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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: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?
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: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: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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