course) that murdered another man and hid his body under the floor boards. The police came over, but he plays it cool and they don't suspect a thing. But they keep hanging around, and the murderer fancies he can hear the dead man's hear still beating under the floor. It agitates him to the point where he screams for the officers to hear that he did the deed. I don't do it justice with my meagre and brief explanation. You gotta read it.


Don't bother. Poe doesn't do it justice either. This comic strip is the best rendition to date.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby jqavins » Fri May 14, 2010 2:38 pm UTC

oddtail wrote:I like Poe (it looks almost like "I like pie"...), but I didn't like this comic. Not particularly funny, not particularly witty (as xkcd goes, that is. Don't kill me), I was sort-of "meh" at it.

But apparently, few share my opinion =)

Well, you're not completely alone. I found the artwork truely remarkable, the comic unclever and unfunny, and the alt text mildly clever. And I'll give one or two points to anyone who does away with any maker of techno music. But I'm puzzled as to why Randall would put so much work into the art for an otherwise bottom of the barrel strip. But then, I'm the sort of geek whose favorite XKCD strip ever is #184.
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby chanakrogue » Fri May 14, 2010 2:48 pm UTC

The last panel remind me of "The Scream" by Edvard Munch. Did anyone else see the similarity?

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby another josh » Fri May 14, 2010 2:50 pm UTC

I just wonder how much Amontillado Randall had to drink to come up with this idea. My guess is that it would take a cask or so.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby project2051 » Fri May 14, 2010 3:00 pm UTC

another josh wrote:I just wonder how much Amontillado Randall had to drink to come up with this idea. My guess is that it would take a cask or so.



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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Minerva » Fri May 14, 2010 3:01 pm UTC

I know it's inspired by the original illustrations... but I really like the shading and drawing style of this one.
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Dr. Rev. XYZZY » Fri May 14, 2010 3:04 pm UTC

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby dh2 » Fri May 14, 2010 4:00 pm UTC

StClair wrote:So did everyone spot the bust of Pallas above the chamber door?

Yes, and I assume the Raven is just 'off-camera' (with headphones on, cranked up, and providing the beat...)

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby ExplodingLemur » Fri May 14, 2010 4:17 pm UTC

I admit the deed! Tear up the planks! Here, here! It is the beating of their hideous 808!

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby oddtail » Fri May 14, 2010 5:05 pm UTC

jqavins wrote:
oddtail wrote:I like Poe (it looks almost like "I like pie"...), but I didn't like this comic. Not particularly funny, not particularly witty (as xkcd goes, that is. Don't kill me), I was sort-of "meh" at it.

But apparently, few share my opinion =)

Well, you're not completely alone. I found the artwork truely remarkable, the comic unclever and unfunny, and the alt text mildly clever. And I'll give one or two points to anyone who does away with any maker of techno music. But I'm puzzled as to why Randall would put so much work into the art for an otherwise bottom of the barrel strip. But then, I'm the sort of geek whose favorite XKCD strip ever is #184.


In school, up until High School, I was keenly interested in mathematics, much more than anything else taught at school (not that the other stuff bored me). For some reason, about halfway through HS, I just... got fed up with it altogether (may have had to do with the fact that my school was focused on Mathematics and Physics, so I guess it was a "too much of a good thing" situation). I took a pretty sharp turn and, now in my fifth and final year of English Studies / Linguistics, I count the "Fuck computational linguists" among my favourite xkcd jokes (whereas my favourite xkcd *strip* altogether would probably be one of the more bittersweet strips about romance).

...so, I should logically like the Poe references, and yet, I fail to be amused.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby TwilightWonder » Fri May 14, 2010 5:12 pm UTC

First thing I thought was that this guy was thinking "Daft Punk is playing at my house."

