1. (I sent at least one shitty email yesterday and am deeply sorry.°)

    (redacted)

    Anyhow, Marion¹ suddenly remembered that despite the periodic art projects, she actually did sort of have a web based comic back in the day. (It was like Goofus and Gallant, but with ducks.) It isn’t all evergreen; certainly the above images make more sense with the text on the site proper; and the Terry Tate or “Sugar Tits” or Floyd Landis references kind of tie it to a era; but when we² started exploring the idea that maybe “useful” didn’t always mean “right” or “good”, hoho.

    There are lessons that have to be learnt a hundred different ways.

    ° If it hit the wrong note: sincerely, incredibly fucking³ sorry.
    ¹ …sometimes “Mary Ann” when feeling more islandy than arky.
    ² my core group of colleagues at the time were the site’s primary submitters.
    ³ It never sounds natural coming out of me. I’m a talking dog.

     
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    "Day ~500*: An Argument for Preservatives"
(or, “Day 500: An Argument Against Preservatives”)
Either way. 
*cf. 1 (wrong color for a heart),       2 (champions of breakfast),       3 (D144).

    "Day ~500*: An Argument for Preservatives"

    (or, “Day 500: An Argument Against Preservatives”)

    Either way. 


    *cf. 1 (wrong color for a heart),
          2 (champions of breakfast),
          3 (D144).

     
  3. ***. (all images cribbed from assorted flickr accounts)

    The part after a project’s execution when you find yourself looking at relevant and semi-relevant prior work—less in a figuratively onanistic way and more in an analytic way to determine if skills have improved, declined, or held steady- (it’s still maybe a little figuratively onanistic)-can be a very difficult part of a project. But it is important.

     
  4. Marble Comic’s Wilburforce #1

    Fun fact:
    Perhaps because of my background, my ideas generally have gestation periods corresponding to those of a premature camel. 
    Or, I suppose, a California Sea Lion, which would make less sense given my background, but the 50 week timeline would match up.

    (Though “Wilburforce” didn’t appear until RotLE74, “Marble” references date back at least to RotLE54.) 

    My realization that this should totally be a thing occurred just shy of 2 weeks after 54 as I was on the West side of town.  I was in the car, I drove by a Home Depot and I immediately knew what it was going to be before I knew what it was going to be, if that makes sense.  Like hit by the thunderbolt.  It wasn’t an Annunciation of Mary moment exactly.  Maybe “The Enunciation of Mariam”.  That’d totally be cribbed from MFL.  Anyhow.

    Happy S²FD!

     
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    Confession:  Long long ago, in a city far far away, and under conditions where it was morally morally-ambiguous, I used to steal Cook’s Illustrateds just to look at the pictures. And *maybe* a part of me thought it would be a super supper kind of job to do. But I would bring my own angle to such affairs. My own terrible—but entirely self-amused—angle.

    Confession:
    Long long ago, in a city far far away, and under conditions where it was morally morally-ambiguous, I used to steal Cook’s Illustrateds just to look at the pictures. And *maybe* a part of me thought it would be a super supper kind of job to do. But I would bring my own angle to such affairs. My own terrible—but entirely self-amused—angle.

     
  6. Fudge John Hodgman
While it is sometimes a relief to have an idea out of one’s head, there is often a price to pay. And that price is the three (3) dollars of fudge that were consumed in getting this onto the back of a napkin.
(All comments on projects like this can be accompanied by an implicit “so…how’re the pending manuscript edits coming?” and I’d settle into a gentle sadness.)

    Fudge John Hodgman

    While it is sometimes a relief to have an idea out of one’s head, there is often a price to pay. And that price is the three (3) dollars of fudge that were consumed in getting this onto the back of a napkin.

    (All comments on projects like this can be accompanied by an implicit “so…how’re the pending manuscript edits coming?” and I’d settle into a gentle sadness.)

     
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    miasmaofdata:

Roshomon on the Line: Not a Stencil
Maisy was so happy this day. And she painted this painting, and you can see how happy she is because she used so much yellow.
(As past is prologue, I’m likely much (much) better at elephant training than curation. Because I’m formally bad at curation.  There’s no secret yellow there, but I am not super bummed either.)[B⁺⁺, because I like it even though it is the probably the wrong era hair for the narrative (leaving alone other semblance issues) and the glasses don’t read as fogged up and the musical notation is super dicey.]

While uncertain that (1) belongs, my favorite part of this might be the pulled audio context from other episodes to develop a little bit of a Roshomon effect, cf., (1) Ban,dit, (2) Wife, (3) Samurai.
(Mostly because the trend supports the prognostication of a future revisiting of this scene [(4) Woodcutter] in a not necessarily yet extant but logically likely Episode 99, per the weird calculated marginalia of the image on flickr, though cropped out here)

    miasmaofdata:

    Roshomon on the Line: Not a Stencil

    Maisy was so happy this day. And she painted this painting, and you can see how happy she is because she used so much yellow.

    (As past is prologue, I’m likely much (much) better at elephant training than curation. Because I’m formally bad at curation. There’s no secret yellow there, but I am not super bummed either.)
    [B⁺⁺, because I like it even though it is the probably the wrong era hair for the narrative (leaving alone other semblance issues) and the glasses don’t read as fogged up and the musical notation is super dicey.]

