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The cutting edge of humor

Crock, 3/20/11

One way to tell when something has been a well-understood facet of mainstream world culture for at least a year or so is that weird, fumbling, semi-coherent references to it start appearing in legacy comic strips. One thing I find interesting about both this reference to WikiLeaks and the one that appeared a a couple months ago in Marvin (beaten to the punch by Marvin! the shame!) is that the word in both cases is rendered in both small and capital letters, in contrast with the standard all-caps orthography. This just draws attention to the word in a sort of “Hey, look at us, bein’ topical!” sense, with a negative effect on the overall humorousness of the strip (though of course even without the typeface issues that, “humorousness” could only be detected with the most delicate scientific instruments). It’s as if the authors, barely understanding who or what a “WikiLeaks” might be, are convinced that the internal capitalization is crucial to the word’s totemic power and must be preserved at all costs, when in fact it’s just an irritating legacy that’s trickled down from late ’90s branding practices in the high tech industry.

Speaking of trickling down, though, while Crock lost to Marvin in the “making a stupid joke about WikiLeaks” race, at least Crock’s stupid joke isn’t about pissing oneself.

Panels from Crankshaft, 3/20/11

Ha ha, just another day in the Funkyverse! “I experienced a brief moment of triumph! But now the physical and emotional agony that is my life has come to the fore once again. You can’t win your way out of suffering!”

76 responses to “The cutting edge of humor”

  1. Chyron HR
    March 20th, 2011 at 9:33 pm [Reply]

    How far did MOS-KOS think he could get with his legs broken in so many places?

  2. KarMann
    March 20th, 2011 at 9:33 pm [Reply]

    “Internal capitalization”?? Around here, we just call it “CamelCase”. [sic, of course]

  3. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    March 20th, 2011 at 9:36 pm [Reply]

    Moskos? any relation to Daily Kos? *curious*

  4. Spotts1701
    March 20th, 2011 at 9:40 pm [Reply]

    Crock: Elaborate escape plans? YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE F***ING DESERT! Where, exactly, is there to escape to?

  5. Charterstoned
    March 20th, 2011 at 9:42 pm [Reply]

    MT – Whoa, fella, cover that sneeze!

  6. Red Greenback
    March 20th, 2011 at 9:44 pm [Reply]

    Isn’t every character in Crock a “deserter”?

  7. boojum
    March 20th, 2011 at 9:45 pm [Reply]

    Must… resist urge… to… repost…….

  8. The Ridger
    March 20th, 2011 at 9:45 pm [Reply]

    What exactly did the Sage ever do to Crock that they should bury Moskos (I thought his name was Moskowitz but I’m damned if I’m going to waste time looking up a Crock character’s name) next to his cave?

  9. This Guy
    March 20th, 2011 at 9:48 pm [Reply]

    An equally bad WikiLeaks joke happened in real life–not long ago, my mother was driving and stopped at a crowded intersection where construction was going on. A local TV reporter approached her car and asked if she’d heard about “the sinkhole.” Assuming he was being sincere, she said no, and he asked if she knew what caused it. She guessed a water main break, but he responded “Nope–WikiLeaks!” I still have no idea why that’s supposed to be funny.

    @queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando (#3): I was thinking a relative of KOS-MOS. Possibly her evil twin.

  10. boojum
    March 20th, 2011 at 9:51 pm [Reply]

    Sorry, Josh, but I like it that Crankshaft’s back hurts after the win. I’m only happy when he suffers.

  11. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    March 20th, 2011 at 9:54 pm [Reply]

    @This Guy (#9): KAYT-MOS, perhaps?

  12. 20 Miles From the City
    March 20th, 2011 at 9:55 pm [Reply]

    Perhaps embarrassingly, I’ve come to enjoy “Crock” more and more as of late. It’s progressed from being lame and overdue for retirement to being frequently absurdist and usually nonsensical. In short, it is the equivalent of a massive middle finger extended towards King Features; this cartoonist is trying to see how much he can get away with, and apparently no one at the syndicate gives a shit. I love it.

