0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby deerie » Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:35 am UTC

Ghavrel wrote:Wow. Sarah Palin named her child after a developmental disorder he has.

...she just reached a new level of insanity in my book...which is saying something, for her...

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby ijuin » Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:37 am UTC

1055 wrote:Awesome! I love the Back/Wagner one, and I totally support Wagner being the bad guy. He has the perfect theme music for it.

"Ride of the Valkyries", for the chase scene, of course :D

I also found the "Jupiter" one amusing.

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby Ghavrel » Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:38 am UTC

Mr. Burke wrote:Of course, this raises an interesting question: Why didn't he post these, instead of that emo crap he's been releasing lately?


There are lots of reasons that a person dealing with serious issues would release emo crap. Let's focus on the positive. We are enjoying the comics now, and it seems like we're in for more of them.
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby Chuff » Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:45 am UTC

Ghavrel wrote:Wow. Sarah Palin named her child after a developmental disorder he has.
Oh my lawdy.
Wikipedia wrote:Palin's youngest child, Trig, was prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome.
What the fuck?!
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby atomfullerene » Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:47 am UTC

Oh, I don't know. Several of these could be about Megan (I honestly have no idea who this Megan person is people keep mentioning, but she appears to be a generic ex-anyway the following ridiculous interpretations have no basis in reality, so its irrelevant).
top left to bottom right
#1 Umm, two people growing apart, and the female unwilling to be attracted again
#2 vengeful fantasy about her meeting her just deserts...and shutting up about that stupid pony (clearly the hark a vagrant fat pony!)
#3 Reminiscing fondly about good times in the server room with her
#4 Not relevant
#5 Not relevant
#6 Disastrous first time he met her family.
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby ammy55 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:50 am UTC

love the set up of a bunch of small comics if one doesn't make you laugh you've got more to choose from

also HI GLASNT (yup i ninja'd joee)

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby wgchristmas » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:05 am UTC

Just wanted to say: these are great! And I'm not saying that out of sympathy or anything, I really enjoyed them. I think it might actually be a good idea to do the quick-fire comics thing more often, for its own sake rather than only when there's an external reason.

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby Mapar » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:06 am UTC

I loved the Wagner/Mozart one. :P
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby NotAllThere » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:06 am UTC

Next panel: Bach has activated the teleport, and all is dark. "Where are we now?" "Haydn".
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby NLips » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:52 am UTC

A) Fantastic strips - one of these would have been enough!

B) I hope this game wasn't competitive, otherwise that'd be rather like Federer playing "who's got the best serve" with his neighbours...

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby 1055 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:57 am UTC

brutesquad wrote:Mozart wrote the Magic Flute, not Bach. Just sayin'


I assumed Mozart was the third guy in that comic. Although I guess he should be the one to activate the Magic Flute, but Bach had to get mentioned somehow for the "I'll be Bach" reference.

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby Quaternia » Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:01 am UTC

Seriously epic comic(s)!
I'm really digging this emergency format as well. Would love to see this format used from time to time in normal circumstances, actually; it's pretty cool to have a bunch of comics packaged as one.
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby BlitzGirl » Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:08 am UTC

Ghavrel wrote:
Wikipedia wrote:Down syndrome, or Down's syndrome (primarily in the United Kingdom), trisomy 21, or trisomy G, is a chromosomal disorder caused by the presence of all or part of an extra 21st chromosome.


Wow. Sarah Palin named her child after a developmental disorder he has.


...That has to be a horrible, terrible coincidence. It seems cruel and entirely too clever--it's difficult to see the Palins making such a dark joke out of their son's name. On the other hand, they did give the same son the middle name Van ("Van Palin") so I wouldn't put it past them.

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby snowyowl » Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:16 am UTC

I think the best one was the "yo mama" joke. Oddly enough, I've never see that version before.
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby ++$_ » Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:25 am UTC

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby iroZn » Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:45 am UTC

I know the next game I'm playing at game night wooo... except with shots, that makes it cool, right guys?
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby bytbox » Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:58 am UTC

Palin's kid is seriously named after a disorder he has? That's just... that's... wow.

I know a server that, when positioned correctly in the server room and powered up, would actually make a howling sound due to reverberations and other acoustical stuff I'm not going to think about at 5am. The server itself was commonly used as a bench in that position, and the server room was quite small... the resulting vibration and noise was quite creepy. Get out of my server room, Randall.

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby Komodo » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:00 am UTC

I laughed hardest at the pony getting pushed down the well.

Yes, I'm probably going to hell.

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby PhoenixEnigma » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:03 am UTC

bytbox wrote:Palin's kid is seriously named after a disorder he has? That's just... that's... wow.

*sigh*

No. While there are plenty of truthful and scary things you can say about that woman, that's not one of them. Even removing results for "Palin," I can't find a Google result that links "Tri-G" and "Down's Syndrome" that isn't talking about the kid in question.

On topic, I actually really liked the comic as well, in the same way I love hearing my favorite song from years ago pop on the radio now.
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby elrunethe2nd » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:12 am UTC

I have to say, for the first time in weeks I genuinely laughed at an XKCD. Not just smiled, but laughed. I may be terrible for saying this at this sort of time but these are great and its nice to have hilarious webcomics for a change.

