0347: "Brick Archway"

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0347: "Brick Archway"

Postby iNap » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:01 am UTC

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Alt: The TI-86 was bad enough. I don't know how I'd have gotten through high school if I'd had a laptop+wifi.

Haha. My weapon of choice was an 89.

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby saxmaniac1987 » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:02 am UTC

That "phoenix" game for the 89 is awesome. Got me through many a calc class. Now that i'm in college, I most definitely spend too much time playing scrabble in music history...
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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby Bjoseph » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:02 am UTC

w00t! xkcd points for the 86. I use an 86 and i get all kinds of crap from those 83/84+ people.
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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby muteKi » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:03 am UTC

I can't believe nobody programmed an ASM version of Breakout for 86. There are 1000 versions for 89, even a few BASIC ones, I think.
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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby Number3Pencils » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:03 am UTC

Looks like those bricks are photoshopped. Check out the glitch a little right of center.
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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby thethirdmoose » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:04 am UTC

Haha... This is so true. I waste my time playing a gran turismo clone for th 89. I have spent so much time on that, it's not even funny. The comic was ok, but the alt-text was perfect.

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby muteKi » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:05 am UTC

http://www.ticalc.org/archives/files/fi ... /1706.html
http://www.ticalc.org/archives/files/fi ... /1744.html
http://www.ticalc.org/archives/files/fi ... 4/475.html
http://www.ticalc.org/archives/files/fi ... 24987.html

EDIT: Nvmd, I guess that I read it wrong and he did play Breakout on 86.


That said, instead of watching Hitch (it's one of the better movies of its kind) I saw the Sonic cameo and then went to play Sonic Heroes on my laptop.
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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby Cabhan » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:07 am UTC

Breakout saved my life in middle school.

Though I imagine that with the right sort of trampoline / RC-car combo, you could play real-life Breakout easily enough...

And Thanksgiving break is coming up...

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby aoeuaoeu » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:07 am UTC

i guess i only registered to say: this is the first xkcd in a few weeks that's genuinely made me laugh out loud. fully excellent!

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby Dxh » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:08 am UTC

I always had more fun writing programs than playing them. But then, that's the case with everything.

And I have to agree. Its almost impossible for me to concentrate in college with a laptop. Highschool + laptop + interwebz = slow death to GPA
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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby podbaydoor » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:09 am UTC

Naice! I never played games on the class 83s, but I did compose long, pointless messages to whoever would check them out after me.
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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby phlip » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:10 am UTC

I can vouch for the alt-text... I had a laptop in highschool, and did a rather small amount of actual work in a lot of my classes... :oops:

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby skyo » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:11 am UTC

My laptop is what makes some of my college classes bearable. You know, the ones where the professor does nothing during lecture but read out of the textbook (which does a better job of explaining the material anyway).

TI-83 FTW ;-)
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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby Sartorius » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:14 am UTC

I really did laugh out loud on this one too.

I had Mario on my calc. It was unfortunately deleted by my dumb chemistry class.
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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby aeflash » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:14 am UTC

Many a high-school hour were wasted playing Puzzle Frenzy on my trusty, now-8-year-old TI-83.

But I'm glad I don't have a laptop now that I'm in college. Its fun to sit in the back of a lecture hall and watch people play minesweeper--or sometimes even Total Annihilation or Starcraft.

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby rwald » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:19 am UTC

Ah, the 86. Everyone else traded games on their 83+ or 89, but I had to write my own on the 86. If by "games" you mean "random conic section solvers," that is.

Am I the only one pissed that they keep upping the CPU and storage and rebranding the 83? The 83+ was OK, I guess; they added the flash apps. Then there was the 83+ Silver, and then the 84, and the 84+...give it a rest already! Either sell the same calculator or sell a different one, stop this stupid rebranding nonsense!

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby ln|mower|+c » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:20 am UTC

I've never owned a Ti-83 or anything, but I always used the ones that the school provided.

Casio fx-991ms ftw!

I love my calculator.
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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby Kudos » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:26 am UTC

I remember making my math teacher angry because I played with my 83+ during class. Every day. I never put any games on it though. Spent most of my time drawing bunnies out of ellipses. Playing with my calculator was a step up from the year before when I just read books in class so she couldn't get that angry at me.

I figure a laptop wouldn't really be different from the texting that goes on in high school now.

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby power » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:31 am UTC

I feel seriously old school now for having had a TI-85 and not a TI-86. Sadly, after multiple drops, immersions in liquids, dead pixels, and broken keys, it is no more.

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby Baalthazaq » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:34 am UTC

I spend far too much time playing Scrabble at work, never mind uni.

... and reading the XKCD forums...

Speaking of which, back to work.

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby squirrel.hat » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:39 am UTC

I did have a laptop and wireless in high school. It was disastrous indeed. On the plus side I beat quite a few SNES games during chemistry. First XKCD in quite some time to be up to old standards.

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby ksr17 » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:44 am UTC

Oh man, I always played Block Man on my 83 in physics. Unfortunately I lost that calculator at the end of senior year, got the 89 TITANIUM and now find it more fun just to try to figure out all the functions that damn machine can do.
Or if I want to play, I just bring my laptop and use the stumble! button. I never pay attention in class, and neither does anyone within a 3 seat radius.

