Talk:2005: Attention Span

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Do you think the book being referenced is a Dragon Lance book?162.158.106.24 04:33, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

I think with the "thicker than its wide" comment, it does sound like Dragonlance Chronicles. Also, it IS a classic 162.158.155.104 07:40, 12 June 2018 (UTC)
Also, hasn’t Randall expressed interest in the works of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman in the past. 108.162.245.118 17:50, 13 June 2018 (UTC)
Btw I hopped over to the forums to see if they had any good ideas, it didn’t yield much but one person suggested one of the Deathgate Cycle books, another suggested a Brandon Sanderson book, though none to my knowledge have Dragons on the cover, and someone else suggested it might be a D&D rulebook, though I don’t know of any of those that meet the thickness described108.162.245.118 18:32, 13 June 2018 (UTC)
Sounds like a Wheel of Time omnibus, if such a thing actually exists. 108.162.216.148 16:29, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
If you're talking about omnibus editions of a series, there are many that could easily get this thick. But I'm at a loss to think of a single book that is thicker than it is wide. Although my mass-market paperback edition of Les Misérables comes pretty close (but has nothing to do with fantasy). Shamino (talk) 15:09, 13 June 2018 (UTC)
I'm certain Randall's employing hyperbole. 162.158.134.214 21:18, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
Or it could be one of the alternate art covers of one of the Dark Sword books, or is that too deep a cut even for Randall? 162.158.106.24 22:46, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
I doubt he's referring to any real book, but rather making use of the fact that fantasy novels tend to be notoriously long and involving a ridiculous image (a dragon with a sword in its teeth) to show that this particular book is of dubious quality. 108.162.212.83 16:52, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

The comic contains a hyperlink to what appears to be exactly the kind of article Cueball apparently "just finished reading", or at least my mobile reader is picking up a hyperlink. I've added a small note about this; I'm not linking the article directly for personal reasons. 108.162.221.227 05:51, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

I linked it. If it's linked in the original then it should be here, too. Maybe it belongs more to the trivia section, I don't know, but it definitely has to be shown here somewhere. On a side node: did Randall ever do something like that before? Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 06:53, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
Linking other content behind the image? Yes, I think he did it several times before. The only actual comic I remember, however, is 351: Trolling. --YMS (talk) 09:17, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
Considering that the link contains a link to this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jltKnDlH_OA I believe that omission is no an option 162.158.234.58 09:51, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
1723: Meteorite Identification, 1506: xkcloud, 1572: xkcd Survey... just to name a few more. Herobrine (talk) 09:55, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
Ah, very well :) The difference between those three and this one and 351 is that in the latter the link is "hidden". The others say "Click here" either directly or in alt-text. And in xkcloud it isn't an external link. Whatever. Maybe we should consider making a category of them? Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 11:04, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

I must admit to never having watch the seminal movie Surf ninjas but wikipedia tells me there is not only a novelisation, by A L Singer (Peter Lerangis) but also the screenplay. -- Arachrah (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I once advanced the theory that Sodor is the future of Mordor after the machines won and evolved into trains. 162.158.62.51 12:46, 11 June 2018 (UTC) Jedman67

Sounds like Mieville's Railsea. 108.162.216.148 16:29, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

Dragonsbane isn't nearly long enough to meet the thickness requirement --162.158.75.196 17:17, 11 June 2018 (UTC)RyanR

Does anyone feel like the punchline is misplaced? Start with claim that he has no attn span any more, then she lists various overly long works he clearly does read while he protests and defends, then he concludes with punchline "no attn span for anything good." In fact, she should probably deliver the line, after discovering what he has on his bookshelf. 162.158.122.42 20:25, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

The key here was diminishing attention span with age, so he indicated "...for anything good ANYMORE." The joke is that this isn't something that changed. 108.162.216.112 22:13, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

What bumps me about this comic is that the book Megan describes to make her point sounds like it would be an excellent well-structured book, very high quality reading, akin to Lord Of The Rings (Cueball even specifies it's a classic). REALLY doesn't fit with the theme of low quality crap reading this comic is going for. NiceGuy1 (talk) 04:51, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

I've read all of the books mentioned as possible matches. And none of them have dragons holding a sword in their mouth. And since the book cover sounds EXACTLY like something I would enjoy reading, I really must insist that we demand that Randall admit which book he was referring to. 172.68.90.22 SiliconWolf

I wonder if the book Megan spots on the bookshelf is a sly reference to the classic (but rather staid) computer-science textbook "Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools" by Aho, et al, AKA "The Dragon book". The cover of the first edition does has both a dragon & a sword on it, althought the sword isn't in the dragon's mouth, and it is a bit thinner than it is wide. JamesCurran (talk) 20:05, 13 June 2018 (UTC)

"Thicker than it's wide - It's a classic" is probably referencing the "If it's longer than it's wide, it's a phallus" joke poem. 172.68.239.107 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

"It is unclear how one could possibly spend six hours reading such an article." Hmm, it appears you are unfamiliar with this concept called the "World Wide Web." See, any given article has small text snippets indicated by a special color or style called "hyperlinks". Clicking a hyperlink will take you to a different article, typically on a topic relevant to the original article or phrase linked. This hyperlinked article will again link to several more articles, and so on for each succeeding article. Clicking from link to link is an activity often referred to as "browsing cyberspace" and, if pursuing an interesting topic, a reader can easily spend several hours browsing from link to link exploring just about any given topic.

For more information about this astonishing phenomenon, please consult any 1990s guide to the vast new online arena called the world-wide web. 172.68.150.52 20:55, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

I don't know about y'all, but I just spent the last 2 hours down the Thomas the Tank rabbit hole. 172.69.70.59 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)