0187: "The Familiar"

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0187: "The Familiar"

Postby SpitValve » Wed Nov 22, 2006 5:47 am UTC

First!

You guys just love breaking those Discussion thread rules don't ya.

http://www.xkcd.com/c187.html

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Postby Lani » Wed Nov 22, 2006 5:51 am UTC

~sigh~ This was one of the reasons why I broke up with my last boyfriend...now I tell my current something like "We should go on a roadtrip" and then we go to Colorado. Hooray!
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Postby Gelsamel » Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:24 am UTC

It's too hot outside.

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Postby Jack Saladin » Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:36 am UTC

<3 for this comic.

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Postby spatulated » Wed Nov 22, 2006 10:06 am UTC

=( it is so very sad because it is so very true. damn it all.
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Postby TheTankengine » Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:03 pm UTC

Why would anyone want to go outside? It's filled with sun-light.

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Postby Hawknc » Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:06 pm UTC

I was going to read this comic, but it's big, my download limit is approaching, it might not be any good and the link is all the way at the top of the page.
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Postby Cbass » Wed Nov 22, 2006 3:46 pm UTC

I was going to read this comic, but I'm not really all that into Pokemon

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Postby fimion » Wed Nov 22, 2006 5:15 pm UTC

So true... so very true...

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Postby TheTankengine » Wed Nov 22, 2006 5:54 pm UTC

Hawknc wrote:... it might not be any good ...


I guess you forgot what website you were on.
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Postby Peshmerga » Wed Nov 22, 2006 6:32 pm UTC

I was going to post a reply, but no one may read it, someone may find the joke trite, and posting flames on another forum is much more fun.
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Postby RootTwo » Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:14 pm UTC

It's tough to find the line between rationalizing and logic. I suppose I could find it, but it wouldn't be much use, and it would differ from person to person, and I'd probably get a bunch of people mad at me...

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Postby no-genius » Wed Nov 22, 2006 9:33 pm UTC

I would like to think of an idea to write a post, based on the joke in the comic, but I can't think of a good one, and even if I did, people might not get it, so they could get angry at me, or just wonder why I bothered to post, so I'd much rather just +1 on my post-count.
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Postby Benevolent Lion » Wed Nov 22, 2006 9:34 pm UTC

Responding to the tag line:

I think most of us secretly wish that, when we ask "Why dont we do something sometime?" I know I do...
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Postby Gelsamel » Thu Nov 23, 2006 1:17 am UTC

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Postby MightyMouse » Thu Nov 23, 2006 1:00 pm UTC

I'm never quite sure whether having too much work is an easy excuse as well as being true. Probably both.

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Postby no-genius » Thu Nov 23, 2006 9:12 pm UTC

MightyMouse wrote:I'm never quite sure whether having too much work is an easy excuse as well as being true. Probably both.


Depends on if you do the work or not :P
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Postby thomasjmaccoll » Thu Nov 23, 2006 11:11 pm UTC

this comic raised an issue in my head that i hadn't thought about for a while, but i did a lot when i was with my ex-girlfriend. in this comic, the depiction is that the guy at the computer is missing out on real life and taking risks, and the implication is that he should have gone, which i think is right... however what it reminded me of was the connected issue of romanticism being used as a reason for doing things which are just irrational and sometimes plain stupid.

for a while with my ex, before we broke up, (ie. when the relationship was kinda falling flat but neither of us wanted to admit it,) i felt under pressure to do some crazily 'romantic' things, you know, urges to run out to her house in the middle of the night or else all would be lost, or some notion of running away or the like comes up in conversation and then you feel it is an obligation now to take it seriously, to do it or else you are not putting your heart or whatever into the relationship. however, when it comes down to it, these are not things you should feel under pressure to do i don't think, you don't need to be risking even small parts of your life to be dedicated to a relationship, and it is a bad way to go about things, no need to be so extreme.

i have cut this shorter than i planned because what i'm trying to say isn't really coming to me, and i guess the conclusion is that my ex and i had a pretty unhealthy and dependent relationship, which is i guess why we are not together any more. however this comic just made me think about it and i wanted to put it down. i still think that the message behind this comic is right, that we should be willing to part with our familiar comfort zones in order to experience incredible parts of real life, but i suppose i just wanted to make the point that the more extreme option is not ALWAYS the better option...

whatever, i sound preachy now or something. as a final note; great comic :)
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Postby no-genius » Fri Nov 24, 2006 12:08 am UTC

It's like the inverse of the 'Hey! I found squirrels!' comic
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The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:Why? It does nothing to address dance music's core problem: the fact that it sucks.

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Postby Xanthia » Fri Nov 24, 2006 5:22 am UTC

this comic made me think of "Bored with the Internet" Because, seriously, what did people do before the invention of the internet?
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Postby hermaj » Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:53 am UTC

Hey, thomasj, I can sort of see where you are coming from in terms of doing romantic things... when I saw changes in the relationship between my ex and myself I desperately tried to keep doing romantic things - I guess my logic was, we've been together for a year, it's the last year of school and we're stressed, things like that... let's try and keep things going.

I guess what I am saying is I am identifying with the guy who wants to go, and my ex is the computer guy, except his excuse would always be "I'm seeing my mates that day" or "I forgot". But I get it about the talking about it making you feel obligated, with my last boyfriend, when he started trying to get me to talk about the place he was going to get, it was all:
"Yeah, I'll move in with you!"
"Yeah, I'll hang out at your house all the time!"
"Yeah, I'll definitely come and stuff when I'm not busy doing other stuff..."
"I might come around sometime, I guess..."

We did not last long.

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Postby no-genius » Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:30 am UTC

hermaj wrote:We did not last long.


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The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:Why? It does nothing to address dance music's core problem: the fact that it sucks.

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Postby Pau! » Sat Nov 25, 2006 3:07 am UTC

This kind of this has been on my mind a lot; due to procrastination, I find myself rushing and working at the last minute all the time, basically destroying my freedom; when I do work, it's not because I have the choice to, but usually because I have to. Which is a horrible feeling. If I get the urge to run, or play guitar, I cannot. So, oddly enough, to be successfully spontaneous, I need to be organized... Kinda odd.


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Postby SpitValve » Sat Nov 25, 2006 3:19 am UTC

Pau! wrote:So, oddly enough, to be successfully spontaneous, I need to be organized... Kinda odd.


Yes! That is very true. If I work at uni during normal working hours (instead of procrastinating until 9pm the night before it's due) then I'm free to do whatever with friends in the evenings. Planning ahead and being organised means you have more opportunities to be spontaneous...

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Postby ryan » Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:49 pm UTC

I can relate. I get into discussions with my girlfriend where I say we should go out and do somthing, and I can tell she is trying to rationalize why we can't. It's very frustrating. :?


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