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Saving Sarah

Rex Morgan, M.D., 2/3/12

I have to admit that I’ve had a hard time following the current Rex Morgan plot, which involves one of Rex’s patients who died and left him everything, and a mad (ex-?)wife, and a mysterious daughter who may or may not be the (ex-?)wife’s daughter too, and an equally mysterious book, but I am pretty amused by June’s seemingly very firm knowledge that whatever it was Foster Woods wrote about, it was not for little girls, not even creepily precocious ones. Despite June’s best efforts, though, Sarah has already stumbled upon the CD-ROM containing the audio-visual component of Chasing Mildred: An Erotic Multimedia Experience.

Six Chix, 2/3/12

“Don’t worry, we’ve left you this scalpel and this hypodermic as weapons. How long can you fend off the residents’ unnecessary and invasive procedures? A nationwide TV audience will be watching to find out!”

210 responses to “Saving Sarah”

  1. Pozzo
    February 3rd, 2012 at 8:28 am [Reply]

    Wow, it’s the “ER”/”Hunger Games” mash-up we’ve all been dreaming of. I think George Clooney can still kick Josh Hutcherson’s ass, though.

  2. Mumblix Grumph
    February 3rd, 2012 at 8:32 am [Reply]

    RMMD: Chasing Mildred? I saw that back in the 80′s. It was porn rip-off of Mildred Pierce. It was pretty faithful to the book, just with more penises.

  3. Hibbleton
    February 3rd, 2012 at 8:36 am [Reply]

    A3G: Anti-hulk Tommie grows two sizes from extreme bland indifference in panel two.

  4. Sciencegiant
    February 3rd, 2012 at 8:40 am [Reply]

    Six Chix: “Opps, forgot to leave a speculum. Let me put this in the tray, too.”

  5. pugfuggly
    February 3rd, 2012 at 8:42 am [Reply]

    Six Chix “We’ll start with an administration of light psychedelics, just to get rid of you sense of perspective and spatial orientation. Do you feel like your bed is 10″ higher on one side? Mmmmhmmm, and am I tilting back at an unnatural slant? Gooooood….”

    MW A ‘personal problem’? Come by my place for ‘dinner’? Wow, this is really happening, isn’t it? Well, we can all say we were then when Mary Worth made the switch from regular dramatic serial to specialized fetish cartoon erotica.

  6. Mibbitmaker
    February 3rd, 2012 at 8:45 am [Reply]

    Initial Mibbit Comments: The Pop Culture Title Edition

    RMMD: “Chasing Mildred” — Amy was already taken.

    6C: “St. Anywherebuthere”

  7. Chareth Cutestory
    February 3rd, 2012 at 8:47 am [Reply]

    RMMD: Treat every day as if it were your last, live every moment to its fullest. Cause you never know, you might not be alive tomorrow and be around to self e-publish your chase/torture/BDSM erotic fiction to the Kindle bookstore. What are you waiting for??

  8. terrapin
    February 3rd, 2012 at 8:59 am [Reply]

    Funky: We had a teacher like Les in Jr. High. We found out where he lived and every halloween his house got egged and/or mud-balled.

    RMMD: Leave her alone, kid! We want to watch her read her book!

  9. Stickerz
    February 3rd, 2012 at 8:59 am [Reply]

    This Mark Trail plot is developing slower then a blind dog trying to find…wait…

  10. Jonn
    February 3rd, 2012 at 9:06 am [Reply]

    “And when you start bleeding from every possible hole, we’ll call in the snarky, unshaven doctor who is actually supposed to be diagnosing you.”

  11. Mumblix Grumph
    February 3rd, 2012 at 9:10 am [Reply]

    6 Chix: Good Lord, look how dirty that mattress is! At least they cleaned off a small spot for her head. Where is this hospital, Calcutta?

  12. Argon
    February 3rd, 2012 at 9:10 am [Reply]

    @ Feb 3 Mary Worth..
    “Please Nola,come to my home and let me biddy you into submission while I serve you non-descript food and you admire my ceiling tiles…besides,it beats standing here and watching wilbur PICK HIS NOSE!”

  13. Pyzimber
    February 3rd, 2012 at 9:11 am [Reply]

    RMMD: If it is an interactive CD-ROM, I’m betting that ‘Chasing Mildred’ is more like “Leisure Suit Larry” … now what was the command for “take off bra” again?

    Pluggers: I’m surprised a Plugger knows what a CD is. Don’t they only remember vinyl and/or 8-track tapes?

    MW: Run, Nola, Run! Mary’s luring you with the promise of a great dinner, but it will be peppered with a discussion about how it’s all of our responsibility to make sure that when we see a child kidnapper, we stall them at a local diner with an unkept promise of rainbow swirl ice cream! Run while you still have a chance!

  14. True Fable
    February 3rd, 2012 at 9:16 am [Reply]

    Did you see the fourth wall smashup regarding advice in Mary Worth today? Moy’s just letting Mary screw with us now!

    oh god i just threw up a little in my mouth.

  15. Mibbitmaker
    February 3rd, 2012 at 9:35 am [Reply]

    A3G: “C’mon, Tommie. Let the Status Quo reassert itself. You know you want to.”

    A3G: Tommie? Passion for anything?!

    BBlues: Siblings. It’s all about the hate (see: Curtis and Barry)

    9CL: When the wall o’ Text vanished, she slipped from her spot leaning on it, and fell right onto him. Opportunity, she thought.

    Curtis: I noticed that she was animated by Kenneth Muse in panel two, in the style of 1960s Hanna-Barbera. Odd.

    Crank: Only in dark, dreary Batiukland is black a shade of white!

    DtM: If he were really a Menace, it would’ve been a small baby (and definately NOT Marvin!).

    DT: Bulletproof hats?!?!

    HotC: Or just put the box into Craig Ferguson’s mind. Then Geoff Peterson will tell you what’s in it.

    Luann: “Brave” was relative before, too!

    MW: Nola’s thinking, “Omigod, what have I done?! WHAT have I DONE?!!”

  16. Señor Tortilla
    February 3rd, 2012 at 9:35 am [Reply]

    MW – “I’m good at cooking as well as giving advice!” Lies! Both lies! Now if she had said “I’m as good at cooking as I am at giving advice”, then that’s truth.

    More snark coming. -ST

  17. Effluvius Erratus
    February 3rd, 2012 at 9:38 am [Reply]

    RxMD: I won’t comment on Foster’s use of a 3-1/2″ floppy disk since it’s just updating for the 21st century the old writer loves his old typewriter trope, but is anyone else a little freaked out that Sarah seems to be be absorbing the data directly trough her fingertips?

  18. Liam
    February 3rd, 2012 at 9:40 am [Reply]

    Love Is-into bondage

    JP-That is terrible a woman with secrets. Doesn’t April know that she must let her man know everything about her. Who knows what else she could be hiding? Keeping secrets from her man can lead to things like free thinking.

    MT-Butch is deaf too? I am the same distance from Tommy that Butch is and I can hear him fine.

  19. Chyron HR
    February 3rd, 2012 at 9:40 am [Reply]

    @Pyzimber (#13): >Take off bra

    You don’t see any take off here.

  20. AhClem
    February 3rd, 2012 at 9:41 am [Reply]

    @Pyzimber (#13):

    Pluggers: I’m surprised a Plugger knows what a CD is. Don’t they only remember vinyl and/or 8-track tapes?

    The only CDs Pluggers know about are the red, white and blue Civil Defense signs that indicated the locations of fallout shelters. These were the places you were supposed to go during a nuclear attack, FOOB glurge storm or a Mary Worth biddygasm.

  21. CanuckDownSouth
    February 3rd, 2012 at 9:56 am [Reply]

    I’m surprised the Mary’s finally started to give her victims fair warning – once Nola sees the dinner, much less tries to eat the unidentifiable (and quite possibly non-Euclidean) objects, she’ll know to do anything other than what Mary advises.

  22. Flummoxicated
    February 3rd, 2012 at 9:56 am [Reply]

    MT: That guy sure does like to leave his blind dog out alone in a field. With his jacket to protect the animal, what could go wrong?

    A3G: I’d rather see Lu Ann and her new mom’s car ride out to Iowa or wherever rather than the developing storyline. Not only are they going to mangle the noble profession of midwife, they’re also going to pretend that Tommie has some amazing musical gift. Plus, you know, Tommie.

  23. S. Stout
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:00 am [Reply]

    Are we sure that’s a CD she’s holding? It’s not much bigger than a child’s hand. I think it’s a floppy disk holding 1.4 MB of excitement.

    Chasing Mildred: The Game

    You awake in a cold dungeon lit by a lone candle. Your head is still pounding from when Mildred hit you with that pipe wrench and escaped. There is a woman tied up in the corner. Flasks are scattered about. Obvious exits are North and East.
    >talk to woman
    “Where did Mildred go!” you scream at the woman. “I don’t know, please let me go!” she cried. You find this be a useless endeavor.
    >get ye flask
    You pick up a glass flask and break the end of it on a dungeon wall. Now you’re ready for the chase.