  13. Jim North
    March 20th, 2011 at 10:00 pm [Reply]

    Whoa, whoa, slow down there . . . without the rest of the panels from that Crankshaft, I can’t tell what the hell is going on! And without that crucial context, nobody is going to be able to understand your snark at all, Mr. Josh sir!

  14. Hank
    March 20th, 2011 at 10:04 pm [Reply]

    RE: Beetle Bailey‘s “closed for repair” strip. Is it possible that they had to pull a strip that might have been overtaken by current events (sort of like the Shoe-Radiation Suit joke that SHOULD have been pulled last week)?

  15. Rocky Stoneaxe
    March 20th, 2011 at 10:20 pm [Reply]

    @The Ridger (#8): I think you’re confusing Moskos with Figowitz. Understandable since Rechin’s characters tend to look alike!

  16. Frank Lee Meidere
    March 20th, 2011 at 10:24 pm [Reply]

    Pajama Diaries: Apparently, every aspect of parenting revolves around screaming. You want to “learn cause and effect”? Try this: you yell about everything, and your kids never listen to anything you say. Can you see the problem? Can you? Sorry. I mean CAN YOU SEE THE PROBLEM!?

    The Phantom: I still can’t figure it out. Is the Phantom the Unknown Commander or not? And if not — what the hell does the Unknown Commander do other than wander around hospitals? The Phantom may not be the most effective comic book hero, but the Unkown Commander doesn’t seem to be anything more than a mysterious, and really disappointing, candy striper.

    Shylock Fox: At what point during this caper did the teacher come in and ask why Shylock Fox was taking over the class?

    Pluggers: Pluggers got more than one car? They wash them? They vacuum them? Wait. Pluggers got vacuums?

  17. Baka Gaijin
    March 20th, 2011 at 10:41 pm [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#16): Pluggers’ car vacuums are their hunting dogs. Let ‘em loose and within 5 minutes all the broken french fries and assorted burger detritus are gone from the floorboards.

  18. Baka Gaijin
    March 20th, 2011 at 10:43 pm [Reply]

    Mary Worth: Gad, could they try any more to attract Chris Hansen and his “To Catch a Predator” crew?

  19. Baka Gaijin
    March 20th, 2011 at 10:49 pm [Reply]

    Nancy: I don’t understand something. Does she want to sleep with Sluggo or the pillow?

    Herb and Jamaal: “Oh, that Jamaal.” I’ll bet he hears that level of disappointment a lot.

    Frazz: Today’s strip had to have been ghost written by George Will. It took too much brainpower to decipher for such a small payoff.

  20. Vince M
    March 20th, 2011 at 10:51 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#17): …or possibly their children.

  21. Ukulele Ike
    March 20th, 2011 at 11:01 pm [Reply]

    DT: With Pat Patton’s return as Chief, Lizz has been busted back down in the ranks to the level of Pencil-Sharpener, First Class. I assume she also brewed the coffee.

    JP: Never-have-dinner-in-the-hotel. ESPECIALLY not in NYC/Frisco/Chi/New Orleans, or any other Destination Food Town. Also, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola sucks; there’s an undispellable reek of Marsalises around that joint. Just start out at the Vanguard.

  22. Baka Gaijin
    March 20th, 2011 at 11:09 pm [Reply]

    @Vince M (#20): What’s the difference?

  23. Baka Gaijin
    March 20th, 2011 at 11:14 pm [Reply]

    @Ukulele Ike (#21) on Judge Parker: Since Dizzy died back in ’92, it’s more like Dizzy’s Club Diet Coca Cola. Amirite?

  24. Esther Blodgett
    March 20th, 2011 at 11:15 pm [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#15): “Rechin’s characters tend to look alike.” Brilliant use of understatement there, sir. We also would have accepted “Batiuk’s characters tend to feel under the weather” and “Marvin tends to have regular bowel movements.”

  25. Artist formerly known as Ben
    March 20th, 2011 at 11:17 pm [Reply]

    @The Ridger (#8): I”m pretty sure that his name is “Moskowitz” and that you and I both have a better grasp on character specifics in Crock than whoever gets paid to write it.

