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XKCD: It's more than a comic:

 651 Tzetze, Mon, 31st Aug '09 6:06:29 PM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
DUMB
If they were arguing in good faith, they wouldn't need to say that, because they'd be more tolerable and a good deal nicer.

So, Lostar, are you going to have a Battle in the Center of the Mind now? 'cause that would be pretty cool.
Viceroy
I see you're outright trolling now.

'''Or ... he ripped you off after you ripped off http://xkcd.com/209. Actually, the joke wasn't even original then, either.

Why did he do the same joke again, worse? '''

This is my post. Do you see something hateful in it? NO? Then kindly shut the fuck up.

edited 31st Aug '09 6:09:03 PM by Mr Lostman

The promises of children are worth less than the children themselves.
 653 Goggle Fox, Mon, 31st Aug '09 6:08:35 PM from Acadia, yo.
rrrrrrrrr
You cannot make such accusations because you are not wearing the hat, Mr. Lostman!!!

/+\ <—
Sakamoto demands an explanation for this shit.
 654 Tzetze, Mon, 31st Aug '09 6:10:59 PM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
DUMB
See, phrases like "kindly shut the fuck up" aren't going to get you anywhere.
Viceroy
That doesn't stop you from being a troll.

Is the fact I posted something that showed Randall's lack of imagination bothering you? Is it a Single-Issue Wonk? Can't let something bad against Randall go I guess. I think I was being rather civil until you opened your fat mouth. Or typed with your fat fingers. Or whatever.

EDIT: In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional or disciplinary response[1] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. You'll find none of that in my post. You will, however, find it in posts that accuse me of being a troll. Very strange. Is calling out on rehashing controversial or any of those or what? No? Very strange.

edited 31st Aug '09 6:20:13 PM by Mr Lostman

The promises of children are worth less than the children themselves.
 656 Goggle Fox, Mon, 31st Aug '09 6:17:15 PM from Acadia, yo.
rrrrrrrrr
You are a very silly man.

Silly.
Sakamoto demands an explanation for this shit.
Viceroy
I may be "silly", but I am right.
The promises of children are worth less than the children themselves.
 658 Goggle Fox, Mon, 31st Aug '09 6:21:59 PM from Acadia, yo.
rrrrrrrrr
Right is a direction.
Sakamoto demands an explanation for this shit.
 659 Tzetze, Mon, 31st Aug '09 6:22:38 PM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
DUMB
Okay, Mr Lostman, in an effort to understand your sense of humor I read your webcomic. I don't get the joke, can you explain it?
Viceroy
My crap has nothing to do with Randall's crap. This is a form of ad hominem. Stay on topic. If you can.
The promises of children are worth less than the children themselves.
 661 Tzetze, Mon, 31st Aug '09 6:24:58 PM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
DUMB
I'm not criticizing your comic here. It's just that I want to understand what you think is funny, and I thought that that might help.
(srahc 84) eltit
...says the guy who called Tzetze of all people a troll.

Edit: Ninja'd.

edited 31st Aug '09 6:25:26 PM by Nyktos

I guess it is.
 663 Goggle Fox, Mon, 31st Aug '09 6:25:42 PM from Acadia, yo.
rrrrrrrrr
Lack of understanding does not inherently mean that something is wrong in the not-understanding-one's eyes. Do not make such assumptions.

Hmm, I think I'm momentarily lucid.

edited 31st Aug '09 6:26:06 PM by GoggleFox

Sakamoto demands an explanation for this shit.
 664 Tzetze, Mon, 31st Aug '09 6:31:38 PM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
DUMB
Actually, now that I think about it, you liked Space Coyote, right? So you read Saturnalia?
 665 Tangent 128, Mon, 31st Aug '09 9:54:56 PM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
dy/dx
Repeating a punchline while varying the setup is not repeating a joke; the joke is the whole system. Now, a punchline can be overused, sure, but I wouldn't call 2 times out of ~600 strips overused. Especially as the contexts were different- life's-an-adventure vs. technically-correct-but-annoying-behavior.
Conversation is a contact sport.
 666 Fawriel, Tue, 1st Sep '09 12:01:29 AM from the bottom of my heart Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
THE MEEK
The punchline isn't even the same.

