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xkcd's 13-Gigapixel Webcomic

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the all-the-pixels-you-need-and-more dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 193

New submitter Nomen writes "Today's xkcd: Click and Drag (Google Maps version) is probably the world's biggest web comic at an RSI-inducing resolution of 165,888x79,872 pixels. It's made up of 225 different images that take up 5.52MB of space. Now, if only the mines were powered by nethack..."

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I was actually disappointed by this. (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392035)

I check XKCD for a quick joke in the morning... generally takes just a minute.

To fully get this, I'd have to spend hours clicking and dragging... totally against the point of webcomics IMO.

RICH PEOPLE DON'T WORK (-1, Offtopic)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 2 years ago | (#41392083)

They are lazy, produce no value and live off the efforts of others.
http://www.eschatonblog.com/2012/09/rich-people-dont-need-to-work-at-all.html [eschatonblog.com]

Re:RICH PEOPLE DON'T WORK (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392145)

Fuck off Jeremiah Cornelius, you off topic troll.

Re:RICH PEOPLE DON'T WORK (-1, Offtopic)

fm6 (162816) | about 2 years ago | (#41392205)

Jeez, get a life already.

Re:RICH PEOPLE DON'T WORK (0)

mynameiskhan (2689067) | about 2 years ago | (#41392925)

You $oBee, what do you mean? I am not working? I spend my last freaking 30 seconds downloading the worst comic ever. And that didn't kill nobody or make any one poor. Wait a min, my effin boss is playing spider solitaire. Le me take a nap.

Re:I was actually disappointed by this. (2)

fm6 (162816) | about 2 years ago | (#41392179)

Well, you can always enjoy the initial joke, then bookmark it and come back later. My complaint is that all the clicking and dragging gets boring real fast, and isn't adequately repaid by the little jokes you discover along the way. Maybe it would be more fun on a tablet.

Re:I was actually disappointed by this. (1)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about 2 years ago | (#41392227)

Did you find Super Mario Bros?

Re:I was actually disappointed by this. (5, Interesting)

ericloewe (2129490) | about 2 years ago | (#41392359)

That's easy, try finding these without zooming out:

2 MD-80s
2 other airliners, possibly 767s
Apollo 13
Two X-Wings

Re:I was actually disappointed by this. (3, Interesting)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about 2 years ago | (#41392579)

Find Icarus ;-)

Re:I was actually disappointed by this. (1)

ericloewe (2129490) | about 2 years ago | (#41392631)

I knew I had forgotten something!

Re:I was actually disappointed by this. (1)

Archenoth (2592069) | about 2 years ago | (#41392985)

There was also a Minecraft Creeper chasing a miner...

References are everywhere.

Re:I was actually disappointed by this. (2)

synnthetic (103582) | about 2 years ago | (#41392505)

I did a couple screen shots and made the Mario Bros level my facebook cover picture

Re:I was actually disappointed by this. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392721)

Facebook? Get out of here.

Re:I was actually disappointed by this. (1)

Eponymous Hero (2090636) | about 2 years ago | (#41393171)

so i could go to the click and drag episode, find your mario bros tile, look up the png name in the developer toolbar, then take the png and drag it into a google image search and presto, there you are.

Re:I was actually disappointed by this. (1)

cheesybagel (670288) | about 2 years ago | (#41392869)

There are other references to video games. Some of the caves look like the underground map in Another World [mobygames.com] .

Re:I was actually disappointed by this. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392261)

My buddy wrote up a script that pulls the whole map into a big clickable image: http://hydra.drawert.net/xkcd_clickdrag/ [drawert.net]

Re:I was actually disappointed by this. (5, Funny)

thatotherguy007 (1021257) | about 2 years ago | (#41392861)

I was hoping someone would do something like that. I hope that server can handle some traffic.

Anyone esle wish that one of the whales in the sky was a flower pot thinking to itself "not again"? (HHGttG)

Re:I was actually disappointed by this. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41393235)

See if your buddy can add a gray background color, to make it easier to find clickable areas in the 'sky'

Re:I was actually disappointed by this. (1)

Garridan (597129) | about 2 years ago | (#41392715)

Yeah... I read the source, and downloaded the images. Who the hell has time for all that mouse work?