  26. Baka Gaijin
    March 20th, 2011 at 11:19 pm [Reply]

    @Sarah Marie (#Y6): “What exactly is Miss Buckley doing flailing around naked behind the sign?” Yester-yesterthread my suggestion included an Icee, Killer Diller, and inferences of, well, you know.

    @Écureuil Écumant (#Y14): “Ishmael swears it’s the cut o’ her jib, but methinks it’s really the jingle o’ her boombooms.” Damnit, another COTW contender. I’ll never make the float again.

    @sak (#Y23): Argh! Another COTW contender and we’re not even to the Sunday strips yet!

    @Lorne (#Y24): “…disgusting jingly old people boom-boom sex.” You could take away the “disgusting” if it were Ruthie and Joe’s gramma and grandpa doing it like bunnies and you know they do. By now they’ve been through the Kama Sutra twice and are adding their own chapters.

    @gallantrose (#Y30): Too long for COTW, thank goodness for me, but for those of you who missed it, “The Rime of Dan Diller” is a good read even though it completely lacks vibrating hat knobs.

  27. Frank Lee Meidere
    March 20th, 2011 at 11:23 pm [Reply]

    @Baka Gaijin (#17): Right. I should have thought of that.

    @Vince M (#20): But how can they tell the difference?

  28. Dr. Weird
    March 20th, 2011 at 11:31 pm [Reply]

    @Hank (#14):

    That’s an interesting theory, but I see two problems with it: 1) Given the general level of quality in the strip, it seems unlikely that the Walker-Browne group prepares in advance for an issue like that. 2) When was the last time BB was even vaguely topical or related to anything about anything (aside from DADT, which seems purely accidental)?

  29. boojum
    March 20th, 2011 at 11:46 pm [Reply]

    @Frank Lee Meidere (#16): Concerning The Phantom: If you’re truly confused and, however improbably, want to know more — yes, The Phantom is the Unknown Commander. (I don’t know what that is in the Bandar tongue.) I believe the Unknown Commander is largely even unseen – he slips in at night and meets only with the top echelon of his military officers. Those indefatigable new members of the Jungle Patrol – The Black Chick and her friend The Other One – have been panting for a sighting, but so far no luck. As to his duties… they remain vague. Your suggestion of a really disappointing Candy Striper is probably a pretty good one — though we should amend it to “a really disappointing Candy Striper with a self-appointed license to whup ass.”

    I’ve always assumed the Unknown Commander was an official smokescreen, giving specious authority to the Jungle Patrol’s mission: to do whatever the hell the Phantom wants done. Them that’s got the family caves full of treasure makes the rules.

  30. Frank Lee Meidere
    March 20th, 2011 at 11:57 pm [Reply]

    @boojum (#29): Ah! Thank you. I really was confused. I’ve only been following the strip since I started reading Comic Curmudgeon, and while that’s been over a year now, there still hasn’t been anything in the comic to resolve my confusion.

    Now I know I’m not trying to keep track of two different people, just one really weird schizophrenic.

  31. Jim North
    March 20th, 2011 at 11:58 pm [Reply]

    @boojum (#29): yes, The Phantom is the Unknown Commander. (I don’t know what that is in the Bandar tongue.)

    Why, that’s easy. It’s “the Unknown Commander*”.

    [*in the Bandar tongue!]

  32. Brimstone
    March 21st, 2011 at 12:02 am [Reply]

    Crankshaft/Funky Winkerbean are the most realistic comics around. if they were some indie autobiographical strip they’d probably be heralded as a work of depressive genius

  33. bartcow
    March 21st, 2011 at 12:18 am [Reply]

    The best thing about being a crudely drawn Dadaist strip is that the punchlines can be completely interchangeable. No, I think the typeface change in Crock is due to a late-minute word substitution. Really, try any once-timely buzzword in that last panel.

    “What tiny detail did I overlook?” “Napster”
    “What tiny detail did I overlook?” “Kardashian”
    “What tiny detail did I overlook?” “D-Day”

    See? All of those are just as funny as the original. It’s like Comic Strip Mad Libs.

