Talk:1871: Bun Alert

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This is basically the title text from 1682. Is it just me, or has Randall been running out of ideas lately? Jaalenja (talk) 13:31, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

In all fairness, Randall has been known to play the long game. There might be a thread to pull here. (talk) 13:44, 2 August 2017‎ (UTC) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
Yea, Randall has built on earlier ideas before. E.g. 1818 being built on an idea from What-If 141. It's non-indicative of a lack of ideas. But the notion that ideas are a finite resource is silly anyways. Watch the talk he gave at Google in 2007, it's on YouTube, and there's a bit in there where he talks about how he comes up with his comics. 13:49, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

No idea why he's picked bunnies specifically, maybe that will become apparent in a future strip. Considering just this standalone comic, it seems to be a parody of apps that increasingly swamp the user with notifications about pointless things that one might imagine nobody would ever care about. In this instance, it might be imagined that few people would care about notifications for bunny sightings, but in the last pane it appears that someone truly does. This might compare with notifications for rare pokemon sightings in Pokémon Go (not provided in-app but there are groups on facebook etc. that alert users to rare pokemon / legendary raids) - with the difference that bunnies are extremely common. Also, is it significant that he specifically uses the word "buns" instead of "bunnies"? There may be a connection with the observation that they are just like little hopping loaves of bread. 14:45, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

I mean, that's pretty much what twitter is for. 15:11, 2 August 2017 (UTC)
Cf. memes such as "anatomy of the bun". 19:37, 2 August 2017 (UTC)
Agree with the idea that it may be reference to people overreacting to trivial things and using technology to alert others about it e.g. Starbucks unicorn locations, PokemonGo, etc. No idea about the title text though, he is basically saying people may be alerted at night? Maybe some recent trend that focuses on night gatherings? 20:58, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

I think this may just be an extended example of dadaism. If he carries on with the theme I think it is as likely to make less sense as it is to make more sense. 15:12, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

Beret Guy's comment about investors and building the alert system could be a reference to 1493: Meeting. Is the "loaves of bread that hop" line just a pun on the word "bun"? Is "Night Buns" a reference to something? -- 20:13, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

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