Thursday, February 25, 2010
Probably it;s because it is so horribly predictable - a sort of Checkhov's Fist that is mentioned in the second panel and unsurprisingly used in the last. It's not just that, though; the dialogue is also really stilted and awkward. "Sometimes I'm shocked to realize how many options I have" is just a stupid way to start this conversation. What would be more natural? Maybe something skipping most of the first panel and starting with the second, like "Do you realize that at any moment, I could..." etc. As is, the first panel is just a dumb set up to make the second character demand a further explanation.
Anyway, the other thing that annoyed me about the comment was how clever the first character things he's being, woo, no one has ever thought of that stuff before. "It's only my mental rules that stop me from punching you" is so stupid too, there's plenty of good other reasons not to punch someone - they may be stronger, they may have a more powerful weapon on them with which to get their terrible revenge, also you might get arrested. Or the word may go out that you are a douche. That's a lousy result too. Basically what the character wants to say is "people take long term consequences into account because they aren't idiots. But they could ignore them if they wanted!" GENIUS!
ok, that's it. i am offended at how boring this comic is. maybe tomorrow will be more interesting. Also, looks like you should start paying more attention to who writes each of these posts, because other folks are writing sometimes. keep an eye out.
Hey, it is almost time for the CONTEST TO START! almost.
holy CRAP i mean, I know Zach Weiner loves xkcd for some reason, but my GOD today's SMBC Comic is so damn close to this xkcd from a few weeks ago, right down to the "we have only the barest amount of certainty in this case" punchline. I basically do not know what else to say. We all know that Zach adores xkcd, so I really don't see what his excuse is here.