1110: Click and Drag
|Click and Drag|
Title text: Click and drag.
This comic is a take on how vast and rich the world is, and on the thrill of exploring it. The world can be described as sad, as well as it can be described as wonderful, even if this seems a bit contradictory, just because there are so many different things happening in it.
Cueball comments about this, and the title text invites the reader to, with their mouse, click and drag the inside of the last panel, and by dragging and dragging, explore what is hidden outside that panel. The image displayed at first turns out to be part of a huge landscape, filled with big or small things, humorous details, people here and there, cave mazes, things floating in the air, jokes and references, unexpected things, relaxing views, etc. (The above image is not functional; you will have to visit the original comic.)
The fact that we only see a small part of the landscape at once refers to the idea that we cannot in real life comprehend the whole world altogether, but only what is around us and/or in the range of our understanding at the time. The click-and-drag process, in which it is impossible to go as fast as we would want to, also draws a parallel with the fact that exploration is always done gradually, step by step, and trying something (i.e. here dragging in a certain direction) always has a cost. This click-and-drag exploration reproduces the thrill of discovering new horizons, getting lost sometimes, finding unexpected things, seeing beauty, humor, desolation or happiness here and there... which can easily captivate an xkcd reader for a looong time (and as such qualifies as nerd sniping).
Warning: there are cheating possibilities, people have implemented ways to explore that world more easily, but the best way to enjoy this comic is to play the game, explore the comic's world the way you're supposed to, get lost in the caves or in the sky, be startled by unexpected things or happy when finding some people after lengthy click-and-dragging through a repetitive landscape... So if you didn't do that already, reading any below will spoil you from truly enjoying the comic.
This transcript will only cover the first 3 panels.
- Cueball [narration]: From the stories
- Cueball [narration]: I expected the world to be sad
- [Cueball is floating by holding onto a balloon with one hand.]
- Cueball [narration]: And it was
- Cueball [narration]: And I expected it to be wonderful.
- [Cueball has grabbed hold of the balloon with both hands.]
- [The wind picks up and blows Cueball eastward.]
- Cueball [narration]: It was.
- [Full width panel, initial view of the world. Part of tile 1n1e.]
- Cueball [narration]: I just didn't expect it to be so BIG.
- [Scene opens up. You see Cueball is about a tree's-height from the ground. To the right there is a tall tree with no leaves on it and a broken limb.]
List of details and references
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The 225 existing tiles are sorted by columns from West to East and from North to South in each column.
|Grid coords||Explanation and Transcript|
|1 North, 33 West||Cueball and Megan reach the western edge of the image and decide to live there. This is a reference to the last line in the film Groundhog Day
|1 North, 32 West||Just terrain, no activity|
|1 North, 31 West||Just terrain, no activity|
|1 North, 30 West||Just terrain, no activity|
|1 North, 29 West||Just terrain, no activity|
|1 North, 28 West||The hillocks in this panel appear to be the face and belly of a giant sleeping on its back. The feet extend into the next panel to the east. Possibly a reference to the giant's drink from the book Ender's Game.|
|1 North, 27 West||The westernmost hillock appears to be the feet of a giant sleeping on its back, continued from the next panel west. Velociraptors in the high grass.
|1 North, 26 West||Just terrain, no activity|
|1 North, 25 West||A large radio telescope with a female listening for a signal. Possibly a reference to the movie Contact.|
|1 North, 24 West||Just terrain, no activity. Very nice trees though.|
|1 North, 23 West||More nice trees.|
|2 North, 22 West||The top of a large rocket that looks similar to the Saturn V rocket (the base is in 1 North, 22 West).
|1 North, 22 West||The base of the Saturn V rocket on a launchpad.
|1 North, 21 West||Cueball asks Jesus why his footprints look like tire tracks. This is a reference to the inspirational text Footprints as well as a reference to the Transformers.