Not all that impressive (0, Flamebait)

Pope (17780) | about 2 years ago | (#41392037)

When you see the entire thing and find out it's mostly background. :/

Re:Not all that impressive (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392121)

Your face isn't all that impressive.

Re:Not all that impressive (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392247)

Oh where are my mod points when I need them? +1 Insightful!

Re:Not all that impressive (5, Insightful)

CCarrot (1562079) | about 2 years ago | (#41392317)

Of course it is. It's a digital scavenger hunt :)

Quite fun, and will probably be the most-bookmarked webcomic of the year as people realize the size of it and flag it for perusal in their off hours.

Well played Mr. Munroe, well played indeed.

Re:Not all that impressive (5, Insightful)

UnresolvedExternal (665288) | about 2 years ago | (#41392485)

Agreed - can we drop the tetchy comments? In fairness, it was kinda cool...

Re:Not all that impressive (5, Insightful)

oji-sama (1151023) | about 2 years ago | (#41392763)

We are in agreement if by kinda cool you mean one of the coolest, if not the coolest, web comic ever, so far.

scavenger hunt! (1)

v1 (525388) | about 2 years ago | (#41393075)

Someone needs to arrange a scavenger hunt list for this image. I'll get you started:

find two x-wings
find three whales
find one submarine
find three comets

Re:Not all that impressive (5, Informative)

Zocalo (252965) | about 2 years ago | (#41392361)

Soooo... Glass half empty kind of guy, huh?

Give Randall some credit, this must have taken ages to put together, and is all the more impressive once you realise that it's more or less all draw to the scale. The real mindfsck is when you read the comment from the girl on the far left and work out that, despite all of that apparently vast area to explore, the whole thing represents is only about five miles from one side to the other. I just didn't expect it [the drawing] to be so small!

Re:Not all that impressive (4, Informative)

cervesaebraciator (2352888) | about 2 years ago | (#41392643)

The real mindfsck is when you read the comment from the girl on the far left and work out that, despite all of that apparently vast area to explore, the whole thing represents is only about five miles from one side to the other.

Clever. Another way to work out the dimensions would be to scale it to the Burj Khalifa [wikipedia.org] located in the center.

Re:Not all that impressive (1)

sconeu (64226) | about 2 years ago | (#41392863)

Or the Saturn V just above it.

Re:Not all that impressive (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392495)

It is impressive in my book -- simply because of the immense amount of time it takes to put something like that together. Clearly someone has no more of a life than most of us.

Just to give some perspective as to how big 13 gigapixels are, here is a linky to a 15 gigapixel photo of a waterfall:

http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/114571

This was a stitch of 900 photos shot with a Nikon D800E. Luckily, it is a bit easier to browse than the XKCD version....

Re:Not all that impressive (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392535)

I wish one day there would be an XKCD that did not make me go "WTF Randal!?".

Re:Not all that impressive (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392815)

Really?

That'll be the day I stop reading it.

In unrelated news, (5, Insightful)

ocean_soul (1019086) | about 2 years ago | (#41392041)

there was a huge, worldwide drop in productivity today. Especially at universities, research labs, software development companies etc.

Re:In unrelated news, (5, Funny)

buchner.johannes (1139593) | about 2 years ago | (#41392109)

And a world-wide increase in carpal tunnel syndrome.

Insane (4, Insightful)

filmorris (2466940) | about 2 years ago | (#41392055)

How do you do it. Hell, how do you even THINK of doing it. This is so great.

Re:Insane (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392087)

I made tunnel systems with people and various random objects in them all the time in school. Perhaps that's why I never did graduate.

Re:Insane (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392393)

Well not graduating is probably the only reason you're not fat, a virgin, and not on psychiatric meds :D

Re:Insane (1)

macbeth66 (204889) | about 2 years ago | (#41392917)

How do you know he isn't? He is on slashdot after all. Oh, wait...

Hack (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392061)

Some guy made a keyboard-controllable fullscreen interface: http://ares.aylett.co.uk/xkcd/

Obligatory xkcd (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392069)

www.xkcd.com/1110/

Re:Obligatory xkcd (4, Funny)

Alyred (667815) | about 2 years ago | (#41392593)

Both one of the most amazing, and one of the most annoying webcomics of all time. Loved it.

Mother of God (1)

danbert8 (1024253) | about 2 years ago | (#41392073)

It will take all day to explore this whole thing using the Google Maps version, I can't imagine finding everything using the dragging method.

