Friday, April 22, 2011

Comic 889: It's Lame All The Way Down

[Mysterious entity "Carl Wheeler" has sent me the following guest review. It is reprinted here in its entirety. -Ed.]

turtles

The joke is that Randall tried pot for the first time on Wednesday.

46 comments:

  1. More likely Thursday at 11pm and then realized he still had to write a comic.

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  2. I'm probably reading too much into this one, but it makes me a little sad. I could easily see this comic as something that was inspired by those recent family events that Randall went through. A loved one and I had a similar discussion about dogs and how awesome it might be to not be self-aware (especially when you have an 'expiration date' looming over your head.)

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  3. Reminiscent of that "you're a kitty! yes you are!" he had a while back (it had a graph in it).

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  4. Randall is officially fucking stupid. If but only for the weekend.

    He's flirted with complete dumbassery before, but this is like an outright date rape of all things moronic.

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  5. I dunno, Anon 3:25, he's not exactly been subtle with the tear-jerker stuff, if this were about his family illness I think it would be waaaaay more obvious. I agree with Carl's interpretation myself.

    Also, Randy? I'm no zoologist but I'm pretty sure that's a tortoise you've drawn there.

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  6. @Popcorn Dave - Apparently, in the US 'turtle' covers everything. Only in the UK does tortoise mean land-based and turtle mean sea-based.

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  7. Holy crap, my recent comment was right: he really is feeling insecure. The alt text is, what, his fourth reference to one of his "classics" in last 80 comics or so?

    Re: Rest of the comic: He's obviously trolling now. It'll turn out to be like Carl said about one of the more terrible comics, where Monday will be the words "Friday's comic wasn't meant to be funny. If you laughed, you're an idiot." But I bet the forum-goers are drooling all over it. I personally won't go there for fear of some kind of infection, but someone with protection let me know, plzkthnx.

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  8. http://i-love-it-yaar.blogspot.com/2011/01/i-like-turtles-because-they-so-chill.html

    bit of palagarism on randall's part

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  9. I second the guy who called trolling. I came here just to argue that Randy has got to be fucking with us. I mean, come on man. "People have concerns but turtles just think about what they are" is not only not a joke, but it is so far from being a joke that Randy definitely noticed it.

    Troll.

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  10. I have to disagree with the person who called plagiarism. This is the internet; I'm pretty sure you can find something, somewhere, to prove that everyone's a plagiarist. Just because it's out there doesn't necessarily mean that Randy saw it - and I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that his own sense of 'humour' created this one.

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  11. I have to disagree with the person who called plagiarism. This is the internet; I'm pretty sure you can find something, somewhere, to prove that everyone's a plagiarist. Just because it's out there doesn't necessarily mean that Randy saw it - and I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that his own sense of 'humour' created this one.

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  12. I have to disagree with the person who called plagiarism. This is the internet; I'm pretty sure you can find something, somewhere, to prove that everyone's a plagiarist. Just because it's out there doesn't necessarily mean that Randy saw it - and I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that his own sense of 'humour' created this one.

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  13. what the FUCK is this FUCKING BULLSHIT this is worse than 631

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  14. "But I bet the forum-goers are drooling all over it."

    I dunno, I the forum thread's quite a good read. I'd recommend it. Only a few of the posts are outright praise for the comic. In fact much of it is in agreement with this thread.

    Several people have pointed out it's a tortoise, not a turtle, but that's expected of xkcd fans.

    There is practically a consensus that Randall was on drugs when he wrote this (at least eight people said so), and for those who don't know, 420 was two days ago.

    There are more negative reactions than positive ones. The second post on page 2 simply says "I feel trolled." Someone else even said "No matter what Randall has done before, I think this counts as the most fucking stupid xkcd comic yet. I hope that's what he was going for." An established poster with 289 posts said that.

    One guy even said "get back in my head Randall." Priceless!

    However it's slightly depressing how many people wanted references:
    "I thought it was some sort of (Tortoise)SVN reference."
    "Was I the only one expecting a TMNT reference somewhere?"
    "I was hoping for a Grapes of Wrath reference."

    But wait, here's something: "Some of you are rather snobbish, uptight, prudish, and seem to think that anything other than an obscure reference with an intelligent spin is beneath you when it comes to these comics. Lighten the Hell up."

    The forums are good again!

    Jon Levi, reading the forums so you don't have to.

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  15. No it's not.

    Reboot does a Redux countdown: 7

    No more bingo?

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  16. Oh God, I've written a TL;DR post. Oh God...

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  17. DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS!

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  18. What does Hitler's birthday have to do with turtles?
    (Other than that lots of turtles survived the Holocaust and are still around, probably)

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  19. I assume the joke is that the tortoise thinks it's a turtle.

    Not sure why that's a joke.

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  20. Thanks for the info, Jon. I'm actually surprised at them. And I lol'd at the GBIMH joke.

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  21. NIGHT THOUGHTS OF A TORTOISE SUFFERING FROM INSOMNIA ON A LAWN
    (E.V. Rieu)
    The world is very flat--
    There is no doubt of that!

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  22. You're such an asshole, Capn. Stop being an asshole.

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  23. Oh god... even though most of the forums reacted negatively, there was this...

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  24. Ok, first, I don't get the comic. Will someone please explain it to me?

    Second, today's smbc is also about turtles (tortoises, whatever)!

    Coincidence????????????

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  25. You read it right, Capn. Just take the advice.

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  26. "Oh god... even though most of the forums reacted negatively, there was this..."

    It gets worse... you haven't seen this yet.

    Capn, I think my doppelganger likes you!

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  27. erection

    Randall is trolling his own fans, and the fact that some are eating this shit up proves beyond all doubt that it is a great comic. Randy, color me impressed.

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  28. "Capn said...

    Take it where?"

    I recommend taking it in the ileocecal sphincter, if you're feeling adventurous. It's a long, winding road to get there, but it's worth all the shit you'll have to deal with.

    Innit?

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  29. "Innit?"

    ALT-F, you're my doppelganger. I should have known. I don't recommend you go revealing yourself through your mannerisms like that.

    Wait that seems almost too obvious. It's obviously someone is perfectly imitating your mannerisms to make me think it was you.

    In other words, someone is pretending to be ALT-F pretending to be me!

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  30. Obviously. Cunts.

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  31. Obviously. Abo's.

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  32. Carl Wheeler channeling XKCDExplained.

    The dead have arisen.

    Repent.

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  33. Not for three days.

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  34. The xkcd Forum ReviewApril 22, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    For those who dare not venture into the slums, this comic is actually bad enough to have quite a few people say it's crap on the xkcd forums. In response to this, most of the people who want to like this comic overcompensate by claiming it is very deep philosphy and the naysayers simply don't have the brainpower to comprehend it.

    Maybe they've never encountered extremely basic existentialism and it actually does seem deep to them? I don't know.

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  35. the difference between stoners saying things like 'man, turtles have shit figured out, man' and xkcd fans saying the same sort of thing is the stoners are on drugs. XKCD fanboys live in a world where they actually think that sort of thing is profound.

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  36. yeah but rob have you ever just like sat on the floor for a bit

    and listened to the air?

    like actually LISTEN to the AIR

    man it's amazin

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  37. The air rarely has anything relevant to say.

    Why would I listen to it.

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  38. If it's air you want to listen to I'm full of it.

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