Saturday, December 20, 2014

a christmas ghost story

Click on the image to read the whole comic

Saturday, December 13, 2014

last chance

Today is December 13, 2014, or, 12/13/14. It is the last time in this century that we will have a consecutive series of numbers like this, so make the most of it.

Saturday, November 29, 2014


It's (edit: not) Black Friday, and I'm lazy, and this is a repost from 6 years ago, but it's a Dave joke and I just feel like putting this out there again, so I'm gonna and there's nothing you non-existent readers can do to stop me.

Dave was bragging to his boss one day, "You know, I know everyone there is to know. Just name someone, anyone, and I know them."
Tired of his boasting, his boss called his bluff, "OK, Dave, how about Tom Cruise?"
"No dramas boss, Tom and I are old friends, and I can prove it."
So Dave and his boss fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise's door, and Tom Cruise shouts, "Dave! What's happening? Great to see you! Come on in for a beer!"
Although impressed, Dave's boss is still skeptical. After they leave Cruise's house, he tells Dave that he thinks him knowing Cruise was just lucky.
"No, no, just name anyone else," Dave says.
"President Bush," his boss quickly retorts. "Yup," Dave say's, "Old buddies, let's fly out to Washington and off they go. At the White House, Bush spots Dave on the tour and motions him and his boss over, saying, "Dave, what a surprise, I was just on my way to a meeting, but you and your friend come on in and let's have a cup of coffee first and catch up."
Well, the boss is very shaken by now but still not totally convinced. After they leave the White House grounds he expresses his doubts to Dave, who again implores him to name anyone else.
"The Pope," his boss replies.
"Sure!" says Dave. "I've known the Pope for years." So off they fly to Rome.
Dave and his boss are assembled with the masses at the Vatican's St. Peter's Square when Dave says, "This will never work. I can't catch the Pope's eye among all these people. Tell you what, I know all the guards so let me just go upstairs and I'll come out on the balcony with the Pope."
He disappears into the crowd headed towards the Vatican.
Sure enough, half an hour later Dave emerges with the Pope on the balcony, but by the time Dave returns, he finds that his boss has had a heart attack and is surrounded by paramedics.
Making his way to his boss' side, Dave asks him, "What happened?"
His boss looks up and says, "It was the final straw ... you and the Pope came out on to the balcony and the man next to me said, "Who the f*k is that on the balcony with Dave?"

Stolen from Bits and Pieces

Friday, November 28, 2014

black comedy

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I have posted this for reasons


Addendum: Okay, the hints not enough, because the above-linked quiz doesnt actually contain the photo which I "fixed". Here's the story: There's this quiz, above, testing how "OCD" you are. It contains 11 photos which ask you to rate your level of discomfort with. I came out perfectly sane, not because the situations in those photos wouldnt have made me crazy, but because they were photos. I could see the wrongness, but there was nothing I could do, and so nothing to worry about. Dont fret over what you cant fix.

Then I remembered Photoshop.

And was compelled to fix it. Yes, I could have ignored it. I really could have, I swear. I resisted fixing all the images in the quiz, didnt I? I fixed it largely as a joke, which sadly, I'm not sure anyone got, because nobody made comment on how I actually fixed the problem rather than being bugged by it; and how much more "OCD" (as it is popularly defined these days) can you get than fixing a photo from a website?

Seriously. That's just nuts.

I'm glad I'm not that crazy.

More Addendum: Okay, maybe just one.

so wrong, so very, very wrong

Looking back through old posts, and found this link.

Friday, October 31, 2014

halloween funny - pre-election edition

Just like real life, except this comic has a punchline (we just get punched).

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


There is a partial eclipse in two days, sometime around sunset. Make sure you see this, since you missed the last one, in May of 2012.

Update: It wont be much, and it'll happen around 4:45 to 5:00 pm on Thursday, the 23rd. This post is mostly a note to nyself.

Update for the Update: I missed it!!! AAAAARRGH!

Next partial eclipse: April 4, 2015. Which I'll no doubt miss, too.

Friday, October 10, 2014

guns and comics

Guess what? This comic is over a decade old! And Canadian! So it has absolutely nothing to do with us here in the U.S.