Guh, really explaining in-depth what the difference, or rather the sole similarity is between those strips would require me to come up with some deep analysis of the layers of comedy on the spot.

What you're pointing out is... more of a premise, really. Something obvious that would have to be pointed out, but is still obvious. It's the truth behind the comics that makes them work.

Beyond that, both jokes are character-based in an entirely different way, one shows a conversation between two people with one of them being happy-go-lucky and pointing out the premise as something really cool and whatnot, in a four-panel format, while the other one is a one-panel comic that first on a strange juxtaposition and a sort of pop-culture humor first, and odd character humor second.

Anyway, saying that this joke is the same would be like saying that every joke about Windows, or every joke about the fallacies of social interaction are the same.

... The first page of that webcomic was actually kinda amusing, though the presentation could use some work (and you misspelled "utmost").

edited 1st Sep '09 12:02:11 AM by Fawriel

SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH
Last woman standing
Could you say that Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice was copying herself in Sence and Sensibility? I mean you have: * Young women marrying men above their station.

  • The issue about women not being able to inherit

  • The untrustworthyness of some flirtatous romantic men

  • The appropriete way for women to behave under difficult social circumstances.

  • Have head-strong interllectually based women priviledged over the swoony silly ones.

  • Men who prove their affection through action.

  • Women being disgraced by young men's advances.

They're almost identical! What a scandal! What a hack Jane Austen is!

And that Shakespeare! How many times does he think he can pull that whole Crazy Monarch routine on us, let alone all those girls dressing up as men!

And another thing, how many times do we have to put up with Hemingway talk about Isolation and Loniness. Dude! Get an new shtick already!

Everyone copies themself. It's known as Reoccuring Themes, mate. Randall's obviosly interested in the definition of future and how we percieve it. So what? It's just like his "My Hobby" comics or the ones where he does flow charts. What's wrong with looking at the same thing from different angles?

edited 1st Sep '09 1:47:50 AM by wellinever

 668 Meta Four, Tue, 1st Sep '09 8:34:33 AM from the house of bread and battle
AXTUCE MUN AXTE INCAL
Anyway, saying that this joke is the same would be like saying that every joke about Windows, or every joke about the fallacies of social interaction are the same.
Which Lostman has said earlier in this same thread.
 669 Goggle Fox, Tue, 1st Sep '09 9:21:54 AM from Acadia, yo.
rrrrrrrrr
See? Silly.
Sakamoto demands an explanation for this shit.
 670 Lizard Bite, Tue, 1st Sep '09 1:14:12 PM from Two Galaxies Over
I would have suggested that the people on both sides of this argument just stop talking to each other, but then I remembered that this is the internet.

It doesn't work that way. Lostman will continue to insist on enlightening us about XKCD's horrible flaws, and those of us who'd rather discuss the comic without dealing with constant irrational bitching — or even those, like me, who're just reading the thread out of boredom — will continue to find it obtrusive.

It's not that I'm a huge fan of XKCD. I'm not — it's frequently immature, too self-righteous for my taste, or simply unfunny. But the title of this thread isn't "XKCD Blows Goats", is it?
I will keep my soul in a place out of sight,
Far off, where the pulse of it is not heard.
 672 Fighteer, Tue, 1st Sep '09 2:12:54 PM from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
There's an idea. We can have a thread called "Mr Lostman Hates XKCD", and he can go post in that and feel morally superior. The rest of us who wish to politely discuss the comic can stay here.
Neoclassicism, AKA the Tinkerbell school of economics.
I want Kat's glasses!
New one

The Alt Text reminds me of what I said about Wikipedia becoming NSFW...

edited 1st Sep '09 9:59:10 PM by Medinoc

They Called Me Mad!! I decided to show them all; but when I looked on my works, oh mighty, I despaired: for it made me realize they were right.
(weaving)
...wow
SHIKI is dead.
 675 Fawriel, Tue, 1st Sep '09 11:34:35 PM from the bottom of my heart Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
THE MEEK
I'm not sure I get it entirely, but, yeah.

Hah, some of the pictures on Wikimedia don't even have that level of professionalism.
SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH
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