    While uncertain that (1) belongs, my favorite part of this might be the pulled audio context from other episodes to develop a little bit of a Roshomon effect, cf., (1) Ban,dit, (2) Wife, (3) Samurai.

    (Mostly because the trend supports the prognostication of a future revisiting of this scene [(4) Woodcutter] in a not necessarily yet extant but logically likely Episode 99, per the weird calculated marginalia of the image on flickr, though cropped out here)

     
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    What’s in the box?
(h)wət’s in thə baäks?!?  

(Appropriately enough, this was right next to a house of cards, also on the counter.  Spoiler alert: in the box is mostly just all the paperwork a head of household of one requires for tax purposes.)

    What’s in the box?
    (h)wət’s in thə baäks?!?

    (Appropriately enough, this was right next to a house of cards, also on the counter. Spoiler alert: in the box is mostly just all the paperwork a head of household of one requires for tax purposes.)

     
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    Corrigendum:  The “oriental riff” that separates the bottom of panel 2 from the top of panel 3 in Wasabi Yojimbo #1 is a little wrong. Every once in a while it appears in a slide show and there’s cringing all around. That last chord should be a G-C, not a G-D.
What would the Vapors think?  Heavens.

    Corrigendum:
    The “oriental riff” that separates the bottom of panel 2 from the top of panel 3 in Wasabi Yojimbo #1 is a little wrong. Every once in a while it appears in a slide show and there’s cringing all around. That last chord should be a G-C, not a G-D.

    What would the Vapors think?  Heavens.

     
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    A Pizza for CMC
While that quip about my parents emphasizing knife skills over social skills is kind of apocryphal, I was formally given lessons on how to decorate cakes starting at age 4. 
(This is a DIY-pizza from the Dollar Tree, but it is pretty clear that I’ve retained almost NOTHING in regards to formal piping; don’t tell my mom about the latter, don’t tell my dad about the former: these are disappointments they need not bear. The avocado was purchased in a grocery store situation like a grown up, he’d be okay with that.  And I thought about my meal before I ate it, she’d be okay with that.  In fact,)
I had been thinking about it earlier in the day yesterday as I have here in marginalia:

[Glyph of a painting]: (L,M),D,R
[Glyph of a turtle]: (D,L),M,R

because rankings are sometimes interesting to assess.  Raphael was kind of boring as both an artist and a ninja and I almost always have problems picking favorites.  Michaelangelo does not hit my turtle top two, but he has a more cheese friendly palette for my cheese friendly palate.

    A Pizza for CMC

    While that quip about my parents emphasizing knife skills over social skills is kind of apocryphal, I was formally given lessons on how to decorate cakes starting at age 4. 

    (This is a DIY-pizza from the Dollar Tree, but it is pretty clear that I’ve retained almost NOTHING in regards to formal piping; don’t tell my mom about the latter, don’t tell my dad about the former: these are disappointments they need not bear. The avocado was purchased in a grocery store situation like a grown up, he’d be okay with that.  And I thought about my meal before I ate it, she’d be okay with that.  In fact,)

    I had been thinking about it earlier in the day yesterday as I have here in marginalia:

    [Glyph of a painting]: (L,M),D,R

    [Glyph of a turtle]: (D,L),M,R

    because rankings are sometimes interesting to assess.  Raphael was kind of boring as both an artist and a ninja and I almost always have problems picking favorites.  Michaelangelo does not hit my turtle top two, but he has a more cheese friendly palette for my cheese friendly palate.

     
  11. The international visitors have left and despite clearly coveting it (vis à vis, capturing image information), I kept my hands to myself and did not steal a polite Japanese business type’s executive 4 color pen. Wood paneling! He totally would have noticed. I’m not saying I thought about it every day, but it would have surely caused an incident.

    So, to reward myself for keeping it professional for 2 weeks and not acting like a sociopath, I finally tore into the non-executive 4-color pen PLUS pencil that I purchased in Tokyo, 16 months ago. Look how beefy it is relative to a regular 4 color pen. It’s like a child-friendly crayon.

    Croc Madam (reptilian cathouse manager, not secret sandwich) is now stylin’.

     
  12. Day 144: The Champions of Breakfast Triptych Endures.
    I can make both the pro- and anti- preservative arguments.

     
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    ~Fun fact: Since, generally, I am suspicious of named sandwiches (as they mostly seem like secret pork conveyances that I would avoid given more descriptive names), I was never really exposed to the details regarding what a Croque-Madame really is; and so it was only this weekend, when I saw the phrase somewhere and it tickled me such that I looked it up, that learned that it was not a name for a reptilian manager of a cat-house.
This doodle does not bare this truth out: I think it may be the better for it.

    ~Fun fact:
    Since, generally, I am suspicious of named sandwiches (as they mostly seem like secret pork conveyances that I would avoid given more descriptive names), I was never really exposed to the details regarding what a Croque-Madame really is; and so it was only this weekend, when I saw the phrase somewhere and it tickled me such that I looked it up, that learned that it was not a name for a reptilian manager of a cat-house.

    This doodle does not bare this truth out: I think it may be the better for it.

     
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    It’s all too much!  (More after the jump.)
[Image of the ΛΕΓΟ statue, amidst the snow.]

    It’s all too much! 
    (More after the jump.)

    [Image of the ΛΕΓΟ statue, amidst the snow.]

     
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    One’d think curators would prefer patrons keeping both feet away from the art.

    One’d think curators would prefer patrons keeping both feet away from the art.