0462: "Freemanic Paracusia"

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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby elminster » Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:41 am UTC

kurennia wrote:I misread “Morgan” as “Gordon” and thought for a second, “Wait, he doesn’t say anything….”
I did exactly the same thing... twice in a row.
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby limpan » Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:46 am UTC

Googling Paracusia, as I didn't know what it meant, I found that 7 of the 10 first hits referred to Freemanic Paracusia.

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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby akirjazi » Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:57 am UTC

trvsdrlng wrote:I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one suffering from Freemanic Paracusia. :)

On a serious note, it was so sad to hear what happened to him this past week. First a car wreck, then divorce. What else can happen to the man?


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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Exenon » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:12 am UTC

Is it only me, or is there no article for "Paracusia" in Wikipedia ??? Come on guys, this is totally unacceptable ! I found the definition :
An auditory hallucination is an hallucination involving the sense of hearing. Called also paracusia and paracusis. (for details see here)

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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby sandyman » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:15 am UTC

Bad timing though, eh?

lol@akirjazi.

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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby michaelandjimi » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:16 am UTC

Day Tripper wrote:I thought of that as soon as I saw the comic. That's pretty cool.

... wait, is he reading this now? We'll never know, will we?

Munroeic paranoia.png
I bet I can make this into a joke of some sort...
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Dun dun DUN!
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Exenon » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:24 am UTC

michaelandjimi wrote:Munroeic paranoia.png
I bet I can make this into a joke of some sort...
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LOL ! This allows a LOT of variations, i suppose. Lets see if i can make one... :mrgreen:
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby michaelandjimi » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:31 am UTC

That took longer than I would care to admit. I had to take the B and K from other comics. I don't have cool programming skills, so I had to clone the individual letters. :(

But, go for it if you want.
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Splarka » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:48 am UTC

JayDee wrote:Okay, now I want a Morgan Freeman text-to-speech program.


It took Tom Baker 11 days (over a 3 month period) to record 11593 phrases, which British Telecom then spent 5 months processing in order to create something totally awesome.

How about a grassroots campaign starting here to digitize Mr Freeman with his (preferrably willing) participation?

... Though, I wonder how far you could get using samples cribbed from his movies. Can you copyright or trademark a voice?
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Felstaff » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:56 am UTC

michaelandjimi wrote:Hmmm...
Awia wrote:Is it weird I sometimes think with Morgan Freeman's voice, not my own?

This was yesterday at 8:37 am, EST. Methinks Randall is looking at the fora again...

I thought of this too, (and here's the post in question) but it says Señor Munroe hasn't visited the forums since early August.

Perhaps we all have Morgan Freeman in our head.

Some comforting Morganisms:
'Some birds were never meant to be caged'
'It was outdoor detail - and May is one damn fine month to be working outdoors.'
The man likes to play chess; let's get him some rocks.'

Anyway, I'm afraid I'm currently suffering from Blessedic Paracusia.
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby michaelandjimi » Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:30 am UTC

One does not have to log into their account to view this forum. Otherwise there would be a pretty shockingly low join rate.
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Ezbez » Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:51 am UTC

kurennia wrote:I misread “Morgan” as “Gordon” and thought for a second, “Wait, he doesn’t say anything….”


Well, that certainly would improve YouTube comments.

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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Megatriorchis » Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:55 am UTC

I think in Patrick Stewart's voice when I read.
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Day Tripper » Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:09 am UTC

michaelandjimi wrote:Munroeic paranoia.png
I bet I can make this into a joke of some sort...
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Awesome. I see this comic has a great future, akin to "That's what she said!" and boomerang. God, I love the endless meme potential of xckd (just in case Randall's reading :wink: ).
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby VelociraptorEvader » Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:19 am UTC

Megatriorchis wrote:I think in Patrick Stewart's voice when I read.

well that would sound awesome.. not sure which would be a better life narrator in the long run... Freeman or Stewart. hmmm (ponders)
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby MGSchmahl » Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:24 am UTC

Approximately fourteen hours after this comic was posted, the top five hits for "paracusia" on Google refer to this comic. If I didn't already know that Randall is a Giant of the internet, this is irrefutable proof.

Here in Fairbanks, AK, there is one cab-driver who sounds just like Morgan Freeman. After riding several times with him, I mentioned this, and he acknowledged, "I get that a lot. You're maybe the fifteenth person who's told me that." I was so glad that it wasn't just my imagination.

Besides "Freemanic" paracusia, I think there is also "Astleyic" paracusia, and "Neanderthalic" paracusia. (How is babby formed?)

Does anyone else think that Patrick Stewart and Morgan Freeman would be a dream cast for "Othello"?

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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Darkscull » Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:52 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:Anyway, I'm afraid I'm currently suffering from Blessedic Paracusia.


don't you mean
BLESSEDIC PARACUSIA!!!

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Megatriorchis wrote:I think in Patrick Stewart's voice when I read.

well that would sound awesome.. not sure which would be a better life narrator in the long run... Freeman or Stewart. hmmm (ponders)


most people's lives would be too boring for patrick stewarts voice. you'd have to spontaneously do something epic and Shakespearean every now and again to make it worth it.
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby thetimman » Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:57 am UTC

You chaps may or may not be aware that The Shawshank Redemption was on TV in the UK last night. Was Mr Munroe in this part of the world at the time? Who can say?

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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Jebobek » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:26 pm UTC

trvsdrlng wrote:On a serious note, it was so sad to hear what happened to him this past week. First a car wreck, then divorce. What else can happen to the man?


