• Roberta
    October 8, 2010

    Lego sets. Hahaha, excellent.

  • BenK
    October 8, 2010

    Single point perspective…

  • Joshua
    October 8, 2010

    This is wonderfully insightful.

  • idkrash
    October 8, 2010

    The tube is civilization.

  • AndyL
    October 8, 2010

    I want a Mesopotamian Lego set.
    But it has to be from the Technic line so I can make robots out of it.

  • Harry the K
    October 8, 2010

    Sippin’ on some sizzurp, in panel 3.

  • Michael
    October 8, 2010

    Just another opportunity to gush. I need to mark where this batch of C&Gs started really speaking to me, so I can be certain to buy the book(s) which contain them. Because . . . damn. This is good stuff.

  • Nick
    October 8, 2010

    I think this is partly an American thing, or at least worse there. Eton College is almost 600 years old. Various buildings in Europe are a thousand years old. The Romans built London as in inland port almost 2000 years ago, it was abandoned after their civilisation collapsed, but fragments of their city wall are now preserved, poking out unexpectedly between modern buildings in a modern city.

    It’s a lot harder to lose a thousand years of history when you walk past it every day.

  • PuggyJJones
    October 8, 2010

    This is what happens to Processual Archaeologists when they read Bakhtin.

  • Marquinal
    October 8, 2010

    Alice’s kaleidoscope.

  • Li'l Edie
    October 8, 2010

    “It’s very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present. You know what I mean? It’s awfully difficult.”-Edith Bouvier Beale

  • Steph
    October 9, 2010

    We need more history majors with Influence.

  • I, met a guy
    October 9, 2010

    Oh wow, I never realized that we know less about earlier civilizations. I had to have a comic spoon feed that information to me to know what to think.

  • Zack
    October 9, 2010

    I read it as a humorous take on an aspect of human psychology; it’s not about the scope of knowledge gained, but about the mechanism that preserves it.

  • David Thomsen
    October 10, 2010

    I thought that by inserting a mobile phone into the last two panels the cartoon was asking us to look forward 10, 100, 1,000 years into the future, to when our own present might also become indistinguishable from the ancient wheel of roulette, when dinosaurs roamed the stars and lego sets collapsed in on themselves.

    But, ‘I, met a guy’… yes. I never understood why Charlie Brown kept trying to kick the ball either.

  • Brian
    October 11, 2010

    Panel 8 dinosaur is extraordinarily well-spoken for a being from the Pleistocene Epoch.

  • Jonathan
    October 11, 2010

    And Egyptians had Lego sets, which explains the “Remember the Time” video.

  • Dorothy
    October 11, 2010

    I like to think about Beautiful Music when the disappearance of 50s music from Oldies radio playlists gets to be too much.

  • Aaron A.
    October 13, 2010

    @Nick – I agree that it’s worse in the States, particularly here on the West Coast; aside from the occasional Spanish mission, few buildings are even a century old. It’s easy to stereotype history when you can’t relate to it. I think this is also why we assume people from the past were all more cultured and civilized than people today; working-class life in Victorian England is documented well enough, but it’s so much more interesting to read about the land-owning class with their poetry and fox hunts and years of courtship.

    @David Thomsen – I like Randall Munroe’s future interpretation of history:

  • A Student
    November 1, 2010

    I dunno, isn’t this sort of conflated with the accelerating pace of change?

  • jaket kulit
    May 1, 2012

    “I like the part where you say you are doing this to give back but I would”

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