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[PA Comic] Monday, May 7, 2012 - The Fullness Of Time

GethGeth LegionPerseus VeilRegistered User, Super Moderator, Penny Arcade Staff, Vanilla Staff vanilla
edited May 2012 in The Penny Arcade Hub
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  • RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    The Susan System is the only appropriate name for the final level or scene of a space adventure game/movie/show etc.

  • godmodegodmode Nooo-ooo-ooo... That ain't dancin', SallyRegistered User regular
    edited May 2012
    The husband looks like a caricature of Clark Gregg

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    godmode on
  • AurichAurich Registered User regular
    I wonder if star systems likely to contain life-supporting planets are more expensive.

  • HenroidHenroid Nobody Nowhere fastRegistered User regular
    Aurich wrote: »
    I wonder if star systems likely to contain life-supporting planets are more expensive.

    Why would they be? They'd be more valuable in a sense, but you wouldn't have to terraform them.

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  • Maz-Maz- World's waiting for you, kid. Registered User regular
    Effin' Mother's Day, always creeping up on me..I'm terrible with gifts.

    I gotta get me one of dem stars.

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  • SabreMauSabreMau Still featuring glasses. Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    http://www.iau.org/public/buying_star_names/

    Fugitive wrote: »
    Wow, the IAU gets pretty snarky about star-naming.
    Bucketman wrote: »
    The IAU, as cold as space itself

    SabreMau on
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  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah Registered User regular
    Comic is cute but I'm surprised they didn't do an avengers comic. I anticipate one sometime this week.

  • Binary SquidBinary Squid We all make choices Registered User regular
    Sapsuckerfrog?

    That's all the way across the galaxy, Hierarch.

  • NamrokNamrok Herndon, VARegistered User regular
    edited May 2012
    Am I losing my mind? I feel like I saw this exact same comic panel for panel almost a month ago.

    Edit: AHA! I knew it looked familiar.

    Namrok on
  • El SkidEl Skid The frozen white northRegistered User regular
    SabreMau wrote: »
    http://www.iau.org/public/buying_star_names/

    Fugitive wrote: »
    Wow, the IAU gets pretty snarky about star-naming.
    Bucketman wrote: »
    The IAU, as cold as space itself

    Useful info, that. In other news, I am totally starting a star-naming business. Please PM me your orders!

    mrpaku wrote: »
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  • DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    Namrok wrote: »
    Am I losing my mind? I feel like I saw this exact same comic panel for panel almost a month ago.

    Edit: AHA! I knew it looked familiar.

    Apparently Susan is just the exact name you think of when you ask yourself, "What lady do I know that needs a star system named after her?"

    "Well, look at this. Appears we got here just in the nick of time. What's that make us?"
    "Big Damn Heroes, Sir."
    "Ain't we just."
  • jackaljackal Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    El Skid wrote: »
    SabreMau wrote: »
    http://www.iau.org/public/buying_star_names/

    Fugitive wrote: »
    Wow, the IAU gets pretty snarky about star-naming.
    Bucketman wrote: »
    The IAU, as cold as space itself

    Useful info, that. In other news, I am totally starting a star-naming business. Please PM me your orders!

    Forget this guy. I'm selling galaxy names. Ask about reduced rates for clusters and superclusters!

    jackal on
  • ErodeErode Registered User
    godmode wrote: »
    The husband looks like a caricature of Clark Gregg

    s-CLARK-GREGG-AVENGERS-large.jpg


    Uh....his first name is "Agent."

  • langdon_algerlangdon_alger Registered User
    (OK, I've been reading the comics for a few years but this one finally got me to register for the forums)

    I used to work at one of these places!

    (This one: http://www.starregistry.com/)

    Back in high school (Mid 90's) I took phone orders and did random office crap for them.

    Legit? They always seemed to think so.

  • jackaljackal Registered User regular
    They give you what they say they do, so I guess they are legit. It's just they're selling something useless to dumb people. It's a pretty common business model.

