October 17 – 29, 2011

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!


80 thoughts on “October 17 – 29, 2011

  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!

  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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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).

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

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

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

  13. 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.

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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).

  18. 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.

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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)

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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…

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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…

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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).

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