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby Alder » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:44 am UTC

The Bach/Wagner one cracked me up, I'm just glad I read it *before* I started my breakfast, or my laptop'd be a mess.

(Also loving the terrible musician jokes that have turned up in the thread too. "Haydn". Heh.)
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby LE4dGOLEM » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:46 am UTC

819 is one of my favourite strips for a long time actually, it feels a lot like the older comics which I really liked
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby lesmith11 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:47 am UTC

Ah RAID... One of the few times I don't need to google something to get it :)

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby Ren » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:24 am UTC

I really like all of these! It's been a while since a comic has had me crack more than a smile and I was definitely giggling. (Although, yeah, the Bach/Mozart thing kinda bothered me.) The "Ring Cycle" pun is HILARIOUS.
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby soren121 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:32 am UTC

(Bottom comic) His mom teaches his bio class? How did that happen?
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby cja » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:51 am UTC

The author has been "forcing it" since he decided to go full time. Inspiration doesn't work to a schedule. A creative person needs a life to fuel their art. Making your art your job can be risky.

I had more fun reading today's comic than I had reading the previous 50 comics.

Randall, no one's forcing you to do this Monday - Wednesday - Friday. The early comics were memorable because they came from good ideas. The later ones are forgettable because you did them because you thought you had to.

Experiment for a while with doing comics when you HAVE A GOOD IDEA.

Imagine the anticipation of your audience.

You would have more time to do other things that in turn would inspire xkcd.

I can't see a downside.

I hope your family issue positively resolves itself quickly.

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby oliphaunt » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:07 pm UTC

1055 wrote:
brutesquad wrote:Mozart wrote the Magic Flute, not Bach. Just sayin'

I assumed Mozart was the third guy in that comic. Although I guess he should be the one to activate the Magic Flute, but Bach had to get mentioned somehow for the "I'll be Bach" reference.


+1 on assuming Mozart was the third guy. I also thought Telemann could be mentioned as having to do something with teleporting (though he's less well known).

I loved the ring cycle pun!
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby Sofie » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:16 pm UTC

cja wrote:I can't see a downside.

How about figuring out what the good idea is.

The Jupiter comic keeps switching between a small Jupiter on Earth and huge stickmen floating in space :shock:

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby dawolf » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:22 pm UTC

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bytbox wrote:Palin's kid is seriously named after a disorder he has? That's just... that's... wow.

*sigh*

No. While there are plenty of truthful and scary things you can say about that woman, that's not one of them. Even removing results for "Palin," I can't find a Google result that links "Tri-G" and "Down's Syndrome" that isn't talking about the kid in question.

On topic, I actually really liked the comic as well, in the same way I love hearing my favorite song from years ago pop on the radio now.


Trig isn't a british nickname for Down's Syndrome that I can remember. It's a reference to Trigger from Only Fools & Horses, who was pretty thick.

Having said which - your evidence is weak, whether google throws up something is not the holy grail of fact. If Palin had read about Down's Syndrome she'd have come across the reference to it being Trisonomy G, TriG.


Back to the rest of the comic - wolves in the server racks, thinning the RAID herds was my favourite :)

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby Ghona » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:42 pm UTC

The number of results from google once you use a few common sense filters (IE: remove the wikipedia duplicates, and any result with "Palin") suggest that it's an uncommon term at best.

It's the same kind of coincidence as "sambo" creating a watermelon in scribblenauts.
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby Uninfinity » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:48 pm UTC

Hah! Had a good laugh at these! :D I'll admit it did feel like the older comics. I wonder if Randal would be surprised by all the happy commenters.

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby litcrit42 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:00 pm UTC

I think I died laughing a little at this one. The alt-text about the wolves is usually what my dad says about beer and brain cells. Is that a universal joke?

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby ahecht » Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:13 pm UTC

Honestly, these were some of the best strips I've seen around here in a while. I guess it helps when you can't overthink things.

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby rockstar14 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:20 pm UTC

Feel better Randall! These comics actually aren't that bad, but I hope your situation gets better Randall!

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby hatten » Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:24 pm UTC

www.drawuntilitsfunny.com much? (Very good comic btw)
Though I liked some of these, I think his regulars are way better sometimes, pretty much the only way to cater to a huge audience is to make something extremely simple, which I don't think xkcd is for.

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby DragonHawk » Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:33 pm UTC

Komodo wrote:I laughed hardest at the pony getting pushed down the well.

Yes, I'm probably going to hell.

That bus is gonna be crowded. I hope I get an aisle seat.

I also LOL'ed at the Jupiter one.
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby SWGlassPit » Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:52 pm UTC

I just wanted to say that the Jupiter one was one of the funniest comics I've seen in a while.
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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby SpaceShipRat » Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:05 pm UTC

i love the second to last vignette the most. wat?

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby KitsuneKnight » Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:24 pm UTC

The Bach/Wagner one was great.. until I read the text below it. Then it became epic.

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Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Postby kensey » Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:56 pm UTC

My co-workers are now wondering WTF is so damned funny about Red Hat updates ("just something that popped into my head about RAID arrays..."). Nice one Randall, hope things go better for you.


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