April 19 – May 1, 2010

My Rant is coming, probably tomorrow.  I’m too tired to write it now.  Curse you, physiological need for sleep.


31 thoughts on “April 19 – May 1, 2010

  1. Those text from the alt-text look very familiar, I have this feeling that I have heard/see them from House or some similar TV show before.

  2. The words in the alt-text are, in fact, some of the lyrics of the Rollings Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” a song that has been featured more than once on House.

  3. So… in order to catch up and go to bed early, you draw another comic with loads of people and things in the background?!

    Is this the start of the annual barbecue thing already, or are they just outside on account of the great weather?

  4. Stefan. Yes. (*Sigh*)

    Yes, it’s the damn barbecue, which is WHY there are loads of people and things in the background. I mean, I would LIKE to set the barbecue in the basement and make it so that there are only two people present, but I don’t really think that’s going to work.

    The real-life barbecue is taking place on April 30th this year, so this plotline is designed to end on the day it occurs.

  5. That sentence in the second panel, “I thought you’d come to your senses where he was concerned.” is a little hard to read, is it possible for you to explain what it means?

  6. Thanks, that’s what I thought as well but my brain seem to keep wanting to continue that sentence by adding the word with/is to the end of that sentence.

  7. Perhaps part of the confusion is in the ‘d, which (I assume) stands for ‘had’, rather than ‘would’, in this case.

    Also… “thataway”?

    Also also… intriguing!

  8. Yes, the “‘d” stands for “had.”

    “Thataway” is a slang term that acts as a substitute for “that way.” According to Merriam-Webster, it has been around since 1839. I am suspecting it is used more often in North America than it is elsewhere.

  9. Yes I understood the usage of the “‘d” and also of “Thataway”, a speech pattern use often by Tweety from the Looney Tunes (usually with Sylvester).
    Maybe I am just use to seeing it in a different context or maybe that string of words is some sort of subliminal activation switch that tell me what my next target should had been after “concerned with” but in this case it didn’t so I am still in activation mode waiting for a target.

  10. I would like to say that ‘look! something shiny!’ has never worked to distract me from something. I would like to say that, but I’m usually the one trailing off in mid-thought because a butterfly or some other shiny flying insect has caught my attention and I am lost. Yes, I have the attention span of a 3 year old…

  11. I’ve been playing Tales of Monkey Island lately, and it’s surprising how often “Look! A three-headed monkey!” works in that game!

  12. At least you have shiny objects as excuses. I just get bored in the middle of talking and stop. A favorite with my family was “Hey, a bird flew.”

  13. You know, with Google’s help curses in foreign languages don’t stay obscure for long… In fact, Google came up with some “interesting” t-shirts as well, featuring the phrase and a leprechaun illustrating it…

    As for your apartment: won’t you gain some space by discarding the bookshelves? That way you can stack the books more tightly. Won’t be fun, though, when you want to get to the bottommost book…

    If you find a solution, let me know! My room back in the Netherlands was already overflowing with books before I left, and I have acquired a shelve or so extra since then…

  14. “Póg mo thóin” is one of the less obscure Irish curses, and yes, there are lots of “póg mo thóin” T-shirts out there. Personally, I learned the phrase from my father, who learned it from his Irish mother. Of the three Irish expressions that my dad knows, two are insults. The third translates as “Give me a kiss.” I’m not sure what this says about my dad, but it’s intriguing.

    I fear there is no solution for a chronic lack of space. Getting rid of some of the books is not, of course, an option.

  15. What the? Where did that cookie come from? Does Barbara keep cookies in her pocket? I tried that once (it was wrap in a tissue), it tasted a bit strange.

  16. Well, obviously, Barbara has the power to pull cookies out of alternate dimensions. She can also make little ducks with the power of her mind.

  17. Wait… when you say “make” little ducks with the power of her mind, do you mean she will herself to…err.. with a duck? Really? Ewwwwwwwwww.

  18. oh… Monday’s comic promises that much will be revealed in the next two weeks. Are you teasing us, Kari? are you?

  19. Now, now. Would I tease you?

    But seriously…my friend Jen has threatened me with bodily harm if I don’t provide at least some resolution soon. I’m not saying I’m going to oblige her. I’m just saying that I may be influenced by the fact that a medieval historian wants to kill me.

  20. Monday’s comic made a promise for the coming two weeks? Are there actually real subliminal message that I am missing out on for real this time? Where are people reading these things from?

    I thought medieval historian were more incline to torture than to kill, well I guess that’s stereotype for you.

  21. SunshineRain: Emily is speculating on the possible theme of the coming fortnight in light of the conversation in Monday’s comic. In other words, she has noticed that both Casey and Marie seem to be threatening to Reveal Things. Beware.

    Medieval historians are skilled at both torture and killing. After all, the Middle Ages provided ample opportunity for both.

  22. “things that I am physically incapable of saying” – has Casey some built-in apparatus that prevents his saying revealing things about himself?
    (According to my theory, he is the son of the devil, but trying to lead a normal life as a human, not very successfully. His family might have used some devilish machinery to prevent exposure.)

  23. Oh speculation, that was my first thought as well but the precise period of two weeks sort of threw me off. Is there a law that say once the secret start coming out that it usually finish in two weeks?

    nobilis: Well Casey is from Ireland so the possibility that he is physically incapable of pronouncing some words is high.

  24. The comics usually run in six-strip-long storylines. The six strips are spread out over two weeks.

    And now, ladies and gentlemen, SunshineRain will reveal what the bleeding Hades he has against Irish people. Ta-da!

  25. Really? I feel kind of strange for not noticing that, after having been following it for so long. Has this always been the case since the beginning? Although I am not surprise since it took me awhile to figure out that the comic was out on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and every second Saturday, heck I don’t even know when PhDcomic usually come out.

    Heh, everything I learn about the Irish I learn from Family Guy.

  26. SunshineRain: For the first three weeks of its run, WoB came out twice a week. Then I realised that this was way too slow for me, and I’ve been doing the three-times-a-week thing ever since. And yes, the storylines have been structured in sixes since the beginning. If you check out the archive page, you can see this pretty clearly.

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