  • susansusan Registered User regular
    They named a star after me :) !

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  • SticksSticks Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    There is no law against selling useless crap, this is true.

    This isn't even necessarily useless. As long as you remain ignorant of the fact that it's not really yours, you enjoy all of the benefits of thinking that it belongs to you... which is exactly what you paid for.

    Sticks on
  • RatelRatel Registered User regular
    It's an idea ripe for lampooning, but I think this is the best I've seen to date:
    http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2011/3/1/how-to-give-someone-an-intangible-gift.html

  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu ___________PIGEON _________San Diego, CA Registered User regular
    Namrok wrote: »
    Am I losing my mind? I feel like I saw this exact same comic panel for panel almost a month ago.

    Edit: AHA! I knew it looked familiar.
    haha wow, that's pretty crazy. Maybe in the future every star will be named Susan. It seems inevitable.

  • Twenty SidedTwenty Sided Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    jackal wrote: »
    They give you what they say they do, so I guess they are legit. It's just they're selling something useless to dumb people. It's a pretty common business model.

    Except that they don't. It's a scam. Flat and simple.

    If you want to get bogged down in technicalities, then sure, they just don't correct misperceptions that their consumers have.

    Twenty Sided on
  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    If people expect their names to be attached to a star for generations they need to remember one thing.

    We live in America.


    Think about it.

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  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    Edit: Shit, wrong thread.

    Couscous on
  • jackaljackal Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    jackal wrote: »
    They give you what they say they do, so I guess they are legit. It's just they're selling something useless to dumb people. It's a pretty common business model.

    Except that they don't. It's a scam. Flat and simple.

    If you want to get bogged down in technicalities, then sure, they just don't correct misperceptions that their consumers have.

    Fine, it's a scam, but not in the same way that Quibids is a scam.

    jackal on
  • Twenty SidedTwenty Sided Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    If people expect their names to be attached to a star for generations they need to remember one thing.

    We live in America.


    Think about it.

    Uhhhh . . . tried. Didn't work. Something abstract about how Americans have an undeserved sense of entitlement. Maybe something about capitalism.

    I was just willing to dismiss this on the fatalistic acceptance that a certain segment of the population is just plain stupid. I mean, people have been sold bridges and false consolations of an afterlife. Homeopathy is pretty big in Britain. This stuff is hardly unique. No?

    I live in America, so my calibration for these things is off. It's part of the background noise. You'll have to spell this out for me.

    Twenty Sided on
  • jackaljackal Registered User regular
    I think he's saying America is due to fall soon. Hopefully he is wrong. That's where I keep all my stuff.

  • Twenty SidedTwenty Sided Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    jackal wrote: »
    I think he's saying America is due to fall soon. Hopefully he is wrong. That's where I keep all my stuff.

    Nah, I think he was making a point that the people there are egoistic assholes, or somesuch thing.

    Twenty Sided on
  • The Good Doctor TranThe Good Doctor Tran Registered User regular
    If people expect their names to be attached to a star for generations they need to remember one thing.

    We live in America.


    Think about it.

    Uhhhh . . . tried. Didn't work. Something abstract about how Americans have an undeserved sense of entitlement. Maybe something about capitalism.

    I was just willing to dismiss this on the fatalistic acceptance that a certain segment of the population is just plain stupid. I mean, people have been sold bridges and false consolations of an afterlife. Homeopathy is pretty big in Britain. This stuff is hardly unique. No?

    I live in America, so my calibration for these things is off. It's part of the background noise. You'll have to spell this out for me.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amerigo_Vespucci

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  • Twenty SidedTwenty Sided Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    If people expect their names to be attached to a star for generations they need to remember one thing.

    We live in America.


    Think about it.

    Uhhhh . . . tried. Didn't work. Something abstract about how Americans have an undeserved sense of entitlement. Maybe something about capitalism.