|1 North, 20 West||Water|
|1 North, 19 West||Water|
|1 North, 18 West||Water|
|1 North, 17 West||The scruffy character beneath the palm tree might be a reference to Desert Island Discs, a BBC radio program in which a celebrity chooses the records they would like to be stranded with if castaway. The hatch is a reference to Lost in which the passengers on board a flight over the Pacific Ocean find themselves stranded on a strange island. Their first clue that they stumbled on something out-of-the-ordinary is the hatch.
|1 South, 17 West||A miner. The sliding stone walls behind him (to keep back the water if he digs too far) are a reference to Ted Chiang's "Tower of Babylon" .|
|2 South, 17 West||
|3 South, 17 West||A reference to the game AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!, where the game play consists of falling down while avoiding objects.
|4 South, 17 West||
|5 South, 17 West||
|6 South, 17 West||
|7 South, 17 West||
|8 South, 17 West||An X-Wing fighter flies up a vertical shaft, its pilot communicating over radio. The quote is a reference to a scene of the Star Wars movie Return of the Jedi, with an X-Wing piloted by Wedge Antilles escaping from inside the Death Star ():
|9 South, 17 West||
|10 South, 17 West||
|11 South, 17 West||
|12 South, 17 West||Cueball and Megan looking up from the bottom of the shaft.|
|1 North, 16 West||
|12 South, 16 West||
|1 North, 15 West||
|12 South, 15 West||
|1 North, 14 West||People today can't seem to turn off their phones, unplug and just be by themselves. It has become a societal expectation that every person is constantly connected to the world and is there to respond at any moment. The idea of being indisposed has become a foreign concept.
|12 South, 14 West||
|1 North, 13 West||A rocky hill with a lighthouse. Megan and Ponytail sit atop the hill. A half-buried Statue of Liberty is on the other side in reference to Planet of Apes with Cueball's "You Maniacs!" line parodying the final line from the film. Another western shore makes this a very small landmass.
|12 South, 13 West||Someone in a straw hat saying "Becky?". He is carrying either a grappling hook or the end of a rope. Probably a reference to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in which the title character rescues his sweetheart, Becky Thatcher, from a cave.|
|1 North, 12 West||Water|
|12 South, 12 West||
|11 North, 11 West||An empty white tile with symmetric coordinates (11 North, 11 West).|
|1 North, 11 West||Marco Polo is a game similar to tag but played in a swimming pool. The person who is "it" closes their eyes, or is blind-folded and calls out "Marco". All the other players must respond "Polo". The person who is it then tries to find the people by a sort of echo-location. It is a reference to Marco Polo the Venetian merchant who was the first European to make it to Central Asia and China.
|11 South, 11 West||A black tile with symmetric coordinates (11 South, 11 West).
Note, that this PNG file contains an ICC section which means that the blackness in this image is properly color-corrected.
|12 South, 11 West||Deep underground, a cavern opens up to reveal trees, grass, rocks, and a lake. A bird flies toward the trees. A person sits on a rock thoughtfully gazing into the water.|
|1 North, 10 West||Water.|
|12 South, 10 West|
|1 North, 9 West||Bitcoin is digital currency that is untraceable, and thus liberated from the oversight of governments and banks. Peter Thiel is a co-founder of The Seasteading Institute that promotes permanent, autonomous ocean communities (similar to a micronation), enabling innovation with new political and social systems. Peter Thiel is also a co-founder of PayPal, a global e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. Peter Thiel and other co-founders' original vision for PayPal was to have an online payment service that enabled account holders to send money to anyone in the world with just an e-mail address. xkcd also supports bitcoin donations. This might be a reference to the unspent bitcoins from a recent $250,000 theft. If they don't have any internet access they might find it hard to spend their loot.
Edwin S. Shneidman was a pioneer in the field of suicide prevention. He published 20 books on suicide and its prevention, one of which, A Commonsense Book of Death, defines most people to be death-postponers. A death-postponer hopes that death will not occur in anything like the forseeable future; the event must be staved off for as long as possible. The reference to a "death-postponer" is also the literal opposite to the actual name of the item Cueball throws, a life preserver.
|2 South, 9 West||Jellyfish playing some sort of console game.|
|12 South, 9 West|
|1 North, 8 West||Poop deck is the nautical term for the deck that forms the roof of a cabin built in the rear of the ship.
