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  1. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine 1 day ago

    “Pneumo…osis” is fake, though often used as an example of a long word, and it’s a mash-up of Greek, Latin, and English bits in a way that isn’t even legit. Even “antidisestablishmentarianism” isn’t genuine, though “disestablishmentarianism” is, so that “antidisestablishmentarianism” is theoretically sound.

  2. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Origins of the Sunday Comics 2 days ago

    Was there anyone, anyone at all, who understood that dirigibles require stabilizers?

  3. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Brewster Rockit 2 days ago

    1) Not remotely like a S/360; as others have remarked, it looks like ENIAC.

    2) And, yes, the use of “bug” to mean an engineering defect goes back to Edison’s days; the story about Hopper’s moth is true, but it was a joke even at the time.

    3) Not an “ignorant judge”. Eckert and Mauchly had overreaching patent lawyers who tried to patent the whole concept of electronic computing, as though they had gotten the idea straight from God. That claim crumbled to dust in light of Atanasoff’s work in the 30s.

    4) However, their big mistake was selling out to Remington Rand. Remington Rand had been IBM’s bitch in the pre-computer market since the 1920s, and they did their usual job of driving away customers in the early-computer era, too. For example, you could only purchase a UNIVAC outright, and they wouldn’t give you a programming manual until you did. IBM gave 30-day leases, and let you get your software in gear on IBM’s own machines until you were ready to take delivery.

    5) Radio Shack originally went into the personal-computer business because the president of the company had the foresight to realize that the Citizens-Band craze would die out, and they’d need something new and cool to replace it. That’s a big 10-4, good buddy!

    6) ENIAC had something like 1/1,000,000 the power of an Apple Watch.

  4. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 4 days ago

    For something more modern, Dad should let Phoebe play Miniature Burglar.

  5. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Gasoline Alley 11 days ago

    They’re smaller now, and story arcs longer than six days are strongly discouraged, apart from the legacy soap-opera strips like “Apartment 3-G”. And there is no room for Frank King’s magnificent Sunday compositions.

    But oh! how I wish for news of events in Glovania after the fall of the Iron Curtain! Was there no movement to restore Grand Duke Allison at all?

  6. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Francis 11 days ago

    “Laudato si, mi Signore, per sora nostra matre Terra,
    la quale ne sustenta et gouerna,
    et produce diuersi fructi con coloriti fior et herba.”

  7. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on FoxTrot Classics 11 days ago

    Where H is used, B is B♭ and H is B♮

    Bach sometimes used the theme B-A-C-H

    It’s not a question of “replacing the note names with solfege syllables”. That’s just assuming that English is somehow “more real” than other languages, which is ridiculous; if any language is the international language of music, it is Italian, and Italian uses the solfege names.

  8. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Over the Hedge 15 days ago

    Correct. It’s [for-tay] for the Italian word meaning “loud”, the opposite of “piano”, but [fort] for the French word meaning “strong point” (originally, the strong part of a sword blade), the opposite of “foible”.

  9. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Dinosaur Comics 16 days ago

    Also one of the main engines of the plot of “Babylon 5”.

  10. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Origins of the Sunday Comics 18 days ago

    Because, in normal English, “men” includes women, and “cows” includes bulls, at least for children.