2744: Fanservice

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I was eventually kicked out of my architectural engineering program because I wouldn't stop referring to HVAC as "the fandom."
Title text: I was eventually kicked out of my architectural engineering program because I wouldn't stop referring to HVAC as "the fandom."


This comic is another comic on How to annoy people. It is almost identical to 2036: Edgelord, only different text, and has the same setting as 2654: Chemtrails, except there it is Ponytail that gets annoyed.

In all of these comics, modern slang terms or just commonly used words are used to describe jobs or ideas, and while the slang or word seems accurate if taken literally, it isn't normally used in that context. A graph theory Ph.D. was labeled an "edgelord", a reference to mathematical graphs having edges, trails of ant pheromones were labeled as "chemtrails", a reference to pheromones being chemicals, and scientific hypotheses were referred to as "fan theories."

This time a turbine maintenance engineer is described as doing a lot of fanservice, as in literally servicing fans (with which turbines are often inaccurately conflated). A second order of dissonance is introduced from the difference between fans and turbines, which work oppositely: fans use energy to propel a fluid, while turbines use a flowing fluid to generate energy. Randall has previously touched on wind turbines not being fans, most notably in 1378: Turbine.

Fanservice is a term used to describe decisions made in fictional media, usually TV or film productions, that are intended to make the fans happy. The term is sometimes derogatory as it implies some degree of pandering to the fans over finishing the story, and in such cases can be incredibly distracting. It can just mean inserting obscure details of the work's back-history, to spark gleeful recognition among the more devoted fans, but it most often refers to the inclusion of titillating scenes — the Ms. Fanservice trope where female characters routinely wear form-fitting outfits is a good example.

In the title text, Randall refers to HVAC (a term for the unified Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning systems of a given building) as "the fandom." Normally, "fandom" means the group of fans of something, but here refers to a domain that uses lots of fans. Randall tells that he was thrown out of his architectural engineering program because I wouldn't stop referring to HVAC as "the fandom." This is related to the many conferences he says he has been banned from.


[Cueball is talking to White Hat, who has his hands balled into fists and has small lines above his head to indicate he is yelling his response back at Cueball.]
Cueball: So, I hear you do a lot of fanservice.
White Hat: No!
[Caption below the panel:]
How to annoy a turbine maintenance engineer

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I don’t want to be that guy but “I got to the explanation so early that its only 1 sentence!”

I also don't want to be that other guy, but while I was composing my "there wasn't anything yet, let's put something there" text, something actually appeared. (Though it just appended my bit, didn't give me Edit Conflict warning.) I'll let someone else mish-mash the useful bits of both fresh-starts together, though. Might be that none of my contribution is worthwhile.
(I took quite a while trying to decide whether to make a joke that if he was a specialist in air-movement devices, without necessarily branching out into any air-conditioning elements, then <something something, insert some useful words here> OnlyFans! So then I obviously eventually decided it wasn't worth it. ;) ) 16:47, 1 March 2023 (UTC)
New recurring subject?

First we had 2036: Edgelord. Then we had 2654: Chemtrails. Now we have this comic. They all start with "So, I hear" and end with "How to annoy". So I think that a new recurring subject has been established. I'm thinking it should be called something like "How To Annoy Comics". Silver (talk) 16:40, 1 March 2023 (UTC)

Might be best wait for a third one, or more. A category of two is a bit of a stretch. Someone pointed out the prior one, so should be easier to pick up all three+ examples when it becomes a more definite 'thing'.
And if we were to call it "How to annoy" (say) and then the actual third is very similar but actually ends "How to confuse" then the category is already non-descriptive. 16:55, 1 March 2023 (UTC)
There are 3 aren’t there? 17:40, 1 March 2023 (UTC)
There were two originally (I'd forgotten the chemtrails one, myself, when first thinking of this) and, yes, there's now three identified "So I hear/How to annoy"s. Might have crossed the threshold. But leaving that decision to someone who can do something about it. 18:12, 1 March 2023 (UTC)
Agreed. -- 18:46, 1 March 2023 (UTC)
I also agreed and could see that there where already 6 comics about how to Annoy. So I think the Category:How to annoy is well named, and should also include those other comics that are not completely similar to this one. And thus I have created the page and made some description. Also this is similar to other categories like My Bobby, fun facts and protip. So I linked to them from the new category and vise versa. --Kynde (talk) 09:26, 2 March 2023 (UTC)
Thanks. -- 13:29, 2 March 2023 (UTC)
Made some rephrasings in the Category (you may have already noticed). I'm also not sure if there should necessary be any "and at this point, we created the category" spiel in describing the category. It seems a bit self-referential.
My ideal way of "explaining the category" would be that the three (or more, given Fan Service is almost exactly the same Cueball vs Annoyed, but with others involved) of the most common form could be listed (chronologically) as being one person saying something that annoys another. If we can be sure it will be promptly updated if/when further core-archetype examples appear (the list of membership is automatic, of course).
Then others (currently Normal + Spiral) could be listed explicitly, if they start to hold similar forms (mathematical plots?), or the fact that there are also other forms is sufficient note. (But this could lead to effectively listing everything twice. Narratively then the auto-list. Breaking out into sub-cats would be better if that got too crazy.)
Ditto with other Categories that have a "And then we realised that..." sort of form. Nicely expounded, often very well written, but I'm not sure it has the right tone. IMO, YMMV. 13:43, 2 March 2023 (UTC)

Should the connection to 2036: Edgelord be at the start of the explanation? --Purah126 (talk) 19:05, 1 March 2023 (UTC)

Yes. --Kynde (talk) 09:26, 2 March 2023 (UTC)

You know, I always assumed HVAC was "High Voltage Air Conditioning" (though deciding that they should have meant high wattage), i.e. the big strap-on AC units that tends to be found on business/communal buildings rather than a much more simple desk fans and radiators (here in the UK, individual housing tends to not have AC so much, though these days heat-pumps are being integrated into central-heating systems, to look like HVAC units). 14:13, 2 March 2023 (UTC)

No, you are thinking of Heating and Ventilation using Direct Current (HVDC). 10:53, 3 March 2023 (UTC)
Never use this term again. Eww. Psychoticpotato (talk) 13:34, 2 May 2024 (UTC)