The character climbing the rigging is apparently Elizabeth Warren, who said at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, "People feel like the system is rigged against them. And here's the painful part: They're right. The system is rigged."
The three-masted sailing ship with the pirate could be a reference to Monty Python's short film The Crimson Permanent Assurance in which rebellious office clerks turn their office building into a pirate ship, raiding financial districts in numerous big cities, before falling off the edge of the world.
|12 South, 8 West|
|13 South, 8 West|
|7 North, 7 West||A Boeing 717 in landing configuration.|
|1 North, 7 West||Water|
|13 South, 7 West|
|14 South, 7 West|
|1 North, 6 West||Water|
|1 South, 6 West||Jellyfish|
|13 South, 6 West|
|14 South, 6 West||
|6 North, 5 West||Red spiders from earlier comics falling from the sky|
|1 North, 5 West||"I'm on a Boat" is a single from The Lonely Island's debut album Incredibad.
|14 South, 5 West||
|2 North, 4 West||An Embraer E-190|
|1 North, 4 West||The coast of the body of water at a beach with some sea birds and beachgoers.|
|14 South, 4 West||
|3 North, 3 West||
|2 North, 3 West||An empty white tile.|
|1 North, 3 West||The west wall of a large building which stair-cases narrower as it rises.|
|14 South, 3 West||
|8 North, 2 West||This seems to be the peak of the Burj Khalifa to which 6 North, 27 East refers.|
|7 North, 2 West|
|6 North, 2 West||Black Hat is seen in the picture with a gatling gun, probably the Imperial cannons referred in 8 North, 6 East. Also at bottom, a cueball is flying a paper airplane off the building.
|5 North, 2 West||A construction crane lifting another, smaller, construction crane. Possibly a reference to the Truck Truck Truck gag from the Simpsons. Also, self-erecting tower cranes do usually not lift crawler cranes|
|4 North, 2 West|
|3 North, 2 West||On the west side, the top of a (different) construction crane. On the east side, Cueball is firing a clay pigeon launcher while Ponytail fires a shotgun at the target. Meanwhile, someone else (Danish?) comes up from behind with CDs.
|2 North, 2 West||On the west side, the bottom of the construction crane. On the upper eastern side, a person is laid back, relaxing in a chair while using a laptop. On the next step down, a party crowd is out on a balcony.
|1 North, 2 West||The bulk of the base of the building with one terrace visible on either side. Megan says "I came here to chew bubblegum... And I'm all out of bubblegum" is a reference to the movie They Live in which the character Nada famously says "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum". That line is also used in the game Duke Nukem 3D by Duke himself, when Shrapnel City (Episode 3) starts. Also, Cueball says "That's a shame" a line popularised by Jerry in the sitcom Seinfeld. Pool line is a reference to "pool on the roof" prank from the movie Hackers.|
|14 South, 2 West||
|8 North, 1 West||An empty white tile.|
|5 North, 1 West||The tail of the crawler crane lifted at 5 North, 2 West.|
|2 North, 1 West||An empty white tile.|
|1 North, 1 West||The western wall at the base of a large building including its portico, a remote control rocket-powered bicycle attempting to launch from the first terrace, a balcony on the second terrace and a satellite dish and other exhausts on the third. Trees with squirrels stand in front of the building leading to a parking lot with cars and one Wienermobile|
|14 South, 1 West||
|15 South, 1 West||This is a sad statement about where the Internet is right now. The Internet should be a vast and diverse place filled with new and exciting content that breaks the mold of already established media. But instead, everyone on the Internet has become a shill for their Facebook page and their Twitter stream. It feels like everything links back to these two sites. Even stuck at the bottom of a shaft, these two people care more for how many Facebook likes and twitter followers they have, than for their own lives and safety.
|13 North, 1 East||Two whales is possibly a reference to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the planet Magrathea, where (improbably) two incoming missiles are turned into a whale and a bowl of petunias. It may also be a reference to the album From Mars to Sirius by the French heavy metal band Gojira, specifically the track, "Flying Whales." A third possibility is a reference to Respighi's "The Pines of Rome" from Fantasia II.|
|6 North, 1 East||A hot air balloon is the oldest form of human-carrying flight.