  24. Mibbitmaker
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:08 am [Reply]

    Somewhere between PBS and Cranky lies…..

    The new Pop Culture’s Kids, which is now up!

    Coming Sunday: a special PCK color Sunday Funnies edition! And, like regular newspaper comics these days, it’s the SAME GENERAL SIZE AS THE DAILIES!!! Wow, gang!

  25. K-Paul
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:09 am [Reply]

    Crank: You know, we are supposed to accept that Rose is the heavy in this comic, but if my offspring kidnap me from my house and shove me into a stark white, postage stamp room off the side of the house (for my own good, of course, but I’ll still have to climb the stairs to take a bath and maybe use the toilet), I’m pretty sure I’d “Go Rose”.

  26. TheDiva
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:09 am [Reply]

    6C: “In fact, we’ve already amputated the entire lower half of your body.”

    9CL: Yeah, that isn’t creepy or stalkerish at all

    A3G: No, but she does sound like a woman who’s accustomed to having money for rent and regular meals.

    C’shaft: It’s been mentioned already, but why don’t they ask Rose? Even my seven year old niece got to pick the color of her bedroom.

    FW: Les is a classic case of Don’t Shoot the Message: the arguments he makes are valid, yet he’s such an annoying, insufferable douchebag about it that you want to disagree just to avoid being associated with him. And now that I’ve linked to TVTropes and ruined your morning’s productivity, my work here is done.

    Luann: Both of you die painfully, please.

    MT: So Butch not only can’t see, he can’t hear if you call him from a hundred yards away? He’s the Helen Keller of hunting dogs!

    MW: “I also saved a little girl from a kidnapper, and I can turn water in to wine! But I don’t like to toot my own horn…”

    Pluggers think the cheap clearance CDs are “classics.”

    SM: Oh, how fast can lightning move, anyway?

  27. Dennis the Two and a Half Menace
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:14 am [Reply]

    Six Chix – You are on a terrible healthcare plan when your hospital test is clearly just an onyx sacrificial stone.

  28. These Strange Worlds
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:15 am [Reply]

    The New Watchmen: Yet another sign of the end times?

    http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2012/02/01/dc-entertainment-officially-announces-%e2%80%9cbefore-watchmen%e2%80%9d/

    And to keep this post in scope, I suppose we should be lucky they didn’t just reboot the whole thing and add a daily newspaper version…

    With a new teenaged sidekick for Rorschach named “MMPI.”

    Botta boom.

  29. Little Guy
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:15 am [Reply]

    @Pozzo (#1): Here I was thinking “House”. Oh well, I’ll wait until her kidneys shut down halfway through the episode before Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Morrison team up.

    PBS: Cockpit WIN!

    ASM: Can we at least get Snow Miser and Heat Miser with a cameo?

    JP – Breasts = Colts – Peyton.

  30. Charterstoned
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:16 am [Reply]

    RMMD – Who the hell is Mildred? A secretary who has to put up with her boss’s unwelcome advances? An habitual criminal on the lam? A cat being pursued by a dog? More to the point, who names anybody Mildred these days?

  31. Pyzimber
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:20 am [Reply]

    A3G: “Of course I have a passion for music! Can’t you see the Justin Bieber haircut I have?”

  32. seismic-2
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:21 am [Reply]

    RMMD: Is that a 3-1/2″ floppy or a 5-1/4″ floppy? I’m trying to decide whether “Chasing Mildred” involves pursuit by stalking her over her AOL account or by physically following her in a really fast Trans-Am. Either way, I’m sure the hero will eventually catch up with her and then cut out her liver to use for his own much-needed transplant. And we know just the surgeon to do the job, for $25K!

    A3G computer, Mark 1975: TOMMIE THOMPSON… PASSION… DOES NOT COMPUTE…

  33. Little Guy
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:22 am [Reply]

    Chasing Mildred: The remake of Mildred Pierce by Kevin Smith, where Mildred opens up a successful comic book store in the Roaring Twenties while maintaining a tenuous relationship with her daughter (played by both Jay and Silent Bob).

  34. Gabacho
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:23 am [Reply]

    @Mumblix Grumph (#2): Actually, you’re thinking of “Mildred Pierced”.

  35. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:28 am [Reply]

    3G – Yeah, Florence Nightingale, with your crazy obsession with helping people. A real nightingale would walk over a whole ward full of sick blue dipshits to get to a microphone. You need help, Tommie!

    Slylock“How to draw a beaver…”
    So what prompted you to put your beaver up against Venessa’s beaver-tailed indeterminate animal? Cruelty? Or just exasperation? “I draw my fingers off for you people, and all you ever exclaim over are the scribbles those kids send in! I’ll show you. I’ll show you all!”

    Bizarro – “I’ve found what’s been keeping you from having sex all this time!”

    love is… …thinking she said she wanted to act out a twisted rope fantasy.

  36. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:29 am [Reply]

    Mark – Tommy, if leaving your coat in the field gives Butch a point to come back to, would you consider donating your coat to Mark? That way, this strip could have a point.

    Mary – I love how Wolf Gal’s face falls in the second panel when Mary says she’s as good at cooking as she is at giving advice. Now that’s showing AND telling.

    One Big – Points for getting laughs with a Manson ref today. It can join the very tiny collection of strips on his cell wall.

    Phantom – One hour ago? Has Constipated Tiger been in the can that long… AGAIN?

  37. Chyron HR
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:29 am [Reply]

    Funkerboo – “I really don’t know what to say about this paper of yours, and I’ve been saying it for four days straight.”

  38. Gabacho
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:30 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth – Not to get too technical here, but Mary hasn’t actually given anybody any advice for ages now.

    She offered nothing but a cookie to the little tramp who ran off with her much older boyfriend and tried to make it look like a kidnapping.

    She did so little for Gina in her quest to marry the Blazing Queen of Kickball that Gina didn’t even drop her a note when she skipped town.

    Seriously are there any examples of Mary giving any advice? Mostly she just sits and pronounces judgment, which is a very different thing.

  39. Jocelyn Knockersbury
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:31 am [Reply]

    MW: Dinner in Mary Worthverse means there is still hope for salmon squares. That’s all I care about. Not just in comics but in, like, the whole world.

    RMMD: Pfft. That’s no CD. That’s an old Commodore 64 disk envelope, and I’d bet actual cash money it contains a bootleg copy of “Leather Goddesses of Phobos.”

  40. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:34 am [Reply]

    @Effluvius Erratus (#17): That is actually a 5 1/4 inch floppy, single sided*, from Foster’s Commodore 64. The “book” is printed on fanfold paper with a dot matrix printer in “near letter quality”.

    *He had a notcher, though, so he could use the other side of the disk too.

  41. Dennis Jimenez
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:36 am [Reply]

    RMMD – OK, I don’t follow the strip close enough to even know how old he Morgan progeny is – but coffee!

    6-C – Ha-Ha – Another stinging medical double entendre – an’ not only that but they’re “practicing” their Medicaid fraud – when I want a doctor who is experienced in fraud….

    Adios Amigos, DJ.

  42. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:38 am [Reply]

    BG&SS: 5507 days since Barney Google last graced the comic strip which bears his name!

  43. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:44 am [Reply]

    @Pozzo (#1): Wow, it’s the “ER”/”Hunger Games” mash-up we’ve all been dreaming of. I think George Clooney can still kick Josh Hutcherson’s ass, though.
    And thanks to today’s Frazz, we can be pretty sure he tips better, too.

  44. Illustrator Steve
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:46 am [Reply]

    MT – Now friends, when Butch apprehends those VILLIANOUS bank robbers Mark begin to cry ’cause he will come to the realization that this was another typical case of American BLIND JUSTICE and there wasn’t nothing HE could do about it or PUNCH about it!
    (With sincere appologies to Arlo Guthrie)

  45. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:47 am [Reply]

    @Jocelyn Knockersbury (#39): …a bootleg copy of “Leather Goddesses of Phobos…” LOCKED into LEWD mode! Cue Lane Mastodon!

  46. Marc
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:48 am [Reply]

    Luann- Yeah, that sure was brave the way you hit a guy who wasn’t looking. And it was so manly how you spun around to hit him with your backpack. That’s just the epitome of courage. That enormous mass of hair on token Spanish chick’s head must be giving her brain damage.

    Funky- I don’t know who I want to punch more. Les for being such a douche or Owen for being such a dipshit.

    Mary Worth- My hope is this ends with Nola coming over for dinner, knocking Mary out, and robbing her blind. That’ll teach that old bitty to invite people that she’s only known for 30 seconds into her home.

    A3G- This is boring. Can switch to Margo making somebody’s life a living hell?

