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October 17, 2007

Out of Here by Sundown

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am



  1. You’d think it’d be the opposite… they come in for work at night and would have to be gone by sunRISE instead..

    Or maybe they have to be gone before the good stuff starts?

    Comment by dd — October 17, 2007 @ 12:19 am

  2. Maybe it’s the common “by the end of the day”, but for most people that would mean “by the end of the WORK day” whereas in this case it means “by the end of DAYLIGHT”

    Comment by Rammy M — October 17, 2007 @ 9:17 am

  3. More like the old Western’s…

    “Alright Black Bart, I want you out of town by sundown…” tied in with dd’s comment.

    Comment by doug — October 17, 2007 @ 9:23 am

  4. Alot of companies, when they get rid of employees, tell them to leave immediately, then allow them to come back after hours to clean out their desk (with a security guard watching, of course. The logic is that if they’ve been fired, they are disgruntled, and you don’t want them to start spreading greater discontent with their (former) coworkers, at least not greater than they already have.

    Given that, then the comic makes sense – they’ve been given until sundown to clear out, at which point they’ll be gone and the rest of the staff will begin to arrive, and noone needs to see them ever again.

    Comment by Bill — October 17, 2007 @ 9:36 am

  5. The company knows there isn’t anything good to look at during the day. They want them gone by sundown so they can’t use the company’s property to watch the night sky/stars.

    Comment by Cedric — October 17, 2007 @ 10:19 am

  6. It’s also worth noting that by opening up the telescope during the day, they probably fired some very expensive optics. Sure, solar filters exist, but the fact they’re being fired probably means they didn’t put those on the telescope, and now it’s crispy on the inside.

    Comment by Dave Van Domelen — October 17, 2007 @ 10:28 am

  7. Well, if we’re going to get all technical, we should also note that astronomers don’t generally need to work at night. With modern telescopes, computers do the tracking and recording of observations, and the astronomers can do the data processing at whatever time of the day they want.

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — October 17, 2007 @ 10:53 am

  8. The fact that they are there to use the telescope in the daytime shows why they’re being fired in the first place, and just to make sure we readers get that point, the comment about being gone by sundown is added.

    I found it funny.

    Comment by Keera — October 17, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

  9. Hey, Autumn Harvest, astronomers do work at night when observing… When you get time on a big telescope (expensive) you pick the region of the sky to observe, but need to be there in case you want to change targets due to cloudiness etc… However, naps do happen during long exposures I believe. Been a while since I went up the mountain with my old man (an astrophysicist).

    Comment by Winman — October 18, 2007 @ 11:11 am

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