Re:Mother of God (4, Informative)

Zocalo (252965) | about 2 years ago | (#41392191)

Yeah, the GoogleMaps version really sucks for some reason. Try this one [azurewebsites.net] instead.

Note that is privately hosted, and since a Slashdotting is likely to turn his suspicions about hosting costs into reality you might want to consider a donation, or at least a like to help him with the Facebook "Like" for the image linked from the page.

Re:Mother of God (1)

danbert8 (1024253) | about 2 years ago | (#41392225)

Probably because every nerd on the internet just got the link from Slashdot and is likely melting the server as we speak. It doesn't seem like it's actually hosted by Google.

Re:Mother of God (4, Informative)

RenderSeven (938535) | about 2 years ago | (#41392253)

Someone has already published a complete zoomable image [rent-a-geek.de] . Its a bit of a spoiler, but saves a lot of time!

Re:Mother of God (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392515)

Well, it'll take all day now...

Thanks, /., for making me aware of the Google Maps version; I had planned to sit down this evening, download the images, compose them, and scale it down for an overhead view, then rig up some xdotool magic to pan around with the keyboard (autorepeat hell yeah). Much hassle has been saved.

Fuck you, /., for making everyone else aware of the Google Maps version, causing the server to collapse in a smoldering pile of semi-molten slag.

typifies xkcd (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392095)

1) Almost all of the comic is black or white space;

2) The artwork is awful;

3) The "random occurrences on a random landscape with nearly identical characters" theme brings "Where's Waldo?" to mind, except that WW had some fairly detailed and amusing artwork;

4) All the speech brings to mind the kind of things you think then immediately dismiss from your mind as being irrelevant and not worth saying;

5) Culture-starved nerd-fans will nevertheless regard the comic as one of the most amazing cultural artefacts of modern times.

But did you find Waldo? (2)

alexander_686 (957440) | about 2 years ago | (#41392165)

He's there.

Re:typifies xkcd (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392213)

WTF is an "artefact"?

Re:typifies xkcd (5, Funny)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#41392793)

WTF is an "artefact"?

It's very similar to an artifact, except artefacts are only found by people who don't know what the little red, squiggly line under the word is for.

Re:typifies xkcd (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392827)

One of the first things I like to do when installing a new browser is to disable spell check. I have a brain and prefer to use it.

You, evidently, do not.

Re:typifies xkcd (1)

honestmonkey (819408) | about 2 years ago | (#41393129)

Eye preefur peepil unnerstan whut eyme seyin. Dondt ewe?

Re:typifies xkcd (2)

praxis (19962) | about 2 years ago | (#41393137)

More accurately, it /is/ an artifact. There are multiple acceptable spellings of artifact.

Re:typifies xkcd (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#41393351)

More accurately, it /is/ an artifact. There are multiple acceptable spellings of artifact.

Ha, yea, I actually remembered that shortly after hitting the submit button. Where's a time-limited edit button when you need one?

My high school English teacher is probably spinning in her grave...

Re:typifies xkcd (2)

xaxa (988988) | about 2 years ago | (#41393261)

It's the normal British spelling of artefact. No red squiggly line for me :-)

Re:typifies xkcd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392215)

Thanks. Now i don't even have to bother stopping at XKCD, or xkcdsucks.blogspot.com, i can stay up to date from right here on slashdot. Now that that's done, on to the next article to troll pointlessly about the iPhone.

Re:typifies xkcd (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392239)

Right, because we wouldn't be culture starved if we listened to your favorite no-talent, shithole hipster band, right?

You've done nothing impressive. Ever. Do the world a favor and go play in traffic.

Re:typifies xkcd (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392543)

Right, because we wouldn't be culture starved if we listened to your favorite no-talent, shithole hipster band, right?

Thanks for making my point. The only people who like xkcd are those so ignorant of modern culture that they think the two alternatives are "xkcd" and "Lady Gaga"...

You've done nothing impressive. Ever. Do the world a favor and go play in traffic.

...and they're the sort of well-adjusted basement dwellers who respond to criticism by telling the critic to kill him/herself.

Re:typifies xkcd (2)

Jeng (926980) | about 2 years ago | (#41392659)

Hey that is just uncool.

He might damage a car if he plays in traffic.

