Friday, December 31, 2010

Comic 841: Easy Lis'nin

easy listening

[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.

95 comments:

  1. Somewhat equivocal. Megan is still the one who knows about audio, and Randy is the philistine. Randy gets the joke in, but Megan is right.

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  2. i wouldn't call her right, as such--there is no reason for high-quality audio when you just want the basic functionality of sound. audiophiles may be right that their audio equipment sounds better, but that doesn't mean they are right that people should use it.

    this one was obviously meant as GOOMH-bait for people who hate audiophiles, which seems odd since nerds are often audiophiles, but I'm sure it worked okay on that front

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  3. forumwatch:
    "I'm a snob about audio quality, but I do this to people who are snobs about other things."
    I actually like this dude. They don't try to make excuses. They're just yeah, I'm a hypocrite, but hey, this ain't Heaven, bud. Get used to it.

    "I will say: That was pure ownage! I hate having to dumb down the joke at the end for others, though, when I retell it...."
    It must be so terrible for you being so much cleverer than everyone else.

    Unfortunately most of the rest is pretty boring boilerplate audiophile/non-audiophile stuff, but we DO have this. Next time you complain that Randall doesn't make much of an effort that this is his audience:
    "TBH, I expected some joke about lesbians when I saw the mention of a "female-female" plug."

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  4. "The stupid things you care about are lamer and less important than the stupid things I care about. NOW SUFFER MY MOCKERY, YOU LESSER BEING!" -Randy

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  5. Not Anonymous, I SwearDecember 31, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    An interesting point, however: the guy starts off by saying "do WE have." Apparently they share this home, and apparently they have no sound functionaility whatsoever in their living room. Presumably all the television and movie watching is currently restricted to the office on the computer, and now this guy plans on moving the (or one of the) monitor(s) back and forth whenever he uses the Xbox in the living room. In this context her desire for better speakers actually makes sense. A shared room is where you might want to be playing music sometimes maybe. Sometimes a person likes to have guests in a home. Maybe if Randall understood such things he might have had better success with Megan.

    Another interesting point: the implied insistence on using a monitor suggests another comic where he bitches about people using televisions when monitors are so much better! I wish it were possible to believe Randall clever enough to have done this on purpose.

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  6. "Another interesting point: the implied insistence on using a monitor suggests another comic where he bitches about people using televisions when monitors are so much better! I wish it were possible to believe Randall clever enough to have done this on purpose."

    He already has, sorta.

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  7. Still Not Anonymous, I SwearDecember 31, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Yes, that's the one I meant. Not complaining about their use I guess, but still very much looking down on it. Thanks.

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  8. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Why am I the first to say it?

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  9. THERE CAN BE NO HAPPY NEW YEAR WHILE XKCD CONTINUES TO STALK THE EARTH

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  10. dude it's been nearly six hours, it's hardly 'new'

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  11. Well, still. Nobody said it.

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  12. The Megan stuff is so old and much worse the XKCD itself. We get it, every female in XKCD is Megan and Randy is stalking her! Telling the same joke again and again is much more irritating than telling a lot of different terrible jokes.

    Anyways, this comic might have been funny had he only used the last panel.

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  13. "Telling the same joke again and again is much more irritating than telling a lot of different terrible jokes."

    that's the POINT, Margaret.

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  14. Well you should give up, sir. You'll never be as terrible as Randy.

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  15. Actually I think there's some potential in female-female plug/lesbians/audiophile thing. Imagine Randy rubbing one female socket over another with vigor, while... Actually, don't imagine that. I'm sorry.

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  16. I agree with Anon 9:58. Rob, how exactly is telling the same joke over and over a point? I fail to see the reasoning in it, so please explain.

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  17. Think of this like the first half of Full Metal Jacket, where Rob is playing the sergeant.

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  18. Out of curiosity, who exactly uses an RCA<->3.5MM female-female cable?

    They're almost always male-male..

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  19. Timofei. Please don't stop!

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  20. " I agree with Anon 9:58. Rob, how exactly is telling the same joke over and over a point? I fail to see the reasoning in it, so please explain."

    the point, Margaret, is that your cute little reactions amuse me.

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  21. Rob, Martin Luther nailed the 95 reasons the pope is a dick on Chrchdor. Not Martin Luther King Jr., who was the guy who used to tell everybody about the dreams he had the night before.

