0987: "Potential"

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0987: "Potential"

Postby Quicksilver » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:02 am UTC

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http://xkcd.com/987/
Alt text:"The bunch of disadvantaged kids I was tutoring gained too good at writing, and their essays were forcing me to confront painful existential questions, so I started trying to turn them on to drugs and crime instead."
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0987: “Potential”

Postby Qaanol » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:02 am UTC

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Title: “The bunch of disadvantaged kids I was tutoring gained too good at writing, and their essays were forcing me to confront painful existential questions, so I started trying to turn them on to drugs and crime instead.”
http://xkcd.com/987/

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby standinginherfield » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:06 am UTC

Hm, I don't get why people start threads with nothing to say about them.

I like this comic :) Shall we pretend the alt text contains a forfeit of English writing skills?
I like the image in the last panel a lot. Good mayhem, exciting material.
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Re: 0987: “Potential”

Postby sportsracer48 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:08 am UTC

Gained too good at writing. hmm.

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Re: 0987: “Potential”

Postby Dodestar » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:28 am UTC

Gotta love giant mechs. Though I do have to say, I'm not sure if killing thousands is living "up" to your potential as living "down" to it.

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby Quicksilver » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:28 am UTC

standinginherfield wrote:Hm, I don't get why people start threads with nothing to say about them.

I like this comic :) Shall we pretend the alt text contains a forfeit of English writing skills?
I like the image in the last panel a lot. Good mayhem, exciting material.

GOOMHR = Get Out of My Head Randall! It reminded me of when I did well at a swimming carnival once, and because my school is so shit, they forced me onto their team. At least in sports class, they'd just say you were "lagging behind", not "please come to our shitty sports carnival."

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby coyotebush » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:49 am UTC

I read "they complain way more than you do" and could not form a meaningful connection between that concept and the drawing.

"when", that makes more sense. Still, meh.

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby glasnt » Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:09 am UTC

Oh dear, ohm hoping that there's not going to be a pun thread.


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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby ToastOfDestiny » Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:18 am UTC

Anyone else see this as a continuation of http://xkcd.com/968/?

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby Quicksilver » Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:20 am UTC

glasnt wrote:Oh dear, ohm hoping that there's not going to be a pun thread.


:twisted:
Soooo tempted to post an Octopuns comic. Come to think of it, most of his well received comics are the ones he thinks of very quickly. Ones he puts effort into are hated by his fans.

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby bhoot » Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:20 am UTC

I'm wondering how the car's windows are still intact after being thrown like that.

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby Carlomagno » Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:25 am UTC

As someone about to begin student teaching, I'm young and hopeful enough to believe that I'd be happier if my students did build world-conquering machines instead of slacking off.

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby TomSFox » Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:26 am UTC

ToastOfDestiny wrote:Anyone else see this as a continuation of http://xkcd.com/968/?

No. They have, like, nothing to do with each other.

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby Avoidist » Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:29 am UTC

This is my new favourite comic. Ever.

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby Airbuilder7 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:46 am UTC

I saw that long "AAAAAAAAA!" and immediately interpreted it as a line of poorly-drawn penises. *headdesk*

The alt-text reminded me of some of the submissions from local middle and high schoolers that were featured in a creative writing conference my university held last year. The majority where "meh," but there were a half-dozen that were just... amazing.

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby rhomboidal » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:08 am UTC

Ok, these student Lego robotics competitions are getting totally out of control now...

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby BlitzGirl » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:19 am UTC

I like this one. It put me in the mood for some JoCo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDiDK_yBCw0
(Spiff's WoW version of "The Future Soon")

The wording of the comic does bother me a little. That "do" needs some anaphor resolution or something.
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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby AvatarIII » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:54 am UTC

the Alt text has been fixed, it now reads:
"The bunch of disadvantaged kids I was tutoring became too good at writing, and their essays were forcing me to confront painful existential questions, so I started trying to turn them on to drugs and crime instead."

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby jasc15 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:49 pm UTC

I usually check the forums after reading a comic that goes way over my head, and I usually find references to more things I don't get. That's the case here. So if someone feels like it, can you ruin the joke and spell it out for me?

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby brenok » Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:58 pm UTC

jasc15 wrote:I usually check the forums after reading a comic that goes way over my head, and I usually find references to more things I don't get. That's the case here. So if someone feels like it, can you ruin the joke and spell it out for me?


The joke is that many teachers want their pupils to achieve their full potential, but Randall extrapolates it and show that some people can have too much potential, sufficient to make a Giant Death Robot.

At least, it's what I understood of the strip.

