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[edit] Not too much, not too little... just right

Make sure there's enough of the quote so that avid fans of Homestar Runner can glance at it and think: "Ah ha! I remember that one!" Often not much is needed; the title of the email is usually enough of a clue. But in several cases, like the few I've listed below, perhaps a little more is warranted:

  • caffeine - The quote is generic enough that "Dear Justin..." helps tremendously with the context. I'd stop there (after "Justin"), except I really like the sound of his town: Murfreesboro.
  • your friends - This one's the longest, but here's a good example of where all of it is necessary. Nothing can be left out without leaving out something important.
  • local news - You gotta have the whole grammar song. Scalawags.

It's dot com 22:18, 22 Feb 2005 (MST)

[edit] Early contributions

I've filled in every non-ambiguous word (that is, every word that isn't heard more than once by the appropriate speaker in the email in question.) Maybe later I can help argue about which occurrance of each and every word is the correct one, but for now I gots to jet. Put the inevitable arguments... er, debates... here. --Jay 20:12, 22 Feb 2005 (MST)

Oh, shoot, I didn't read this and just started filling it in with the first occurrence of every word. You may want to revert some of those. I'm really sorry! okay, undid all of them except extra plug, which is pretty definite.

[edit] Devilish laugh

Okay, go ahead and continue the context. But the "devilish laugh!" must stay there because Strong Bad says it, and it's the closest thing to the Oh-ho-hos. --Jay 22:01, 22 Feb 2005 (MST)

[edit] Character Name Modifications

I'm thinkin' we should un-bold the characters; that is, if another character says the quote. I was reading through it and kept getting caught up with the said bolded character names and bolded words. Maybe we should alter the character names to italics (or something other than bold). Comments? →[[User:FireBird|FireBird]]

  • I GRAYED the names of the characters. I figured the only way to find out whether we all thought this was a good idea or not was to do it and let people see how it looks. If people like it, then we'll keep it. Or if there is a concensus that we need to change it back, then we can, but please don't just revert the page until people have had a chance to try it out and chime in with their opinions. -- It's dot com 17:57, 23 Feb 2005 (MST)

Ah. I like it. →[[User:FireBird|FireBird]]

    • I've had a chance to really look at it, and I can say I like it, too. → It's dot com

[edit] radio

I swear, radio's word is incorrect. The Deathly Pallor sounds nothing like the "yeah" that's actually used in the song. In actuality, I think that it's one of the "yeah"s said by the audience (of sorts) during the "drive time morning show" part. --Shadow Hog 14:48, 24 Feb 2005 (MST)

Good catch, Shadow Hog. You're absolutely right. It shall be fixed posthaste!
On a similar note, I don't think the "I" is right in "lackey" (I think it's the one after the one listed), and I haven't had a chance to investigate whether the right "pizzaz" is in "pizzaz". -- It's dot com 17:36, 24 Feb 2005 (MST)
The canned audience person says "yeah!" twice during radio. Is is the first one or the second one? Does it matter?
It's the first one. I saved the sound clips as .WAVs and compared them back to back. And of course it matters (well, maybe not in the grand sceme of things, but it is nice to get as close to all of these correct as we can). -- It's dot com 06:34, 25 Feb 2005 (MST)

[edit] Good Job

Good Job guys, I didn't have the patience to go through all ‘dem songs and figure out which word was whose. Well Done! - Dr Haggis - Talk 20:42, 26 Feb 2005 (MST)

Holy cow!! This is INCREDIBLE. I love this wiki. JoeyDay (Talk) 09:26, 3 Mar 2005 (MST)
Yeah, I recently used this page to show a friend just how cool we all are. Seriously, how cool is this!? -- Tom 10:09, 3 Mar 2005 (MST)
I was just coming to this talk page to say just that! Great job! I'll bet TBC would be impressed. :) Trelawney 06:16, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

[edit] SBEMAIL

Um, #125 is referencing itself. 125 is when he says the name if the opera is Sbemail, not when everyone shouts it. That's the lyrics itself. nintendorulez 09:30, 14 Mar 2005 (MST)

Although the last word is, on the one hand, referencing itself, the list is still correct the way it is. The last word can come from anywhere in the email (all the way from "loading" through to The Paper)... On the other hand, it would be more accurate to say that the last word doesn't reference anything.
Here's why: The first 124 words are direct audio samples of the previous emails (as opposed to, say, Strong Bad merely reading them from a list), but the 125th word is not sampled from anywhere — it's original in its own right, and therefore appropriate for the list.
You can tell that the two instances of the word are different, because when Strong Bad says "sbemail" as he's typing, it's not as drawn out or as shouted as at the end. Second, and more important, Strong Bad is alone at the beginning, but the whole cast yells "SBEMAIL!!" from the stage (except The Poopsmith, I suppose, and possibly The Cheat, too, now that I think about it).
— Cheers!
It's dot com 13:19, 14 Mar 2005 (MST)
I'm going to go ahead and put in more of the context of #125. For some reason I think it's funny. If you disagree, revert. --GregHosting 03:55, 17 Apr 2005 (UTC)
Respectfully, I disagree. Besides, you've got the whole song listed just below #125, so it's really not necessary. — It's dot com 23:55, 17 Apr 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Making Pictures

On the rock opera page, someone suggested that there should be a picture from every email showing the context of each word. I'm currently working on making them. Do people 1) think this is a good idea and 2) have ideas on how to integrate them into the page? I was thinking a table like the one on Floppy Disk Container Plus. Aurora Szalinski 12:39, 20 Mar 2005 (MST)

I dunno. It would be cool, but it would be rather space consuming, too. I like being able to look at the words in the list at a glance. --Joshua 13:29, 20 Mar 2005 (MST)
I've currently made them through "i she be". Maybe there could be a second "context" page with all the pictures? Aurora Szalinski 13:55, 20 Mar 2005 (MST)
I say make them all the same size and put them in a gallery at the bottom of the page, similar to the one on this page. I won't mind something like that; it would be rather nice.--Joshua 16:11, 20 Mar 2005 (MST)
Uh, 125 pictures is a lot. Like... almost too much in my opinion. -- Tom 17:30, 20 Mar 2005 (MST)
Maybe if you could stuff 'em all into an animated gif? If that's even possible here... --Joshua 17:34, 20 Mar 2005 (MST)
Perhaps an audio clip of each line would be more appropriate. That is, after all, what the rock opera is—a collection of audio samples. If we do go ahead with the screenshots, I don't think they should be up in the list itself, since the line spacing looks good as it is now. It's dot com 17:35, 20 Mar 2005 (MST)
I suppose just watching the email is enough in this case. I don't think we need audio samples. -- Tom 17:40, 20 Mar 2005 (MST)
Well, the pictures are being made, because I feel like it, mostly (I've almost finished the Tandy mails). I could probably make an animated gif of them, but it would be large and kill any 56K modems.... I'll probably put all this stuff (pics) on my webspace anyway, so maybe you could just put an external link? I could also make all the pictures smaller (like, smaller than the thumbnail size). Aurora Szalinski 18:07, 20 Mar 2005 (MST)

[edit] Band Names

I'm almost 100% sure that the "or" in the rock opera that is from the email band names is the end part of the word Lazor, because of how it sounds. --EMJS 21:35, 22 Jun 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Crackin

I don't know about you, but if you turn the volume up really high nd listen closely, you can hear Strong Bad say "crackin'" although it might just be my ears. I'm sure I can hear it though. —Darklinkskywalker|Talk_|i did this stuff_ 03:08, 18 April 2006 (UTC)

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