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  22. I had a dream where Randall got married and announced he was off to London for his honeymoon and I saw him at Tower Bridge and told him my theory that after seeing the reaction to #513 he gave up on his audience completely...

    ...I distinctly remember the comic he put up to announce his honeymoon being awful, though. Even in the dream world some things are immutable.

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  23. How did it take so long to point out the Martin Luther thing?

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  24. What's more, Chrchdor was not a medieval European version of Twitter. It's almost like the entire sentence is full of lies! LIES!

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  25. @Anon 7:43

    People may have assumed (I did) that Rob did that as a joke. I can't imagine he posted the wrong name by accident.

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  26. I did but then I realised it made no sense at all as a joke.

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  27. 841 really reminded me of QC. I guess it was the awkward male-female dialogue and the shoehorned joke at the end that embodies hypocritical anti-elitist elitism.

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  28. I actually kind of enjoyed the punchline in this [841] comic. I just wondered what the hell the other 3 panels are supposed to be.

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  29. Geez...what with redux being down and all, I had started to become ambivalent about xkcd. None of the comics were noteworthy enough to laugh at or get mad about.

    But this one! Each time I read it, it feels worse. I actually had a roommate in college who was an audiophile, so this should be prime GOOMHR material, right? Wrong. The execution is so awful that all humor is just sucked out of the comic.

    The first offender is panel 2. Stick guy makes a good point: all that matters is the practicality. Who cares if he's not going to appreciate a stunning symphony through the speakers? But then stick girl acts as though the fact that he's never listened to such a soundscape somehow proves that he needs better speakers. NO! If the highest quality audio he listens to is the lousy YouTube stuff, then he REALLY doesn't need good speakers!

    The awfulness keeps up in the third panel. "Five watts for a living room sounds system? Is that a joke?" It's not FOR a living room sound system, you stupid girl! If he was playing XBox in the living room, he'd be using the TV, which HAS speakers! This is for his own personal gaming use!

    And of course, the "is that a joke" line sounds awkward because it's only there to set up what SHOULD be a stand-alone panel: the actual joke and punchline. In other words, in order to give his comic some "body," Randy ruined what could've been a decent (or at least tolerable) joke. Way to fail, Randall. Way to give me a reason to keep hating xkcd all through 2011.

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  30. Actually, Twitter was not even contemporous with either Martin Luthers. Luther* nailed his 95 theses to a churchdoor -of Wittenburg, Germany but that's beside the point- , not chrchdr(!!!)
    The theses itself mostly concerned indulgences, sola fide and other such religious codpoddle (pleonasm.) He was not yet so openly offensive towards the papal state.

    *NOT Superman's nemesi, to the manchildren among us (all of you.)

    -HE WHOSE NAME TRANSCENDS THIS MISERABLE BLAG
    IQ IMMEASURABLE
    "COGITO ERGO SUM"

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  31. 11:52, you're not as good as William Monty Hughes, so don't even try.

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  32. anon 12:03 -
    Anon 11:52 did do something well, he made me miss the real Monty.

    Also I think it's fairly fucking obvious the MLK/ML confusion was a deliberate joke. A bad joke, yes, but an intentional one.

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  33. Is it just me, or would this comic be much improved by reversing the roles?

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  34. "the point, Margaret, is that your cute little reactions amuse me."

    Excuse me? I just don't think rehashing old material is funny, and yet you seem to gain amusement from me (and others) thinking this. Stop trying to be a troll and accept actual criticism for once. Just because I don't have a GOOMH moment over every Megan joke, that doesn't mean I'm worth trolling. Grow up.

    and inb4 you say megan jokes aren't meant to be serious as an excuse

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  35. I prefer to think of it as "really obvious flamebait."

    interestingly, though, the first and second paragraphs in this post have not, in fact, ever been written! it consists entirely of the last two.

    "Just because I don't have a GOOMH moment over every Megan joke, that doesn't mean I'm worth trolling. Grow up."

    wait wait wait, since when do YOU get to decide if I find it worth trolling you?

    seriously, in literally every single post where I use the name Megan people post the exact same response. I am doing this blog for my own amusement, and for that of anyone who is stupid enough to find my jokes funny. it should be fairly obvious that I have absolutely no interest in changing this, and that it is entirely intentional--and yet, without fail, some anonymous (they are also without fail always anonymous) idiot insists on pointing out that the joke I use with the express purpose of being extremely irritating is extremely irritating

    gee, y'think?

