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1578: Squirrelphone

Postby geomike » Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:27 am UTC

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alt text: After a while, the squirrel starts making that beeping noise and doesn't stop until it hops back up onto the stump.
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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby rhomboidal » Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:48 am UTC

Now I'm so disappointed the new iPhone doesn't have Force Bite.

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby mihipte » Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:13 am UTC

It could be a strange mating call. Convergent evolution between the squirrel and the telephone. For some reason, it's accompanied by a paralysis which prevents the squirrel from running away when a human approaches.

Cue squirrels imitating our variety of ringtones.

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby keithl » Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:31 am UTC

Squirrelphones are OK. It is the telemarsupials that koala during dinner that I can't stand.

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby ShadeTail » Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:42 am UTC

Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring
Squirrel Phone!
Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring
Squirrel Phone!
It's no baloney, it ain't a phony
My cellular squirrular phone!

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Quercus » Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:31 am UTC

Does anyone else get the feeling that Beret Guy forgot their hat again?

It's a shame really, because if they hadn't we could have made acorn jokes.

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby The Moomin » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:36 am UTC

I assume the squirrelphone has a symbiotic relationship with the magic tree
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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Kalium_Puceon » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:10 am UTC

Maybe Ratatöskr got tired of having to run up and down Yggdrasil all the time. Cellular communication between Nidhogg and the Eagle might lead to a more interesting Flame War than what they used to have.
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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby cellocgw » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:17 am UTC

geomike wrote:I wonder if Randall saw this: http://web.media.mit.edu/~stefanm/phd/cellularsquirrel/


Frakking awesome! If he could make that in a molpy model, or even better, a Shrike version.

Fun fact: back when cellphones first became reasonably popular, various wild birds good at mimicry, such as magpies & mockingbirds, started imitating the standard ringtones. Presumably great hilarity ensued.
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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Keyman » Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:13 pm UTC

keithl wrote:Squirrelphones are OK. It is the telemarsupials that koala during dinner that I can't stand.

Normally, I'd go +1 or +2 for a post like this, but I'm not certain puns shouldn't be judged/awarded on a negative points scale. If so...

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Caesar » Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:53 pm UTC

I have no earthly idea what this comic, or the title text for that matter, is about.

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby ctdonath » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:09 pm UTC

There is a significant percentage of readers who don't know what "that beeping sound" is.

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Copper Bezel » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:43 pm UTC

This comic made me happy. I don't have much else to say about it, but it made me happy.
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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby rmsgrey » Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:11 pm UTC

ctdonath wrote:There is a significant percentage of readers who don't know what "that beeping sound" is.


Assuming you're one of them rather than one of the cognoscenti: On traditional land-line phones, picking the receiver up creates an open circuit to the local exchange. That prevents the phone from receiving incoming calls, so, since most of the time a phone left off the hook is so by accident rather than from someone deliberately seeking to avoid being called (and because it ties up an incoming line at the exchange) exchanges send a loud beeping sound to the receiver once a phone has been left off the hook for long enough without a call being made or after a call has been ended by the other party. The beeping starts off fairly quiet (in case someone's still holding the receiver to their ear), but rapidly becomes loud enough to be heard some distance from the telephone.

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Jackpot777 » Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:15 pm UTC

Caesar wrote:I have no earthly idea what this comic, or the title text for that matter, is about.


It's about ...so wide by so tall, I'd say.

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby yakkoTDI » Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:48 pm UTC

Caesar wrote:I have no earthly idea what this comic, or the title text for that matter, is about.


Do you perhaps have an unearthly idea at least?

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Cervisiae Amatorem » Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:07 pm UTC

I took it as an evolution joke. By random mutation, squirrels eventually acquired the ability to mimic the sound of a telephone. In a few million years, the reason will become obvious to anthropologists looking the adaptation who then wistfully surmise "oh nature, you so clever!"

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Whizbang » Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:15 pm UTC

I don't know why we even call it a squirrelphone anymore. It does so much more than act as a phone.

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Yablo » Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:46 pm UTC

I'm mildly disturbed by the fact that I seem to find animal ambush attacks so amusing.
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Re: 1578: Chipmunk smoke detector

Postby hamjudo » Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:26 pm UTC

We have chipmunks that live in a tree in the front yard. When they see a cat (or presumably any ground based predator), they make a sound like a smoke alarm with a weak battery. It is just as annoying as a smoke detector.

My first thought when being woken up by a chipmunk making that sound is "Must rip out the battery now!". They run away before I can look for the battery compartment. This is good. Otherwise I would get bitten like Cueball.

They have a different sound for flying predators, it is not nearly as annoying.

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Copper Bezel » Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:54 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:I don't know why we even call it a squirrelphone anymore. It does so much more than act as a phone.

May I hug you?
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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Eshru » Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:56 pm UTC

Ever have a pay phone ring while you're nearby? Yeah I don't answer those either.

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby cellocgw » Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:17 pm UTC

Eshru wrote:Ever have a pay phone ring while you're nearby? Yeah I don't answer those either.