    Mark Trail- Where exactly are these two going that they have to leave the blind dog alone in a field?

  47. commodorejohn
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:50 am [Reply]

    Yahhh, the use of the term “multimedia” is giving me major ’90s flashbacks. Kind of like when I hear someone refer to a CD with a filesystem on it as a “CD-ROM.” This is going to haunt me the rest of my life, isn’t it?

    A3G – Wait, I’m sorry, did somebody have Tommie confused for a woman with a passion for anything at some point? They need to get their everything checked.

    BS – I’d assume that a man was killed and eaten in today’s Ballard Street, but given that this is the scene of the crime (note scattered personal effects) and there’s no blood, gore, or scattered body parts in evidence, I’m instead going to have to conclude that he has suddenly metamorphosized into an alligator. This does not seem particularily out-of-place in Ballard Street.

    Bizarro – Be right back, gotta stab out my mind’s eye.

    Blondie – …Dagwood runs NeXTStep?

    Buckles – Well, at least you can do that one Pixar short before you go!

    Crock – …

    DT – That’s the exact same reasoning he gives for wearing a codpiece, you know.

    FW – Christ, what an asshole.

    JP – I hate to be even thinking this, but Sam looks like he’s about to run his tongue up the slide on that thing. Nicely-rendered guns, though.

    Luann – …so yeah, Gunther just admitted that not only did he make a completely pathetic “rescue” attempt and didn’t have the balls to own up to it, he also only did it for his own self-gratification. OUR HERO.

    Mandrake – “I have the airplane right here in my purse! Let’s go!”

    MW – Holy cow is she reeling Mary in. This is gonna be one for the ages, folks. (Also, I see that Wilbur has figured out how to cram food in one side of his mouth while talking out the other. Surprised? Nah.)

    OBH – It should be.

    Peanuts – Aww…

    PBS – DIE.

    Pluggers – Pluggers don’t understand why something that’s crap would be sold at a steep discount. This explains their garage sales.

    RMMD – Chasing Mildred is a snuff film, isn’t it?

    SM – “But can I reach him in time? Can I reach him in time? Can…I…reach…him…in…ah, crap, I’m not gonna be able to stall this one out until the problem resolves itself, am I?”

  48. seismic-2
    February 3rd, 2012 at 10:52 am [Reply]

    JP: “April has guns? You might call them howitzers, or cruise missiles, or 20-megaton warheads, sure, but guns???”

  49. Effluvius Erratus
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:01 am [Reply]

    @Jocelyn Knockersbury (#39), @Nehemiah Scudder (#40), & @Nehemiah Scudder (#45): Just you wait till the publisher finds out that Chasing Mildred is a pornographic text adventure based on the courtship of Rex and June. The printout is just the fuck-through.

  50. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:02 am [Reply]

    @Marc (#46): Mark Trail- Where exactly are these two going that they have to leave the blind dog alone in a field?

    I’ve wondered about that too, as it is the second time they’ve done that. I mean, it’s sort of impressive that the dog will stay with the guy’s coat while he and Mark drive home for lunch, or whatever, but what is the point? If you’re using the dog to hunt for birds, don’t you kind of want to be there when and if he finds them?

  51. Esther Blodgett
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:07 am [Reply]

    Pluggers: Actually know what CDs are, still have vinyl records and even a few cherished 8-track tapes, but really want to know why they can’t find any place that still carries tapes for the cassette deck in their K-car.

    MT: I’m having a hard time following this. The dog is blind, but if Tommy leaves his coat in the field, the dog can smell it? Elrod should really recap these plot points so we can keep up.

    FW: It’s funny because Batiuk believes the average Wikipedia entry is better-written than a high school essay.

  52. Blade
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:08 am [Reply]

    Somehow, a giant aquamarine 10-page book that is “for adults” seems awfully damn creepy. Intriguing as hell, but creepy.

  53. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:09 am [Reply]

    @Jocelyn Knockersbury (#39):

    MW: Dinner in Mary Worthverse means there is still hope for salmon squares. That’s all I care about. Not just in comics but in, like, the whole world.

    Sure. Most people feel that way. Me, I’m into salmon hipsters. You’ve probably never heard of them.

  54. Mibbitmaker
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:10 am [Reply]

    @Marc (#46): re: FW: I think a couple of two-face slaps ala Moe Howard would probably suffice.

  55. btown
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:14 am [Reply]

    Mary: “I’m good at cooking as well as giving advice! I’m also quite good at making angel wings with my hands. Here, watch!”

  56. tb4000
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:17 am [Reply]

    Six Chix is starting off how every zombie based horror movie/video game does. She’ll begin with a couple crude melee weapons, then work her way up to the shotgun and grenade launcher inexplicably located in the statue of the Virgin Mary. down the hall.

  57. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:17 am [Reply]

    CdS: I love this trope. Howl’s Moving Jungle Gym.

    Lio: discovers the hazards of flying over Sinfest.

    NS: /facepalm

    SBp: win with braaaaiiiinnnnns.

    Zits: it’s been years, but I still can not unsee Connie’s zumba dance.

    Bizarro: AAAAAGGGGHHH!!!!

    PMP: Wiley read that and said “still beats Obamacare”. Then Ed Crankshaft hit him with a shovel for being too negative.

    rMC: sometimes, Norm wins. :-)

  58. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:18 am [Reply]

    Love is . . . learning shibari together.

  59. A different JD
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:24 am [Reply]

    Mary Worth: “I’m good at cooking as well as giving advice!”

    Yes, both are beige, shapeless, and unlike anything a person might encounter in the real world.

  60. Illustrator Steve
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:25 am [Reply]

    MT – (Today’s Mark Trail shows Mark, Tommy and Butch wandering aimlessly around a near-by field field in the southern part of the state):

    (Panel #1): “LOOK Mark! Butch found his favorite Jackelrod ball that I have thrown into some near-by bushes in the southern part of the state! Good boy Butch! FETCH!”

    (Panel #2): “I’ll leave my coat so he will have a point to come back to…”
    “DAMN Tommy! HOW many more times are you ging to tell me that?!!”

    (Panel #3): “I think your movie-maker will be impressed to see Butch work a field”.
    “Tommy, these days they call them CAMERAS, not MOVIE-MAKERS! By the way, will Butch be pulling the plow today or will he be driving Sally’s John Deere tractor to, ‘WORK THE FIELD’?

  61. A different JD
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:28 am [Reply]

    Also, when did Arlo in Gasoline Alley turn into a chimpanzee?

  62. NoahSnark
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:31 am [Reply]

    Thank goodness for teaching hospitals. If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t know what a colonoscopy could tell us about a sore throat.

  63. Saigai
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:32 am [Reply]

    @Marc (#46):
    Brokeback Mountain.

  64. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:34 am [Reply]

    @Effluvius Erratus (#49):
    … Chasing Mildred is a pornographic text adventure..

    Well, thank you, Magister Erratus. May I offer you this humble tribute?

    On First Looking into ifiction.org

    MUCH have I travell’d in the realms of porn,
    And many sexy states and kingdoms seen;
    Round many sleazy websites have I been
    Where dawgs in fealty to Priapus horned.
    Oft of one wide expanse had I been warned
    That geeky wankers ruled as their demesne:
    Yet did I never see such pure obscene
    Till I saw ifiction endlessly spawned:

    Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
    When a new planet swims into his ken;
    Or like stout Cortez, when with eagle eyes
    He stared at the Pacific—and all his men
    Look’d at each other with a wild surmise—
    Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

  65. Señor Tortilla
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:34 am [Reply]

    @Pyzimber (#13), @S. Stout (#23): Actually, Leisure Suit Larry was based after a text adventure game called “Softporn Adventure”, which was ported to DOS in 1991 (the Apple II version is from 1981). If you have DOSbox, do a little digging on Google (I’m sure you’ll find it). “Leather Goddesses of Phobos” is also out there.

    Continued from Señor Tortilla (#16):

    –More Snark–

    A3G – Admittedly, Dan is right.

    Bizarro – Never Google “Muppet sex”.

    9CL – This chick is really like Edda, isn’t she?

    DT – Those hats are not made of fabric. Obviously, they’re more like helmets, which stop a few bullets but need to replaced.

    FW – “You’re a worse cheater than that girl I let get off easy!” the creepy gasbag said.

    Pluggers – Sorry, I’m gonna have to go with the Plugger here. Who would buy Britney Spears CDs?

    PBS – Sorry, but I’m finding PBS hilarious this week.

    RMMD – It’s probably some depraved parody.

  66. Señor Tortilla
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:38 am [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#47): Man, I remember Multimedia CD-ROMs. They were pretty cool. With one CD, you were treated with a “multimedia” experience, which usually consisted of relatively low resolution pictures, even lower resolution movies, and walls of text.

    They were expensive ($20-$50) and died when the Internet became big. Still, I kind of miss them.