|1 North, 1 East||The "center" of the world; the default loaded image with Cueball floating by balloon. The balloons may be a reference to comic 1106. This may also be a reference to Winnie The Pooh. The parking lot to the west ends to a grassy/rocky field with a tree. A hill runs up to the east with a fountain.
|14 South, 1 East||
|15 South, 1 East|
|16 South, 1 East|
|17 South, 1 East||Alaska at the bottom of the shaft
At the lowest level of the cave, a fish leaps from water.
|9 North, 2 East||A reference to the Apollo 13 manned mission to the moon in 1970. Two days after launch, en route to the moon, an oxygen tank exploded. Astronaut Swigert reported the incident to Mission Control in Houston saying 'Houston, we've had a problem.' The 1995 movie Apollo 13 deliberately misquoted Swigert's famous statement as 'Houston, we have a problem' because the original made it seem that the problem had already passed.
The response is a parody of the inspirational quote 'There are no problems, only opportunities.'
|3 North, 2 East||A reference to the Greek myth of Icarus and his father's escape from Crete by building wings of feathers and wax. The joke is that, the incredible part of the story, the fact that Icarus and his father actually flew with simple wax and feathers, is downplayed to try to give children an object lesson about humility and hubris.
|1 North, 2 East||
|14 South, 2 East||
|17 South, 2 East|
|3 North, 3 East||Megan is surfing on a Boeing 767-300W|
|2 North, 3 East||[Ground slops uphill, left-to-right (West to East). Close to the far right boundary is the Christmas Tree from A Charlie Brown Christmas. In the middle is an electronic listening station. Left and Up-slope of the listening station, Megan and Cueball are lying on the ground, talking. Near bottom left is Ponytail, wearing sunglasses, roller-skiing off a ski jump. Top left are four birds in the sky.]
|1 North, 3 East|
|14 South, 3 East||
|17 South, 3 East|
|18 South, 3 East||Minecraft reference: Someone escapes a creeper, running deeper into the cave he just fell in.|
|2 North, 4 East||The Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory as seen in this particular photo. The radio tower depicted shows the antennas for the WGBH and WKAF FM stations.
A reference to George Mallory's famous response to the question: "Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?".
|1 North, 4 East||A black empty tile (required because unspecified North tiles are automatically filled with white).|
|18 South, 4 East|
|19 South, 4 East|
|2 North, 5 East||Cueball can't get cellphone reception, while two wingsuit flyers are leaping off a cliff above him.|
|1 North, 5 East||A black empty tile (required because unspecified North tiles are automatically filled with white).|
|17 South, 5 East||Possibly The Nautilus, the submarine from Jules Verne's novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870) and The Mysterious Island (1874) Also, possibly an allusion to Schwa.|
|19 South, 5 East|
|8 North, 6 East||Red Five is both Anakin and Luke Skywalker's call sign. Anakin uses the sign in the Battle of Coruscant and Luke uses it in the Battle of Yavin. Also note the use of "cannon" and "canon."
|2 North, 6 East||Giant airborne jellyfish.