Say whut? You from the '80s ? :twisted:
NewEnglandTelephone/NYNEX/[something]/Verizon ripped out every last payphone long ago.
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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby JohnTheWysard » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:03 pm UTC

Eshru wrote:Ever have a pay phone ring while you're nearby? Yeah I don't answer those either.


Good idea:


I heard this pay phone ringin'
It just about blew my mind!
I picked it up and said "Hello?"
and this FOOT came through the line!

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Quercus » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:30 pm UTC

This here is the place where I will be staying
There isn't a number, you can call the pay phone
Let it ring a long, long, long, long time
If I don't pick up, hang up, call back, let it ring some more, oh
If I don't pick up, pick up
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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby gravitystix » Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:50 am UTC

This is the kind of thing I want to happen when virtual reality goggles become truly mainstream. Little scenarios where you're just plopped into a random space and then odd things happen.

You find yourself in a small clearing in the woods. You look to your left. A squirrel sits quietly on a stump. It's looking at you. Birds chirp in the trees.
The birds stop chirping.
The squirrel starts ringing.
It's looking at you.
It keeps ringing, tail vibrating.
What do you do?


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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby RogueCynic » Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:01 am UTC

BHG is working on integrating the ringing gene into squirrels even as we speak.
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geomike wrote:I wonder if Randall saw this: http://web.media.mit.edu/~stefanm/phd/cellularsquirrel/


Frakking awesome! If he could make that in a molpy model, or even better, a Shrike version.

Fun fact: back when cellphones first became reasonably popular, various wild birds good at mimicry, such as magpies & mockingbirds, started imitating the standard ringtones. Presumably great hilarity ensued.
South American birds still do, and mimic a variety of city sounds including car alarms.
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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Eshru » Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:07 am UTC

cellocgw wrote:
Eshru wrote:Ever have a pay phone ring while you're nearby? Yeah I don't answer those either.


Say whut? You from the '80s ? :twisted:
NewEnglandTelephone/NYNEX/[something]/Verizon ripped out every last payphone long ago.

I swear I parked next to one the other day, I'll have to go look.

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby GuesssWho » Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:16 pm UTC

This seems like the kind of thing that would happen all the time in, like, Night Vale or somewhere. There would be regular PSAs to remind the locals to avoid squirrelphones and everything.

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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Kalium_Puceon » Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:15 pm UTC

I suppose that if you somehow domesticated a Squirrelphone it could be pretty cool, as long as it's not like a cat which wanders off for hours or days at a time. I mean, it would stay charged for really long on a sandwich, so that's neat. And you could get it to hold onto your head so you wouldn't need a Bluetooth cicada headset.
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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Envelope Generator » Thu Sep 17, 2015 5:49 pm UTC

Is there a joke in this one somewhere? Or is it the slapstick it looks like?
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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Copper Bezel » Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:07 pm UTC

Well, no, it's almost entirely semantic humor with a slapstick element in the punch line.
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Re: 1578: Chipmunk smoke detector

Postby addams » Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:01 am UTC

hamjudo wrote:We have chipmunks that live in a tree in the front yard. When they see a cat (or presumably any ground based predator), they make a sound like a smoke alarm with a weak battery. It is just as annoying as a smoke detector.

My first thought when being woken up by a chipmunk making that sound is "Must rip out the battery now!". They run away before I can look for the battery compartment. This is good. Otherwise I would get bitten like Cueball.

They have a different sound for flying predators, it is not nearly as annoying.

Squirrels do it, too.
I don't know Why they do it.

I know squirrels make a smoke alarm sound that is as annoying as Hell.
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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:49 am UTC

I very recently learned that a kind of "bird" I've always heard in the trees around my area is actually the sound that a kind of squirrel makes. It weirded me out.
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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby addams » Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:51 am UTC

Does it sound like a smoke alarm?
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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Sep 18, 2015 5:17 am UTC

I didn't think of it as such, and now I can't remember what it sounds like. It is a single, short, intermittent "chirp", which is how I would probably describe a smoke alarm running low on batteries, so I guess probably maybe?
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Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Postby Steve the Pocket » Sat Sep 19, 2015 7:45 am UTC

rmsgrey wrote:
ctdonath wrote:There is a significant percentage of readers who don't know what "that beeping sound" is.


Assuming you're one of them rather than one of the cognoscenti: On traditional land-line phones, picking the receiver up creates an open circuit to the local exchange. That prevents the phone from receiving incoming calls, so, since most of the time a phone left off the hook is so by accident rather than from someone deliberately seeking to avoid being called (and because it ties up an incoming line at the exchange) exchanges send a loud beeping sound to the receiver once a phone has been left off the hook for long enough without a call being made or after a call has been ended by the other party. The beeping starts off fairly quiet (in case someone's still holding the receiver to their ear), but rapidly becomes loud enough to be heard some distance from the telephone.

Oh, that! Right, that makes sense. I thought it was referring to something that handsets do when you've left them off the base for a suspiciously long time, and maybe you'd forgotten where you put it or are running the risk of letting the battery die... Not that I'd know; the longest I've had a handset off its base was maybe a few hours one time when I was outside and expected a call.
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