Wednesday, January 11, 2012

So much news

So, the big anniversary came and went, and all Randall gave us for comic 1000 was a shockingly self-congratulatory image that was pretty much entirely devoid of humor.

In contrast, I'd like to show you Dinosaur Comics #1000 (I know Dinosaur Comics is too often my go-to reference, but in this case I can't think of many other comics that even bother to number their instalments, so I'm somewhat limited here). It's a perfect contrast - it works perfectly fine on its own as a comic, but if you happen to realize that it's #1000, then you also realize that "kicking a kangaroo 1000 times" becomes a metaphor for "posting a comic with the same 6 panels 1000 times." This is particularly obvious if you read the alt-text. Comic 2000 similarly marks this new milestone (upping the kangaroo kicks to 2000 as well) in much the same way. I look forward to the next instalment at 3000. Whereas with the next big xkcd milestone, what can we expect now? Just a giant "2000" written out? At that point, why not just draw a picture of a neon sign and write "LOOK HOW GREAT I AM" ?

Now I suppose we could all be in for a surprise and there will be a suitable milestone marker at 1024, as this comic suggests. I guess I'll deal with that in a few weeks when we get there, but it seems like it would be a case of having his cake and eating it too - getting to 1024 is only marginally more impressive that getting to 1000, which he's already celebrated here, as it were.

In other, better news, there could be no greater christmas present than the news that Michael Firman will be updating Moe every weekday this year! This is fantastic. I've long been a fan of Moe and it was most difficult to trudge through the long months that went by with no updates. As he says, if he's going to succeed in this, he will also try to sell some stuff, so I strongly encourage you to go and buy that stuff when it comes out. No - I encourage you to read the comic. Then you will convince yourself to buy his stuff.

Truly, this is an exciting time for comics.


ps - i have like 1000 unread e-mails in my e-mail box! ha ha, I am almost certainly never going to read them, unless they are printed out for me and I am incarcerated.

79 comments:

  1. Randy's dream come to life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmjdsvjRy-8&feature=related

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    1. One advantage of threaded replies is that I can get to the top of the thread, just by replying to the first post.

      This is probably not an advantage.

      Captcha: prizes. Still no prizes for having the first post.

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  2. Haha who cares about totally arbitrary digit shifts in a particular base anyway? What an irrational behavior; I must make a note of it.

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  3. By the way, the alt-text is horrible...
    "Thank you for making me feel less alone" ? Seriously ?

    Such bullshit is downright creepy to me, so he is really that maladjusted, he just admittedit, he lives in some weird solipsism made of Megan's milk and roneryness...

    I just feel sad for Randy, honestly, I can't even hate such a pitiful creature, apparently devoid of empathy or anything resembling the first atom of social aptitude...

    Oh, and of course, once again, GoatKCD is much better... WHODATHUNK?

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  4. Damn guys, it wasn't even comic 1000. He skipped 404, so it's comic 999 (with id 1000)

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  5. Why won't Carl read my email? I just need him to advance me some money so I can access a cache of treasure and share the wealth with him.

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  6. Carl this blog is as awful as you are. And I know awful (because I am so)

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  7. I am pretty sure that Randall really considers the non-comic of 404 an actual comic. If you think about it, he probably put in an almost exactly equivalent amount of effort to come up with that idea and NOT post anything as he does when he actually post something. So really, if you're going to point out that there was no 404 comic, you might as well point out that most of his "comics" are farces and this was a "1000" commemorative not-comic of a string of not-comics. My point being, this comic having been the 999th one instead of the 1000th one is really its most minuscule problem.

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  8. Why are all our comments bold? This is so weird.

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    1. Whoa, I can reply to comments now. This is way cool!

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    2. Yay, now Blogger has the same basic functionality that Wordpress has had for, like, ever.

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    3. And which Tumblr will never have. Fuck Tumblr.

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    4. Anon 3:28 = Jon Levi = Anon 3:30 = Samefag.

