479: Tones

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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I need a lawn, so I can yell at kids to stay off it.
Title text: I need a lawn, so I can yell at kids to stay off it.


Cellular phone users can set nearly anything as their ringtone; even the default rings on new phones are a short string of notes put together, and serve a dual purpose as a company's trademark. Cueball is saying that there's one thing in his life he's never compromised on: When someone calls his phone, it makes a ringing sound. Of course, this is a rather minor thing on which to make a stand.

The comic also seems to begin very seriously, and thus the comic relief is provided by the turn to the inconsequential; this is mirrored in the zooming-in to the cell phone.

To continue the comic's theme of Cueball-as-crochety-old-man, the title text says that he needs a lawn, so he can yell at kids to stay off of it — a stereotypical "old man" behavior.


[Cueball is standing in room next to round table, looking out a window. Blue and orange sunset visible outside the window. There is a phone on the table.]
I haven't lived a perfect life.
Made plenty of mistakes.
Got my share of regrets.
[Viewpoint zooms in onto Cueball and table.]
But there's one thing of which I'm proud.
One stand on which I've never wavered.
[Viewpoint zooms in onto cell phone on table.]
When someone calls my phone,
it makes a goddamn ringing sound.

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Yes!! To the death!!! A goddamn ringing sound... ‎ (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)