3: Island (sketch)
Title text: Hello, island
The early comics sometimes do not present a particular point, but are just pictures drawn by Randall.
At the title text the phrase "Hello, <inanimate object>" is used as among socially disconnected people (such as nerds) in an attempt to be "cute", feigning stupidity, perhaps because it is one of the few strategies that has worked for them to garner a positive social response on occasion. The statement expresses acknowledgement of the existence of something else, while subtly anthropomorphizing it. It can be used to fill the social role of commenting on a presented item, when one lacks the creativity in that domain to come up with a comment that holds meaning. It's something nerdy people say, perhaps subconsciously to bond over how their social experience differs from what is commonly portrayed as the norm.
This may also be a play on the classical "Hello, world!" program, traditionally a first program when learning a new programming language.
- [A color sketch of an island.]
- This was the 3rd comic originally posted to LiveJournal.
- Original title: "Island"
- Original Randall quote: "I draw these a lot."
- This was one of the thirteen first comics posted to LiveJournal within 12 minutes on Friday September 30, 2005.
- This comic was posted on xkcd when the web site opened on Sunday the 1st of January 2006.
- It was posted along with all 41 comics posted before that on LiveJournal as well as a few others.
- The latter explaining why the numbers of these 41 LiveJournal comics ranges from 1-44.
- One of the original drawings drawn on checkered paper.
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