  34. Alfred E. Neuman
    March 21st, 2011 at 12:18 am [Reply]

    FC— Isn’t that cute? It’s Jeffy’s turn to poison the family dogs by allowing them to lick chocolate from his face. Now we know how Barfy got his name.

  35. mdblanche
    March 21st, 2011 at 12:37 am [Reply]

    Zits: And so this strip begins its descent into Funky Winkerbeanhood with a harrowing tale of teenage blindness.

  36. Baka Gaijin
    March 21st, 2011 at 12:44 am [Reply]

    @bartcow (#33): Yet another COTW contender. At this rate, I won’t have a chance at the Aviatrix’s auxiliary float or the imaginary float in my head.

  37. KarMann
    March 21st, 2011 at 1:07 am [Reply]

    @me #YY163: It strikes me that those who see smaller Mary Worths than the full-sized 1000×666 version might not really see what I’m going on about, regarding Dawn’s eyes. So, here’s a crop & zoom for you to shudder at.

  38. Baka Gaijin
    March 21st, 2011 at 1:10 am [Reply]

    Monday’s Strips

    Mark Trail: Apparently Lonnie will shake her moneymaker to distract the guards. It’s not often a booty can speak for itself.

  39. Baka Gaijin
    March 21st, 2011 at 1:12 am [Reply]

    Monday’s Strips

    Apartment 3-G: Mr. Diller is expecting a man. Something tells me he may be interested in something furry, but not a beaver.

    Beetle Bailey: How would you know if he’s out of sight, Cpl. Yo. You have no eyes.

    Snuffy Smith: What? An original idea? Am I in the right strip?

    The Better Half: Now it’s definite. Marvin grew up to be Stanley Parker.

    Dennis the Menace: So Mr. Wilson weighs more than 20 pounds, that’s what you’re saying, Dennis? So not menacing.

    Doonesbury: Augh! It’s not up yet! Why, why, why? Family Circus is up. Where is the justice in the world?

    Herb and Jamaal: I just wanted to see Jamaal get shot down again. Ha ha. That never gets old. Monday’s strip would just be a letdown.

    Marvin: Little doggie, you’re worried because you can’t smell anything? If only the human inhabitants within stench distance of the toddler could be so lucky.

    Mary Worth: Now she’s got out the teddy bear. My squick-o-meter is pegging. I don’t want to think about why Dawn’s regressing emotionally.

    Pluggers: Is it a coincidence that 6 weeks ago Mary Worth was railing against the Kindle? I think not.

    Sally Forth: What??? No comments on Sally ruined life? I’m disappointed.

    Slylock Fox: A boulder suspiciously falls on the map? Better gather up Reeky Rat, Harry Ape, and the Count.

  40. bats :[
    March 21st, 2011 at 1:47 am [Reply]

    Is this going to be the end of the current MW storyline? That’s IT? No Mary meddiling?!? I, for one, will NOT stand for it!

  41. cj
    March 21st, 2011 at 1:56 am [Reply]

    Crock:
    Crock has innovated in the top panel. Instead of merely placing a “throwaway” gag that’s as unfunny as that in the panels to come, it instead showcases an obfuscation of the gag – multiple characters look the same, so the audience might in fact never know if the image in front of them corresponds to any action at all.

  42. Charlie the Bursted Carbunkle
    March 21st, 2011 at 2:02 am [Reply]

    Oh thank God, the new Dick Tracy team’s finally given me something to bitch about out of all reasonable proportion. Yesterday (as noted in comments above), Summarily-Reassigned Former Police Chief Lizz was reduced to sharpening a whole box of pencils while Patton AND Sam slept on the job, which pissed me off quite a bit…but not nearly as much as the poorly-Photoshopped typefonts slathered on everything from the box (“PENCILS”) to Dick’s mug to LOCHER AUDITORIUM.