|1 North, 6 East|
|16 South, 6 East|
|17 South, 6 East|
|19 South, 6 East|
|1 North, 7 East||Level 1-1 of the original Super Mario Bros. This is confirmed by text on 3 South, 7 East. Compare with screenshot. The level's "bottomless pits" continue downward.|
|1 South, 7 East||Two people climbing up/down the holes, and one falling.|
|2 South, 7 East|
|3 South, 7 East||Two people are talking next to a "bottomless pit" from the Mario level, one is saying: "The walls... worn smooth by billions of tumbling Mario corpses".|
|4 South, 7 East|
|5 South, 7 East|
|6 South, 7 East|
|7 South, 7 East|
|8 South, 7 East||RPG style pit trap|
|9 South, 7 East||Another Minecraft reference. Cueball standing while a girl swings a pickaxe to further dig out a tunnel. Farther down, part of the mine shaft has collapsed and sealed the hole.|
|10 South, 7 East|
|11 South, 7 East|
|12 South, 7 East|
|13 South, 7 East|
|14 South, 7 East||A cane is wedged in the right hand mine shaft. Likely a reference to the first Where's Waldo book, where Waldo loses his walking stick (and other items) and readers must scour the detailed illustrations to find Waldo and each of the items he drops.|
|15 South, 7 East|
|16 South, 7 East||
|17 South, 7 East||
|19 South, 7 East||Horizontal tunnel|
|1 North, 8 East||Four wind turbines|
|16 South, 8 East|
|17 South, 8 East||A small graveyard.|
|18 South, 8 East||There are tentacle-like objects restricting the passing of objects through this tunnel, the art of which closely resembles the XBox Live Arcade game Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, and also bears a resemblance to the mouth of a Sarlacc Pit from Star Wars.|
|19 South, 8 East|
|1 North, 9 East||Reference to the first line of "99 Problems" by Jay-Z ("If you're having girl problems I feel bad for you son. I've got 99 problems but a <rhymes with "witch"> ain't one."). Just left of the fence is a small cleared area with what appears to be a frog in the center. Frog Prince? Also a reference to fencepost error. Ironically, there may be an off-by-one error in the joke, since it would only take 100 fenceposts to cover 99 problems, not 101.|
|3 North, 10 East||The outline of a Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 aircraft, with original photo located here.|
|1 North, 10 East|
|11 North, 11 East||An empty white tile with symmetric coordinates (11 N, 11 E).|
|1 North, 11 East||A sine curve oscillates between -1 and 1.
|11 South, 11 East||An empty black tile with symmetric coordinates (11 N, 11 E).
Note, that this PNG file contains an ICC section which means that the blackness in this image is properly color-corrected.
|5 North, 12 East||This is a re-enactment of one of the last scenes in 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which Dave Bowman shuts down Hal 9000 by one-by-one pulling out processor modules. Hal eventually regresses to his first programmed memories, the song Daisy Bell which he sings for Bowman.
|1 North, 12 East||Bourne or Sagamore Bridge
|1 North, 13 East||The bridge is either the Bourne or Sagamore Bridge.
The covered wagon was popularized during the American expansion west, as a good way to bring goods along with as a family journeyed from the crowded eastern states out west (usually to Oregon or California).
|1 North, 14 East||Bourne or Sagamore Bridge
|1 North, 15 East||Cueball is singing the chorus to the song "Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger. The characters in the wagon reference the Oregon Trail computer game.
Black Hat seems to be up to his usual shenanigans.
|2 North, 16 East||Top of VLF antenna.|
|1 North, 16 East||A cabin which appears to be hooked up to a VLF antenna.|
|2 North, 17 East||Top of VLF antenna.|
|1 North, 17 East||VLF antenna and a steep cliff dropoff to water. Cueball watches a butterfly flit around as they did in the Peanuts comic strip.
The VLF antenna is likely to be a representation of the Marconi Station on Cape Cod as it existed in the early 1900's. This station transmitted the first trans-Atlantic wireless telegram in 1903. It had the same four towers and steep drop-off to the beach as depicted in this comic with possible original photo here.
|3 North, 18 East||A Boeing 717 with landing gear deployed. Caption: "Folks, this is your captain speaking. I need you all to turn on every electronic device your have. There's no time to explain." (a reference to the game with the same name?)|
|1 North, 18 East||Two swimmers in the ocean saying "Stupid FreeBSD...". FreeBSD is a Unix-like operating system. A reference to 349: Success.|
|1 North, 19 East||A humpback whale breaching.|
|1 North, 20 East||A rocky shore. The uppermost rock formation in this panel appears to be a laughing face in profile.|
|1 North, 21 East||A fin-shaped object protrudes from the ground|
|2 North, 22 East|
|1 North, 22 East||An anchor for Guy-wires|
|3 North, 23 East|
|2 North, 23 East|
|1 North, 23 East||An anchor for Guy-wires|
|4 North, 24 East|
|3 North, 24 East|
|2 North, 24 East|
|1 North, 24 East||An anchor for Guy-wires|
|5 North, 25 East|
|4 North, 25 East|
|3 North, 25 East|
|2 North, 25 East|
|1 North, 25 East|
|6 North, 26 East|
|5 North, 26 East|
|4 North, 26 East||Black Hat is hanging from one of the wire supports.|
|3 North, 26 East|
|2 North, 26 East|
|1 North, 26 East||An anchor for Guy-wires|
|7 North, 27 East|
|6 North, 27 East||This appears to be the former record-holder for the tallest man-made structure, the KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota. It was surpassed by the Burj Khalifa (829.84 m (2,723 ft)) located in Dubai (also included in the comic).