Re:typifies xkcd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41393165)

1) Almost all of the comic is black or white space;

Um have you ever read an XKCD comic before? They are almost always done in that black white style.

2) The artwork is awful;

scroll past the parking lot and look at it. It is not Awful as you say. the Saturn V rocket, the massive radio antenna. the Pirate Ship, tons of detail.

3) The "random occurrences on a random landscape with nearly identical characters" theme brings "Where's Waldo?" to mind, except that WW had some fairly detailed and amusing artwork;

I take it you never looked through a Where's Waldo book, all the characters are similar in those books too. I still like them. But Where's Waldo never made a 13 gigapixle book (wish they did though, talk about time wasted)

4) All the speech brings to mind the kind of things you think then immediately dismiss from your mind as being irrelevant and not worth saying;

So? I thought that of your post.

5) Culture-starved nerd-fans will nevertheless regard the comic as one of the most amazing cultural artifacts of modern times.

No we appreciate the amount of time it took to make. Little references that are there that we the nerds enjoy. It might be one of the best web comics of 2012 at least it will probably be the most viewed, by all kinds and not just nerds. Take the time and look through it.

Thumbnail? (1)

joebok (457904) | about 2 years ago | (#41392097)

Anybody create or know of a thumbnail of the whole thing? I don't want to miss anything!

That comic should have been put out on a Friday - I only like to waste a lot of time on Fridays. I can only afford a cursory amount of wasted time on a Wednesday. All that clicking and dragging used up most of it, so I'll have to cut this /. post short.

Re:Thumbnail? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392571)

http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/images/3/3d/1110_full_tiny.png

wow, massive finger cramps... (1)

Sebastopol (189276) | about 2 years ago | (#41392099)

only got a fraction of the way through it when my index and middle finger started to seize up like an engine without oil.

needs a zoom function!

Re:wow, massive finger cramps... (4, Informative)

RenderSeven (938535) | about 2 years ago | (#41392345)

Try this version [rent-a-geek.de]

Re:wow, massive finger cramps... (2)

idontgno (624372) | about 2 years ago | (#41392939)

needs a zoom function!

I've heard this said over 50 times today.

In a way, it's a clear statement that the speaker doesn't get the point. (Or doesn't care to get the point.)

The word balloon in the "start position" of the final frame says it all: "I just didn't expect [the world] to be so big."

Your graphospasms are the webcomic equivalent of becoming footsore after attempting to walk the entire surface of the Earth. Zooming out is implicitly cheating.

Re:wow, massive finger cramps... (1)

Sebastopol (189276) | about 2 years ago | (#41393193)

i'd be more than footsore if i tried to walk the earth my friend!

fortunately we have google earth to view the world, which is the exact metaphor of the google eath overlay!

and xkcd-sucks.blogspot.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392115)

He's just trying to break goatkcd.
I'm not brave enough to verify.

Re:and xkcd-sucks.blogspot.com (1)

Archenoth (2592069) | about 2 years ago | (#41393031)

I investigated this, I really wish I hadn't...

Not because I wasn't expecting it, but because it wasn't scaled to epic proportions so I did it for pretty much nothing... :(

is it funny? (0)

Bodhammer (559311) | about 2 years ago | (#41392125)

someone save me some time and tell me if I need to chuckle, chortle, LOL or LMFAO...

Re:is it funny? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392385)

Nah, mostly crazy. It's got X-Wings and flying whales, and tanks, and allegedly Waldo, but the biggest sensation was "WTF? It is SO HUGE!". I might have seen more of this comic than of Google Earth...

Re:is it funny? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392649)

Are you sure the whales are flying and not falling? I assumed it was a Hitchhiker's Guide reference.

Re:is it funny? (5, Funny)

Translation Error (1176675) | about 2 years ago | (#41393173)

Are you sure the whales are flying and not falling? I assumed it was a Hitchhiker's Guide reference.

Impossible to tell until they reach the ground and we see whether they miss it or not.

Retirement (3, Insightful)

PrinceAshitaka (562972) | about 2 years ago | (#41392127)

This would be one hell of a last comic before retirement.

Zoomable version (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392141)

Someone created a zoomable version of today's comic. Makes it a LOT faster to see everything:

http://xkcd-map.rent-a-geek.de/#1/65/-84

Zoom.it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392173)

Someone want to stitch this together and put it on zoom.it?