    I was just willing to dismiss this on the fatalistic acceptance that a certain segment of the population is just plain stupid. I mean, people have been sold bridges and false consolations of an afterlife. Homeopathy is pretty big in Britain. This stuff is hardly unique. No?

    I live in America, so my calibration for these things is off. It's part of the background noise. You'll have to spell this out for me.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amerigo_Vespucci

    Yeah, but he was an explorer who got his name stuck. Leif Ericson or Columbus weren't exactly lucky that way. He didn't buy a piece of immortality in some blatantly consumerist manner.

    I fail to see your point. People here need to stop trying to be ambiguous and clever and shit.

    Twenty Sided on
  • Twenty SidedTwenty Sided Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    duplicate post

    Twenty Sided on
  • AurichAurich Registered User regular
    If people expect their names to be attached to a star for generations they need to remember one thing.

    We live in America.


    Think about it.

    Uhhhh . . . tried. Didn't work. Something abstract about how Americans have an undeserved sense of entitlement. Maybe something about capitalism.

    I was just willing to dismiss this on the fatalistic acceptance that a certain segment of the population is just plain stupid. I mean, people have been sold bridges and false consolations of an afterlife. Homeopathy is pretty big in Britain. This stuff is hardly unique. No?

    I live in America, so my calibration for these things is off. It's part of the background noise. You'll have to spell this out for me.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amerigo_Vespucci

    Yeah, but he was an explorer who got his name stuck. Leif Ericson or Columbus weren't exactly lucky that way. He didn't buy a piece of immortality in some blatantly consumerist manner.

    I fail to see your point. People here need to stop trying to be ambiguous and clever and shit.
    While I don't know what he was referring to, you are the one who is annoying me. Perhaps you are the one who is doing it wrong.
    Henroid wrote: »
    Aurich wrote: »
    I wonder if star systems likely to contain life-supporting planets are more expensive.

    Why would they be? They'd be more valuable in a sense, but you wouldn't have to terraform them.
    Because then this situation would be more likely to play out! You think The Black Fleet goes just any damn place?

  • Gigazombie CybermageGigazombie Cybermage Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    I laughed way too hard at this.

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    If people expect their names to be attached to a star for generations they need to remember one thing.

    We live in America.


    Think about it.

    Uhhhh . . . tried. Didn't work. Something abstract about how Americans have an undeserved sense of entitlement. Maybe something about capitalism.

    I was just willing to dismiss this on the fatalistic acceptance that a certain segment of the population is just plain stupid. I mean, people have been sold bridges and false consolations of an afterlife. Homeopathy is pretty big in Britain. This stuff is hardly unique. No?

    I live in America, so my calibration for these things is off. It's part of the background noise. You'll have to spell this out for me.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amerigo_Vespucci

    Yeah, but he was an explorer who got his name stuck. Leif Ericson or Columbus weren't exactly lucky that way. He didn't buy a piece of immortality in some blatantly consumerist manner.

    I fail to see your point. People here need to stop trying to be ambiguous and clever and shit.


    "Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but it dies in the process."

    America got its name through random ass happenstance, not through the careful planning of the indigious people, the people from Europe who discovered it, or the people from Europe who discovered it for the mainstream.

    And now the joke is dead.

    I hope you are happy.

    Steam name: munkus_beaver
    Blizzard thing: munkus#1952
    Nintendo ID (3DS thinger): munkusbeaver
    Please give to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: http://www.ccfa.org/
    Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but it dies in the process.
  • CorehealerCorehealer The Apothecary When has it ever been different, old friend?Registered User regular
    I want a planet named after me. They are cooler then some lame dot of light that no one ever visits.

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  • LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    Corehealer wrote: »
    I want a planet named after me. They are cooler then some lame dot of light that no one ever visits.

    Just because humans don't visit them doesn't mean that nobody does. Maybe there are light entities out there who make regular trips to stars.

    I believe the Star Trek classification for a planet with an Earth-like environment is a Class M Planet. Maybe there is a Class M equivalent for stars that contain certain livable environmental conditions for other beings.