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby nyeguy » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:46 am UTC

Great, now I have to try and figure out a way to play Breakout in meatspace. And the way I get through classes is Block Dude. It came on my 84.
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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby queptar » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:49 am UTC

But... but... my calculator's an HP! (48GX to be exact) When I was buying calculators, it was the weapon of choice for those of us who would actually go on to use them.

HP has since discontinued their graphing calculator line, I hear... it was a sad day when I learned that.

Still, after a decade of service, I can't imagine using any other.

Also, insert obligatory phrase commenting on the sheer awesomeness of this comic. Just as soon as appropriate words are invented.

What? This was about playing games in class in high school? Who would do such a thing? Er, I mean, I would NEVER... umm...

*runs away while the hall nazis aren't looking*

And yes, that's what we called them.

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby ShadowLurker » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:51 am UTC

dang we call our people hall nazis too

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby xabram » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:54 am UTC

Come to think of it, Im not quite sure how I made it through high school with Tetris on my calculator.

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby 1337geek » Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:06 am UTC

Yes! I predicted correctly; xkcd is back to its usual awesomeness. This comic rocks. It is reminiscent of that Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner cartoon where Wile's falling rock trap fails, and then he pokes it and the rocks fall on him.

Weird, though, how I'm reading my new autographed copy of iWoz, and I just read the part where Steve invented Breakout.
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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby skiboyjake » Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:20 am UTC

ti-83+ Silver Edition


about 3 of us in our calc class had them. we finished complex graphs literally minutes before the kids with regular 83s.

my tablet is the best and worst thing for me in college. i don't' think it would've affected high school though, seeing as i never paid attention anyways.

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby Aviatrix » Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:22 am UTC

I had a slide rule in college, and it had crappy games.

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby aerojad » Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:27 am UTC

Number3Pencils wrote:Looks like those bricks are photoshopped. Check out the glitch a little right of center.

*shakes head, but laughs*




Also, a real life version of breakout would be a sweet game.
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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby Vitamin_A » Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:28 am UTC

Personally, on my 83+, I was a huge fan of some car racing game, a Super Mario clone, and Tetris.
I also had Frogger, and a lot of other games, which I can't remember, because its been a while.
But oh how it killed my batteries.

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby OfficiallyHaphazard » Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:28 am UTC

Sartorius wrote:I really did laugh out loud on this one too.

I had Mario on my calc. It was unfortunately deleted by my dumb chemistry class.



Mario was amazing

Also, this is an instant favorite!!
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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby ksr17 » Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:35 am UTC

Aviatrix wrote:I had a slide rule in college, and it had crappy games.



aaaaaaaahahahahahaha :D that made me so happy

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby Savoy_Truffle » Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:51 am UTC

I played Fall Down on my calculator. It was incredibly simple, but the only thing with which I felt I could get away without feeling too guilty. Finished homework early during lecture? Time for a quick round ^^x Good times....
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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby cool_walking_ » Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:16 am UTC

Casio > TI.

I wrote (among others) a tic-tac-toe game including an unbeatable AI. My classmates were all so confused at how the AI, which was playing *TIC-TAC-TOE* for christ's sake, was unbeatable... *sigh*

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby sophomore » Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:30 am UTC

Is there a thread we can point to in which there is a large, relatively eloquent rant that basically suggests subjective standards aren't positively indicative of the value of the comic? I mean, there should be. 'Cause I'd sig it.

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby b.i.o » Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:30 am UTC

I spent my class time writing programs mostly.

One of the coolest was one which took two vectors, found the resultant, and graphed the vectors on the graph with everything at the correct scale (it was more impressive than it sounds...although I unfortunately don't have it any more).

Another of my enduring favorites is one that adds 1 to the answer of anything that's typed into the calculator. Not everything works (program menu, graphing, etc.) since what it does is take a blank input as a string variable, put that string variable into Y1, evaluated Y1, added 1 to the answer, and displayed it using disp. (it also clears the variables after it's done with them. It loops infinitely and only takes a few lines of code for the basic structure. I had a friend (my teacher would expect something like this from me) fool my calc teacher into believing her calculator had a problem the night before the exam for about a minute. :D

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby existential_elevator » Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:16 am UTC

Damn, I honestly think this raises the very serious question of what computer games could successfully be played in the real world...

Also, yes, I laughed a lot.

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Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

Postby wildcat » Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:20 am UTC

ln|mower|+c wrote:I've never owned a Ti-83 or anything, but I always used the ones that the school provided.

Casio fx-991ms ftw!

I love my calculator.

I had an fx-991s back in my early days of college (~13 yr ago). I grieved when I broke it. Or maybe I lost it... either way. :cry: I replaced it with an fx-115somethingoranother, but it's not the same.

I guess the fx-115es/ms+ will do the complex stuff, but I has a TI-89 now, so I'm happy.

(And it's well out of warranty, so if there's any way I could hack it into a Platinum... :mrgreen: )

Oh, hey, there's a comic in this thread! Pure win, BTW. :lol:


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