Nope, nothing at all, nosiree.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

lame (me, not the comic)

I have sucked at blogging lately. And by "lately", I mean for the last couple of years.

Or more.

And by "sucked", I mean "more than usual".

A lot more.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

the value of literature

So I just watched the Bruce Willis movie, Surrogates. It was entertaining and all, but I gotta say, the characters in the movie could have saved themselves a lot of trouble had they just read Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano.

Or maybe just a little Greek mythology.


10/10/14: So, I've been thinking about it, and I realize that maybe the writers had read Player Piano, because their plan was to kill every single person using a Surrogate, which was, like 90+% of the population. That probably would have stopped people from rebuilding. For a bit, anyway.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

the Show

So today, I went to Zeus Comics, here in Big D, to see Danielle Corsetto and Randy Mulholland, of, respectively, Girls With Slingshots and Something Positive. It was, as these things always are, both very nice and very disappointing. Rather like sex, perhaps, which, however wonderful, is never quite like you thought it would be, and you know, you know that it is because of yourself (and your failings) that this is true*.

Still, it was great, and I spent way too much money, which is okay, because these people do a fairly income-less job (except for the marketing from stuff that they sell at events like this), so I dont really feel bad about spending money. I mean, in exchange for my cash, I got two books and four comics, all signed. They get cash for doing what they (presumably... hopefully) love to do.

Win - win, right? Yes, I think so.

Anyway, I've been reading the two comics for at least four years, though I couldnt exactly tell you how long. I have them listed in my first Comix list (Sept 1, 2010), and I read their complete archives sometime that year according to my book list. But the list is pretty extensive even at that point, so I could have discovered them that year, or I could have been reading them for a long time before that. Not knowing this is one of the (few) downsides to not obsessively posting every damn thing you're doing online.

*Okay, granted, there are are plenty of people out there who do not assume that the problem is themselves, and that the problem is always the other, but they are assholes and do not bear talking about.

Friday, July 04, 2014

happy fourth!

Yeah, I know we celebrate the Declaration of Independence on the fourth. I dont care. I showing you this comic.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

nine years and counting

so.. yeah.

It's my blogging anniversary.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

read this

So the basic story looks like this: in the decades before the Civil War, the economic value of slavery explodes. It becomes the central economic institution and source of wealth for a region experiencing a boom that succeeded in raising per capita income and concentrating wealth ever more tightly in the hands of the Southern planter class. During this same period, the rhetoric of the planter class evolves from an ambivalence about slavery to a full-throated, aggressive celebration of it. As slavery becomes more valuable, the slave states find ever more fulsome ways of praising, justifying and celebrating it. Slavery increasingly moves from an economic institution to a cultural one; it becomes a matter of identity, of symbolism—indeed, in the hands of the most monstrously adept apologists, a thing of beauty.

And yet, at the very same time, casting a shadow over it all is the growing power of the abolition movement in the North and the dawning awareness that any day might be slavery’s last. So that, on the eve of the war, slavery had never been more lucrative or more threatened. That also happens to be true of fossil fuel extraction today.
from the article The New Abolitionism.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

total eclipse

Sometime around now there should be a total lunar eclipse. But we've heard that before. This is, by the way, pre-posted. Check NASA, maybe.

Addendum, April 15.

It was this morning. Got out of bed around 2-ish. Went out, saw the red moon (it looked so small!), then went back to bed. Back in 1985, when I was younger and freer, my friends and I watched a similar eclipse from start to finish, while hanging out and playing music and basically being young. It was nice, as I recall.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I am


Stolen from The Omnipotent Poobah, in real life*.

* The joke, I mean, not the "shoes". And by "real life" I mean from his true name FB page, not his pseudononimous (but still excellent) blog.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

well crap

Apparently, I'm going to need to know this.

Monday, February 17, 2014

quote for the day

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

oh oh oh, read this, too.

Click on the image, read the whole, it's very... existential?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

and this, too

Just this one clip is worth the trip. but, as always, click the pic to see the whole thing.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

read this also

As before, click on the picture to read the whole thing.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

read this

Click on the picture to read an amusing and lovely little story.