Divorce was because he was in the car with his mistress, and thats how his wife found out. I feel bad for his accident, I hope he gets better, but otherwise I hate the man for what he did.
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby michaelandjimi » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:45 pm UTC

MGSchmahl wrote:Approximately fourteen hours after this comic was posted, the top five hits for "paracusia" on Google refer to this comic. If I didn't already know that Randall is a Giant of the internet, this is irrefutable proof.
Because if there was one thing it would be impossible to Googlebomb, it would be paracusia.
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Dobblesworth » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:46 pm UTC

I think I have Type G of this disorder, where all is spoken by his brother Gordon. I wouldn't mind S.L.J.-ic Paracusia though.

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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby esmooths » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:50 pm UTC

Seeing as where the Gordon Freeman reference has already been mentioned, I'll just say I learned a new word today, which is always nice.
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby RollingSamus » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:54 pm UTC

Eyeless Morgan Freeman? TOTALLY CREEPY.

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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby jqavins » Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:01 pm UTC

I have this, but with many actors chosen at random for a day. Patrick Stewart is a frequent visitor. But then so is Adam West. Connery, yes. Meg Griffin, no, but Lois. And Brian. Many others, too numerous and infrequent to mention, or even recall. Morgan Freeman? Well, not before now...
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby nekolux » Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:19 pm UTC

kurennia wrote:I misread “Morgan” as “Gordon” and thought for a second, “Wait, he doesn’t say anything….”

Me three or four lol. But now... imagine if gordon freeman spoke in the voice of morgan freeman .... maybe valve would implode :shock:

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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby sithpirateknight » Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:22 pm UTC

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Andy Dufrain...

What a beautiful movie.
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The version in the book is almost the same.

Also, btw, it's "Dufresne."

Nice. Thanks. I really liked that speech. "Lords of all creation".
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Also, has anyone seen Puff Puff Pass? Those guys are obsessed with the 'Shank.


It's in his Different Seasons collection.
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Sprocket » Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:31 pm UTC

Morgan Freeman is the MOST TERRIFYING STICK FIGURE EVER!

though I think I see Mother Teresa in his head.
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby TexasDex » Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:32 pm UTC

Sometimes when reading poetry I find myself mentally using the voice of Garrison Keillor. I've probably been listening to Writer's Almanac too long but I swear there is no better way to read poetry, let me tell you.

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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Sprocket » Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:34 pm UTC

LOL. I've had Keillor stuck in my head narating me before. It's pretty creepy. He's got kind of a close-talker voice. I can like feel his breath getting too close and it tweaks me out... ::cowers::

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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Felstaff » Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:50 pm UTC

Name one film that Morgan Freeman isn't in. You simply can't do it. He's in every film every filmed on film. Ever.

At least, it feels that way some times.
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby vaderdudenator » Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:53 pm UTC

kurennia wrote:I misread “Morgan” as “Gordon” and thought for a second, “Wait, he doesn’t say anything….”


Something similar happened to me when these two girls i know were talking about how hot Hugh Jackman was and i head Gene Hackman and was absolutely baffled...


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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby DSDM » Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:05 pm UTC

I believe that Freemanic Paracusia can be cured by trying to read Netspeak. At least it works for me. I just can't imagine Morgan Freeman saying "lol" or "roflmao." "K thnx bai" is right out. Actually a lot of what I read is voiced internally with a kind of stereotyped, "pip, pip, cheerio" John Cleese kind of British accent.

Always hearing Morgan Freeman in your head would be pretty terrible though. It's fine for most stuff, but while his voice is warm and soothing it kinda gets under your skin. Imagine reading a romance novel or pornographic stories (same thing, really) with that voice in your head. It'd be like an aural bad-touch. Brian Cox's voice is kinda the same way.

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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Morglor9 » Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:13 pm UTC

Sure, your life being narrated by Morgan Freeman would be cool, but it comes in second to narration by the master:

James Earl Jones.

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Postby ZLVT » Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:18 pm UTC

Interestingly, when I'm on MSN with a south african friend, I see all of his text in a british voice, and all of mine in a south african one, which is odd since I can't even DO the SA accent.
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Random832 » Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:30 pm UTC

protocoach wrote:
cheezitman2001 wrote:Randall, get out of my head.

I was watching the Olympics, and they had a cutaway wherein Morgan Freeman congratulated Michael Phelps for his accomplishments, and I publicly announced that when I made my millions, I would hire Morgan Freeman to narrate my life.

I think I'd prefer Jeremy Irons, but Morgan Freeman would have to come in a close second.


No - Jeremy Irons for the dialogue, Morgan Freeman for the narration.

And Daniel Stern for the internal monologue.

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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Jessica » Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:11 pm UTC

Oh god, eyeless Morgan Freeman is terrifying. It's just so... creepy.
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby ADXCKGuy » Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:18 pm UTC

MGSchmahl wrote:Does anyone else think that Patrick Stewart and Morgan Freeman would be a dream cast for "Othello"?
Patrick Stewart has already played Othello.

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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Woofsie » Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:55 pm UTC

What, no Wikipedia article for Freemanic Paracusia yet?

Shame on you XKCD'ers!

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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby Alzheimers » Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:18 pm UTC

TexasDex wrote:Sometimes when reading poetry I find myself mentally using the voice of Garrison Keillor. I've probably been listening to Writer's Almanac too long but I swear there is no better way to read poetry, let me tell you.

That's better than the poet who reads in MY head...Jose Chung.
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Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

Postby HalfWayDownTheStairs » Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:24 pm UTC

protocoach wrote:I think I'd prefer Jeremy Irons, but Morgan Freeman would have to come in a close second.


I have to agree. But would that be Ironic Paracusia?


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