  67. Señor Tortilla
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:39 am [Reply]

    @Blade (#52): My RMMD comment was supposed to be in response to your comment.

  68. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:41 am [Reply]

    as seen in Milford.

    This would be a great A3G plot.

    O hells YEA!!

    Hammy’s nephew haz a problem.

    I .gif you sleepy FENNECS!!

    The Daily Puppy is a floofy Newf.

    how to make a kitten kewter? add an otter pup! (brainmush!)

  69. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:42 am [Reply]

    @Hei of the Zaraki Company (#y215): aint it just! Ocelotta kewt.

  70. mvg
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:43 am [Reply]

    Marc (46): “Mark Trail- Where exactly are these two going that they have to leave the blind dog alone in a field?”

    DADT.

    Mibbitmaker (54): “@Marc (#46): re: FW: I think a couple of two-face slaps ala Moe Howard would probably suffice.”

    As long as we’re gonna go ‘Moe’ on them, I’d personally prefer the bash-their-heads-together method.

    9CL: Thanks, Brooke “Hormones über Alles” McEldowney for exacerbating the already-too-widespread confusion of “overpowered by lust” for “falling in love.” These 2 barely know each other, remember? Oops, sorry, shouldn’t let plot points interfere with … artistry.

    Bizarro: That must’ve been quite the Muppetgasm.

  71. commodorejohn
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:45 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#64): Oh. Oh. Bravo, sir. Bravo.

    @Señor Tortilla (#66): I remember Grolier’s Multimedia Encyclopedia on our Mac IIcx…less comprehensive than our 1969 World Book set, and you could hardly make out half the pictures…

    On the other hand, that was the craze that gave us 3-D Dinosaur Adventure, which remains basically the awesomest thing you can use a computer for.

  72. Artist formerly known as Ben
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:47 am [Reply]

    6C: Oh hey, a comic adaptation of every single episode of “House.”

    JP: If you’re Randy Parker, this is a very bad time for Sam to say, “You know something? I’ve never liked you.”

    DT: For the record, I agree with Dick on the whole hole-in-hat/hole-in-head debate.

    S4th: Only if there’s a huge time jump, Ted. If I were you I’d ask Ces about it.

    Crock: Does Rechlin really think he needed to explain that joke? Sometimes I think he doesn’t respect my intelligence. Then again I’m reading Crock so it’s not like there’s no justification.

    BB: One day we’ll see just how flexible Zero his when Sarge tells him to go fuck himself.

    Luann: If “brave” is relative, “chivalrous” has just been stripped of all meaning.

    Ziggy: Who can stop the Singularity? Certainly not Ziggy.

    SSmith: Snuffy finally just gives up on everything and asks to be buried.

    MW: While Nola is likely under the impression that Mary is hitting on her, my attention is drawn to the background, where Wilbur is proudly showing the other fellas his massive eye booger.

  73. ReFlex76
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:52 am [Reply]

    FW: How dare Les . . . do his job catching a cheater!

    Luann: Not only does Gunther get the girl, it’s fun to see people fume over his going Michael Weston on this guy instead of Jack Bauer! (Burn Notice > 24)

  74. But What Do I Know?
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:55 am [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#64): A thing of beauty is a joy forever. . .

    RMMD — And what is she supposed to do with this “computer disk?” My laptop is three years old and doesn’t have a disk drive; I can’t imagine the Morgan’s having anything but the latest toys from Apple. . .

    MT — “Your movie-maker will be impressed to see Butch work a field.” At this point I’d be impressed to see anyone in the Jackelverse work at all. When’s the last time you saw anyone performing any useful labor. . .?

    MW — Looks like Mary slowplayed Nola–fold now, girlfriend.

    JP — Somehow it’s not surprising to find out that the Judge has no idea that April has “guns”

  75. Comcis Fan
    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:57 am [Reply]

    MW: Praise the heavens! Mary seems to be saying, another one soon in my clutches! What color food shall I serve, and what shape? She’s even let drop her Emily Smith Rescue Commemorative Cookie. In the background, Wilbur is so happy about the food, and trying to talk with his mouth full.

  76. Digger
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:00 pm [Reply]

    RMMD: “Dammit, Sarah, would you get out and let me enjoy reading this erotica in peace! I have to get some sexual satisfaction somehow!”

  77. Artist formerly known as Ben
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:01 pm [Reply]

    @But What Do I Know? (#74): Laptops still have CD-R drives, so if the disc is supposed to be CD sized it’s no problem.

  78. Little Guy
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:03 pm [Reply]

    Curtis: So, your life’s dream is to have your song performed by Stephen Colbert and Taylor Hicks on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show”?

    Frankly, I’m impressed.

  79. Sparkle Plenty
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:04 pm [Reply]

    MT: I hate this arc even more than the last several. I wish Andy were there to keep Butch company. Didn’t Tommy say he runs a dog training school? Where are the other dogs?

  80. Liam
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:16 pm [Reply]

    FW-This from the guy who ripped off “Love Story” and changed the name to “Lisa’s Story”

    Lio-Let’s hope that hunter doesn’t have a blind dog.

  81. Poteet
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:18 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#Y177): Bwahaha! I like that name.

  82. exapno
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:19 pm [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#26):

    Try a MONTH of wasted time on TV Tropes….that is one HUGE freaking site….

  83. Poteet
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:24 pm [Reply]

    @Sparkle Plenty (#79): The other dogs have all slunk quietly away, grateful that they weren’t forced to stay and watch this torturous storyline crawl and backtrack and stagger along. Meanwhile, the unfortunate dog playing Butch has been drinking heavily and is about to take up smoking again.

  84. The Waz
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:24 pm [Reply]

    9CL: Is it just me, or wouldn’t a person saying they love you before you’ve had your first date be more in the Here’s your restraining order territory than the Swooning all over him one?

  85. bunivasal
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:25 pm [Reply]

    Six Chix ladies, did you steal that from an actual doctor? Because the only person who could possibly make me laugh at that joke is someone whose ego I have to protect since they’re going to be inside of me.

    With implements.

  86. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:25 pm [Reply]

    JP: Watch it with that gun there, Sam. Tomorrow:
    Sam: “Oops!” . . . “Uh, Randy?”
    Randy: ((gurgle))

    MT: I don’t know a lot about hunting, but isn’t the point of a hunting dog that he flushes out the birds and the hunters are there to, you know, hunt them? Isn’t Tommie pretty much just letting his jacket take Butch for a walk?

  87. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:27 pm [Reply]

    @The Waz (#84): reality and Brooke rarely coincide.

    take a look at the comments on today’s Pibgorn for an example worthy of one of Ted Forth’s ‘off-er” moments.

  88. bats :[
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:28 pm [Reply]

    @Señor Tortilla (#65): re 9CL: ALL women in 9CL are just like Edda. Except for the one pianist, who is so much like Edda that everyone considers her a bitch.
    Pot, kettle.

  89. Austria
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:29 pm [Reply]

    Curtis: RULES OF THE INTERNET – “Lol” as a word is used only at the beginning or the end of a sentence, never in between commas.
    …I wrote this before seeing the last panel, and then I laughed. Good show, Curtis.

    H&L: Chip is brooding now? I thought this was the universe of Nice, Wholesome Teenagers whose only problem is that their rooms are messy.

    PBS: Okay, this is pretty great.

    RMMD: Called it.

  90. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:29 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#y169): & @Frank Lee Meidere (#y190): Sadly, the story doesn’t have a truly happy ending. Instead of being run out of the university on a metaphorical rail, the professor (who was near retirement age anyway) was quietly “retired” with an extra year’s salary.

  91. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:29 pm [Reply]

    speaking of webcomics, today’s QC was awesome. I didn’t think that QC could be 20% cooler, but today it was.

  92. Islamorada Girl
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:35 pm [Reply]

    MT: That dog’s blind, not deaf. A dog can hear you unwrapping a piece of candy from a quarter mile away. Butch just choses not to hear his dickweed owner.

  93. Poteet
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:35 pm [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#Y206): Thank you. WOW. As Lily Tomlin said, no matter how cynical you get, you can’t keep up.

  94. Doctor Handsome
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:37 pm [Reply]

    So am I the only one who initially read that as “Chasing Milford?” I was hoping for an explicit account of the sordid true stories behind the playdowns.

  95. Poteet
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:40 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#90): Thanks. That ending was indeed disappointing. I’ll reread GAUDY NIGHT again one of these years so I can be reminded of of a time and place when scholarly transgressions were taken seriously.

  96. Poteet
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:45 pm [Reply]

    RMMD — I’m not saying I’d actually watch “Chasing Mildred: An Erotic Multimedia Experience.” I’m just saying I’d seriously consider giving it a try.

  97. Poteet
    February 3rd, 2012 at 12:47 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#64): Glorious. Thank you.

  98. Der Schnärkïnätör
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:10 pm [Reply]

    @Dale (#y224):

    Surely Andy could show Butch a few things.