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Experiential » Fri May 14, 2010 5:25 pm UTC

Once upon a morning dreary, logging in, hungover, weary,
Surfing quaint and curious comics full of oft forgotten physics lore,
While I typo’d, fingers tapping, suddenly there came a snapping,
As of someone freestyle rapping, rapping ‘neath my chamber floor.
‘Tis a drum machine’ I muttered ‘ thumping underneath my floor –
Unn-Tss, Unn-Tss, nothing more’

Ah, distinct was my dismay, one day before the ides of May,
As each separate packet stream’d its path across the trunk,
Eagerly I wished the morrow; -vainly I had sought to borrow
From my bookmarks end of sorrow – sorrow for the lost Daft Punk,
For the Harder, Better, Faster band from France known as Daft Punk –
Rotting now beneath my floor.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing
Doubting dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before
But the beat, it lay there broken, laser lights giving no token
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word ‘Daft Punk!’
This I whispered and an echo murmured back the word “Da Funk”
Merely this and nothing more.

“Prophets!” said I, ‘Spawn of Nero! – Prophets still, in DJ Hero’
By the light that bends above us, by the Beat we both adore –
Tell this sinking soul sublime, if after playing ‘One More Time’
Heaven’s hands will clasp this band subsuming underneath my floor
Or is this a malamanteau, from the comic wrought before?
Quoth the DJ’s ‘Nevermore’.

And Daft Punk begins the rocking, drum machines with MIDI-clocking,
Brings the zombie nation stalking from below my chamber door;
And their eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s rhythmic dreaming
As the beat emerges scheming for my body in 4/4.
Drags my soul within the shadow sucked forever ‘neath the floor
To be lifted – nevermore!

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Coffee » Fri May 14, 2010 5:34 pm UTC

Wow! You spent some thought on that. Well done!
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Montoya » Fri May 14, 2010 5:36 pm UTC

Dear Randall,

It's HOUSE, not TECHNO.

House: Daft Punk, Cassius, Justice

Techno: Tiesto, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Montoya » Fri May 14, 2010 5:38 pm UTC

Vieto wrote:I wonder if he's being haunted... Around the World?


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If only a strip could have two alt-attributes :)

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby GunJack » Fri May 14, 2010 5:45 pm UTC

Experiential wrote:Once upon a morning dreary, logging in, hungover, weary,
Surfing quaint and curious comics full of oft forgotten physics lore,
While I typo’d, fingers tapping, suddenly there came a snapping,
As of someone freestyle rapping, rapping ‘neath my chamber floor.
‘Tis a drum machine’ I muttered ‘ thumping underneath my floor –
Unn-Tss, Unn-Tss, nothing more’

Ah, distinct was my dismay, one day before the ides of May,
As each separate packet stream’d its path across the trunk,
Eagerly I wished the morrow; -vainly I had sought to borrow
From my bookmarks end of sorrow – sorrow for the lost Daft Punk,
For the Harder, Better, Faster band from France known as Daft Punk –
Rotting now beneath my floor.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing
Doubting dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before
But the beat, it lay there broken, laser lights giving no token
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word ‘Daft Punk!’
This I whispered and an echo murmured back the word “Da Funk”
Merely this and nothing more.

“Prophets!” said I, ‘Spawn of Nero! – Prophets still, in DJ Hero’
By the light that bends above us, by the Beat we both adore –
Tell this sinking soul sublime, if after playing ‘One More Time’
Heaven’s hands will clasp this band subsuming underneath my floor
Or is this a malamanteau, from the comic wrought before?
Quoth the DJ’s ‘Nevermore’.

And Daft Punk begins the rocking, drum machines with MIDI-clocking,
Brings the zombie nation stalking from below my chamber door;
And their eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s rhythmic dreaming
As the beat emerges scheming for my body in 4/4.
Drags my soul within the shadow sucked forever ‘neath the floor
To be lifted – nevermore!


You, sir, did you wrote this?
and did you join the forum just to post it?
Bravo, Bravissimo sir!!!!

also, the comic is Rock Solid, is good to see that once in a while not everything are numbers...
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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby Дерсу Узала » Fri May 14, 2010 6:45 pm UTC

Great Poe reference. The drawing style looks very Edward Gorey. I don't think xkcd had referenced him yet... This one is great, but I think Gorey deserves at least a whole comic of his own.

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Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Postby bmonk » Fri May 14, 2010 6:55 pm UTC

Nevermore!
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