Friday, December 31, 2010
[ALT: For years, I took the wrong lesson from that Monster Cable experiment and only listened to my music through alligator-clipped coat hangers.]
I wouldn't be much of a completely, 100% impartial narrator imparting only the raw truth and completely objective analysis of XKCD to you if I didn't take some time to note that this comic seems to have greatly divided the vastly intellectual and rational userbase of XKCD. Truly, not since Martin Luther King, Jr. "nailed" his "95 Reasons The Pope Is Kind Of a Dick" to Chrchdor (medieval Europe's version of Twitter) has there been such an epic cataclysm. Some people are all like "this is funny I guess" and others are like "NO I WILL MURDER RANDY IN THE FACE." I, of course, am a Quaker, and thus have no part in this split.
It's interesting (by which I mean 'Randy is dumb') to note that Randy here is making fun of nerds for having exacting standards. It's funny because he's a nerd elitist himself! It sounds like he just never got into the whole 'audiophile' thing, and is mostly just into the 'jankity-ass whatever-works' thing. I envision him as the type of person who basically never listens to music, but does listen to Nerdcore Hiphop because sometimes they say words like Linux and rhyme them with "punch you in the cervix."
Which brings me to the other noteworthy part about this comic--Randy is unequivocally portraying Megan in a negative light! Perhaps she has said something unflattering about nerdkind, and, in a fit of violent rage, he has decided to get back at her the only way he knows how: by writing a comic in which he nerdrages against her nerdiness in an epic nerdy fashion.
He will no doubt despair of this choice soon--for Megan is a perfect creature and a delicate butterfly that needs to be protected and carefully watched 24 hours a day--and post a comic where Megan once again rides a magical steed of automatic correctness. But not now, it is too soon. Let us give Randy some space while he scrawls angry comics where Megan is wrong.