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January 25th, 2008
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XKCD this morning. I'm never sure whether to be smug or distressed when I get XKCD jokes.



Procrastinatory Poll

I got the 2001 reference
28(23.7%)
I got the Portal reference
1(0.8%)
I didn't get it at all!
4(3.4%)
And I'm proud of the above
0(0.0%)
I don't believe 2001 actually happened 7 years ago
1(0.8%)

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From:simont
Date:January 25th, 2008 10:41 am (UTC)
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I "got" the Portal reference in the sense that I knew it was a Portal reference (having recalled that "GLaDOS" was a word I vaguely associate with hearing people talk about Portal), but I have no idea what particular traits make GLaDOS a particularly funny entity to use in that context.
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From:lnr
Date:January 25th, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)
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I *didn't* get that it was a Portal reference, despite the fact I've just watched Mike play it all the way through and loved it. I didn't pay much attention to what the lab and computer were actually *called* though. And the comic doesn't mention cake!

It is funnier once I've got the reference though.
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From:the_elyan
Date:January 25th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
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Oh - The Portal Song. I was subjected to that recently by certain people not unconnected to the poster of this poll, if I recall...
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From:simont
Date:January 25th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
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So what is the joke? What makes GLaDOS funnier as a replacement than some other totally random fictional character (say, Frodo)?
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From:auntysarah
Date:January 25th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, having just been introduced to Portal this week, it was particularly timely for me, and it's a beautiful fit. Like HAL, GlaDOS is a psychopath, only in some ways GlaDOS is even worse because it seems to take fun in tormenting its victims, much in the way a cat would torment a mouse, before cheerfully dismembering it. GlaDOS is doing all of this in the interests of "science" - to it humans are just test subjects, but it does have a very nasty sadistic streak.

Spoiler alert: In the last scene of the game, our heroine managed to destroy one of GlaDOS' control modules. Shortly afterwards, GlaDOS announces, "Good news - I've just worked out what that thing you incinerated was - it was a morality core they installed in me to stop me flooding the enrichment centre with deadly neurotoxin after I flooded the enrichment centre with deadly neurotoxin". This is said completely deadpan, and it's obvious from the context that GlaDOS has, just like HAL, murdered everyone else involved.

Such a shame there's no Mac version. Awesome game.
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From:lnr
Date:January 25th, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)
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Well, I assumed (before getting it) that it would have to be some other computer in order to work at *all*, and having that confirmed helps. Knowing which particular computer helps me see that it is in fact quite similar to HAL in some ways. But with more cake.
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From:phlebas
Date:January 25th, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
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Did you watch to the end of the credits?
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From:lnr
Date:January 25th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
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Yeah.
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From:phlebas
Date:January 25th, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)
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I didn't think it was that funny. But I saw the Portal reference coming, which is possibly one step worse than getting the joke.
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:January 25th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
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I got the portal reference in the sense that I thought "Ah, I bet that's a reference to a contemporary geek media piece I will find in five seconds on google" and did :)
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From:aardvark179
Date:January 25th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
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I think a better 2001/Portal joke would be a single panel joke about Hal not opening the pod bay doors because he needs to take the cake out of the oven.
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From:angoel
Date:January 25th, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)
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Out of interest, what's the most recent xkcd joke you haven't got?
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From:rmc28
Date:January 25th, 2008 11:48 am (UTC)
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I think that's the first one I haven't got in ages. Usually it makes me guffaw. Unless it's being cute.
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From:sesquipedality
Date:January 25th, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
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Am I the only person who finds the cute stuff a bit much? It's like greeting card poems for geeks.
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From:auntysarah
Date:January 25th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
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I *like* the cute ones!
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From:ewx
Date:January 25th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
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I find much of XKCD rather over-sold by its fans. Fortunately their habit of linking to every damn one seems to have abated lately. (I don't include this post in that since there's more actual content to it than the link.)
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From:atreic
Date:January 25th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
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Damn, and I try so hard to be content free!
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From:atreic
Date:January 25th, 2008 11:49 am (UTC)
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Err, I'm never sure when I'm missing references. Some of them are funny, but I probably don't get a reference without realising it. I definitely don't get this one
From:mtbc100
Date:January 25th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
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Nor me.
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From:griffen
Date:January 25th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Most of the references in there are to American TV shows from the mid- to late 1980s - "Full House" being one of them. Blade Runner came out in the 1970s (or maybe the early 1980s?) when the Olsen twins were still far too young to be playing the role that the obtuse character thinks they're playing (the blonde sexpot, who was played by Daryl Hannah). I don't get the "New York Minute" reference either, but I'd be willing to bet that it's a movie or show that happened much later than Blade Runner.
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From:gayalondiel
Date:January 25th, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)
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I didn't get the Portal reference in the "something I've seen around fandom and never bothered to look up" kind of way.
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From:sphyg
Date:January 25th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
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What is Portal? *feels ignorant*
From:mtbc100
Date:January 25th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
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It's a computer game that was bundled amid some of the, er, maybe a Halo set?
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From:griffen
Date:January 25th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Half-Life II, actually.
From:mtbc100
Date:January 25th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
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Oh, thank you! I knew it was something popular. (-:
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From:atreic
Date:January 25th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
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The wikipedia page has a nice explanation. But the best explanation I've ever seen was an amusing motivational poster style picture of someone pouring coffee though a portal, which I have googled for for about 10 minutes and can't find. Meh.
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From:alitalf
Date:January 25th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
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Portal - not heard of it until now??

- Open the pub doors, Hal.
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From:wellinghall
Date:January 27th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
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I like it :-)
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From:samholloway
Date:January 25th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
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I got the 2001 bit (although I've never read the book/seen the movie/bought the T-Shirt, which is disgraceful on my part). The rest happily passed me by. I was about to read the xkcd forum to have it explained, but I checked my LJ friends instead. :-)

I thought today's Dilbert had a certain appeal to logical minds - the idea that the more choice you have, the more likely it is that you're making the wrong one:



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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:January 25th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
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I've read the book but (iirc) it's not *in* the book. The film made it a classic, so much so that I remember it despite not seeing the film[1], though orthogonally to the plot I remember.

[1] I think I saw five minutes, but it's not the same not in a giant silent cinema.
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From:pm215
Date:January 25th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
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Your poll is missing an "[X] ...but I didn't think it was actually funny" option.
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From:teleute
Date:January 25th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
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I didn't get the Portal reference until you mentioned it in your poll...*then* it becomes very funny ;-)
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From:jane_somebody
Date:January 25th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Woah, I hadn't thought about 2001 being 7 years ago until you mentioned it - but now you have, certainly it was an "I don't believe it" thought! I saw the film on telly when I was fairly young - goodness knows when that was, but aaaaages ago, and 2001 seemed an eon ahead.

I remember as a little child working out that I would turn 30 in 2000, and thinking that was really old...
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