    Pun intended?

  99. Inexplicable Bear Tongue
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:10 pm [Reply]

    RMMD: Wow, you’d have to work to create a worse title for a novel.

    “Romancing Horace”
    “Following Millicent”
    “Cleaning Lech”

  100. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:13 pm [Reply]

    Phantom

    The Ten Tigers

    Second Tiger’s been delayed;
    Obsequious Tiger wants him fired
    Temerarious Tiger is not afraid,
    And Somniculous Tiger’s tired.
    Stentorian Tiger’s roar is loud,
    The Fulgent, Effulgent, and Refulgent Tigers are brilliant, and identical.
    And the Orgulous Tiger is very proud.
    But Sesquipedalian Tiger loves them all.
    Sesquipedalian Tiger loves them all.

  101. Shrug
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:14 pm [Reply]

    @Sparkle Plenty (#79):

    “Didn’t Tommy say he runs a dog training school? Where are the other dogs?”

    It’s spring break — all of the other dogs went to Florida for a week, to sniff strange bitches and get drunk on toilet water. They didn’t want the blind dog to come with because he’s too creepy. Rather depressing, really.

  102. Little Guy
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:16 pm [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#88): I don’t care if it makes the Float. I’m throwing you beads in advance.

  103. Shrug
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:17 pm [Reply]

    @Inexplicable Bear Tongue (#99):

    THOROUGHLY MODERN MILDRED?

  104. Artist formerly known as Ben
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:19 pm [Reply]

    @Sparkle Plenty (#79): He “runs a dog training school” in the same sense that you’re “attending law school” if you stay home and watch a lot of JAG reruns.

  105. seismic-2
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:19 pm [Reply]

    @Inexplicable Bear Tongue (#99): “Scrubbing Mildew”

  106. Comcis Fan
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:19 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#80): Ripped off “Love Story,” except that Oliver Barrett was a rich, handsome, flirtatious athlete with a backbone.

  107. Shrug
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    @TheDiva (#26):

    “Pluggers think the cheap clearance CDs are “classics.”

    We’re also supposed to think the cheap compilation dvds of fallen-into-public-domain B pictures are a bargain if they are headed “Collector’s Edition.”

    (Well, I don’t, but I’m sure some of my fellow Pluggers do.)

  108. Shrug
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:22 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#50):

    “I mean, it’s sort of impressive that the dog will stay with the guy’s coat while he and Mark drive home for lunch, or whatever, but what is the point? If you’re using the dog to hunt for birds, don’t you kind of want to be there when and if he finds them?”

    Tommy also has a sideline in teaching coats to fire shotguns. The dog finds the bird, the coat shoots them, and the dog brings them to the coat and waits for Tommy to come back and take all of the credit.

  109. Shrug
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:26 pm [Reply]

    @But What Do I Know? (#74):

    “RMMD — And what is she supposed to do with this “computer disk?” My laptop is three years old and doesn’t have a disk drive”

    It’s possible to buy an external disk drive that plugs into a USB port. Every so often (maybe once a year) here at the library someone comes in with a 3.5 floppy and wants to know where s/he can read it, so one of my colleagues brought in said device (which she was not using). Of course, now that we have it we’ve not had occasion to use it… (And mercifully no one has asked about 5 inch floppies.)

  110. commodorejohn
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:27 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#107): What are you talking about, those DVD sets are awesome.

  111. commodorejohn
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:30 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#109): Sadly I don’t believe there are USB 5.25-wait, wait, holy crap!

  112. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:32 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#71): @But What Do I Know? (#74): @Poteet (#97):

    Bows. Thank you very much. I’m sure if Mr. Keats could be with us today, he’d agree with me that without all of you, none of this would be necessary.

  113. Comcis Fan
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:32 pm [Reply]

    @Comcis Fan (#106):

    “This is a story about a girl. She loved Montoni’s, the Miranda warning, and me.”

  114. Artist formerly known as Ben
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:34 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#109): Actually, I have an external disc drive too. I don’t use it that much now but there are still old floppys hanging around my place.

  115. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:35 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#108): I think we’re not giving Blind Butch enough credit. Maybe Tommie leaves him to “work the field,” and when he returns, Butch has not only hunted those birds, but he’s field dressed them, and he’s gathered the necessary wild herbs to prepare a savory rub before he grills them later. Plus, The Jacket has been cleaned and pressed.

  116. seismic-2
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:35 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#107): We’re also supposed to think the cheap compilation dvds of fallen-into-public-domain B pictures are a bargain if they are headed “Collector’s Edition.

    Or if they are purchased under-the-counter in the back room of Milford Ink.

  117. Shrug
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:35 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#111):

    That is indeed a “holy crap” moment. I wonder if I still have any of my old Kaypro CP/M single-sided 5-inch discs in a closet somewhere…

  118. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:38 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#110):

    @Shrug (#107): What are you talking about, those DVD sets are awesome.

    Damn straight! I just picked up a collection of 16 Hercules movies for ten bucks at the Dollar General. Hercules and the Captive Women with the great Reg Park was worth the POA by itself.

  119. btown
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:39 pm [Reply]

    Mary Worth: Background Wilbur appears today as if drawn by Mort Walker. I especially like the single-line abstract representation of a combover

  120. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:43 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#117): I still have a couple of shrink wrapped boxes of eight inch floppies that went with a Tandy CPM machine I used to have.

  121. commodorejohn
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:45 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#118): There’s some $20 sets at Wal*Mart with (I can’t remember) 50 or 100 movies apiece, two of which are sci-fi/B-schlock. I only barely managed to restrain myself from dropping both in the cart last time I was there, I think I’m probably going to give in next time…

  122. seismic-2
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:51 pm [Reply]

    Legacy data storage media always present a real problem. In the 1990s I was in charge of some 18,000 computer tapes that had been recorded in the 1960s, in reel-to-reel 9-track and (far worse) 7-track formats. It was really hard to find operating 7-track tape drives, and the 9-track tapes were deteriorating so badly that the heat of the friction from rubbing on the playback heads would cause the tape to fuse into a sticky blob, no matter how often you tied to clean them or how much lubricant you applied prior to trying to read them. However, even those problems paled in comparison to reying to read the FM analog tapes. (Yes, data tapes that were analog rather than digital but that were FM rather than AM. Such a beast did in fact exist, believe it or not.) By the time we got rid of them, there was one other tape drive on the eastern seaboard that could still read them. This is the sort of fate that probably awaits today’s CDs and DVDs, soon enough.

  123. Baka Gaijin
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:51 pm [Reply]

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#57): Me too. Connie has an epic case of tits afloppin.

    @commodorejohn (#111): Holy Crap! is right. Did you see that list of archaic home computers? Or should I say, “Did you see that list of computers gathering dust on Pluggers’ desks all over the country, right next to their Epson MX-80 printers?”

  124. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:51 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#121): The trouble is, as I’m sure you know, that sometimes the “prints” of some of the movies in these collections are so terrible they really are unwatchable. But what the hell, I say, you can get lucky.

  125. commodorejohn
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:58 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#123): Did I see that list of home computers, several of which I own and are exactly as functional and useful today as they were in the ’80s? Yes, yes I did…

    @seismic-2 (#122): This is the sort of fate that probably awaits today’s CDs and DVDs, soon enough.
    I’m not so certain on that. Depends on how long optical-disk formats remain in use generally – thus far they’ve all been designed with an eye towards backwards compatibility, since the general public is not too keen on having to re-purchase their entire DVD library upon moving to Blu-Ray, or what have you. As long as disk formats stick with the “like a CD, but with a bunch of extra data layers” model, CD/DVD compatibility is essentially free and a fine selling point.

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#124): True, true – but I’ve yet to see one where the print is truly unwatchable, and the encoding at least is typically better than the equivalent off archive.org…

  126. Liam
    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:58 pm [Reply]

    Six Chix-And some teachers like to give pop quizzes.

    FC-Dolly, when are you planning to start spreading those legs?

  127. Señor Tortilla
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:06 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#71): I remember Grolier’s! I remember the “apple” article for some reason. And it wasn’t very comprehensive (our ’93-’94 World Book collection–quite recent for the times) had FAR more articles, but they couldn’t be accessed from our Performa.

  128. Baka Gaijin
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:09 pm [Reply]

    Judging by Miss Avis’ spit take there in panel 3, little Willie the dog found her previously-unknown g-spot. Not an attractive O-face, I must say.

    Missing last panel in Mary Worth: Nola quips, “Mrs. Worth, you’re trying to seduce me.” Mary responds, “Would you like me to seduce you?”

  129. seismic-2
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:11 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#125): However, the physical lifetime of a CD or DVD is uncertain. The old laser-format video discs suffered almost right away from “laser rot” (specks of colored noise all over the picture) that was caused by the deterioration of the glue that stuck the two sides of the platter together. That problem shouldn’t affect modern one-sided CDs or DVDs, but it’s not at all clear that other mechanical or chemical problems won’t. The CD or DVD blank costs only pennies, and it’s certainly far from immortal.