    I had just finished calling the Blondie zombies “hacks” for doing the same thing over St. Patrick’s Day. It remains a hack move. I don’t care if the word balloons are machine-texted, so long as the spacing isn’t berserk (as it was for the first several weeks after Locher and Brozman started doing it), and the font isn’t painfully ugly (this one is, but I’ll get used to it), but everywhere else…that is, within the artwork itself–it looks unnatural and sore-thumby.

    Monday’s strip does it again with the newspaper: misaligned text, a headline with spacing that wouldn’t pass muster on a fifth-grader’s Boy Scout project, and a banner on the inside pages. Jesus Christ! Quit that! I was in LOVE with you!!

    And panel three is a total non-sequitur. Is Lizz having an epiphany? Has Lizz just seen Fly-Face waltz in off-panel? Is Lizz having a stroke over her shabby treatment? Who can tell?

    So yeah, it’s still wonderful to see DT not looking like somebody’s DTs, but the lettering. THE LETTERING. BLARRRRRRRGHHHLE

    Zits: Ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease

    Coincidence or conspiracy? Monday Sherman’s Lagoon and Snuffy Smith are about birdshit. They are separated on my comics page by Shoe, which is about birds, but not birdshit…rather, about the horrible pain of arthritis HAW HAW HAW.

  43. ElkMeadow
    March 21st, 2011 at 2:16 am [Reply]

    At Dr. Rex Morgan’s, he had, what, two patients, and the rest of the day was spent on the receptionist’s issues. Now it’s time to go home.

    If it weren’t for the fact that my sister-in-law is a doctor and I know what her life is like, I’d wish I’d gone to med school so I could have the same cushy jobs as Rex and June and Becka.

    Anthony, Fu Machu and Dexter are on their way to Rex’s office. Wanna bet no one thinks to get the street-easy drugs?

  44. Black Drazon
    March 21st, 2011 at 2:27 am [Reply]

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (Friday #127): Thanks for that, and to Ukulele Ike too!

  45. boojum
    March 21st, 2011 at 2:29 am [Reply]

    MT: “We’re going to need something… some kind of distraction!”

    “They’re called boobs, Mark.”

  46. Alfred E. Neuman
    March 21st, 2011 at 2:33 am [Reply]

    Monday strips

    MW— “I had an Epiphany. But enough about my sex life.”

    Spider-Man— Morbius admits that he has a weak spot: He is suffering from osteoporosis. Will Spider-Man give him a break?

  47. Doctor Handsome
    March 21st, 2011 at 4:05 am [Reply]

    Look, I know it’s dumb to complain about the artwork in Crock, and I wouldn’t say anything if it were just the people and animals and buildings that were painfully off-model. But seriously, how hard is it to draw the sun? It’s a fucking circle.

  48. John C Fremont
    March 21st, 2011 at 5:59 am [Reply]

    @This Guy (#9): I thought KOS-MOS was that PBS series by KARL-SAGAN.

    In the words of Geoffrey Holder, “Ah, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!”

    (If I could remember how to do that little [*] thing, I’d add, “Just try making that out of a KOLA-NUT.” But I can’t, so I won’t.)

  49. fnord3125
    March 21st, 2011 at 6:57 am [Reply]

    isn’t the internal capitalization of WikiLeaks probably based more on using the system of “CamelCase” to denote “WikiWords” (that is, words that will automatically become links to other pages of the wiki) than on “late ’90s branding practices in the high tech industry.”?

  50. Little Guy
    March 21st, 2011 at 7:13 am [Reply]

    9CL: Leg action. At least it isn’t gay-curing or book-pimping.

    JP: As Carl Yastrzemski emerged from the shadow of the Splendid Splinter to make the Green Monster his own, Mike Manley has finally master the gravity-defying Abbyliciousness, Well done, Sir!

    Now, with Sullen Sophie, should a loge of seats Over There be reserved?

  51. Little Guy
    March 21st, 2011 at 7:15 am [Reply]

    er, …mastered

    @Lorne (#y24): Mrs Claus’ side business as a burlesque dance.

  52. MWDG
    March 21st, 2011 at 7:30 am [Reply]

    MW: Will Wilbur be coming in soon to tuck Dawn in?