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  36. Just jumping in to point out that of course the megan jokes aren't meant to be serious, because no joke is meant to be serious.

    That's kind of, you know, the whole point of a joke. To not be serious.

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  37. "That's kind of, you know, the whole point of a joke. To not be serious. "

    except for the joke about serious putty LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  38. "I am doing this blog for my own amusement, and for that of anyone who is stupid enough to find my jokes funny."

    honestly, I wouldn't read xkcdsucks if it wasn't for the fact Ravenzomg owes me like fifty bucks

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  39. "seriously, in literally every single post where I use the name Megan people post the exact same response."

    Well maybe that's a sign that you're doing something wrong? Instead of getting so irritated at the BASIC criticism, maybe you could simply listen to it?

    "I am doing this blog for my own amusement, and for that of anyone who is stupid enough to find my jokes funny. it should be fairly obvious that I have absolutely no interest in changing this, and that it is entirely intentional"

    That's pretty sad, man. Do you honestly get amusement from so easily pleasing the "stupid" people in your audience? You DO realize that there's people, such as myself, that read your blog, and from your past reviews, actually EXPECT something out of you? I want to find your reviews funny, Rob-I really do. But if you're not willing to actually give the smallest bit of effort, and actually review, and just wish to make a couple idiots laugh from unnecessary rants, that's fine by me. I guess it just comes down to me expecting more out of you than you're willing to give.

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  40. Randall even missed the point why audiophiles are funny. It's not because they're elitist pricks, it's because they believe in all sorts of fairy tales about their hobby. I'm sure you've heard the stories.

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  41. yeah, it wouldn't have been so hypocritical if he'd pointed out that audiophiles basically believe in magical audio fairies that improve sound quality if you feed them enough money

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  42. Yeeep, XKCDSucks seems to have hit levels of stupidity and narcissism far worse than XKCD itself. I'd say I missed Carl, but he seems to have failed all over webcomics.me, too.

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  43. just as a protip, I tend to view the criticisms leveled by anonymous posters as having negative value. that is to say, usually if an anonymous poster complains about something I consider it in my best interests to continue doing that thing.

    there are a number of reasons for this, of course, but the biggest is that I don't know who you are, and thus I really don't care what you think. if you were an established member of the community, and weren't just posting to agree with an anonymous poster (whose opinion has negative value), I might bother to listen. but you're not. you're someone I don't give a fuck about--or rather, you're someone I like to actively antagonize.

    I do occasionally pity you--the degree of stupidity required to think that you might actually make me change my long-established and reasonably successful behavior is kind of tragic, and your continued insistence that I should take you seriously is heartbreaking. if only you were capable of learning. :(

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  44. honestly, I wouldn't read xkcdsucks if it wasn't for the fact Ravenzomg owes me like fifty bucks

    Will you accept as payment crappy comics, XKCD re-arrangements, and unconditional lust?

    While XKCD is like a car crash in ultra slow motion, XKCDsucks is sort of like seeing raccoons set up a nest in a car long-since abandoned at the side of a desert highway. There just isn't a comparison.

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  45. UndercoverCuddlefishJanuary 1, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    i think xkcdsucks is better than ever

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  46. "That's kind of, you know, the whole point of a joke. To not be serious. "

    except for the joke about serious putty LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    woah full circle

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  47. rob have you been on xkcdsw again

    Will you accept as payment crappy comics, XKCD re-arrangements, and unconditional lust?

    yes. mainly the second

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  48. It seems like Randy keeps informing me of these pretentious, easily offended groups of specialists that nobody cares about.
    "Typographers!"
    "Audiophiles!"
    "Linux users!"

    And I'm like, who? People do this?

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  49. I thought we just started using "Megan" as a quick term for brunette stick-girl. And Randy is a good term for the typical stick-boy because, yes, it IS an avatar for Randall 90% of the time (though Rob is the usual male name Randall uses, that would be weird since the guy making the posts is named Rob). They aren't jokes, per se, just quick and easy terms to use, and, hey, if you still find the "Randy writes about Megan WHY WON'T SHE LOVE HIM ANYWAY" idea funny, bonus.

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  50. Rob, why does it matter whether or not I'm "an established member of the community"? Criticism is criticism-it doesn't matter who it comes from. if I were to just come here anonymously, and post "lol ur reviewz suck cuz u suck", then yeah, you have reason to not listen to that criticism-it's bad. But I was giving you perfectly fine, basic criticism, with actual reasoning behind it. However, ALWAYS seem to find some way of not having to listen to what people have to say. Hell, you've even resorted to ad hominem-in both response to commenters AND in your reviews.

