Monthly Archives: July 2010

Pooch Cafe Animation: Dome Collar and Playing with the Cat

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Two new Pooch Cafe animations up on YouTube.  Check out all our great RingTales cartoons on our YouTube Channel.

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CSI My Hammy

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I’ve been to My Hammy Peach.  Pun for the whole family.

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WWBD: What Would Bullwinkle Do?

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Just want to alert everyone to a few upcoming RingTales happenings:

1.  New iPhone Dilbert and New Yorker Cartoon Calendar Aps will be out soon.  Just like the print page-a-day calendars except with an animated cartoon-a-day instead.

2.  We’ll be debuting Pearls Before Swine animations on Babelgum in September.

3.  We’ll be bringing you a Cartoon Masters series of cartoonist interviews with myself, Bob Mankoff (Cartoon Editor of the New Yorker), Stephan Pastis, Mark Tatulli, Paul Gilligan and Richard Thompson.  They’ll also debut on Babelgum in September.

4.  And we’ll be debuting our first original property, “Cat, Dog, Stoop” by Issac Littlejohn Eddy.   Issac is a New Yorker cartoonist and a Blue Man.  That is, he is a man who paints himself blue to become part of the NYC production of The Blue Man Group — in case it wasn’t clear.   “Cat, Dog, Stoop” will also debut in September exclusively on Babelgum.com.

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Rocket J. Squirrel is Really ?!%$# Old

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This is what it has come to — making fun of elderly deaf cartoon squirrels.  Have I no shame?

No.  I had all my shame removed years ago.  I keep it stored it in the fridge next to RJ’s conscience and the cocktail onions.

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The One Where Boris Blows up Kid Using Round Bomb with Fuse

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Today’s activities at the Old Moose and Squirrel Home

9:00:  Moosercize

10:30:  Magic Class:  How to stuff a lion up your sleeve.

1:30:   Platform Squirrel Diving

3:30:  Mr. Know it All explains who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb.

5:30:  Field trip with Mr. Peabody and Sherman back to the primordial ooze.

7:30:  Whatsamatta U.  vs. University of Whatshizname in Duck, Duck, Goose.

10:30:  Fractured Fairy Tales:   Jack and Bill Went Up the Hill.

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Fearless Leaders Need Fiber Too

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Today’s menu at the Pottsylvania Old Spies Home:

Breakfast:   Chipped Beet on Toast

Lunch:  Beet-LT’s

Dinner:  Beet tartare.

Snack:  Beet-on-a-stick

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Boris and Natasha Snoop Over the Hedge

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We got to this Hedge perfect storyline as quick as we could given our lead times.  Yeah, it’s dated, but it’s fun kind of dated.

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And Then They Had Pie

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Just occasionally T and I get it right.   We got this one right.  Great writing.  Great art.

And pie.

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Hammy Wins Tour de Hedge

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Arc de Twinkies is a nice touch.  Someone should look into Twinkies as a building material.  Indestructible, eternal AND a cream center.

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Quantum Effects at a Squirrely Distance

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It wasn’t a cat in Schrodinger’s box it was a wacky squirrel.

Schrodinger’s Cat is a thought experiment that demonstrates the absurdity of quantum superposition when applied to everyday objects.   Superposition describes all the possible states of a system (such as all the possible positions of a subatomic particle).  Quantum theory says that superposition collapses into a definite state only at the moment of quantum observation.

The experiment involves placing a cat and a small bit of radioactive material in a closed box.   If the radioactive material releases a single particle a geiger counter detects it, triggering a hammer that shatters a vial of hydrocyanic acid, killing the cat.   If the radioactive material does not release a particle the cat is alive.  Superposition states that the cat is BOTH dead and alive (or entangled) until the moment of observation.   Common sense states this is ridiculous.  The cat is either dead or alive, but not both at the same time.

Except that we know that shooting a series of single photons through a double-slit barrier at a detection screen results in a banded interference pattern.   This clearly suggests that a single photon must be interfereing with itself.   That can only happen if the photon goes through both slits at the same time.   How can a single photon be in two places at once?  It can only do that if it is a wave.  But if the photon is a wave, how is it we can detect it arriving at a single spot on the detection screen as though it were a particle.   Somehow in the journey through the slits the the photon acts as  both particle and wave (in quantum superpoisiton) and only resolves its state as a  particle when it’s detected.

The only thing I can deduce from this is that we all somehow inhabit a world that exits in all possible states until the moment we observe it.  Eyes closed: anything’s possible.  Eyes open: one possibility.   But why do we all seem to perceive the same outcome?  Or do we?

I’m telling you, it’s Hammy in the box.   And he’s doing the hokey pokey with that subatomic particle.  And you know how I know for sure?

I’M NEVER GOING TO OPEN THE BOX!!

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