WoB Talk

July 31, 2009

Comic: Friday, July 31

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 1:01 am

The site is down again.  WHAT A SHOCKING, SHOCKING SURPRISE.

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Our play opens tonight (i.e., on Friday night.  It is actually Thursday right now, but the comic is Friday’s comic, so I am pretending it is Friday).  Yaaaaaaaaaaaaargh.

July 29, 2009

Comic: July 29, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 7:21 am

Stupid.  Damn.  Site.  Here’s the new comic:

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July 27, 2009

Comic and Rant: July 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 1:14 am

Stupid.  Site.  Damn it.

Comic:

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Rant:

Monday, July 27, 2009:  Calgary’s Transit System is Probably the Devil

I’m not sure what it is about buses in Calgary.  I honestly didn’t think anyone would be able to top the forty-minutes-by-bus, ten-minutes-by-car antics of the public bus to Trent University, and I’m still not entirely convinced anyone has…but there’s still a distinct possibility that the transit system here is genuinely evil.

Scenario A:  My friend and I needed to catch a bus that would take us to another bus that would, in its turn,  take us to a play rehearsal.  The first bus was three minutes late and ended up stuck in traffic for a further three minutes, making us two minutes late for our connection.  Since the next bus would not be turning up for half an hour, we decided to take the twenty-five-minute walk to the venue.  We found ourselves strolling through a completely empty industrial wasteland.  If we had caught the bus, we would have been ferried in eerie silence from abandoned stop to abandoned stop.  There were no people.  We did glimpse some briefly on a golf course, but the golf course seemed separate from the strange limbo into which we had been propelled.

Admittedly, the landscape was not exactly the bus`s fault.  There was also, however…

Scenario B:  The same friend and I had to visit a certain costume shop.  We had a choice of catching a bus that would take us right there and catching the C-Train, then transferring to that bus.  We picked option A and arrived at the bus stop just as the bus was pulling away (again, it ran every half hour).  We then walked for fifteen minutes to get to the C-Train station, got ahead of the bus, got off the C-Train, and ran frantically around looking for a bus stop, which we did not find.  The bus passed us.  A ten-minute walk later, we found a stop.  (We arrived at the store to find that it had been closed for half an hour, but that`s a different story.)

My friend has learned that uttering the words, “This plan is foolproof; nothing could possibly go wrong” in relation to Calgary buses is a really bad idea.  I have learned that there is a form of transporation more frustrating than the Bathurst streetcar.

July 25, 2009

BLOODY HELL.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 3:27 am

And that is all I have to say about that.

I am seriously on the verge of spending huge gobs of money I don’t have to host the comic independently.  This is ridiculous.

(Well, that was almost all I had to say about that.)

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July 24, 2009

GODDAMNIT ALL TO BLEEDING HELL!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 5:18 am

I hate this goddamn hard drive!  I hate it!  IHATEITIHATEITIHATEIT!

Today is the third anniversary of West of Bathurst.  I was hoping to celebrate this fact ON THE COMIC’S ACTUAL WEBSITE.  Apparently, I can’t.  Damn.  It.  Anyway.

Here’s the comic:

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And here’s the bonus anniversary panel:

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And here’s the blurb I was going to have after the panel:

SoWest of Bathurst is three years old.  I would like to thank my lawyer…and my other lawyer…and my other lawyer’s lawyer…and possibly Halle Berry and her lawyers.  More importantly, I would like to thank you for reading, even when the $#@%$@% site goes down every five $@%$*&^ minutes. I may just be a little irritable today.

At any rate…WoB now has a reasonable number of readers, the great majority of whom have discovered it via word of mouth.  It has a single entry on TV Tropes (no, I didn’t put it there.  I do find it quite amusing, though).  Some people seem to like the strip quite a lot.  That’s good enough for me.

The “play” mentioned in the panel above is not a reference to goofing off but a reference to a real and actual musical that a friend and I have opening at the Calgary Fringe Festival starting next Friday (oh God…starting next Friday).  If you’re in or around Calgary, come check us out.  Pertinent details can be found here.

July 22, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 4:35 am

Well, I posted the comic, but the BLOODY DAMN SITE seems to have gone down again.  I shall tear out my hair and throw things at walls.

Here is the comic (which should be up here within the hour as well):

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July 16, 2009

At the Moment…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 7:39 pm

…the site is up.  Here’s what’s going on:

People had a meeting yesterday to discuss spending money on a new hard drive.  I believe the upshot of this meeting was that everybody agreed “more study was needed.”  Resnet Guy #1 tells me it may be “some time” before anything actually happens.

My heartfelt plea for some kind of temporary SOMETHING has prompted Resnet Guy #2 to restore the site.  It will crash again.  I shall report the crash.  Resnet Guy #2 will restore the site.  And so on, and so forth.

I apologise for the extremely annoying inconvenience.  Under the good points, I’m taking this opportunity of brief Site Viability to download ALL THE DAMN FILES from the server (until today, they were mostly entombed in a computer that had stopped working).  If everything goes completely to hell, I’ll find another host and pay for it my-bloody-self.

At any rate, your beloved alt-text has returned.  Hurrah.

July 15, 2009

Comic: Wednesday, July 15

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 12:42 am

Is it usually this rainy in Calgary?  Does anyone know?

(No, the question has nothing to do with the comic.)

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July 13, 2009

Comic and Rant: Monday, July 13, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 1:17 am

Today’s comic:

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Today’s Rant (which would normally appear on the “Rants” page of the alumni website):

Monday, July 13, 2009:  The Rain in Calgary Falls Mainly on the Everything

I’ve been in Calgary for over a week now, and I’ve noticed a decided lack of summerness here.  It doesn’t particularly bother me; I don’t deal well with heat.  However, it’s a little odd.  I thought the weather in July was only like this in Vancouver.

It has rained just about every day, sometimes torrentially.  I think we’re supposed to get a high of 16 C today.  Yesterday had a high of 25 C, but that’s as warm as it’s got so far.  Looking at the forecasts for Toronto and Vancouver, I notice that they’re stuck in the low twenties as well.

Am I going to have to write a letter to Mr. Summer?  I like this weather, but it’s kind of freaking me out.  It’s almost as if summer has decided not to be diabolically evil for a change.  Something’s going on.  It’s a conspiracy, I tell you.

In other news:  I bet you don’t know what a bad idea it is to try to carry a digital piano, a piano stand, and an amp six blocks, then drag them all onto the C-Train during the Calgary Stampede.  Until Saturday afternoon, I didn’t either.  Okay, there were two of us, and the Stampede traffic wasn’t too bad, but I’m not sure either of us will ever be able to use our arms again.  Er…does anyone in Calgary own a truck?  Could we have it?

July 11, 2009

Comic: Saturday, July 11, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 8:44 am

Here is a colour comic for you:

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