124: Blogofractal

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Blogofractal
Edward Tufte's 'The Visual Display of Quantitative Information' is a fantastic book, and should be required reading for anyone in either the sciences or graphic design.
Title text: Edward Tufte's 'The Visual Display of Quantitative Information' is a fantastic book, and should be required reading for anyone in either the sciences or graphic design.

[edit] Explanation

The Blogosphere is a blanket term for all the blogs on the internet, that link together and share information to the extent that the term "blogosphere" arose to describe the collective of blogs. This comic proposes a new structure for defining all blogs by: a fractal of blogs.

Edward Tufte is a statistician who worked on data visualization and wrote books on the subject, including "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information", as mentioned in the title text.

Meme Explanation
TripMaster Monkey says
118th Post!! A riff on the "first post" phenomenon.
Wikiconstitution!
OMG Common acronym for "Oh My God", often used in messaging.
DeCSS DeCSS was a piece of code for decrypting DVDs. There was a significant effort to prevent this code from being distributed, which triggered the Streisand effect.
Casemod your Boyfriend!!
FLICKR A well known photo sharing site.
They're saying on Kos that
http://slashdot.org/articl Slashdot is a technology-related news website frequented by geeks.
tagCloud
Cory Doctorow is a little upset about copyright law. This is an understatement. Cory Doctorow is a strong activist in this area.
Hey guys what if Google is evil?!?
I'll sleep with you for a FreeIpods deal.
FirstPsot!! Some users on sites that accept comments will race to write the first comment (usually saying something like "First post!" or some variation thereof).
Snakes on an I don't Even Care Anymore There were many jokes about Snakes on a Plane where a supposedly new movie to come out was named "Snakes on a ______". Clearly this person is tired of those jokes. See also 107: Snakes on a Plane! 2
KiwiWiki
CSS Reference to Cascading Style Sheets.
Comments (0)
Blogotesseract
¡play games!
[RSS icon.] RSS is a standard for web feeds.
is AYB retro yet?
Google Google Google Apple Google Goog
Cheney totally shot a dude!!! A reference to Dick Cheney hunting incident.
Watch this toddler get owned by a squirrel!!!
Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers A reference to a widely circulated video, captured at a developers' conference, features a perspiring Ballmer chanting the word "developers"
I installed a Mac Mini inside ANOTHER Mac Mini!
Check out this vid of Jon Stewart
9-11 <-> Trent Lott!
Web 7.1
Kryptonite™ locks vulnerable to "keys!" In about 2004, it was demonstrated that some tubular pin tumbler locks of the diameter used on Kryptonite locks could easily be opened with the shaft of an inexpensive Bic ballpoint pen of matching diameter, and this was widely reported.
Interesting post! Check out my blog, it has useful info on CARBON MONOXIDE LITIGATION An example of a spam comment found where users can comment.
FIREFLY!! Reference to Firefly (TV series)
HELP ME
Engadget
Boing Boing Reference to collaborative blog site Boing Boing.
Gizmodo
MAKE Blog: DIY baby
My friend has a band!!
Jon released an exploit in the protocol for meeting girls.
Internets!
Howard Dean?
So I hear there's a hurricane.
We should elect this dude!
Google Maps is da best!!
Moderation: +1 Sassy A joke on Slashdot's moderating mechanism. Each post can get a moderation that consists of a score (+1/-1) and a reason (Insightful/Funny/Troll/etc.) "Sassy" is not one of the standard reasons.
RSS! RSS again.
A-list
<3 Emoticon for a heart.
Trackable URL?
I shot a man in Reno check it out on YouTube! The first half of this line comes from Jonny Cash's song "Folsom Prison Blues", which is "But I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die". The second half turns it around, because people often say "I did X, watch it on YouTube".
HEY LOOK ROBOTS!
Net Neutrality! Net neutrality is a hot topic. It is the principle that ISPs and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally. There is great debate as to what level this should be enforced or not, and whether it should be regulated.
Friends Only.
Dupe! A common note if the same thing gets posted twice on some forum. (Short for "duplicate".)
AJAX?
COMPLY
Cowboy Neal
Blogodrome
Hey look I got Linux running on my tonsils! People would often brag about getting linux to run on strange hardware, from toasters to esoteric computers. This is taken to the ridiculous extreme of tonsils.
Look alive, blogonauts!
Cafepress cockrings
BOOBIES!!
MIA
A Beowulf Cluster... of BLOGS!! A Beowulf cluster is a computer cluster of computers networked together resulting in a high-performance parallel computing cluster. For a while, it was a fad to get one running on various strange platforms. This is a facetious example.
SPOILER ALERT Often stated on the top of a post that contained spoilers. (See Spoiler (media).)
Dupe! This is the second instance of this, and therefore a dupe itself.
You have been eaten by a Grue.
Ruby on a monorail A riff on the name Ruby on Rails, a common platform for web applications.
Lesbians!
DNF Released!
Steampunk
BLAG
PONIES!
Xeni found some porn!
IRONY
LIARS!
Linux on Rails! Another riff on the name Ruby on Rails.
Blogocube
del.icio.us!
404 Probably the most common error gotten in a web browser: HTTP 404.
o.O An emoticon indicating confusion.
Don't slam the source when you close it. The original phrase (generally spoken from parents to children) is "Don't slam the door when you close it." This twists it around to refer to Closed source software.