  130. commodorejohn
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:15 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#129): Certainly true (I’ve seen estimates-with-proper-care in the centuries range, but as the entire medium is only about a quarter-century old, who knows?) It’ll depend on the quality of manufacture, I suppose. Luckily, the nice thing about digital media is that as long as a disc is well-cared-for, it can be copied entirely without error should it approach the end of its natural life…

  131. Baka Gaijin
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:18 pm [Reply]

    Judging by Loweezy’s silly smile and eyes orgasmically rolling back in panel 2, she remembers the Paw getting in her rut. And he didn’t need the “loam and grass seed” cosplay then!

    Gunther, eat salmon squares and DIE!

  132. Shrug
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:18 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#121):

    No need to go to Wal-Mart or the like to find those 50-movie sets; there were scads of them in the last few Edward R. Hamilton Bookseller catalogs I received, and no doubt they can also be found on its online site:

    http://edwardrhamilton.com/

    Here for instance is a set of 25 cheesy sf movies for $3.95:

    http://edwardrhamilton.com/titles/3/4/0/340658x.html

  133. Fashion Police
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:21 pm [Reply]

    @Cloudbuster (#y229):

    Pibgorn: “I liked the idea of the Hair Fairy, because this would explain all the hair that gathers under one’s eyelids in the night.”

    Whoa. Read that again. Hair. Gathering under eyelids. The truth is coming out. McEldowney is not in fact human. He is some sort of hairy monster, tormented by his own hirsute nature. This explains some things. Such as how the dialog and behavior of his characters bears little resemblance to those of actual humans.

    We believe Monsignor McEldowney only wishes in some juvenile fashion that he belongs to some supercilious alien species. After all, in spite of his protestations that his “me” character is Professor-Doktor Burber, he gives every indication of channeling his personal screed through Thorax.

  134. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:21 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#128): Gah! Image of Mary Worth with crooked leg in sexy-stockings! Gah! Get it off! Get it off!

  135. seismic-2
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:22 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#128): I think the last panel of Mary Worth is, “I’m good at cooking as giving advice, and I truly excel at amusing babies by playing peek-a-boo. Watch!” Mary will resort to anything to keep Nola trapped in her apartment all evening and away from her intended prey among the Charterstone males.

  136. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:22 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#124):

    Speaking of bad prints, one of MST3K’s favorites, “Manos: Hands of Fate” was recently improved by the random finding of a long-lost original print:

    http://www.somethingawful.com/d/comedy-goldmine/manos-restoration-project.php

    Existing versions are VHS transfers from a 35mm version made from an original 16mm print that just recently was re-discovered.

  137. commodorejohn
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:22 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#132): Goodness me, now I’m really in trouble…

  138. commodorejohn
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:23 pm [Reply]

    @Calvin’s Cardboard Box (#136): Oh yes, I am watching that one with gleeful anticipation…

  139. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:24 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#134): And I didn’t mean “crook-ed”; I intended this, but something misfired between my brain and my keyboard.

  140. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:25 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#129): @commodorejohn (#130): Yeah, and don’t even get me started on the “K&E” cursor rot issue. Supposedly the finest slide rules available, certainly the most expensive, and yet a mere fifty or sixty years after purchase the cursors are turning yellow, the bakelite runners disintegrate, the hairlines disappear… yikes!

  141. Der Schnärkïnätör
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:25 pm [Reply]

    @Dale (#y224):

    Tommy lets Butch get beyond calling distance and leaves. How does Butch know when to stop sniffing for birds and start sniffing for Tommy’s jacket?
    What is Butch supposed to do if he can’t find the jacket?

    My thoughts exactly!

  142. Biscuit Eater
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:26 pm [Reply]

    How would she know what a computer disc is?

  143. Calvin's Cardboard Box
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:34 pm [Reply]

    @Biscuit Eater (#142):

    Maybe it went like this:

    “Mommy, I want to save my Manifesto, what icon do I use?”
    “Click on the image of a little blue square with a white square inside it.”
    “Why does that mean “Save”, mommy?”
    “Well, long ago when your mommy’s breasts were … even more perky … we had these things called computer disks. They were 3.5″ across and hard as a hockey puck, and we called them floppies. The disks that is, not mommy’s breasts.”
    “So, why did they call them ‘floppy’, mother dear?”
    “Well, before those 3.5″ were invented, we used to ….”

  144. Artist formerly known as Ben
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:35 pm [Reply]

    @These Strange Worlds (#28): I’m leary about the Watchmen prequels mainly because I think the whole superhero deconstruction is played out. It should be noted that Alan Moore hates the idea too, although really it doesn’t take much to set him off. If there’s a bright side to the project it’s in the fact that Swamp Thing creator Len Wein–who also had a big part in bringing Moore to American comics–is writing the pirate comics supplement. There aren’t enough pirate comics around.

  145. Baka Gaijin
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:36 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#139): Yeah, I figured that’s what you meant. I hadn’t thought about that until you brought it up. That brought up my dinner. Then my lunch. Then the schnitzel I had the last time I was in Germany. When was I in Germany?

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#140): You shouldn’t be cursing around your tools. Turns ‘em yellow doncha know.

    @seismic-2 (#135): As if the males of Charterstone needed any help getting blue balls.

  146. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:38 pm [Reply]

    @Calvin’s Cardboard Box (#136): I guess we’re all MSTies here, eh? Thanks!

  147. commodorejohn
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:41 pm [Reply]

    @These Strange Worlds (#28), @Artist formerly known as Ben (#144): *facepalm*

    …you know, by this point I’d be more impressed by something that played every trope straight with utter, honest sincerity than another fucking deconstruction or “twisted” version of a familiar story.

  148. The Pirate Comic
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:50 pm [Reply]

    @Artist formerly known as Ben (#144):

    Arrgh, maties, and welcome to open mic night here at the Bum Boat!

    I see some of you looking at my eye patch, and I know what you are thinking! “What are tonight’s specials?” … but seriously … did you ever try brushing your hair with a hook for a hand? If you only lose one eye, you are ahead of the pack! Arrrr!!!

    Tip your waitress, if she ever stops spending all her time talking to the white-haired biddy over in the kitchen. And try the Salmon Squares!

  149. Liam
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:52 pm [Reply]

    A3G-How dare you Tommie for showing interest and doing things other than music.

  150. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:53 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#122): But…that can’t be right. Data is data and can be read by any retrieval device, even if it’s thousands of years old and created by alien technology.

    I know. I’ve seen it on Star Trek.

  151. Liam
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:59 pm [Reply]

    RMMD-Mommy, why are there nothing but pictures of a naked boy and girl on this disk.

  152. Swordsmith
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:00 pm [Reply]

    MT: Butch can’t see you. That’s ok, a sighted dog couldn’t see you either, he’s facing the other directions, which is why dogs are trained with audible rather than visual commands. Butch can’t hear you. I have news for you, that dog isn’t merely blind, he’s also nearly deaf; he’s what, 50 yards away (if you didn’t want us to know how far away you shouldn’t have drawn it, tell, don’t show!) and he can’t hear a whistle? The average dog’s hearing is 4 times as acute as the average human’s, and a whistle can be heard by a human at around 100 yards. I know, it’s all an elaborate setup for you to again leave Butch alone with a jacket so the bank robbers can get caught up in hijinx, but think about it, you already stretched credulity by leaving him alone with the jacket for no good reason the first time, and then blew the setup by picking him up, offscreen so we didn’t even get to see it at work. Consider retirement, seriously, because your writing ability is not up to the challenge of Mark Trail.

    FW: OK this is complicated but try to follow me. When I say to my kids “don’t pick your nose” what I really mean is “don’t pick your nose where others can see you,” because we all, in fact, pick our noses, that’s the only way to get some of those stubborn boogers out of there. So the real lesson is to perform certain personal acts more subtly, a valuable lesson that will come in handy later in their teen years. When I catch them lying about who took the last cookie, what I’m really teaching them is how to do a better job of lying, and also how to better get out of trouble once caught. I may not be aware of what I’m doing, but the truth is, catching kids in small lies and punishing them for it is socialization, which doesn’t mean “never lie” but rather “do a better job of lying,” which will later become important when the question is “do these genes make my ass look fat?”

    If you want kids to not plagiarize, then you need to explain to them what the difference between plagiarism and research is, and what harsh penalties there are for the former. You do NOT, on the other hand, need to point out the various clues they left. Especially, and I want to stress that, especially once they have already admitted what they did. Pointing out why not to do it, and explaining what the punishment would be, might help stem the behavior. Pointing out more ways that you can tell they did it, on the other hand, is only useful if the real message you are sending, consciously or subconsciously, is “do a better job of it next time.”