    And I bet that even if I became a real member of the community, you still wouldn't really listen to what I have to say. Not EVERYONE that reads your blog is mindless, Randy hate hungry zombies, you know. As I've said, I used to really enjoy your reviews. But lately, I don't like them for reasons I've highlighted many times already.

    And besides, have I EVER said that you HAD to change because of my criticism? Did I not simply state my opinion maturely and factually?

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  51. if you're too stupid to understand why I ignore the opinion of anonymous posters by default, thank you--you've just handily demonstrated why I do so.

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  52. http://xkcdsw.com/3134

    I like this.

    CAPTCHA: carped. I carped my pants.

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  53. "if you're too stupid to understand why I ignore the opinion of anonymous posters by default, thank you--you've just handily demonstrated why I do so."

    Your love of ad hominem has shown through yet again. Instead of actually responding to my points, you insulted me over something that I showed no sign of not understanding. You clearly explained it in your other post.

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  54. it's almost as if he doesn't care!

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  55. yes, "Rob, why does it matter whether or not I'm "an established member of the community"?" is definitely not a sign that you don't understand. asking me, specifically, to clarify is something people who understand do all the time.

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  56. You're taking it too literally. It was a rhetorical question that I followed up with an explanation of why I thought your thinking didn't make sense.

    Again, I ask you to actually respond to my points, instead of focusing on one part of my post and ignoring the rest.

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  57. hence, you are too stupid to understand why I ignore anonymous posters--if you understood you would not be disagreeing.

    coming from one of the "we only respond to the jokes about Megan and ignore the rest of the reviews" cuddlefish, your request that I respond to your "points" is kind of laughable.

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  58. But if it were, and its words had been identical? Caring that it's anonymous is already ad hominem, you racist!

    This is debate club, not a conversation!

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  59. "hence, you are too stupid to understand why I ignore anonymous posters--if you understood you would not be disagreeing."

    Yet another use of the same ad hominem. I believe you mean to say I would not be responding, since you apparently don't care what I have to say. However, I was disagreeing because I...well, disagree with you in that what I have to say doesn't matter. Stop using ad hominem (saying I'm stupid and don't understand it to help your argument when I clearly do).

    "coming from one of the "we only respond to the jokes about Megan and ignore the rest of the reviews" cuddlefish, your request that I respond to your "points" is kind of laughable."

    How exactly do you know what reviews I've responded to? I'm anonymous, as you've said-I could of course only responded to jokes about Megan. But the reality is that I haven't, and you're making an assumption based off of no evidence.

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  60. Rob...are you deleting my posts? They keep disappearing.

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  61. UndercoverCuddlefishJanuary 1, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    rob cannot be held accountable for bloggers fucking awful comment system

    it deletes everybodys comments you are not fucking special

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  62. Either it's a bug with the blog, or Rob's deleting my post somehow.

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  63. Well, since those last two posts worked, if me posting this doesn't work again, then I'll have to assume Rob is doing it:

    "hence, you are too stupid to understand why I ignore anonymous posters--if you understood you would not be disagreeing."

    Yet another use of the same ad hominem. I believe you mean to say I would not be responding, since you apparently don't care what I have to say. However, I was disagreeing because I...well, disagree with you in that what I have to say doesn't matter. Stop using ad hominem (saying I'm stupid and don't understand it to help your argument when I clearly do)

    "coming from one of the "we only respond to the jokes about Megan and ignore the rest of the reviews" cuddlefish, your request that I respond to your "points" is kind of laughable."

    How exactly do you know what reviews I've responded to? I'm anonymous, as you've said-I could of course only responded to jokes about Megan. But the reality is that I haven't, and you're making an assumption based off of no evidence.

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  64. I'm going to assume you're repeatedly deleting my post, Rob-since those last two posts worked.

    If that's so, then...that's pretty sad. You REALLY don't like being told you're not right, don't you? Either that, or you simply get shits and giggles from trying (emphasis on "trying") to mess with me. Or maybe it's both.

    Trust me, Rob-I won't be the only one who thinks the way I do. I've already seen a few people who do, so I'm sure I'm correct on that.

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  65. Guys, sorry for the quadruple post-just putting that out there.