  53. Rocky Stoneaxe
    March 21st, 2011 at 7:33 am [Reply]

    @bats :[ (#40): It’s even funnier if you imagine “Wilbur” speaking with the voice of Snuggle the Fabric Softener Bear!

  54. Flummoxicated
    March 21st, 2011 at 7:55 am [Reply]

    MW: Oh no, has Dawn turned into a plushie?

  55. Patrick
    March 21st, 2011 at 7:56 am [Reply]

    I just love how every artistic dilemma in Crock is solved with, “Draw a hill over it.”

  56. Mordock999
    March 21st, 2011 at 7:59 am [Reply]

    Today’s Luann – 03/21/2011

    Luann – “Okay, its a DEAL, Tiff. I’ll GO find Toni Daytona and Mrs. Horner and ask them to be judges for the Beauty Contest!”

    Tiffany – “GOOD! And while YOU WASTE time looking for that Senile Old Bag, and the ‘Firehouse Bimbo’ I’LL be FREE to PURSUE My RIGHTFUL ‘Property’, Quill! BWAH-HA-HAAAAAAA!”

    Luann- “WHAAAAAAT?!!?”

    Tiffany – “Oh, SHIT!!! Did I just SAY that OUT LOUD?!!?”

    _____________
    DEATH to TJ!!!

  57. Terry in Maryland
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:02 am [Reply]

    Phantom: Good grief, those panels look like the start of a prison porn movie

    Mary Worth: Why the teddy bear? Is she going to take every Saturday off to pursue starting a family?

  58. Rocky Stoneaxe
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:05 am [Reply]

  59. Trillian
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:11 am [Reply]

    Stone Soup: OMG, did they just use the President’s first name as a synonym for barfing?!? Could we keep the politics out of the funny pages, please?

  60. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:28 am [Reply]

    CdS: heh. nice re-beat.

    I would not have figured that Jump Start would do a better Charlie Sheen joke today than NAoQV.

    rMC: ahhh, bliss! Ashley’s first appearance!

    Baldo & Pluggers: it wasn’t funny or clever in MW, either.

    JUMBLE: nice Jetson’s ref.

    PMP: eeeeeeeeek!

    RwO: grrrrooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnn.

  61. Rocky Stoneaxe
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:44 am [Reply]

    Baldo & Pluggers — In the spring a young/an old woman’s fancy turns to… books!

  62. wossname
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:46 am [Reply]

    A3G – Maybe it’s just because it’s drying, but Dan Diller’s hair is getting remarkably voluminous, sleek and sassy.

    GA – I’m really starting to wonder why I read this dreck every day. It may be about to join 9CL and R=R in my no-read zone.

    GF – made me giggle.

    GT – I guess the lesson here is that the cure for bullying is vigilantism.

    JP – Somebody here recently mentioned the possibility that Sophie might be pregnant. Do we have any reason to think that, other than that it would be a good plot device? Oh yeah – she’s a cheerleader.

    Luann – mildly funny and nonannoying! I’m marking this day on my calendar.

    MT – So, Aviatrix, or anybody else who knows – does an airplane really have an ignition key like a car?

    MW – Can we please get to the pool party? This has been the most agonizingly slow and uneventful arc ever. Also, I know this has been discussed before, but how old is Dawn? Isn’t she supposed to be college age, at least? So here she is, cuddling her teddy bear on her pink-ruffled twin bed in Daddy’s condo.

    PBS – Thrown under a bus? JP crossover!

    Pluggers – Books vs. Kindle? MW crossover!

    Snuffy – Poop? Marvin crossover!

  63. Little Guy
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:49 am [Reply]

    @Hibbleton (#yy235): I was going to mention the Orthodox Churches, and I thought I remembered a story about an Episcopalian priest being, er, targeted during a baptism.

    Luann: “I didn’t recognize it without the Shriek of Righteousness and Umbrage!”

  64. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:55 am [Reply]

    *strikes the double-ninja’d you pose*

  65. Callidus
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:07 am [Reply]

    Sunday MT- Who knew that pollen was Mark Trail’s Kryptonite? KERCHOO!!!!! If some baddie gets the idea to sprinkle pollen in his beard Lost Forest is doomed!