Webcomics will come to exploit web tech (5, Insightful)

CRCulver (715279) | about 2 years ago | (#41392245)

I kinda regret seeing this comic immediately when it became live, as just as the working day had just begun here and I sunk an enormous amount of time into exploring it, but I'm nonetheless thrilled whenever webcomics do something that extends the comic format beyond the limitations of paper.

Earlier XKCD strips could easily be converted to print format, just see the first collection XKCD Volume 0 [amazon.com] that Randall published (yes, he found a way to put the alt text in there too). But taking advantage of HTML and Javascript, making the comic interactive to a degree, feels like something fresh. Cyanide and Happiness have also been employing animated GIF elements. There's a lot of room for creativity in the webcomic format.

Re:Webcomics will come to exploit web tech (2)

ericloewe (2129490) | about 2 years ago | (#41392339)

Look at the bright side (besides new stuff for the format): This would make one hell of a poster.

Re:Webcomics will come to exploit web tech (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392695)

Old hat my friend, let me tell you about Homestuck...

Drag click drag click (1)

DeTech (2589785) | about 2 years ago | (#41392269)

I wasted 45 mins dragging around this morning. There's plenty of stuff hanging around and the jokes make it well worth the global productivity drop.

Reminds me of things I drew in gradeschool. (0)

togofspookware (464119) | about 2 years ago | (#41392275)

Except back then we used long rolls of paper, and we didn't fill in the solid parts because that would've used too much ink. So this is pretty cool, but not groundbreaking. From the way the entire Internet's in an uproar you'd think something important happened today, sheesh.

OMG (5, Funny)

Master Moose (1243274) | about 2 years ago | (#41392299)

I have just found a bigger time waster than Slashdot.

Re:OMG (1)

Vermonter (2683811) | about 2 years ago | (#41392529)

If you're browsing the image because slashdot linked you there, then does it count as slashdot wasting your time?

Re:OMG (2)

tippe (1136385) | about 2 years ago | (#41392855)

Slashdot used to link directly to xkcd (it was in the QuickLinks frame). They stopped that a couple of years ago for some reason. Maybe because the slashdot time waster + xkcd time waster equalled, well, too much wasted time...

Ooh, look, a Google Maps Version linked from /. (1)

milbournosphere (1273186) | about 2 years ago | (#41392409)

In other news, openmarket's servers just went down in flames.

Re:Ooh, look, a Google Maps Version linked from /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41393073)

they seem fine to me... :)

goatkcd (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392459)

Today's goatkcd didn't disappoint at all.

Another Zoomable version. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392461)

Here is another zoomable version. http://xkcd-map.rent-a-geek.de/ [rent-a-geek.de] .

Randall Munroe is my hero (5, Insightful)

bziman (223162) | about 2 years ago | (#41392795)

I really hope that Randall trolls the internet (or at least slashdot) looking for mentions of his name. It's like having a friend on the internet. He's a genius, and sometimes (well, most of the time), I feel like he's writing and drawing just for me. Thank you.

Big View in Chrome: (5, Informative)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#41392819)

- Right click the comic, select "Inspect Element"

- in the console, expand the "middleContainer" div

- select the "comic" div

- in the box on the right of the console, uncheck "overflow:hidden"

Re:Big View in Chrome: (2)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#41392871)

^ courtesy xkcd forums

I feel better (2)

tool462 (677306) | about 2 years ago | (#41392885)

I, for one, am relieved to know that the bottomless pits in Mario Bros. are not truly bottomless. If any of my Mario's survived the fall, they got to live out their days in comfortable pagodas buried deep within the earth.

Randall is truly evil (1)

sconeu (64226) | about 2 years ago | (#41392911)

In a good way....

If you look over on the far right near the ship... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41392927)

If you look over on the far right near the ship, there's a shark jumping out of the water.

Hahaha (1)

platypusfriend (1956218) | about 2 years ago | (#41392945)

Poop Deck.

This ones better... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41393025)

It may be 13 gigapixel, but where's the fun when those gigapixels are all either black or white?

This one is more interesting - http://www.docbert.org/SantaCruz/

Magnum Opus (1)

ivoras (455934) | about 2 years ago | (#41393187)

This is Randall's Magnum Opus.

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