    Rob, I am not too stupid to understand why you ignore anonymous people's posts. I showed no misunderstanding of this, so stop posting the same ad hominem point over and over.

    And being anonymous, you don't know what reviews I've responded to, so you have no basis to, you guessed it, insult me yet again.

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  66. By the way, Rob has been out watching a movie during your rant, so it isn't him.

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  67. If that's so, then I apologize for all my posts and if I seemed like I was ranting, and for falsely accusing Rob. I guess it's some sort of bug on my part.

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  68. You seem like a paranoid crazy person.

    And also a dumbass but we already knew that.

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  69. I for one am relieved that somebody finally had the guts to stand up to Rob, and what's more, to stay true to themselves by REFUSING TO SINK TO HIS LEVEL. I'm pretty sure that even now he is deeply contemplating the error of his ways. Soon this blog will be a much better place, one that is truly for the people!


    I just want to be automatically respected and appreciated by complete strangers for no reason, is all. I think that's how the world should work. Geez I hope I'm right

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  70. I don't even have the ability to delete comments. it's some kind of terribly misguided spam filter, I think. but yeah, you're a moron.

    "I showed no misunderstanding of this, so stop posting the same ad hominem point over and over."

    you need another term. "ad hominem" doesn't mean what you think it means.

    but yes, you did show a misunderstanding of it, by disagreeing with it, and asking me, ""Rob, why does it matter whether or not I'm "an established member of the community"?""

    if you understood why it mattered, you would not be asking. you do not understand why it matters, and as such, you are asking. I know I've been over this before.

    oh, and asking me to stop calling you a moron is not going to work. not being a moron might help, and I know that finding a more original way to complain about it than saying "ad hominem" like we were in debate club or some shit would.

    "I just want to be automatically respected and appreciated by complete strangers for no reason, is all. I think that's how the world should work. Geez I hope I'm right "

    when stupid anonymous opinions are outlawed, only outlaws will have stupid anonymous opinions

    and then we can round them all up and murder them

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  71. hilarious. please keep this blog going and remove the "i moved" disclaimer, because it's as good as ever!

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  72. how macabre, Rob

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  73. Jesus guys, I know Rob's jokes are pretty awful, but it generally doesn't matter unless you provoke him to fill up the comments section with extra rubbish. Leave him alone and let the better commenters take precedence.

    It's not like the "official" analysis has ever been the most interesting part of the blog. It has always been the conversation that comes afterwards that has made it worth visiting.

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  74. I still don't know why the pedophile Nazi-jock thinks that anon's comments aren't worth taking seriously.

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  75. OUCH!!!


    rob how will you ever recover from this fatal zing

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  76. FUCK GUYS this comic is SO BAD.

    Also- when anon dances with rob, the whole world has earthquakes.

    Cut this shit out.

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  77. "It has always been the conversation that comes afterwards that has made it worth visiting."

    Yes. The recent conversation has been Grade A Material. Inspiring stuff.

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  78. Ann Apolis you just got me hooked on xkcdsw. I haven't laughed this hard at anything xkcd-related in months.
    Is that as well-known as it should be? I never heard of it before.

    On another note, reading a comic blog backwards that is establishing it's own memes on the go is kind of funky. And it confused the hell out of me when there was suddenly a squirrel comic that said this meme had been going on for too long (and then afterwards, LESS squirrel comics. argh)

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  79. well, i definitely liked the paranoid rantings about how i was deleting his posts. that was pretty great.

    i especially like this part: "Either that, or you simply get shits and giggles from trying (emphasis on "trying") to mess with me."

    yes, a paranoid "U R DELETING MY POSTZZZZZ" rant is definitely a sign of how unflappable he is!

    anyway, someone say something interesting, this cuddlefish bores me now.

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  80. My piss is completely clear. Like, no matter how dehydrated I am, it's not the least bit yellow. Is that weird?

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  81. It's an xkcd forum thing - which I guess it's why it's called "slighty worse" rather than "slightly better" - but yeah, most of the time it's pretty good. Too meme-based to really be laugh-out-loud funny, but it mostly raises a smile, and it's so eager, y'know? It doesn't hold the source material as sacred, just throws it at the computer screen and hopes the resulting mess is amusing. I rather like that.

    Also I can compare it to Square Root of Minus Garfield [PLUG: I contribute to that] and say that this remix culture indicates that xkcd is as bland as Garfield is.

