My Extremely Rare Idea For A Video Game People Might Want To Play

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Okay, so how about Oregon Trail, only for finding the Northwest Passage? Like, you pick an era of exploration, and what kind of ship and what sorts of crew, and how much you want to invest in stocks to search overland and over ice? And you make decisions about what currents to follow and when … Continue reading "My Extremely Rare Idea For A Video Game People Might Want To Play"

The 31st Talkartoon: Any Rags? Anybody?

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I have to apologize right from the start for this week’s Talkartoon. Not so much about the content. Although I should warn it does use several times the joke that it’s funny if a woman’s clothing should fall off. Men lose their clothes too, but it’s meant to be funny that you can see Betty … Continue reading "The 31st Talkartoon: Any Rags? Anybody?"

The Most Perfect Sentence I Have Ever Seen In Print This Week

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So I was reading Seymour I Schwartz’s The Mismapping of America, which as you inferred from the title is all about the challenges in making an integrated-circuit design and surrounding circuit board that would be lightweight and reliable enough to serve as the Apollo Guidance Computer for the moon landings. In the last full chapter … Continue reading "The Most Perfect Sentence I Have Ever Seen In Print This Week"

What’s Going On In Prince Valiant? And Can Queens Solve Murders? January – April 2018

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It’s always a good question what’s going on in Mark Schultz and Thomas Yeates’s Prince Valiant. I’m writing what’s my best explanation for as of mid-April 2018. If it’s later than about July 2018 for you, maybe look at or near the top of this page and there’ll be a more recent recap. Also, if … Continue reading "What’s Going On In Prince Valiant? And Can Queens Solve Murders? January – April 2018"

Statistics Saturday: What The Patron Saint Of Various Things Was Killed By

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Patron Saint Of Killed By Archers Cudgels, after recovering from being shot by arrows Bears Not Bears Ailments of the Throat Beheading Stenographers Beheading Firefighters Drowning, after declaring that he would climb on the flames to heaven if the Roman soldiers did burn him at the stake as they were planning to do Coffee-house Owners … Continue reading "Statistics Saturday: What The Patron Saint Of Various Things Was Killed By"

As I Read About A Merry Subject

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I’m reading a book about the medical profession in the United States Civil War, and how all those people needing medicine changed the way doctors did things. It’s in that weird halfway stage. It isn’t quite a pop-science book, since every 25 words there’s a citation and the corresponding endnote might go on for half … Continue reading "As I Read About A Merry Subject"

Explaining The Common Cold

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What is a cold, and if it is, then what is it not? Furthermore, how many? This last question doesn’t seem to fit at all and maybe it belongs in a different piece, one that’s three words short. The common cold, as it’s known to everyday experience (outside Wednesdays), is one of daily life’s more … Continue reading "Explaining The Common Cold"

In Which My Calendar Wants Me To Do The Unthinkable

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I continue to use up my 2018 hard-won Peanuts strip-a-day calendar at a rate of a bit under one strip per day (they don’t have Sunday pages). And it still has activities on the back. Last week it suggested this: Unscramble the following letters to reveal this April word. grimepints I shall do no such … Continue reading "In Which My Calendar Wants Me To Do The Unthinkable"

The 30th Talkartoon: Betty Boop’s Dizzy Red Riding Hood

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We’re back, in the Talkartoons, to ones with known animators. And a good hand, too: Grim Natwick, credited with the creation of Betty Boop in the first place. (There’s two more Talkartoons without known animators, which we should get to in late April and early May.) This is also the last Talkartoon of 1931: it … Continue reading "The 30th Talkartoon: Betty Boop’s Dizzy Red Riding Hood"

What The Heck Happened To Nancy and Why Does It Look Weird?

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So, the comic strip Nancy has a new writer and artist. After Guy Gilchrist’s retirement there were a couple weeks of reruns, and a striking lack of news about the comic. Then this weekend I saw, on Usenet group rec.arts.comics.strips, the announcement that Olivia Jaimes would take over the comic, with the first new strip … Continue reading "What The Heck Happened To Nancy and Why Does It Look Weird?"