WoB Talk

October 17, 2011

October 17 – 29, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 1:20 am

We now return to our regular scheduled weirdness. Also, there’s a Hallowe’en banner! And I made some little collections while I should have been marking! Yay!



  1. Thanks for four formidable weeks! In spite of the tighter schedule, we’ve witnessed some WoB gems. And instead of taking it easy, you’re now presenting us with Doctor Who references galore? Yay!

    Comment by fan — October 17, 2011 @ 2:03 am

  2. Oooh I really like this year’s Halloween banner, I am impressed by the details and quality of it. It’s so much different from your usual soppy workmanship, even today’s comic with the same Casey and Marie pale in comparison.

    Comment by SunshineRain — October 17, 2011 @ 2:07 am

  3. Thanks, fan. Doctor Who references are fun.

    SunshineRain: as soon as I read your first sentence, I knew you would be damning me with faint praise in your second. It is simply your way.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — October 17, 2011 @ 2:12 am

  4. Yes but did you notice the unintentional pun? “pale in comparison”, get it? Cause one has colour and one doesn’t, hehehe.

    Comment by SunshineRain — October 17, 2011 @ 2:19 am

  5. love love love the doctor who referance!!!!! Weeping angels *shudders*

    Comment by blackwolf3 — October 17, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

  6. I spent a minute with my nose on the screen figuring out all the detail on the banner before I even looked at the comic. That is one fine banner.

    Comment by fan — October 17, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

  7. Blackwolf3 and fan: I’m glad you like the banner. It was awfully fun to create. And yes, Weeping Angels are freaking scary DW monsters. Oh…and don’t forget, boys and girls: “that which holds the image of an Angel becomes itself an Angel.” Sweet dreams.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — October 17, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

  8. in the assassin kind of way? or the sweet, happy kind of way?

    Comment by blackwolf3 — October 17, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

  9. Blackwolf3: Well, it’s me saying it, so what do you think?

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — October 17, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

  10. Would it be possible to get a larger version of the banner? I’d love to pour over it in detail (and that of 2007), but the size makes my eyes hurt. (My eyes starting to hurt at this size is probably cause for concern in itself, but that’s another story)

    Comment by nuttycat — October 17, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

  11. Nuttycat: sure. I can’t upload it now because I’ve just got out of class and am on my way to choir, but I’ll try to put up something larger once I get home later tonight. Admittedly, the people in the banner are pretty teeny. The larger size will reveal the inevitable flaws, but ah well.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — October 17, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

  12. well it could go either way, for the snarky sincal way we would have to talk to sunshinerain for that though, but for the happy kind of way it would be a happy compliment to the readers

    Comment by blackwolf3 — October 18, 2011 @ 12:05 am

  13. Okay, I’ve made the banner bigger. Also, if you click on it, you’ll be taken to a version that is bigger still.

    Blackwolf3: I am a fan of ambiguity.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — October 18, 2011 @ 2:45 am

  14. Looks like it finally happened, Kari’s has inevitably gotten a big head-er, hehehe.

    Comment by SunshineRain — October 18, 2011 @ 6:12 am

  15. Did Marie just discover the curling iron? I don’t remember seeing her with curly hair before.

    Comment by Roeslein — October 18, 2011 @ 9:54 am

  16. For those who don’t watch Doctor Who, Marie is “suppose” to be River Song:

    Barbara is Amy Pond and Rahim is Rory Williams or he could just be himself since they are both nurse (I find it interesting that Rory seem to have just left that job, was never mentioned again since his first appearance).

    Comment by SunshineRain — October 18, 2011 @ 10:27 am

  17. Well i can see that, and I like being creative with open ended questions

    Comment by blackwolf3 — October 18, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

  18. You’re awesome and amazing! Thank you! 😀 😀

    Comment by nuttycat — October 19, 2011 @ 4:53 am

  19. SunshineRain: Well, Rory is now a time traveler. So theoretically, he could still come back the day he left and make all his shifts.

    Comment by Earthgirl — October 19, 2011 @ 11:11 am

  20. Also, don’t forget that Rory is put on enforced leave in “The Eleventh Hour” because he claims the coma patients are getting up and walking around.

    Nuttycat: you’re welcome.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — October 19, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

  21. What made you do Weeping Angels? I’m wondering how does this form feel bout Assassin’s creed? 1, 2, and brotherhood count too

    Comment by blackwolf3 — October 19, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

  22. Blackwolf3: well, I think Weeping Angels are scary. See the Hallowe’en banner page for a more detailed explanation.

    I’m not sure how your second question relates. I’m not really familiar with the games in question (in fact, I had to look them up to make sure that they WERE games).