[edit] Transcript

From the makers of the Blogosphere, Blogocube, and Blogodrome comes
the Blogofractal
[A large rectangle subdivided into rectangles in a fractal pattern, most with a phrase or word inside.]
[Mostly left to right from top-left corner.]
TripMaster Monkey says
118th Post!!
Wikiconstitution!
OMG
DeCSS
Casemod your Boyfriend!!
FLICKR
They're saying on Kos that
http://slashdot.org/articl
tagCloud
Cory Doctorow is a little upset about copyright law.
Hey guys what if Google is evil?!?
I'll sleep with you for a FreeIpods deal.
FirstPsot!!
Snakes on an I don't Even Care Anymore
KiwiWiki
CSS
Comments (0)
Blogotesseract
¡play games!
[RSS icon.]
is AYB retro yet?
Google Google Google Apple Google Goog
Cheney totally shot a dude!!!
Watch this toddler get owned by a squirrel!!!
Developers
Developers
Developers
Developers
I installed a Mac Mini inside ANOTHER Mac Mini!
Check out this vid of Jon Stewart
9-11 <-> Trent Lott!
Web 7.1
Kryptonite™ locks vulnerable to "keys!"
Interesting post! Check out my blog, it has useful info on CARBON MONOXIDE LITIGATION
FIREFLY!!
HELP ME
Engadget
Boing Boing
Gizmodo
MAKE Blog: DIY baby
My friend has a band!!
Jon released an exploit in the protocol for meeting girls.
Internets!
Howard Dean?
So I hear there's a hurricane.
We should elect this dude!
Google Maps is da best!!
Moderation: +1 Sassy
RSS!
A-list
<3
Trackable URL?
I shot a man in Reno check it out on YouTube!
HEY LOOK ROBOTS!
Net Neutrality!
Friends Only.
Dupe!
AJAX?
COMPLY
Cowboy Neal
Blogodrome
Hey look I got Linux running on my tonsils!
Look alive, blogonauts!
Cafepress cockrings
BOOBIES!!
MIA
A Beowulf Cluster... of BLOGS!!
SPOILER ALERT
Dupe!
You have been eaten by a Grue.
Ruby on a monorail
Lesbians!
DNF Released!
Steampunk
BLAG
PONIES!
Xeni found some porn!
IRONY
LIARS!
Linux on Rails!
Blogocube
del.icio.us!
404
o.O
Don't slam the source when you close it.
comment.png add a comment!

Discussion

Strange - this explanation seems significantly less complete than 24: Godel, Escher, Kurt Halsey and not significantly less complex - anyone care to weight in on that thought? -- Brettpeirce (talk) 13:31, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Davidy22 picks the daily incomplete explanation randomly from the list of incomplete explanations. So, each page has a fair chance of getting picked, but they don't necessarily have a rating of "needs most help" to "doesn't need much help" that is used to pick. Feel free to work on other explanations. The banner is just to help new users who want to jump in and get their hands dirty but don't know where to start. lcarsos_a (talk) 19:29, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
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