Monday, January 27, 2014

quote for the day

"If you’re proposing a dramatic increase in outcomes and performance to reach social and academic goals that have never been reached before, and your primary investments are standards and tests that serve mostly to document how far you are from reaching those goals, you either don’t have a very good plan or you’re planning something else. The Common Core, like NCLB before it, is failing the funding credibility test before it’s even out of the gate."

Stan Karp, The Problems with the Common Core

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Dave's 2013 booklist

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”

- Stephen King

Well, good grief, here's this years list, such as it is. It's not one of my best lists, quite frankly. It's rather short (for me) and there's not a single Non-Fiction title finished, though the partials listed below I highly recommend. Mostly what I seemed to read this year was webcomics (but I'll admit to spending hours on Tumblr, much to my shame). I also spent a lot of time reading blogs at lunch rather than my usual book, for reasons I cannot really explain.

This year's list:

Aguirre, A. A. - Bronze Gods
Ashby, Madeline - vN
Brocklehurst, Judith - Darcy + Anne
Carriger, Gail - Blameless
Carriger, Gail - Changeless
Carriger, Gail - Etiquette + Espionage
Carriger, Gail - Heartless
Carriger, Gail - Soulless
Carriger, Gail - Timeless
Cherryh, C. J. - Chanur's Homecoming
Cherryh, C. J. - Chanur's Venture
Cherryh, C. J. - The Kif Strike Back
Crusie, Jennifer + Stuart, Anne + Rich, Lani Diane - Dogs And Goddesses
Czerneda, Julie - A Thousand Words For Stranger
Czerneda, Julie - Ties of Power
deLint, Charles - Forests Of The Heart
Dicks, Matthew - Something Missing
DuFresne, John - Deep In The Shade of Paradise
Fairview, Monica - The Other Mr Darcy
Fantoni, Barry - Harry Lipkin, Private Eye
Fforde, Jasper - The Last Dragonslayer
Fforde, Katie - Restoring Grace
Fisher, Sharon Lynn - Ghost Planet
Flint, Erik + Spoor, Ryk E. - Portal
Gilmore, Susan Gregg - Looking For Salvation At The Dairy Queen
Gutteridge, Rene + McKay, Cheryl - Greetings From The Flipside
Herbert, Brian + Anderson, Kevin J. - Hellhole: The Awakening
Hiaasen, Carl - Bad Monkey
Hodgell, P. C. - Bound In Blood
Hodgell, P. C. - Honor's Paradox
Janowitz, Brenda - Recipe For A Happy Life
Kadre, Richard - Aloha From Hell
Kadre, Richard - Devil Said Bang
Lafferty, Mur - The Shambling Guide to New York
Lathan, Sharon - Miss Darcy Falls In Love
Maberry, Jonathan - Extinction Machine
MacHale, D. J. - SYLO
Martinez, A. Lee - Chasing the Moon
Martinez, A. Lee - Emperor Mullusk Versus The Sinister Brain
Mitchell, Syne - Technogenesis
Mosher, Howard Frank - The Great Northern Express
Niven, Larry + Harrington, Matthew, Joseph - The Goliath Stone
O'Malley, Daniel - The Rook
Oyeyemi, Helen - Mr Fox
Palwick, Susan - The Necessary Beggar
Planck, M. C. - The Kassa Gambit
Pratchett, Terry - Dodger
Pratchett, Terry - Snuff
Pratchett, Terry - Unseen Academicals
Pratchett, Terry + Baxter, Stephen - The Long War
Rowling, J. K. - Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets
Rowling, J. K. - Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
Sage, Angie - Flyte
Sage, Angie - Magyk
Simonsen, Mary Lydon - The Perfect Bride For Mr Darcy
Smolinski, Jill - The Next Thing On My List
Steele, Alan - Spindrift
Thomas, Jeffery - Deadstock
Tropper, Jonathan - One Last Thing Before I Go
Varley, John - Red Thunder
Wodehouse, P. G. - The Girl In Blue

Unfinished Non-Fiction:

Beattie, Alan - False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World
Kahneman, Daniel - Thinking, Fast and Slow
Nader, Ralph - The Seventeen Solutions

Web comic archives (the best ones, anyway):

Between Failures
Errant Story
Max Overacts
Ozzie And Millie
Schlock Mercenary

Previous Lists: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.