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    5. Tumblr doesn't have comments because it encourages people to have their own blogs to reply to things on.

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  9. Here, I solved all your problems.
    http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1000&butiwouldratherbereading=xkcd

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  10. It is time, Rob.

    Time to murder this blog.

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  11. I am so alone. Someone else post a comment, plEEASE!

    Captcha: skylact. Portmanteau of skydiving and lactation.

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  12. hi Jon. how is it going?

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  13. so you niggas got a blog dat only exists cause you jealous of Randall Munroe? dat shit's fucked up man

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  14. As soon as I talk to a girl for the first time I am totally going to ask right off the bat if she thinks she'd lactate a lot. And end by saying "thank you for making me feel less alone." Girls really like quirky.


    WV: Suppacra "Don't you think Suppacra totally sounds like a good band name? If you do the right substitutions adding the letters forms a perfect number, too."

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  15. I still don't understand what the bold is accomplishing.

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    1. Gonna blame Carl's god-awful formatting for that one, because I'm not seeing it on other blogs. CARL, WHY DO YOU HATE BOLDED WORDS? NOW THE ONLY WAY TO ADD EMPHASIS IS CAPITALS.

      captcha: psylyzed. It got Stylized with your mind, obviously.

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    2. there are replies

      wtf is this shiznit

      captcha: diallud. diallud for ludurder

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  16. Threading is bullshit. I hate linear thinking. I don't want to be forced to reply to only one thought at once, nor do I expect that it would be appropriate to either completely reply or completely not reply to what I am saying.

    Part of the success of xkcdsucks and humanity in general is that it doesn't think like it writes.

    This bold threading shit is going to be the downfall of not only this blog but also all of Western civilisation.

    captcha: baistru. Your future slavedriving Eastern bistro search alternative.

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  17. [comment removed because the captcha rightly judged it as worthless]

    captcha: aphaqu. Fuck you too.

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  18. That's what sheJanuary 12, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Great. So now if I want to check for now comments, I have to scroll through the entire fucking page every time. I'm leaving now, AND NEVER COMING BACK. WHO'S WITH ME?

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    1. That's what sheJanuary 12, 2012 at 7:58 AM

      Totally digging the name formatting, though.

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    2. i agree, replies are the suckiest

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  19. TVTropes link is relevant here: Bold Inflation.

    I predict that Xkcdsucks will become 90% all-caps by 2013.

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    1. Dinosaur Comics is rubbish though! It's usually just whatever that Ryan guy has looked up on Wikipedia that morning.

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  20. You know that time Randy suggested a Youtube comment readout thing and Google implemented it because HURR TEXT-TO-SPEECH IS FUNNY AND ORIGINAL BECAUSE RETARDS NEED THEIR WORDS READ TO THEM AND IT TOTALLY HASN'T BEEN A STANDARD ACCESSIBILITY TOOL FOR DECADES? I am guessing that Randall e-mailed some woman at Google and said, "Guise you know what would be great threaded comments on Blogspot I was just chatting on a blog about lactation and all the girls and I noted how it was difficult for each person to track which nipple they were talking about? Together without Christ, Randall Munroe. PS Can I have a job as court jester at Google?" You know something like that.

    captcha: prolypen, maybe sword.

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    1. Audio preview for Youtube comments is gone now. Who ever used it? I didn't. I kinda regret that I didn't do it when I had the chance.

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  21. no i just didn't post because carl was doing his attention whoring. regular reviews will return eh probably tonight maybe

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  22. Rob doesn't care anymore. Did he ever care? He only really cares about his other blog.

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  23. 5:07 + 5:24 = samefags

    (and actually i've been working on this blog lately)

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  24. eugh, hipster screenplay

    fockin' disgusting mate. I thought you were better but it seems the fat has compressed your brain

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  25. ain't no screenplay like a hipster screenplay 'cos a hipster screenplay relies on obtuse humor and anticlimax

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  26. Well, xkcd has finally done the incest comic we've all been waiting for.

