Friday, 7 October 2011

Comic 961 - Eternal Flame

Do you feel my heart beat? It's no game,
Understand? Do you feel the same?
Am I only dreaming
Or is this faint gleaming,
This burning, an eternal flame?

Original comic here.

I had little clue as to what the comic was getting at, so I limericked the Bangles instead.

UPDATE: I now see that the comic was a tribute to the late Steve Jobs. For what it's worth, you can read my own modest tribute to him here.


  1. Is there any reason this post has no title?

  2. Yes - it's that I forgot to type it in. Thanks for pointing it out so that I could fix it.

  3. Goodgood. I was wondering if it might have been because it was an irregular comic.

    Very good limerick, anyhoo. Helps that I love the song :D

  4. It's referring to the death of Steve Jobs. The spinning rainbow thing is called "the rainbow pinwheel of death," and it's familiar to anyone who owns a Mac. It's the spinning wait cursor, and it appears when an application has stopped responding. If this appears, it doesn't bode well for the application in question.

    Also, I don't know if you've ever heard of explain xkcd, but it's the place to go if ever again you find yourself unable to figure out what the heck Mr. Monroe is getting at.

  5. Thanks for the comment, and the link. I've never owned a Mac, so I missed the reference, but I have caught up with a special post about Steve Jobs today.

    I think I'll carry on writing my limericks based on my first impressions of each comic - for me, having an occasionally sketchy understanding of the subject matter is part of the fun. But I doubt I'll be able to resist checking Explain XKCD to see where I've gone wrong!