511: Sleet

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I mean, I can barely hear myself complaining about Battlestar Galactica.
Title text: I mean, I can barely hear myself complaining about Battlestar Galactica.


Megan is seen leaving an apartment, trudging through foul weather. The dialog is likely her thoughts, rather than speech. She is fed up with the second person's (hereafter Cueball) endless discussion of Digital rights management (DRM). She probably agrees with Cueball's position, but would rather face the weather than his endless rehashing of the issue. In the last panel, Free Culture is a book by Lawrence Lessig, who advocates for fewer restrictions in many areas. In the title text, Battlestar Galactica is a science-fiction TV series that produces strong reactions among geeks. The first line is possibly a reference to the song Let It Snow, a holiday tune, this is consistent with the date of the release of the comic on the first day of December (first day of Advent) when Christmas Carols start to become more prevalent.


[Rainy, cold, windy street; Megan is walking along street; narration is from Megan's point-of-view.]
The weather outside is frightful.
I hate trudging through the icy slush and biting sleet.
But it beats lying in our warm, cozy bed
Listening to you talk about DRM for hours on end.
Offscreen: Come back! Just listen to this one quote from Free Culture!

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What is sleet in Randall's dialect? Ice pellets or a mixture of rain and snow? 18:05, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

What does this matter? I would call it frozen rain. --Dgbrt (talk) 21:09, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
I removed the requirement of a definition of sleet from the incomplete tag. Sleet is understood to be cold horrible weather to be out in, whichever regional definition is used. I dont believe that the explanation would improve in quality by guessing the interpretation that Randall would subscribe to.--Pudder (talk) 14:07, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

This is not vital, but I'm surprised no one has mentioned that the first panel quotes the first line of "Let It Snow," famously sung by Dean Martin. To me, hearing his mellow voice in my mind's ear more intensely evokes the loving scene that has been spoiled by the boyfriend's non-romantic preoccupation. Must be a generational thing, since I'm likely twice the age of most commenters! 09:25, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

Is the title "Sleet" a reference to Leet? Jono hct (talk) 01:42, 5 November 2015 (UTC)

No. Sleet is the type of weather in the comic. It has nothing to do with "leet". -Pennpenn 03:54, 13 January 2016 (UTC)