  153. seismic-2
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:02 pm [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#150): Wanna buy a bootleg copy of the Holodeck version of “Chasing Mildred”, dubbed in Klingon?

  154. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:08 pm [Reply]

    @Swordsmith (#152):

    …“do these genes make my ass look fat?”

    Well, it’s certainly not the food or clothes.

  155. UncleJeff
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:10 pm [Reply]

    Doonesbury: Anybody try this? I’m curious because 1) given the blotchy nature of newspaper printing these days, will this really work? and 2) I gotta believe somebody over at Trudeau’s syndicate is breaking out in hives assessing the worst possible scenario of either a) errors directing viewers to some weird site or b) backlash from Trudeau’s longtime foes if he keeps using the strip and those whatever-the-hell-they-are (“In the Plugger’s Tongue!”) for some nefarious liberal liberal liberal purpose.

  156. Fashion Police
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:12 pm [Reply]

    We sincerely hope that Miss Wolvenson’s “personal problem” – for which she is soliciting the views of a total stranger – has to do with the realization of her complete lack of fashion sense. For while Mrs. Worth is rarely chic she is usually tasteful, in a bland, suburban sort of way.

    Alternatively, one might hope that Miss Wolvenson intends to weave a dastardly web of deceit in which Mrs. Worth is ensnared by her own pompous maunderings in some scandalous outcome exposing her as a self-serving community hag.

  157. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:13 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#153): No. But if you’ve got “Crusher and Troi at Tanagra” (the uncensored version) I’ll pay double.

  158. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:14 pm [Reply]

    @Fashion Police (#156): Oh! Oh! I vote for the second one.

  159. Liam
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:18 pm [Reply]

    MT-Man that deaf blind dog is a good hunting dog.

  160. These Strange Worlds
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:19 pm [Reply]

    @UncleJeff (#155):

    Yeah, I tried it and it works pretty well on either a screen or a paper original. Note that “Boffo” and “Willie and Ethyl” have been featuring these every Monday for a while.

    However, all too often these are used to facilitate the creation of a “relationship” between the sponsor and the user. And why would they want to do that? Why so they can thereafter telemarket you even if you are on the “do not call” list.

    I bet we’ll be seeing more and more of them.

  161. Artist formerly known as Ben
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:19 pm [Reply]

    @The Pirate Comic (#148): Bravo! This has to be the quickest wish-granting I’ve ever had.

    So that’s why all of Charterstone goes to the Bum Boat. Makes more sense than the food.

  162. Frank Lee Meidere
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:21 pm [Reply]

    Luann: Several years ago a friend of mine was walking through a parking lot when he saw a large, mean-looking guy yelling at a woman (presumably his wife or girlfriend). Fearing imminent violence, but not being a particular powerful man or skilful fighter, my friend opted for another ploy. Doing his best “besotted drunk” impression (at which he was very good), he went up and started asking incoherent directions. By the time he was finished, the fight had been defused.

    This is absolutely nothing like what Gunther has done.

  163. These Strange Worlds
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:21 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#147):

    Hmmmf. This is just going to encourage ABC to do a LOST! sequel.

  164. UncleJeff
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:21 pm [Reply]

    RMMD: It would be a funny turn on the tech-savvy ‘mudgeons if Widdle Sawah pulled a memory card or other storage device out of the envelope…..says “I guess it wasn’t a computer disc”….identifies the device by its correct name and then looks straight out from the panel and goes “nyah nyah nyah” at the reader.

  165. seismic-2
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:21 pm [Reply]

    @Fashion Police (#156): I believe Miss Wolvenson’s “personal problem” is that she gave up her daughter for adoption years ago, and now she wants her back. The adoptive parents refused to give up custody, so she hired a bulky gentleman named “Wayne” to go to Goleta and retrieve her beloved Emily. Unfortunately, that plan was thwarted by a waitress named Bree, who just today has unaccountably locked herself overnight in the restaurant’s freezer, and by an annoying old lady who tomorrow will be found to have choked on a chocolate-chip cookie.

  166. UncleJeff
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:25 pm [Reply]

    @These Strange Worlds (#160): I didn’t know that about “Boffo” or “Willy and Ethyl” since I don’t get either of those strips in my newspaper.
    I have seen those strips and they wouldn’t be the ones I would think of first when it comes to a tech trick like this.
    First time I saw these things was in Esquire.
    But I think you’re right — overuse of commercial ties that wind up coming back on the user could create a real backlash so judicious use of the gimmick would seem to be the best course.

  167. commodorejohn
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:39 pm [Reply]

    @These Strange Worlds (#160): Quite so – in my not-so-humble opinion, these things are nothing more than a lever they want to train us to press to get a pellet. Feh! on them, I say. (Unfortunately, since the reader is built into existing devices and not manufactured for the purpose, we can’t hope they’ll tank as hilariously as the CueCat…)

  168. Anonymous
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:43 pm [Reply]

    “Chasing Mildred” could be harmless M*A*S*H Henry Blake fan fiction, but we know most fanfic is far from harmless.

  169. Nehemiah Scudder
    February 3rd, 2012 at 3:49 pm [Reply]

    @Swordsmith (#152): “do these genes make my ass look fat?”

    No, it’s actually the fat that makes your ass look fat, though you may have genes predisposing you to having a fat ass. If it is any comfort, steatopygia is admired in many cultures, particularly among those peoples with a genetic predisposition for it.

    You’re welcome.

    // Never typo’ed myself, nope, not me.

  170. Ride dem haunches
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:09 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#100): @Nehemiah Scudder (#169):

    Rastafarian Tiger loves to smoke grass,
    Steatopygous Tiger has a fat…

    // Not his fault. It’s his genes.

  171. The Pirate Comic
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:12 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#169):

    Don’t make fun of my arse, matey – I can’t help it. It’s in me genes! I tried to take it out, but Peter Pan were giving me funny looks. Arrrr! And did ye see the billowing sails on the lass in Judge Parker this week? Talk about a treasure chest! Arrr, I’ll be here until high tide!!!

  172. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:15 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#169): It may cost you a little more, but your steatopygous caboose can be made callipygous with the right pair of jeans.

  173. These Strange Worlds
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:18 pm [Reply]

    @UncleJeff (#166):

    I’ve long been a fan of Boffo and creator Joe Martin has a pretty neat web presense at:

    http://www.mrboffo.com/

    It explains all about the links and you can see where the icon would take you (hint, it’s motion comics with a dolop of ads).

    This in particular strikes me as an appropriate use and is probably a nice revenue stream for an underpaid artist.

    One can only wonder what the syndicate would think if everyone started doing it.

    Not so much when vendors use it to harvest “relationships” and ad you to their predictive dialer queue (and I’m looking at you, Nuance!)

  174. These Strange Worlds
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:20 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#167):

    I always wanted one of those CueCats.

    Wait!? They don’t work any more?

    I always wanted a web-enabled toaster too.

  175. UncleJeff
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:24 pm [Reply]

    @These Strange Worlds (#173): That is interesting.
    Maybe Joe Martin is more of an innovator than I thought.
    He should be better known in the community.

    CueCat! I knew I’d heard of something like this whatever-the-hell-it-is (“In The Plugger Tongue!”) first showed up. I hope Joe and GBT have better success with it than “Mr. Pulitzer” had with the CueCat.

  176. These Strange Worlds
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:26 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#167):

    Amazing!

    You can still buy Cuecats on ebay for under $10 and they are billed as “Perfect for package tracking and inventory.”

    Apparently there is third party software that keeps them running as a cheap bar code reader.

    Here’s an example

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-New-Modified-USB-Cue-Cat-CueCat-Barcode-Scanner-/130634732155?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e6a6fd27b

    And at least one vendor is selling a lot of a hundred for about $500.

    If only I had some inventory to track.

  177. Voshkod
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:43 pm [Reply]

    @Nehemiah Scudder (#64): Thanks for corrupting a perfectly good poem. But nice touch, leaving the final stanza unsullied. It worked very well with the over theme.

  178. Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:47 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#109): I must be a plugger, then… I still have a collection of 5.25 and 8 (you read that right, EIGHT) inch floppies with what I believe are some pretty cool ASCII-based war games and weather utilities on them.

  179. Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:51 pm [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#111): Note to self — must purchase several.

  180. Steve
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:54 pm [Reply]

    Luann: And Gunther* gets the girl.
    (*For The Ghost Who Gunths. To “Gunth” means to snivel, apparently.)

  181. Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:54 pm [Reply]

    @Shrug (#117): It is a good moment — not as good as this one — http://chrisfenton.com/cray-1-digital-archeology/ — but still awesome.

  182. KreatureFeatures
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:55 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#115): My guess is that the blind dog is surprisingly well-insured, and the dog trainer keeps leaving him near cliffs, or quicksand, or the local wolf lair, hoping to collect on the policy. He evens leaves a scented jacket behind to entice predators.

