825: Guest Week: Jeffrey Rowland (Overcompensating)

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Guest Week: Jeffrey Rowland (Overcompensating)
Guest comic by Jeffrey Rowland of Overcompensating/Wigu. Jeffrey is famous as the picture on the Wikipedia article on 'Necrosis'.
Title text: Guest comic by Jeffrey Rowland of Overcompensating/Wigu. Jeffrey is famous as the picture on the Wikipedia article on 'Necrosis'.

[edit] Explanation

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Black Hat (or perhaps Randall) is talking to Jeffrey Rowland, who writes the popular web comics Overcompensating (overcompensating.com/oc/index.php?comic=-1) and Wigu (wigucomics.com/adventures/index.php?comic=1)

This may be a reference to Scott Adams' God's Debris, in which a delivery guy has a long conversation about the nature of the universe with an old man. While often dealing with complex questions, the old man in the story presents arguments in a very straightforward way. Some have called some of the arguments in the book very clever and original, albeit overly simplistic. This comic could be a parody on that style of philosophy.

The title text is completely true: After a brown recluse spider bit him, Rowland started experiencing cell death in his leg. Although the wound itself is benign, it still is featured in Wikipedia articles (such as Loxoscelism).

Traditionally, turkey is the main dish of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Thus, the theory mentioned in the last panel is that turkeys started the holiday in order to drive themselves to extinction. This is a reference to the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement.

The mailman not delivering the mail is a reference to the saying, "A watched pot never boils," which is based off the fact that most people lose patience while waiting for water to boil long before the water boils.

[edit] Transcript

[Jeffrey Rowland and Randall are sitting together, with a globe between them. Mr. Rowland has a drink with a small umbrella over it.]
Jeffrey Rowland: But enough of my theories about Thanksgiving. The real reason we're here is to discuss my hypothesis that dark matter itself is what consciousness is made of...
[The frame focuses on Jeffrey Rowland.]
Jeffrey Rowland: Unobservable to anything that is itself conscious in much the same way the mail-man won't deliver your mail if you are watching the mail-box
[Mr. Rowland raises his drink.]
Jeffrey Rowland: Which brings us to my theory about ghosts-
Randall Munroe: Wait did you just say Thanksgiving was invented by the Turkey Voluntary Extinction Movement?
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Discussion

The Turkey Voluntary Extinction Movement has to be a riff on the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (www.vhemt.org [I'm not sure what the "t" is doing there] ). Alas, their primary purpose seems to be selling TShirts (their site concludes with the FAQ Question: How do I order stickers, T-shirts, and stuff?)Traveller (talk) 23:06, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

The Globe shrinks noticeably between the first and last panels. --ParadoX (talk) 01:00, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

I believe that was intentional. 108.162.221.51 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
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