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  82. Rob, you fat fuck, stop eating the trolls. Or trolling the food. Or something.

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  83. @Cuddlefishes: Basically, if you're going to tell Rob you don't like what he's doing, it'll turn out like this.

    Before you ask, I don't even know.

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  84. I'm really thirsty. I used to dehydrate as a kid. One time it got so bad my piss came out like snot. I'm not kidding, it was all thick and gooey.

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  85. "well, i definitely liked the paranoid rantings about how i was deleting his posts. that was pretty great.

    i especially like this part: "Either that, or you simply get shits and giggles from trying (emphasis on "trying") to mess with me."

    yes, a paranoid "U R DELETING MY POSTZZZZZ" rant is definitely a sign of how unflappable he is!

    anyway, someone say something interesting, this cuddlefish bores me now."

    Yes, I thought you may have been deleting my posts. But did you happen to see the part when I APOLOGIZED for saying you did it. And how am I a cuddlefish? Again, loving the immature insults.

    I'm gonna go ahead and have this be my last remark on the matter. All I wanted to do was give you some criticism that you COULD apply. However, you resorted to insults in almost every one of your rebuttals-and half the time you wouldn't respond to my actual criticism-just close your eyes and use the fact that I'm anonymous as a lame excuse.

    Again, I've been a fan of your reviews for awhile. But with this turn of events, and the latest reviews being almost nothing but bait for "randy is obsessed with megan" hungry fans, I've lost some respect for you. But of course, me being anonymous means my opinions don't matter, so whatever.

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  86. "Yes, I thought you may have been deleting my posts. But did you happen to see the part when I APOLOGIZED for saying you did it."

    being a hilarious crazy and then apologizing for it does not make you less of a hilarious crazy. sorry dude

    "And how am I a cuddlefish? Again, loving the immature insults."

    you fit the definition of the word perfectly. I would say that you fall 100% under its definition, actually. that is how you are a cuddlefish.

    "However, you resorted to insults in almost every one of your rebuttals-and half the time you wouldn't respond to my actual criticism-just close your eyes and use the fact that I'm anonymous as a lame excuse."

    well, yeah. if you were a real person I might bother arguing with your stupid opinions, but as they are both (a) incredibly stupid and (b) anonymously sourced, I don't feel any obligation to do anything besides call you an illiterate fuckhead.

    "Again, I've been a fan of your reviews for awhile. But with this turn of events, and the latest reviews being almost nothing but bait for "randy is obsessed with megan" hungry fans, I've lost some respect for you. But of course, me being anonymous means my opinions don't matter, so whatever. "

    ahem.

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  87. "But with this turn of events, and the latest reviews being almost nothing but bait for 'randy is obsessed with megan' hungry fans"

    There are fans of this?

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  88. Oh, Randy, you had to take an interesting lead, even a colour panel, and take it there. I'm no longer angry at you, I'm just really sad with you. =(

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  89. Rob, you have an example to set! People look UP to you, you know?! You can't just do whatever you want and only hang out with people who happen to also want to do those things, you have a RESPONSIBILITY to use the power of this blog for everyone!

    It looks like all the surviving cuddlefish are people who have become disillusioned with this blog, which means they were missing the point in a much lamer way than the rabid xkcd apologists. Which is actually a much stronger argument for returning to Serious Business Critical Analysis than any points they have to raise ... maybe they're cleverer than we thought? =S

    On the other hand ... I AM hungry for some 'randy is obsessed with megan' ...

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  90. Holy crap I actually didn't mind today's one ... I mean, I feel like there could have been a way better punchline, and some characterisation would have taken the joke a lot further ... but that was a much more solid build-up than usual

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  91. UndercoverCuddlefishJanuary 2, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    i have not read the latest xkcd but i will guarantee you that it is not any better than the usual

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  92. I. Um. Why didn't the girl recognize from the start that the mark on his arm said pen15?

    XKCD as a whole is apparently a metaphorical representation of (T.H. White's) Merlin. It started out pandering to college/graduate students. And then to high school students. Now we've hit middle school/junior high.

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  93. exactly the same anon as every single other time, so watch out >:0January 11, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    as a Quaker I feel obliged to tell you we split from Protestantism.

    so.
    yup.

    one of the Orthodox churches might be a better fit. or Judaism.

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  94. because the accuracy is what makes the joke work

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  95. Wait a minute Quakers don't believe in the Internet.

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