1111: "Premiere"

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1111: "Premiere"

Postby Sean Quixote » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:13 am UTC

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Alt text: 'But what's the buzz about the film?' 'We're hoping it's distracting.'



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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby rhomboidal » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:14 am UTC

I'll bet Michael Bay will still try to top the solar apocalypse in his movie version.

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby cprocjr » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:15 am UTC

It's not over!!! I thought for sure "Click and Drag" was the last comic. He scared me a bit there by waiting until a few minutes after midnight to upload.

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby scipi0 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:17 am UTC

cprocjr wrote:It's not over!!! I thought for sure "Click and Drag" was the last comic. He scared me a bit there by waiting until a few minutes after midnight to upload.

Oh my god I was so happy.
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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby thackandforth » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:19 am UTC

all the thoughts about 1111 being the last comic were thwarted, which means the 1110 was just epic, for no specific reason. gosh i love you randall.

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby wreave » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:21 am UTC

I guess this means xkcd will continue. This is good news. I'll return to lurker mode, I suppose. Back in another 3-4 years.

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby bilkie » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:31 am UTC

This, after all the doomsday comments for "Click and Drag."
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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby scotty2haughty » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:37 am UTC

This comic = YES.
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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby scootero1211 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:39 am UTC

So everybody thought "Click and Drag" would be a FINALE.

I think Randall was trying to surprise us with the title of this comic:
"PREMIERE"

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby madock345 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:43 am UTC

ohthankgoditsnotover
*breathing Heavily*

This is acctually pretty good, and different enough in theme from the last one so as to not seem like a letdown after the epicness.
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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby Eutychus » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:52 am UTC

madock345 wrote:ohthankgoditsnotover
*breathing Heavily*

This is acctually pretty good, and different enough in theme from the last one so as to not seem like a letdown after the epicness.


epicity? epicosity?
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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby Djehutynakht » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:53 am UTC

We definately need to expand on "Click and Drag". I acknowledge it must have been weeks/months of work for Randall, but it's simply to amazing to just relegate to be "that one awesome comic we saw that one Wednesday".

But yes, Apocalypse-xkcd myths debunked.... with an Apocalypse themed comic strip no less.

Well played.

The strip is brilliant on its own too, by the way.

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby keithl » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:09 am UTC

But it IS apocalyptic! After only 125 billion more XKCD strips, the Earth will no longer support cartoonist life!

note added: The earth's rotation is slowing down. Make that 117 billion, at +17s/day/MY
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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby rpgamer » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:18 am UTC

"How are the stars reacting?"
"Hydrogen fusion. But it won't last forever."

I laughed. I can just imagine the delivery of that joke, the timing, and it just worked perfectly in my head.
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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby J L » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:28 am UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:But yes, Apocalypse-xkcd myths debunked.... with an Apocalypse themed comic strip no less.


... a strip he chose to call "Premiere", as well.

Maybe we're reading too much into this. But that's the fun part about it.

Edit: of course, the strip's number might have played a role here, too.

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby elej » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:30 am UTC

lol, a gloomy reporter. but yeah, in the grand scheme of things movie premiere are not as important as they are made out to be.

also glad that xkcd will continue to run.

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby Quicksilver » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:38 am UTC

Maybe it's just me, but both of these comics (Click and Drag and Premiere) seem to indicate a rather morbid idea of our world, and on our mortality. Could it be something to do with his wife's cancer?

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby Linux0s » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:48 am UTC

Tip of the Day: Never send an Astrophysicist to cover a movie premiere.
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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby b46 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:55 am UTC

This comic (and the context) made me think of the song "This is not the end" by Gungor:
This is not the end
This is not the end of this
We will open our eyes wide, wider

This is not our last
This is not our last breath
We will open our mouths wide, wider

And you know you’ll be alright
Oh and you know you’ll be alright

This is not the end
This is not the end of us
We will shine like the stars bright, brighter

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby keithl » Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:17 am UTC

Quicksilver wrote:... these comics ... seem to indicate a rather morbid idea of our world, and on our mortality. ...


Imagine your ancestors of 1000 years ago, scratching a meager existence from the soil, with a very real possibility of dying of disease, war, or famine over the next decade - even the next year. Now we can laugh at cartoon reporters bemoaning the end of the world in only 800 million years. That hardly seems morbid to me.

Indeed, we have probably strayed too far from morbid thinking. News on the front page of the September 1 Internal Medicine News is an article "Cardiac Patients Don't See Need For Lifestyle Changes" ( "Most post-PCI patients don't heed advice to follow a heart-healthy lifestyle ..."). The post-angioplasty patients who are just a wee bit "morbid" will outlive their heedless peers.

All of us face certain death long before 800 MY from now. But now we have the luxury and the knowledge to think about such things, even speculate about how to protect the Earth from solar brightening. That is about as crazily optimistic and life affirming as you can get.

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby SunshineApps » Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:33 am UTC

Phew, life in the office will still have a few highlights each week. Thanks! but please don't do that again, all the speculation about the last comic was quite stressful. I almost had to walk away from the computer and go into the garden :)

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby JimsMaher » Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:02 am UTC

"We're hoping it's distracting"

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby winampman » Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:49 am UTC

Quicksilver wrote:Maybe it's just me, but both of these comics (Click and Drag and Premiere) seem to indicate a rather morbid idea of our world, and on our mortality. Could it be something to do with his wife's cancer?

