Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Wait That Never Ends


I wrote this after the lightening storm two weeks ago that wiped out my modem and Airport Extreme.  Everything’s finally up and running after two weeks.  This included:

  1. Four hours with Verizon Tech Support over two days until I got hung up on (and not called back, despite the fact they asked for and received an alternate number).
  2. Four trips to the Genius Bar twenty miles away where first genius replaced power supply without checking whether Airport Extreme still actually worked.  One trip where wife traded old power supply plus cord and was given back a power supply without a cord.  One trip to retrieve the cord.  And one trip to finally replace the entire Airport Extreme.

They say that computer intelligence will surpass human intelligence by 2040.

I can’t wait.


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Lucy In the Sky With Back-Fat

Why can’t we have alien overlords that mine our front-fat, or thigh-fat, or underarm-fat, or better yet, our head-fat?

Humans never catch a break.


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The One With Newton’s First Law of Squirrel Motion

Really nice job by T today illustrating Newton’s First Law of Squirrel Motion:

A squirrel in motion will remain in motion until acted upon by his tummy.

And then he’s right back in motion.

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The Lord Plays In Freaky Ways

From the Rick James version of the Bible:

“The blue jay came to him toward evening, and behold, in his beak was a Twizzler. So Verne knew that the water was abated and freakiness would rain again upon Funk Town.”

Can Rick hear an A-men?


Rick is pleased.



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Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign


This is pretty good. But you know what would have made it better?  Cut Hammy and RJ’s lines in the last panel and just have Phil burp.  We saw Phil eat Bob and it’s implied they’re all going to die.  This is what happens when the writer and the illustrator are different people.

Or what happens when you write so close to deadline there’s no time to go over roughs.

Over the Hedge: Cartoons hot off the griddle without all that fancy “cooking” you might expect.


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Attention: All Apex Predators Please Clear the Lido Deck

I love the second panel.  Lovely composition from T.

Not sure international maritime safety regulations regarding proper balanced cargo distribution condone placing elephants near the bow.

Still, it looks nice.


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The One With the Rick James Version of the Bible

In the beginning Rick created the freaky and the funky.

And the funky was without form and void; and disco was upon the face of pop music . And the Spirit of Rick moved upon the face of the charts.

And Rick said, Let there be super freakiness: and there was super freakiness.*

And Rick saw the super freakiness, that it was good: and Rick divided the super freakiness from the super funkiness.

And Rick called the super freakiness super kinky and the super funkiness he called super nasty. And super kinky and super nasty were the first day.

In Funky Town.

*the kind you don’t take home to mother.


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It’s Raining Cows, Hallelujah!

I could be wrong but I think that’s actually the cow that jumped over the moon on reentry.  Which brings to mind one of my favorite Ringtales New Yorker Animated Cartoons;



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Brown vs. Green


I realize a good chunk of the country is praying for rain, but we got hit hard about a week and a half ago (when I wrote today’s comic) with 5-6 inches.  Which pretty much never happens.  Especially in the middle of the summer.

Our pond is full, the grass is green and our some time leased cattle are back munching the bermuda in our front yard while making hoof craters the size of dinner plates.   We have a fence, but thin wooden rails are no match for an 800 pound cow.

This is all short-lived of course. It was back above 100 on Saturday.  I mowed the grass and now will have to start watering again.  And the pond is slowly subsiding into the surrounding porous limestone.  Pretty soon we’ll be back on water restrictions and hit with red flag fire warnings.

In Central Texas we live on the border of the wettish Texas coastal plain where it meets the arid Edwards plateau.  A contest between Green and Brown.  Green won a recent battle.

But Brown is winning the war.



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Hammy’s Not From Around Here


The history of many nursery rhymes is downright bizarre.  This one is no exception.

From Wikipedia:

“This Old Man” is an English languagechildren’s songcounting and nursery rhyme with a Roud Folk Song Index number of 3550. The origins of this song are obscure. The earliest extant record is a version noted in Anne Gilchrist‘s Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (1937), learnt from her Welsh nurse in the 1870s under the title “Jack Jintle” with the lyrics:

My name is Jack Jintle, the eldest but one,
And I can play nick-nack upon my own thumb.
With my nick-nack and pad-lock and sing a fine song,
And all the fine ladies come dancing along.

My name is Jack Jintle, the eldest but two,
And I can play nick-nack upon my own shoe.
With my nick-nack, etc.[1]

The more familiar version begins:

This old man, he played one,
He played knick-knack on my thumb;
With a knick-knack paddywhack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played two,
He played knick-knack on my shoe;
With a knick-knack paddywhack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

A similar version was included in Cecil Sharp and Sabine Baring-Gould‘s English Folk-Songs for Schools, published in 1906. It was collected several times in England in the early twentieth century with a variety of lyrics. In 1948 it was included by Pete Seeger and Ruth Crawford in their American Folk Songs for Children and recorded by Seeger in 1953. It received a boost in popularity when it was adapted for the 1958 film The Inn of the Sixth Happiness by composer Malcolm Arnold as “The Children’s Marching Song”, which led to hit singles for Cyril Stapleton and Mitch Miller.

The term “Paddywack” was used from at least the early nineteenth century to describe an angry person, specifically a “Brawny Irishman”.[4] From at least the 1970s sensitivity in the United States over a possible derogatory meaning has meant that the song is often written as “Knick-knack patty-whack,” with no discernible difference when sung. 

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