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    1. Also, that wasn't supposed to be a reply to Rob, I just don't understand how blogspot works apparently.

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    2. Wait, nevermind. Just ignore everything I have written.

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    3. hell, i only just figured out that we even have threading now because some people mentioned it

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  27. Sigh, Randy, suckling isn't (always) sexual.

    Anyone willing to bet against me that if Megan has a boy and Megan breastfeeds it that Randy will kill it out of jealousy?

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  28. the forum thread is already good on this one. creationist trolls & idiots who go 'why shouldn't the police monitor us all 24/7' all over the shop

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    1. I'm making a bet with myself before I check the forum. I'm betting there will be at least 5 people who will think they are clever for being the first person ever to notice that the issue of Cain and Abel's wives is not dealt with very well in the bible.

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    2. Cain's cane made Abel able.

      captcha: bugen. Nearly there, captcha generator.

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  29. What the hell is wrong with this page? I can only view it on my iPhone now. Thanks for ruining this blog Carl, you dumb fucking faggot.

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    1. My advice is to stop using Internet Explorer 6 and get a better browser. IE6 is a headache for developers, as it doesn't support modern HTML 5.0 standards, which are like, the future of the internet, man.

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    2. I find that if it doesn't show in IE6 then it's superfluous eyecandy.

      Actually, NCSA Mosaic already supported enough more than enough tags.

      It's hyperTEXT markup language, not Google-enabling pointless-cloud-app markup language.

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    3. Wanting to return to era of dumb terminal = luddite.

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    4. Anon 9:22, you should be punished, but really, a browser without tabs is its own punishment. You tech-masochist.

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    5. If I want tabs I put my taskbar at the top of the screen.

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    6. Good plan. I hope you have plenty of RAM.

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    7. Since I only use the web to look at text and images and not as a bloated webapp terminal, I have plenty of free RAM.

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    8. Images? You look at images? It's that sort of decadence that will lead to the downfall of the West.

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    9. I only look at socialist realism, TLoK. The Internet is really really great for it.

      captcha: pedis. Not mightier than Родина-мать зовёт!

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    10. *sigh* I bet you use Microsoft Works too. And if it wasn't for the fact that you need it to sync to your iPhone, you'd probably be using RealMedia Player instead of iTunes. Enjoy your low-tech life.

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    11. I'll pretend you typed "emacs" and "Psion Series 3a". They've both lasted 20 years.

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  30. yeah i love having to use the arrow keys or page up to access a line in a file rather than just using a mouse in textwrangler. it's also great not being able to quickly select code with a mouse to copy and paste.

    emacs rules man.

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  31. (1) emacs has supported the mouse since before your editor existed;

    (2) highlighting's much quicker with keys if you know the shortcuts to select particular blocks, matching parentheses or curly braces of whatever;

    (3) even better if you spend an afternoon learning enough LISP to write your own editor macros.

    In short, emacs is greater than vi.

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  33. eMacs? You mean these things?

    Captcha: munrout. Munroe had to get out of here.

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  34. YOUR MOTHER SUCKS COCKS IN HELL

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  35. hi

    i only came to say that i've been reading dinosaur comics and stumbled across what might be the reason randy fears raptors: fear of castration.

    Perhaps randy has issues with his mother or feminity? Maybe megan represents her (that would explain why he wants to milk her) and why he feels he must demonstrate he is on quirky relationships all the time.

    Also, the comic i'm talking about: http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=16

    of course, i might as well be just talking bullshit.

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    1. Nice theory. It's been a while since we've had some good armchair psychoanalysis. Do you think it could be related to a particular childhood trauma.

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  36. fuck carl you really want to kill this blog with all the shit shit

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  37. Look at Irregular Webcomic! 2000.

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  38. Do you honestly enjoy Moe? I find it to be dry and boring, and much reminiscent of a subpar children's show. It is interesting that you have so much praise for Firman's work yet such harsh criticism for xkcd. Sure, Randall is repetitive, but it can't be THAT much worse than Moe.

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