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  • Form of Monkey!Form of Monkey! Registered User regular
    So I don't know what to make of the fact that, as other posters pointed out, it's a retread of an idea from a number of different strips.

    "Plagiarism" isn't the right word, could it be a tribute? Or perhaps just a fairly common joke to make?

  • xepherysxepherys Registered User regular
    It's weird to me - often I want to come into these threads to discuss the day's news post, but that doesn't ever seem to come to fruition because, well... nobody is ever discussing the ones that I think are interesting.

    Anyway, about the news post and the $99, Live-subscription subsidized Xboxen. I think that the point is true—that this will bring new people into the X-sphere, so to speak. The interesting thing is that it doesn't only bring them into the world of Xbox, but into our communities, by way of mandating XBL Gold subscriptions. These folk who would otherwise not be part of this community will jump into it with unforeseen consequences (for better or worse). It could be interesting.

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  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu ___________PIGEON _________San Diego, CA Registered User regular
    So I don't know what to make of the fact that, as other posters pointed out, it's a retread of an idea from a number of different strips.

    "Plagiarism" isn't the right word, could it be a tribute? Or perhaps just a fairly common joke to make?
    Fairly common joke is the obvious choice here. I imagine G&T don't exactly read every webcomic out there and make a catalog of all the jokes that have been made so that they don't step on anyone's toes. It's also worth pointing out that although the joke is fine in those other comics, I think the PA version is the funniest, and that's probably another reason why G&T don't bother checking every webcomic before they make a joke: if they came up with it themselves, then it's probably funny whether or not someone has done it before, because they come up with funny stuff.

    Another reason to think that this is the case is that if this were a tribute they would have credited the people this is a tribute to, and if it were plagiarism then they'd have to have suddenly turned into people who steal jokes, which seems... incredibly unlikely. I can't really imagine them sitting around (being filmed by the documentary crew for a Fourth Panel episode...) and saying "shit, can't think of anything funny, let's rip off another webcomic and hope nobody notices."

  • Twenty SidedTwenty Sided Registered User regular
    If people expect their names to be attached to a star for generations they need to remember one thing.

    We live in America.


    Think about it.

    Uhhhh . . . tried. Didn't work. Something abstract about how Americans have an undeserved sense of entitlement. Maybe something about capitalism.

    I was just willing to dismiss this on the fatalistic acceptance that a certain segment of the population is just plain stupid. I mean, people have been sold bridges and false consolations of an afterlife. Homeopathy is pretty big in Britain. This stuff is hardly unique. No?

    I live in America, so my calibration for these things is off. It's part of the background noise. You'll have to spell this out for me.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amerigo_Vespucci

    Yeah, but he was an explorer who got his name stuck. Leif Ericson or Columbus weren't exactly lucky that way. He didn't buy a piece of immortality in some blatantly consumerist manner.

    I fail to see your point. People here need to stop trying to be ambiguous and clever and shit.


    "Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but it dies in the process."

    America got its name through random ass happenstance, not through the careful planning of the indigious people, the people from Europe who discovered it, or the people from Europe who discovered it for the mainstream.

    And now the joke is dead.

    I hope you are happy.
    What seriously? That was a joke?

  • DidactDidact Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    As far as I'm concerned, all these businesses are scams. The astronomical community will never recognize the name you've paid fifty bucks to have given to a star, which is probably for the best to be honest. I know the International Star Registry likes to claim it's all just for fun and that their customers are informed that the names aren't official, but then they threaten to sue anyone who actually criticizes what they do.

    Didact on
  • DexOZDexOZ Registered User regular
    After six years of reading and all those moments when I read a comic and think I should sign up and express my appreciation, I have. There is so much going on in that first panel that it's an instant favourite for me.

    On the star-selling bit, I kinda think most people know they are buying nothing more than a nice greeting-card, a childs-fancy (like the comic), or an anecdote?

    Although I do have a nice acreage overlooking the Sea of Tranquility if anyone's interested :winky:

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