    Monday MT- Apparently the stubble only makes Mark bad enough to steal a plane, but not bad enough to actually hotwire it. If he doesn’t get rid of it before his beard grows in he’ll be selling it to a chop shop.

  66. KarMann
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:08 am [Reply]

    @wossname (#62) on MT: Yes, it does. I’ll give Elrod that.

  67. Rocky Stoneaxe
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:10 am [Reply]

    @Charlie the Bursted Carbunkle (#42):

    At least Loweezy wasn’t conned out of $5000.00 for a crappy painting:

    http://www.jsonline.com/comics/32402404.html?feature_id=Shermans_Lagoon

  68. Not Just Any Dipstick
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:15 am [Reply]

    @wossname (#62): As a pilot (and airplane owner), yes they do have a key like a car. In many cases there is no lock on the door either, but even if there is, it is so flimsy it can be popped open easily, if it works at all. It is however, more difficult to ‘jump’ start an airplane. The key has ‘start’, ‘left’, ‘right’, and ‘both’ magneto positions. Good luck being able to connect those properly. On the third hand, the wires are nearly always just under the edge of the instrument panel, and easily reached. Happy now?

  69. gleeb
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:30 am [Reply]

    Dick: The hands may be better, but the classic Tracy pacing hasn’t been tampered with. Get on with it!

    ‘bean: Oh, have you remembered there are students at this school? Sure you don’t want to have a few more months of band banter?

    Gil: Cortez is but a tool in the hands on an angry God.

    Sophie, Neglected Genius!: Clearly she’s jealous that the strip doesn’t focus on her for months, sitting around a hotel room discussing dead people and baseball cards.

  70. jamoche
    March 21st, 2011 at 12:51 pm [Reply]

    @Doctor Handsome (#47):

    That’s a sun? But it has motion lines!

  71. Anonymous
    March 21st, 2011 at 6:19 pm [Reply]

    Spidey: Uh oh, he’s going for height, like the dogfighters in WWII! Next thing I know is he’ll dive at me with the sun directly behind him!!!!

    I won’t see him until the last minute when he swoops down with guns [claws] blazing and strafing with sharp pointy teeth!

    Ooh, better spread a web net between some buildings to catch him like a fly.
    ——
    Vampires, sunshine… I thought they didn’t get along.

    After that slight vampire gash, Spidey should sprout wings and fly, or become a creature of the night

  72. Alison
    March 21st, 2011 at 7:04 pm [Reply]

    God damn, “Crankshaft” is just miserably depressing. I know, I know-everybody says that. But it’s at the point where it actually makes me angry. Why would anyone use a COMIC STRIP, of all mediums, to consistently write such horrid unhappy things.

  73. Jym Dyer
    March 22nd, 2011 at 3:58 am [Reply]

    =v= Crock: The web and the dot-com boom were actually built on C and Perl, which used a style of short, algebraic variable names. CamelCase is an adaptation to really long variable names with a bunch of words in them to represent object-oriented subclasses, subsubclasses, subsubsubclasses … well, at this point you can see why you’d want to write something like SubSubSubClasses. It seeped into branding due to a weird conflation of object-oriented coding with a marketing strategy that involved hiring consultants to install super special programs to reformat your code into CamelCase while mumbling buzzwords. It was a perfect match for the economic bubble bursting.

  74. greghousesgf
    March 22nd, 2011 at 2:18 pm [Reply]

    what tiny detail did i overlook?
    Snooki!

  75. Matt McIrvin
    March 24th, 2011 at 1:38 pm [Reply]

    @fnord3125: While CamelCase does automatically create links on many wikis, I think WikiLeaks uses MediaWiki (the Wikipedia software), which doesn’t work that way. Still, I suppose the association between wikis and intercaps has been established.

  76. Dr. Morgan Touched Me
    October 2nd, 2011 at 5:13 pm [Reply]

    Not one person made the connection between CamelCase and the desert? Seriously, not one?

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