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — October 19, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

  23. Sorry bout the second question my boyfriend and I play it all the time and it was a random question…..thanks Ms. M

    Comment by blackwolf3 — October 19, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

  24. That must’ve been one stiff drink.

    Comment by fan — October 21, 2011 @ 3:09 am

  25. Hey…if Casey can spontaneously set notes and small computers on fire with his mind (if this is, in fact, what he has been doing), he should have no problem with beer. No one has ever claimed Frankie’s combustible possessions are bound by the rules of SCIENCE.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — October 21, 2011 @ 3:20 am

  26. I don’t quite know what to make of the costume on the left in the second panel. What’s it supposed to be?

    Comment by fan — October 22, 2011 @ 3:17 am

  27. Fan: I think he is probably a cross between a bird and a sheep. He may also be wearing a very bad Wookiee costume from which he has removed the bit that goes over his face.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — October 22, 2011 @ 3:21 am

  28. I didn’t realise that beer was flammable, how much maple syrup do you Canadian put in there?

    Comment by SunshineRain — October 25, 2011 @ 1:22 am

  29. Go Sara

    Comment by Blackwolf3 — October 26, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

  30. Heh, I thought a certain WoB reader would enjoy this article plus now we know what happen to him:

    Giant Lego man washes up on Siesta Key beach

    Comment by SunshineRain — October 27, 2011 @ 5:16 am

  31. *whistles innocently*

    Comment by fan — October 27, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

  32. Yay Sarah!

    Comment by emily — October 28, 2011 @ 5:59 am

  33. Yay Barbara!

    Also, “tardiness” contains “tardis” 😀

    Comment by fan — October 30, 2011 @ 4:04 am

  34. Stefan: and that makes it okay.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — October 30, 2011 @ 4:06 am

  35. Did Barbara took her glasses off in that last panel? I am only asking because Amy doesn’t wear glasses.

    Comment by SunshineRain — October 30, 2011 @ 4:32 am

  36. No, but her hair is flopping down over her face, and she has great big round eyes, so it’s hard to tell. I know Amy doesn’t wear glasses, but Barbara needs hers.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — October 30, 2011 @ 4:36 am

  37. Are Marie and Barbara doing the fist bump?

    Have a peachy Halloween, hehehehe… oh right you can’t see me eating peach cobbler and crumble while I type that.

    Comment by SunshineRain — October 31, 2011 @ 4:52 am

  38. Yes. Yes, they are doing the fist bump.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — October 31, 2011 @ 11:54 am

  39. Thanks for the fairy tale TV shows’ reviews! I think I’ll wait a bit, and might watch some Buffy instead (which I completely missed out on when it first aired).

    Comment by fan — October 31, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

  40. Yeah…if I had to choose between Buffy and Grimm, I would definitely go for Buffy. There’s nothing particularly terrible about Grimm, but it’s really nothing new, and I’m getting a little tired of shows and films starring Mr. Bland Blanderson from Blandton, Blandsylvania. Nick isn’t even so interesting as the man-child heroes of Chuck and Castle. He has no personality at all. I keep having to look up his name to be sure it really is Nick. As for Once Upon a Time: I don’t get offended easily, but this show managed it, so I guess it deserves credit for that.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — October 31, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

  41. I just watched grimm, its intresting, I’m going to watch Once upon a time later today. Any warinings before I watch? How was your all hallows eve?

    Comment by blackwolf3 — November 1, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

  42. Isn’t it wiser for Casey to just shut up, at this point?

    Comment by fan — November 2, 2011 @ 3:37 am

  43. Fan: probably, but he’s just had a panic attack and is not entirely in control of his reactions. I have never had a panic attack, but I know the kinds of things I say when I lose my temper (something to which Casey is also susceptible); I can hear them coming out, and I know I’m going to regret them in a couple of hours, but I still can’t stop myself. I see him as being in this kind of mindset at the moment. Once he regains control, he’ll likely start pointing out shiny objects and making big innocent eyes at people again.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — November 2, 2011 @ 3:44 am

  44. Oh…and blackwolf3: just don’t expect Once Upon a Time to be great. My All Hallow’s Eve was spent singing in a choir.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — November 2, 2011 @ 3:48 am

  45. Thanks Ms. M, Casey is not the best mindset right now isn’t he? The zombie mouse is coming back to haunt him!!!!

    Comment by blackwolf3 — November 2, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

  46. Casey does occasionally have these really bad days on which he freaks out, cries all over everybody, and says all sorts of things he shouldn’t. Then he gets better, and the others go back to wanting to strangle him.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — November 2, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

  47. Is he going to start speaking Galiec again? Please

    Comment by blackwolf3 — November 2, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

  48. Ok about once upon a time:
    One: they should of explored the bail hunter thing alittle bit longer than one scene
    Two: For me the basis they are trying emphase on trying to create is a good one
    Three: need more action it was borining the first episode!!!!!
    Four: the acting was good, how they are trying to portray the storybook characters need alittle help
    Five: I liked it to a point but frankly Grimm is alittle better than OUAT (Once upon a Time)

    Comment by blackwolf3 — November 2, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

  49. Ah Geoffrey Rush, one of my favourite (if not the favourite) Australian actor of all time (in Melbourne too).

    Comment by SunshineRain — November 4, 2011 @ 10:51 am

  50. Memory loss, is it? That’s a much better excuse for him not to answer questions than “shiny object”. He’d be just like a politician that way!