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby Slothrop » Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:29 pm UTC

I have to show this to my math class, whom I'm constantly complaining to about not going for their full potential.

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby Loadstone » Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:33 pm UTC

Airbuilder7 wrote:I saw that long "AAAAAAAAA!" and immediately interpreted it as a line of poorly-drawn penises. *headdesk*
Cannot be unseen...

Seems to me that if everyone performed to their full potential, there'd be no need for most teachers (elementary through high school, anyway). There's nothing in any of those textbooks that someone who worked on it couldn't teach themselves. Only at university does the material start getting complicated enough that you might need a professor to explain why something works (though many of those just teach out of a textbook, too).
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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby markfiend » Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:34 pm UTC

Anyone else think that the Giant Deathbot looks a bit like the Alien Attack thing in Sim City 2000?

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby Tulicloure » Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:11 pm UTC

coyotebush wrote:I read "they complain way more than you do" and could not form a meaningful connection between that concept and the drawing.

"when", that makes more sense. Still, meh.


I did exactly the same thing. :shock:
But when I read it again I liked it.

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby Ermes Marana » Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:25 pm UTC

The alt text made me laugh. Maybe you have to have worked as a tutor.

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby foxnewsfan » Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:28 pm UTC

For some reason, this comic reminds me of Herman Cain's Cole Train. Maybe it was the Sim City comment above. Who knows...

Any way, I stopped in to say get out of my head.

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby RogueCynic » Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:52 pm UTC

Reminds me of a friend. He went to one of those science competitions where a team is given a bunch of common items to perform a task. His team used the items in an unexpected way and were disqualified even though they presented the best solution. Echoes of Ayn Rand's Bell Tower, maybe?
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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby rhhardin » Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:34 pm UTC

The reason that babies are born small and weak is to limit the damage they can do.

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby SirMustapha » Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:49 pm UTC

Wow, this comic sounds almost confessional.

"Yeah, I know, I got kicked from NASA because I didn't try hard enough, and even drawing comics and don't try hard enough. But I don't care, deep inside I know that I could destroy the whole world if I wanted. Yeah, I surely could. I bet."

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby Ronsonic » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:12 pm UTC

This was simply the best alt-text ever. Three internets!!!!!

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby Steve K » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:16 pm UTC

glasnt wrote:Oh dear, ohm hoping that there's not going to be a pun thread.
:twisted:


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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby Tyrannosaur » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:55 pm UTC

Ill have to say, the alt-text didn't really resonate this time... but the ad for the XKCD store is right on!
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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby GenericAnimeBoy » Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:17 pm UTC

I think this should be posted on my professor's office door. Incidentally, and on a totally unrelated note, would building a robot-mounted laser to permanently burn it into his office door be a bit much? :twisted:
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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby Rork » Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:50 pm UTC

Not again...my classroom is rapidly turning into some sort of xkcd shrine (currently including the Online Communities 2010 poster, Password Strength and Technical Support...yup, I'm in ICT) once I've added this...

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby big boss » Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:35 pm UTC

I was hoping for a comic on voltage when I saw the title, ohh well maybe next time
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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby Richard. » Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:51 am UTC

Ronsonic wrote:This was simply the best alt-text ever. Three internets!!!!!

Whoa there, we can't just be handing out internets willy-nilly. The normal amount is 1 internet, and that's for something pretty awesome. Three internets would be something like "new york man syncs his brain to the internet, becomes hyper-intelligent and imparts the world with vast wisdom and new prime numbers."
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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby Hughes » Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:23 am UTC

I get the feeling BHG is the one narrating this.

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby thesingingaccountant » Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:14 pm UTC

Great comic. :-) I am reminded of a quote from Calvin and Hobbes...

(Context: Calvin has just learned that Susie Derkins has gotten an "A" on the quiz, and he considers himself fortunate by comparison to have gotten a "C." Susie is understandably confused.)

"I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep everyone's expectations."
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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby CanadianNomad » Thu Dec 08, 2011 4:09 pm UTC

Re: 0987: "Potential"
by thesingingaccountant » Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:14 pm UTC
Great comic. I am reminded of a quote from Calvin and Hobbes...

(Context: Calvin has just learned that Susie Derkins has gotten an "A" on the quiz, and he considers himself fortunate by comparison to have gotten a "C." Susie is understandably confused.)

"I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep everyone's expectations."

Had to go off and find it....
http://i.imgur.com/qDsgO.png

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Re: 0987: "Potential"

Postby bmonk » Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:32 pm UTC

The other side of this comic is when the teacher gets in his world-destruction machine to get a response, any response, from his students.

And, out of the rubble a hand rises, and a quavering voice asks, "Ummm . . . will this be on the final?"
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