  183. Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:56 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#123): What’s wrong with an MX-80? Every car dealership I’ve been to in the last 20 years still uses them.

  184. Calico
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:57 pm [Reply]

    Re: 6C – The last 2 hospitals I’ve been in (Fletcher Allen in B-town VT and CHUL in Quebec City) are teaching hospitals, and they are wonderful.
    I agreed to having a surgical resident take my appendix out-of course she was supervised … they have to learn somehow!

    3G – Replace the word “music” with “anything.”

  185. Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:59 pm [Reply]

    @UncleJeff (#155): I haven’t tried it (being plugger enough to have a phone without a qr reader), but QR is fairly insensitive to error and has lots of CRC correction built in.

  186. Calico
    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:59 pm [Reply]

    DtM – hmmmm … I say marshmallows and raw eggs in the shell. Any other ideas?

  187. Calico
    February 3rd, 2012 at 5:01 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#159):
    But does he play a mean pinball?

  188. Gringo
    February 3rd, 2012 at 5:10 pm [Reply]

    Plug-grrrs: I call shenanigans. No true Plugger would be anywhere near the Classical or Jazz CD sections. For that matter, no true Plugger would be aware of who Britney Spears is, or who any musical act that came after Mitch Miller is.
    Actually, no true Plugger would even own a CD player, so there you have it.

  189. Baka Gaijin
    February 3rd, 2012 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    @Fashion Police (#156): “Exposing her as a self-serving community hag.” Um, well, how do I say this? Her self-serving community hagdom is about as well hidden as Donald Trump’s ego.

    @Ride dem haunches (#170): Ah ha ha HA!

    @Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol (#178): 8″ floppies? Wow. Just. Wow. In a few years the guy on “Antiques Roadshow” will want to talk to you.

    @Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol (#183): Not to be pedantic but all MX-80′s died decades ago, if not because of the build quality, because of being forcibly ejected onto concrete floors when the tractor feed sprockets got ever so slightly misaligned causing the paper to misfeed and jam. The dealer probably has a discolored OKI 320-series printer grinding away. Those things, like cockroaches, will survive the impending nuclear holocaust.

  190. Little Guy
    February 3rd, 2012 at 5:21 pm [Reply]

    @Anonymous (#168):

    “Chasing Mildred” could be harmless M*A*S*H Henry Blake Sherman T. Potter fan fiction, but we know most fanfic is far from harmless.

  191. commodorejohn
    February 3rd, 2012 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    @Al of the Christian Singles Jungle Patrol (#181): Ahh, now that’s how you do it. Sometimes brute force really is the best approach…

    @Baka Gaijin (#189): I have a C64-bus Okimate that was recovered from an office fire (the plastic is visibly warped and melty.) It works like new. I think that about says it all.

  192. Fashion Police
    February 3rd, 2012 at 5:30 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#165):
    We would be less suspicious of foul play if a certain annoying old lady choked on a salmon bone. While this would be a “personal problem” well worth resolving, we do hope at some point Miss Wolvenson addresses her wardrobe issues. We would be happy to give counsel if requested, although none the several ways we might prepare salmon include any technique involving squares. We hope Miss Wolvenson will be tolerant. We further hope, perhaps in vain, that Miss Wolvenson is familiar with the concept of “evening dress.” We are loath to relax our standards too much.

    @Baka Gaijin (#189):
    Mrs. Worth’s self-serving community hagdom is readily apparent to us, her readers. The gentle folk of Santa Royale seem to be less discerning.

  193. Liam
    February 3rd, 2012 at 5:36 pm [Reply]

    MW-Nola, I wouldn’t trust Mary’s cooking. The last time she had people over all she gave them was cookies.

  194. seismic-2
    February 3rd, 2012 at 5:41 pm [Reply]

    My favorite computer game on a 5-1/4″ floppy disk is “Bird Hunting with Butch”, which is especially well suited for playing on a Commodore 64, since the only visual display is an eloquently blank blue screen.

  195. commodorejohn
    February 3rd, 2012 at 5:46 pm [Reply]

    @seismic-2 (#194): No, no, for a real no-visuals-worth-speaking-of experience, you want yourself a ZX Spectrum.

  196. Der Schnärkïnätör
    February 3rd, 2012 at 5:52 pm [Reply]

    @Illustrator Steve (#60):

    You make it sound as if Mark is the one with brains in this strip…..

  197. Liam
    February 3rd, 2012 at 5:54 pm [Reply]

    MW-I have a very good recipe for Meatloaf. Not the dish made with meat in the shape of a loaf but the singer.

  198. bats :[
    February 3rd, 2012 at 6:01 pm [Reply]

    @Little Guy (#102): cool! Thanks!

  199. bats :[
    February 3rd, 2012 at 6:06 pm [Reply]

    @Liam (#151): “Damn, she found Foster’s entire collection of ‘Love is…’ panels! She’ll be in therapy for years!”

  200. Alison
    February 3rd, 2012 at 6:20 pm [Reply]

    MW: Mary’s next line: “Also, I’m good at rescuing small girls from kidnappers! Did you hear about that? Oh, you did? Well, let me tell you the story again. It’s all about how great I am! You’ll love it!”

    Actually, with an ego like Mary’s, I’m pretty sure this conversation with Nola just went on and on, as Mary listed every possible thing in the world as something she is good at. “…And I’m good at buying shoes and I’m good at putting soap in the washing machine and I’m good at playing frisbee and I’m good at crossing the street and I’m good at changing lightbulbs and I’m good at writing haikus and I’m good at dialing the telephone and I’m good at riding the bus and I’m good at peeling oranges and I’m good at….”

  201. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 3rd, 2012 at 6:41 pm [Reply]

    New thread up!

  202. A Smirch Unheeded
    February 3rd, 2012 at 6:50 pm [Reply]

    @Voshkod (#177): Exactly! I was thinking it was kind of cheating NOT to do something with the last 6 lines – in a parody – but how could I possibly improve on Keats, when my point, such as it was, at that point, if you see what I mean, was exactly the same as his? It would have been wrong to alter it there, and leaving it untouched even added a certain satirical twist.

  203. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    February 3rd, 2012 at 7:42 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#115): Actually, I think that Butch goes around finding birds, and then he gives Tommy a report. “I sniffed 34 quails, Tommy! I sniffed them real good! And I sniffed 28 pheasants, or maybe it was just 27 and I sniffed one of them twicet!”

    @commodorejohn (#121): I bought two of those sets. One was serials (100 chapters — kind of a ripoff, but they had Dick Tracy) and the other was musicals. Had to have all those PD musicals, man.

    @Señor Tortilla (#127): At least one, and maybe two, of those CD encyclopedias were based on the Columbia Desk Encyclopedia, a one-volume reference with lots of small print. Actually, they were based on a smaller one-volume encyclopedia that was derived from it, but I don’t have that one on my shelf here to refer to.

  204. Lenoxus
    February 3rd, 2012 at 8:20 pm [Reply]

    Until a second reading of Six Chix, I didn’t catch that it was simply a pun on “test”. I thought the joke, such as it was, was that every possible test would be performed so that the students would learn as much as possible, or because as novices, they wouldn’t know what to try first, or something like that. I suppose it would have been funnier (if more morbid) if the patient was informed that people would be trying every procedure they could think of.

  205. Rana the Pedantic Wet Blanket
    February 3rd, 2012 at 8:22 pm [Reply]

    @These Strange Worlds (#174): CueCats do work, though support for them is tiny. I got mine from LibraryThing, and use it to bulk-scan book bar codes when adding lots of texts to my library.

  206. The Rixter of Dibley
    February 3rd, 2012 at 9:28 pm [Reply]

    MW: Mary’s good at giving advice. That’s easy, because Mary has her list:
    “Follow your dreams.”
    “If you see something wrong, say something.”
    “Where there is love there can be no fear.”
    “Have you considered a job in sales?”
    “Let’s hang on to what we have.”
    Oh, and:
    “Make a list.”

    BG&SS: What is that odd line on Loweezy’s face? Her “lips”? It looks creepily like the picture of Dorian Gray.

    A3G: Tommie. Passion. Feel the heat. Yeah.

  207. Illustrator Steve
    February 4th, 2012 at 11:10 am [Reply]

    @Der Schnärkïnätör (#196): MT – Wow! Sorry, it was DEFINITLY not my intent to credit Mark as the one with brains. Actually, Butch is the one in this stupid strip with all the brains, those quail brains he tore apart and ate after tripping over their covey!

  208. jnoble
    February 4th, 2012 at 8:02 pm [Reply]

    SixChix: WTF? Is that supposed to be some kind of wry commentary on modern hospitals? Lame

  209. greghousesgf
    February 8th, 2012 at 9:21 pm [Reply]

    @Jonn (#10): damnit, I go on vacation for a week and this happens.

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