I don't think it's intentional, but obviously his wife's cancer would have an impact on his mood and his thoughts whether he's aware of it or not.

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby nich_chin » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:01 am UTC

Is the reporter on the red carpet a woman with short hair, or a hippie with a goatee?

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby da Doctah » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:22 am UTC

Linux0s wrote:Tip of the Day: Never send an Astrophysicist to cover a movie premiere.


And by "Astrophysicist", you of course mean "goth".

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby Astrognash » Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:28 am UTC

Quicksilver wrote:Maybe it's just me, but both of these comics (Click and Drag and Premiere) seem to indicate a rather morbid idea of our world, and on our mortality. Could it be something to do with his wife's cancer?


I don't see Click and Drag's idea as morbid. It seems to me that it's more like, "The world is awful and wonderful and it's so much bigger than anything you can image that there are just so many amazing things to go out and experience".

This comic is perhaps a bit morbid, though.

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby peewee_RotA » Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:29 am UTC

"How are the stars reacting?"
"Ironically, Will Ferrell just mooned me."
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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby rmsgrey » Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:30 am UTC

Only 800 million years? It seems like just last century that we had 5 billion years left...

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby FrostBlast » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:14 pm UTC

Interesting how this buzz about "Click and Drag" being the last comics was similar to any other "end-of-day" rumor. Maybe we're all getting a taste of how we'll feel on december 27th.

And how about dropping this whole "let's psychoanalyse Randall based on the comics he makes"' thing? Just sayin'.

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby AvatarIII » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:17 pm UTC

The rumour about Click and Drag being the last comic completely passed me by somehow! :lol:

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby 0p3nsrc » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:32 pm UTC

I hope nothing is wrong with his wife.. I mean, she is battling cancer (http://xkcd.com/1048/).. Perhaps something has happened, and that's why he went epic on wednesday. And this comic reverberates with the message "we don't live forever"...

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby theguy2 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:34 pm UTC

cprocjr wrote:It's not over!!! I thought for sure "Click and Drag" was the last comic. He scared me a bit there by waiting until a few minutes after midnight to upload.


I have such mixed feelings. After such an epic buildup and panic, I'm almost disappointed that he didn't go out with a bang.

Of course, that means that Click And Drag wasn't a grand finale. All of that amazing, gorgeous, lovingly rendered detail in an expansive and immersive world was just a random comic on a Tuesday afternoon with no special significance whatsoever other than that it was really cool. Hats off, Mr. Munroe. Hats off.

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby dp2 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:39 pm UTC

All the sighs of relief. Does no one see this as another indication that the end is nigh?

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby jc » Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:10 pm UTC

rmsgrey wrote:Only 800 million years? It seems like just last century that we had 5 billion years left...

The sun has 5 billion years or so before it starts expanding and gobbles up the inner planets. But the sun is very slowly warming. The 800 billion years is an estimate of how long it'll take for it to get hot enough to extinguish life on our planet.

Of course, we don't know how successful life will be at adapting to the changes. Perhaps it's possible for life to continue on a Venus-like planet, at least as long as there is still sufficient water around in vapor form. But that life won't look much like anything around us now.

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby belliott4488 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:17 pm UTC

I dunno ... I'm still not convinced.

I think Paul McCartney really is dead.

8-)

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby dmm » Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:18 pm UTC

Hey fellow geeks, This comic's theme is "nothing lasts forever." And "Premiere" could be a reference to the right edge of yesterday's strip: "Where do I go from here?" I think you'll have to wait for Monday to see if Randall's done. Maybe he's retiring to do something else. Maybe his wife's cancer has turned bad. Maybe he's just upset that Romney isn't doing better in the polls.

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby Whizbang » Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:24 pm UTC

After Click and Drag, just about anything Randall does could be twisted into some sort of clue that the end (of the comic) is near. You glass half-empty folks are just going to have to accept the shattered glass in your eyes. We glass half-full types will just sit back and enjoy the free water.

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby Gedankenwelt » Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:51 pm UTC

I'm amused by the fact that once the earth is vaporized, units of time measurement like 'year', 'day' or 'hour' will lose any meaning; as if the end of our planet was the end of time as well, just because of our arbitrary choice of time measurement.
(so yes, our calendar is linked with the end of the world)

Edit: Oh, and I'm sure today's comic has nothing to do with cancer. Randall was probably just amused that the release date of #1111 looks similar to December 21, 2012 ("Doomsday"), so he made a reference
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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby rmsgrey » Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:20 pm UTC

Gedankenwelt wrote:I'm amused by the fact that once the earth is vaporized, units of time measurement like 'year', 'day' or 'hour' will lose any meaning; as if the end of our planet was the end of time as well, just because of our arbitrary choice of time measurement.
(so yes, our calendar is linked with the end of the world)


Depends whether you mean the astronomical year/day (any of several definitions with sightly different values) or the standard year/day (again, several versions). The former vary over time and have long-term trends toward getting longer; the latter are theoretical constructs, based on physical constants, and only match up well with the former over human timescales.

Hours, defined as 3600 SI seconds, are arbitrary and will keep their meaning whatever happens to this ball of rock.

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Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Postby Adam H » Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:26 pm UTC

Excellent. I now have a stock response for "How's it look?"
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