428: Starwatching

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I always figured the word 'blog' would sound *less* silly as the years went by.
Title text: I always figured the word 'blog' would sound *less* silly as the years went by.

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Randall is using the scene from The Lion King where Simba is remembering a moment when his father, Mufasa, explained the night sky to him saying, 'the great kings of the past are up there' as a setting for this conversation between Cueball and Megan. This reminds Cueball of the scene later in the movie where Mufasa appears to Simba in the clouds and speaks to him. Megan interrupts, telling Cueball that he needs to be away from the computer more so he doesn't connect everything to Cory Doctorow, but he also shouldn't go near other people for fear of creeping them out.

Another possible interpretation: It's night and Megan and Cueball lie down on the earth while looking into the sky. Cueball believes that all dead bloggers are up there in the sky and watching them. This is similar to the belief in god or Jesus who are watching us everywhere. And above of them all there is the master blogger Cory Doctorow, his name is the largest one at the Tag cloud.

In the title text, Randall mentions that the word blog — a portmanteau of 'web log' — is a silly word, despite becoming common in usage. Randall's own blog is just called "The blag of the webcomic".

[edit] Transcript

Cueball: Just look at those stars.
Cueball: My father once told me that the great bloggers of the past are up there, watching over us.
Cueball: High above the blogosphere, a gap opens in the tag clouds. Cory Doctorow's voice booms forth...
Megan: You need to get out either more or less. I can't decide.
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An interesting interpretation. I thought Cueball was just referencing The Lion King. 00:53, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

My thoughts exactly. "Great kings of the past," "great bloggers of the past"... I don't think there was any intended reference to Christianity. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I think the word "blog" is more an elision than a portmanteau, since it's not a conflation (e.g. mansplain, muppet, or smog) of two words, here "web" and "log," but rather a shortening (or eliding) of the same. 12:55, 21 May 2014 (UTC)
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