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  1. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Nancy about 17 hours ago

    When we went to see “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, I caught myself saying, “They’ve really got the period movement right,” and then realized to my horror that I was calling my own life “period”.

  2. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Skippy 4 days ago

    Only a few years later, there was a move in Congress to reissue the 3¢ nickel.

  3. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Calvin and Hobbes 7 days ago

    Roman javelins had soft shanks specifically so they couldn’t be returned. If they killed you, fine, and if they hit your shield, they’d stick, but bend, so that not only couldn’t throw it back, you’d probably have to throw your shield away.

    I actually know someone who can catch a thrown spear in mid-air and return it, ten out of ten times.

  4. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Andy Capp 7 days ago

    At least it’s not bleedin’ Watney’s Red Barrel.

  5. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Nancy Classics 8 days ago

    Regular computers don’t use CDs, much. Apple doesn’t build CD or DVD drives into their computers, anymore, though you can still buy one that goes into a USB port.

    33⅓ is much better sound than 78. I’m old enough to remember.

    I /think/ 33⅓ was chosen because, on vinyl, with microgrooves, and electronic amplification, it gave the best overall balance of faithful sound and minimal noise. I /know/ that 78 was chosen, decades earlier, because it gave the best results on shellac, with larger grooves, and logarithmic horns linked to a diaphragm.

  6. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 10 days ago

    Actual sequins go back for thousands of years, but the word “sequin” originally meant a very small gold coin, first from Turkey, later from Italy.

  7. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Ozy and Millie 10 days ago

    Cats prove that God is a master of satire.

  8. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on My Cage Classics 10 days ago

    “Oh don’t the days seem lank and long,
    When all goes right and nothing goes wrong,
    And isn’t your life extremely flat
    When you’ve nothing whatever to grumble at?”
    —W. S. Gilbert, “Princess Ida”

  9. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Luann 10 days ago

    Stuff from Rudy Vallée’s era wouldn’t meet most modern fire codes; dimmers from that age, instead of controlling the power, took it all and dumped the unwanted part into the coils, in the form of heat. (I knew people who were stuck with them in the 70s who would strip down to their underwear to operate the nasty things.) They would very probably have asbestos-infused insulation, too.

    But there have been entire generations of equipment since then. When I was in high school, we had autotransformers; when I was in college, thyristors. By the 80s, you could get boards that hooked up to Apple IIs, and there has been plenty of progress since then, such as spots (spotlights) that can re-gel (replace colored filters, which were traditionally made of gelatin, with others) and refocus (re-aim) themselves by preprogrammed remote control. And, of course, LED lights are coming into use (fluorescents make funky colors, so they were never applied). Stuff becomes obsolete long before it wears out, so this kind of deal really isn’t that unusual.

  10. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Cul de Sac 10 days ago

    He’s using an edge stapler, not a saddle stapler, so the risk isn’t in the centerfold, but on every inside edge. One hopes a sufficient margin (left recto, right verso) has been allowed for. Edge staplers are much easier to find, though a saddle stapler needs only to penetrate half as many pages.