    Also, this makes it much more likely that Caid is more than just Marie’s imagination.

    Comment by fan — November 4, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

  51. It’s that a reference to Kindergarten Cop? For some reason I keep remembering that Arnold’s partner in that movie had a chef boyfriend.

    Comment by SunshineRain — November 7, 2011 @ 8:46 am

  52. Yes…the alt-text, not the comic itself, refers to _Kindergarten Cop_. For a while after it came out, EVERYBODY was quoting the damn “tumour” line, which has thus been permanently engraved upon my brain.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — November 7, 2011 @ 9:50 am

  53. Re: Rant.

    I too am unable to write comments on students’ exams and homework without giving myself a cramp. Plus, my handwriting is so bad that most students can’t read the notes no matter how hard I try. My solution: I type the notes. The notes are numbered and all I write on the exams themselves are the corresponding numbers. The notes I print out (one page per student) and staple to the exams. This actually goes really fast, since the file with all the notes is in the same order as the exam pile.

    Not as good as telepathy, but a step in the right direction. When I can get the students to hand in PDF files of their papers, I just mark up those files directly, but that does not work for exams. Unless I scanned them…. now there is an idea. If only students would stop writing in near-invisible pencils…

    Comment by emily — November 8, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

  54. I’m now six books into the Young Wizards series. I blame Marie.

    Comment by megan — November 9, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

  55. I was actually expecting more violence, well at least the crying has stopped.

    Comment by SunshineRain — November 10, 2011 @ 3:28 am

  56. (((Kari)))

    Comment by emily — November 14, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

  57. I’ve been using my expensive pieces of paper to qualify for being unemployed, before I started using them to do data collection. (Traffic surveys)

    It’s just a pair of undergrad degrees, though, nothing all that expensive.

    Comment by erwaro — November 14, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

  58. The year I graduated, I was the only one out of my whole department to bother to even walk across the stage and get the piece of paper. I guess the others got theirs in the mail.

    Our degrees were free though, so maybe that makes a difference.

    Comment by Earthgirl — November 15, 2011 @ 12:17 am

  59. erwaro – my undergrad degrees were the most expensive of the lot. Well, at least they were the ones to come with the fees, although in terms of lost income the postgrad take the cake.

    I definitely plan to wear the funny robe and walk across the stage for a piece of paper if I get the chance. Never did it for the earlier ones so figure should do it for the last.

    Comment by Mer — November 15, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

  60. (((Kari)))

    Yes, the Halloween banner will be missed.

    Comment by fan — November 15, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

  61. In terms of lost income, if I’d stuck with tech consulting instead of going into grad school and academia, I’d be close to $1 million richer by now. But it’s not like I really could have done that.

    Comment by quasihumanist — November 16, 2011 @ 8:32 am

  62. I’m trying to remember when Casey had time to get a Phd.

    Comment by mimi — November 17, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

  63. Mimi: Casey finished his thesis in his third year, then sat on it for a year so he could live off his fellowship. He defended in the winter term of his fourth year (which was also the comic’s fourth year). The fact that no one has EVER seen him working is just one of his little quirks.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — November 17, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

  64. Ah, ok, thanks Kari. He has been such a mess lately I must have forgotten that.

    Comment by mimi — November 18, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

  65. Physics! I always wondered how someone with supernatural powers would approach physics. I think now that Casey is back he should go ahead and get a PhD in physics.

    Comment by emily — November 18, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

  66. Most bike-related incidents I’ve encountered are cars stopping for me when they really shouldn’t, and it would’ve been faster for both of us if they just took their right of way. But once a lady yelled, from the car window, that I should wear a helmet. Which is only mandatory for people under 17 years of age in this state…

    Comment by fan — November 23, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

