Tuesday, October 21, 2008
What's that? You're not into astrophysics or particle physics? Well, allow me to enlighten you.
Currently, in France and Switzerland, there's a giant machine called the LHC, run by an organization called CERN. Some people are afraid that, when this machine is switched on, it will cause the end of life on Earth. The aliens in the first 2 panels have created a similar machine (that's the CERN logo in the upper right), and when they turned it on, it created a gamma ray burst. The alien in panel 2 is pushing a button with his tentacle-fingers, not trying to open a can of tuna with a wrinkled bow tie.
A gamma ray burst is an explosion that makes a supernova look like one of those popper-snapper firecrackers that you can set off in your hand. No-one is sure what causes them, but they're thought to be caused by things like collisions between black holes. (Technically collisions between neutron stars, which are sort of almost-black-hole things.)
So, yeah... the joke is that gamma ray bursts are actually caused by civilizations reaching this particular phase of development, then nuking themselves to smithereens by accidentally building a doomsday machine.
Posted by Just Us at 11:04 PM
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Sorry, this crash thing is comedy gold. And I love to spread memes. It makes me feel hip. Anyways, this meme refers to an episode of South Park where these little gnomes steal underwear. Their business model is:
"One of the running memes on the Internet comes from the gnomes' business plan in this episode, where people will say something to the effect of "1. (action) 2. ??? 3. Profit!!!"" (quote from Wikipedia.) With the effect being to mock the action in step 1. I thought about adding another one, for the year 2000, where step 1 was "dot-com", but I thought 3 panels was enough.
Read this article if you want to know what happened with tulips in 1637.
Posted by Just Us at 3:20 PM
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
LOLCats is an internet phenomenon where people put silly / cute captions on pictures of cute / silly cats. A couple of these are famous ones: the "I can has bailout" cat was originally "I can has cheezburger" and is the one everyone thinks of when they think of LOLCats. The "I made you a cookie... but I eated it" is a close second. The "Invisible Housing Bubble" was originally "Invisible Sandwich", and is part of an entire sub-genre of "Invisible [something]" LOLCats pictures. The last cat is saying "$700 billion, please. Ok, thanks, bye" for those of you who don't speak LOLCat. The final picture is Rep. Ron Paul, a vocal opponent of the bailout plan. It's a reference to yet another internet meme, "The cake is a lie!", which means something like, "Your promised reward is merely a fictitious motivator." The 'K THX BAI' and 'the -> teh' are also Internet-hip. And, for completeness, the title is a reference to the Nickelodeon TV show "Clarissa Explains It All", a TV show that was popular when I was about 12, coincidentally the age of kids who think these memes are cool now.