December 14 – 26, 2009

Well, the trauma has been resolved; I have a new scanner.  Now I can get back to posting my comics late for entirely unjustified reasons.


19 thoughts on “December 14 – 26, 2009

  1. Don’t cat already eat people? You know all those horror story of people who die alone in their house who don’t get discover for weeks only to have their neighbour find them bloated and their cats eating their face.

    In other news, hooray for the X-mas banner, it makes me feel slightly cooler.

  2. It’s back!

    And regarding the red text below: I think yesterday must have been the first time you posted sufficiently late for me to notice. Your adherence to your schedule is amazing!

  3. I tend not to really notice if they are late since I pay no attention to the time in Canada. We’re ahead so they are rarely there when I check for the first time in the morning (was today though)

  4. So, is Barbara lobbing the snow boulder at Rahim’s head, or at Casey? Because I’d expect Casey but it looks like she’s going to drop it on Rahim.

  5. Oh, she’s definitely aiming for Rahim. It’s sort of a cat-stalks-mouse, dog-stalks-cat kind of picture. Considering that Barbara probably has about the same upper body strength as I do, there’s absolutely no way she could hit Casey with a snow boulder from there. Actually, she might have trouble with a snowball.

    The thing about snowball fights is that your real alliances outside the snowball fight don’t matter. Sure, you may start by chucking a snowball at someone because you resent his behaviour, but you’re just as likely simply to take an attack of opportunity. You certainly don’t spare your friends. In fact, you often go after your friends more strenuously than you do your enemies. Any newcomer to the area in which the fight is taking place will cause a shift in alliances (which are, at best, tenuous and mutable) as everybody turns to pummel him/her with snowballs.

    Someone should write a long, boring paper on the politics of snowball fights. Actually, someone probably already has.

  6. “The next thing I noticed was that the two sides of the debate were
    hurling arguments at each other like children in snow forts hurling
    snowballs at each other: One would stand up and let fly with four one-
    line arguments–like, “Would you rather kill people than save them?”
    Whereupon, one from the other side would rise and fire off six
    rejoinders–like, “Why are you trying to take the arms spiral into
    space?’ As with snowball fights between snow forts, neither side’s
    volleys had any discernible effect on the other; but it seemed to make
    the hurler feel good as he fired off his volleys in front of his
    comrades in the fray.

    Several things struck me about the snowball fight: First, the
    intensity with which the arguments were made. The emotions were strong
    and seemed to go much deeper than the arguments being made. Second, the
    number of arguments amassed by each hurler couldn’t all be his or her
    reasons for taking the stand. Most of us come to a position for a
    single, dominant reason or factor. The buttressing arguments come
    later. The number of arguments used by most hurlers suggested that they
    had been picking up snowballs along the way, determined to overwhelm
    their opposition by the sheer number they could throw. I was developing
    an impression that the debaters instinctively liked or disliked Star
    Wars, had since the moment they first heard of it, and thereafter had
    never changed their minds, but only accumulated arguments to support
    their immediate and instinctive feelings about the idea.”
    — Builder, CH 1987, ‘We Have Met the Enemy–and He Is Us’, pp. 11-13.

    Sorry I am curious by nature.

  7. Incidentally Die Hard was also on TV the other night, we had been having a string of Bruce Willis movie recently, wonder why.

  8. SNOW! Run, we’re all going to die!

    (This message has been brought to you by Maryland, where we flip the fuck out over frozen stuff.)

  9. Do people actually use the phrase “on on”? Or is this another Canadian thing? Cause it sound very much like the mating call of some sort of animal.

  10. In this context, “on on” is grammatically correct. “X is on” is an idiom (short for “X is showing on TV”). Grammatically, the sentence is equivalent to “Why is John dancing on that boat on Christmas Eve?” It’s just that in this case, the relevant verb and accusative noun have been removed from the sentence, leaving the first “on” right next to the second “on.”

    That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

  11. Well okay, not being the grammar expert I guess I have no choice but to believe you. Although I do have a question, what is the difference between “at” and “on” when used to indicate time?

  12. SunshineRain: it depends on what kind of time you mean. You do things AT 3:15 ON Saturday IN December; you can also do stuff ON December 3rd or ON Christmas Day, as well as AT Christmas. English is kind of insane.

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