|5 North, 27 East|
|4 North, 27 East|
|3 North, 27 East|
|2 North, 27 East|
|1 North, 27 East||The base of a radio tower|
|6 North, 28 East|
|5 North, 28 East|
|4 North, 28 East|
|3 North, 28 East|
|2 North, 28 East|
|1 North, 28 East||An anchor for Guy-wires|
|5 North, 29 East|
|4 North, 29 East||Someone is sliding down the wire. Possibly a reference to the game Infamous.|
|3 North, 29 East|
|2 North, 29 East|
|1 North, 29 East||Guy-wires|
|4 North, 30 East|
|3 North, 30 East|
|2 North, 30 East|
|1 North, 30 East||An anchor for Guy-wires|
|3 North, 31 East|
|2 North, 31 East|
|1 North, 31 East||An anchor for Guy-wires|
|2 North, 32 East|
|1 North, 32 East||An anchor for Guy-wires|
|1 North, 33 East||A tree with a tractor|
|1 North, 34 East||A rolling grassy landscape with a fence. Some of the fence posts are topped with bluebird boxes, and birds sit on the fence wires.|
|1 North, 35 East||a barn and some trees|
|1 North, 36 East||Reference to the original Pokemon games. When Prof. Oak tells you not to go into the tall grass without a Pokemon.
|1 North, 37 East||Grass|
|1 North, 38 East||Grass with a short rectangular structure|
|2 North, 39 East||The top of a water tower. Cueball and Megan on the catwalk at the top. Cueball looking out. Megan using some mounted device (maybe a telephone?, or some controls?).|
|1 North, 39 East||The base of a water tower|
|1 North, 40 East||Grass|
|1 North, 41 East||Grass|
|1 North, 42 East||Grass|
|1 North, 43 East||Grass|
|1 North, 44 East||Grass|
|1 North, 45 East||Grass|
|1 North, 46 East||Grass|
|1 North, 47 East||Grass|
|1 North, 48 East||Cueball with a balloon in his hand, flying towards the image border. He says "I wonder where I'll float next". This is a reference to the very first xkcd comic. It may also be a reference to World of Goo, a computer game, where at the and of level 1 the goo balls leave the screen carried by balloons, wondering what will be next. Alternatively, this may be a reference to the detail and variety of earlier panels.
References by Category
|Covered wagons||1 North, 13 East 1 North, 14 East|
|Remote-controlled rocket-powered bicycle||1 North, 1 West|
|Sailboat||1 North, 5 West|
|Sailing ship||1 North, 8 West|
|Junk-rigged Sailboat||1 North, 13 East|
|Hot air balloons||6 North, 1 East|
|Cars||1 North, 1 West 1 North, 1 East|
|Wienermobile||1 North, 1 West|
|Tank||1 North, 13 East|
|Submarine||17 South, 5 East|
|Boeing 717 Jet airliner||7 North, 7 West 3 North, 18 East|
|Embraer E-190 Jet airliner||2 North, 4 West|
|Boeing 767-300W Jet airliner||3 North, 3 East|
|Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 turboprop airliner||3 North, 10 East|
|Saturn V Rocket||1 North, 22 West 2 North, 22 West|
|Apollo 13 spacecraft||9 North, 2 East|
|X-Wing fighters||8 North, 6 East 8 South, 17 West|| }
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