  67. Toronto is not a great place for cyclists. I’ve been doored by a taxi driver. I was once ALMOST doored by another guy; as I passed him, he said, “Oh, sorry,” whereupon I muttered a couple of swearwords (basically, the slightly saucier equivalent of “Damn it”), whereupon he chased me up the street, screaming, “I apologised! I apologised! How dare you say that to me? I apologised!” The latest incident involved me hitting an intersection just as the light turned amber. In Toronto, it’s usually possible to avoid such situations because most intersections are equipped with pedestrian countdowns, but this was one of the rare ones that wasn’t. As anyone who has ever taken a driving test knows, if you are entering or actually in the intersection when the light turns amber, you keep going instead of screeching to a halt in the middle of the damn street and endangering everybody around you. However, it does take longer for a bike to get through an intersection than it does a car; inevitably, the light will have turned red by the time you’re through. I expect it was at the very moment that the light turned red that the little old bald gentleman lurched deliberately out in front of me, forcing me to slam on the breaks (still in the intersection, naturally, as he hadn’t given me a chance to clear it). He then spat, “It’s a f***ing red light, stupid!” We hurled abuse at each other for a diverting twenty seconds or so, but I don’t think he heard me pointing out my lack of psychic powers. Somehow, I doubt he would have stepped out in front of a car. It’s fun to be considered the scum of the earth just because you ride a bike.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — November 23, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

  68. Fun indeed… on the positive side: yay! Doctor Who banner!

    Comment by fan — November 24, 2011 @ 4:18 am

  69. I watched the Neil Gaiman episode of the Simpsons, it was actually pretty good.

    Comment by SunshineRain — November 26, 2011 @ 1:50 am

  70. SunshineRain – Which was the Neil Gaiman episode of the Simpsons? Maybe it’s online.

    Comment by mimi — November 26, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

  71. Whenever people told me to be more outgoing in high school, I hung paper clip chains from my beard.

    People didn’t tell me to be more outgoing very often.

    Comment by erwaro — November 26, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

  72. Mimi: it was on last weekend. I haven’t had a chance to see it yet, but I’m sure it’s available online.

    Erwaro: see? It’s all about paper clips as expressions of rebellion and individuality.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — November 26, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

  73. lovely, when are you going to put another thread on the form, it’s not october anymore

    Comment by blackwolf3 — November 26, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

  74. Blackwolf3: oopsy. I seem to have let that slide. I’ll change the thread on Monday; if I forget, please give me a nudge.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — November 26, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

  75. I wouldn’t ride a bike in Toronto – it is just so dangerous!! But one of my daughters was a bike courier in Montreal for a while. I think she was trying to get back at me for something in her childhood. I was beyond nervous everyday till she quit that job.

    Comment by mimi — November 26, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

  76. @mimi: it’s call The Book Job (might want to skip the Plot section to avoid spoiler):

    Regarding the comic: I must say I have always preferred the Daria approach to shutting people up.

    Comment by SunshineRain — November 27, 2011 @ 5:03 am

  77. I haven’t seen Daria, though I’ve often wanted to. How does Daria shut people up?

    I just watched “The Book Job.” It was, indeed, pretty good, though it made me feel slightly icky, as I write young-adult fantasies myself. It does rather get some of the more formulaic stuff dead to rights. The bit about orphans is certainly true. And the vampires…oh, dear lord, the vampires.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — November 27, 2011 @ 5:20 am

  78. NO WAY, you have never seen Daria? What is this… I don’t even…

    Daria usually shut people (often making idiotic remark) up with snaky one-liner:

    Daria: Okay, look, I’m not going to rewrite this paper for you, but I will give you a couple of tips that will help you rewrite it. First, the book title Sons and Lovers does not have an apostrophe in it… anywhere. Second, unless your ex-boyfriend is an authority on D.H. Lawrence, don’t base your thesis on something he said while making out.

    Mrs. Manson: Now, Dora, let’s see if you can make up a story as vivid as your sister’s.
    Daria: It’s Daria.
    Mrs. Manson: I’m sorry… Daria. What do you see in the picture, Dara?
    Daria: Um… a herd of beautiful wild ponies running free across the plains.
    Mrs. Manson: Uh, there aren’t any ponies. It’s two people.
    Daria: Last time I took one of these tests they told me they were clouds. They said they could be whatever I wanted.
    Mrs. Manson: That’s a different test, dear. In this test, they’re people and you tell me what they’re discussing.
    Daria: Oh… I see. All right, then. It’s a guy and a girl and they’re discussing… a herd of beautiful wild ponies running free across the plains.

    Comment by SunshineRain — November 27, 2011 @ 5:40 am

  79. Well, I’ve never had the opportunity to see it. It’s not that I don’t WANT to.

    Those are good one-liners. I don’t think they would work for Sara, though. She’s a little too…quiet…for that sort of thing.

    Comment by Kari Maaren (@angrykem) — November 27, 2011 @ 5:45 am

  80. How can we say we are the MTV generation if you haven’t watch Daria, who by the way is coming up to its 15th year anniversary (might be a good reason to start, its only 65 episodes, so around 1430 minutes, so technically it won’t even take one whole day to finish it).

    Comment by SunshineRain — November 27, 2011 @ 6:23 am

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