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  1. almost 11 years ago on Doonesbury

    @FriscoLou and @ RinaFarina

    Pibgorn is not dyslexic, nor mispelled and it is a GREAT comic. Snarky, beautiflly drawn, and deep with subtext.

    Tragically it is the comic author/artist who denies us the commentary. He does not like external influence to be seen, read, or associated with his comic. I guess I can understand it but in the Web 2.0 world it will be seen as “odd” at best by most of us.

  2. almost 11 years ago on Pickles

    @Ash - NO, you do not need a comma in that sentence. You can state “Get up.” and drop “Earl” entirely as the noun (the person I’m facing while speaking) becomes understood in this imperitive. It is correct as it stands because “Earl” is the noun being acted upon (or in this case, directed). With a comma you have introduced the classic comma splice. You have seperated the action from the actor. Bad, bad Ash! I wouldn’t get too trippy on the grammar in comics in any case, my screen would be covered with grease pencil correction marks if I didn’t watch myself. I stopped taking even the “good” papers ages ago because editing has virtually evaporated. “Anyone can run spell check and grammer check in Word” is the bane of my existance! Sorry for the semi-rant, I used to edit for a living and it never really goes away!

  3. almost 11 years ago on Cul de Sac

    I’ve promised my mother that when she dies, I’ll move into the house and take at least a year to sell her stuff… in her case, it is organized chaos. The basement is full floor to rafter with little pathways between the boxes, but she has an inventory of it all in excel with purchase price and value (as of the last time she priced it which could have been 20 years ago!). She also keeps a file of comparable items sold on ebay in a handy-dany 3 ring binder… I think my dad hides cash under the floor boards. I’m going to have to rip appart the house and sell stuff one bleeep thing at a time… then, maybe, I can actually retire on all that stuff! No way I’ll be able to retire on my salary! (ok, I make a good amount, but retirement is expensive!)

  4. almost 11 years ago on Cathy Classics

    John Titor is an internet phenomemnea of sorts. Here is a good synopsis on Wikipaedia: - upshot is, he is supposedly a guy who comes back to 1999 to save us from Y2k (from the year 2036-because he needs a computer from an even earlier time to solve the 32 bit error that will happen in his current time - much like Y2K). The character shows up in comment boards (chat room effectively) for 2 years with some predictions (most of which have not proved to come true but are easily explained by the multi-verse concept of time travel).

  5. over 11 years ago on Pickles

    Sedalia is an older city and smaller so it will take longer to update the infrastructure. I bet Jeff City has the most because everyone in the State capitol will want to make sure they can always get in touch with anyone (without anyone finding them!)

  6. over 11 years ago on Andy Capp

    @Chikuku the Brits like their beer cool… like basement / celler cool if it is from a keg. The temperature is NOT “warm” it is cool. It is NOT cold because that deadens the tastebuds and disalows flavor. US drinks reasonably bad beer very cold so it is refreshing but oogie when even cool, let alone warm.

    When Brits bring home glass bottles they put it in the cellar or in the fridge depending on the quality. The higher the quality the more willing you are to drink it at various temperatures.

    With that said, try making your next potroast with your favorite good beer, you’ll thank me. YUM.

  7. over 11 years ago on Red and Rover

    @pschearer actually, sherbet is also a cream/milk-based desert, it just typically lacks eggs and has less dairy than traditional ice creams. A full custard style ice cream typically uses both cream and eggs. Philladelphia style ice cream lacks eggs. Ices and sorbet have no dairy. Gelato has smaller ice crystals and is frequently the most dense (dairy required, eggs possible).

    OK, so being a diabetic doesn’t mean I can’t fondly recall!!! ;>)

  8. over 11 years ago on Dog Eat Doug

    I write instructions for a living… because of this bike I bought my son some 17 years ago. It had instructions written in English which had been written by someone who didn’t speak English at all and didn’t seem to have a grasp on their other languages (I even tried the Spanish directions for clues). The blow-out picture? for the wrong bike. I winged it and got it functional for Christmas morn, but it took a few hours!!! I now do websites and the “help” thingys. Mine acutally help!

  9. over 11 years ago on Brewster Rockit

    Wow, finally, a comic I read without comments from captian obvious.

  10. almost 12 years ago on Doonesbury

    The reference to Helvetica (font) derives from a recent outcry by aspects of the the writing community who care about such things related to IKEA (using new fonts) and rendering problems by Apple computers using their own version of Helvetica. All the typography for IKEA suddenly changed on advertising, websites, etc., from “Futura” to “Verdana” and amongst those of us who are truely geektastic, this has been a big and important issue (and frequently termed “stoopid move!”). As a Helvetica font is also (with Verdana) a standard font available in all/most computer applications… except, Apple’s version of Helvetica is ugly to work with online as it doesn’t render well or resize nicely. The font-obsesesed deem the fonts to be less than desired and puzzling because there are other better options easily available.