Wednesday, April 30, 2008

That's not MY beeping blipping thing.

Riding the train this week, I noticed that I'm not noticing something.
Namely, the various bleeps and bloops and little tiny versions of hit songs that emit from all over the place.
That used to be a real attention-getter. Now, nobody cares. People just erupt in blips and bloops all the time. It's like... gas.
A contractor at my house this week kept having Michael Jackson sing from his shirt pocket.
My phone has this kind of house-trip-hop groove it plays when I have a call, which I don't really realize is a call for a good 15 seconds or so. Then it has the happy "You have a message, happy happy joy joy" song it plays after I've missed whatever call it was.
Next time you're in a public place, just close your eyes and listen for electronic gobbledygook. It's pretty interesting. And, every so often you'll hear a snippet of some song you haven't heard in years, and then you can go download that and listen to the whole thing on Napster.
Like, Michael Jackson.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Xavier Ramonède

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

BTALD: Public Service Announcement?

So there was the squirrel incident, and then the duck incident - followed by the dishwasher incident, and then the carbon monoxide alarm incident which led to the water heater incident. Dang. If our life was a reality show I think it would be titled something like, "What the Hell is Going On?"
Anyway, here's a big scoop. Get this - you can get smoke detectors that also come with a handy carbon monoxide alarm in them. Right? Except there's this problem: See, smoke goes up. You know, up. The chimney. Up into the air. Up!
Carbon monoxide? It goes down. Like, close to the floor. Down.
So, for a carbon monoxide alarm to go off when it's near your ceiling, the amount of carbon monoxide that would have to be present in your house would be a whole lot, enough to ensure that you were quite dead.
This whole combination alarm thing now looks pretty dumb.
This may be why when the fire guys showed up and we told them we weren't sure what to do with this alarm going off, he said, "Have you tried throwing it out into the street and driving over it?"
I don't think the fire guys like these combo units.
Anyway, magically this PG&E guy appeared at our door, to check CO levels in the house - nobody's sure who called him. But when he opened the door to the closet where our water heater lives, he found that the exhaust pipe for it had corroded and fallen. Off.
Now, this would not give off carbon monoxide, but it's good to know nonetheless. So maybe the house set off the alarm to tell us, "Hey, over in this part of me -- something is messed up. Over here! Over! Here! Hey!" Like that.
Now that we've paid like triple time for the nice plumber to come put a new exhaust thing on the water heater on a Saturday (no hot water till we got this done you see), we're kind of keeping our heads low. Not low enough to breathe carbon monoxide, but low. Until the next incident.
So here's your friendly tip: Smoke detector high, carbon monoxide alarm low.
Until next time, this is your friendly cartoonist signing off until the next wildlife/appliance/alarm event.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Yike, they've invaded my fridge too.

Maybe I wasn't fast enough with the ice cream. They look like they're having a good time, though.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

An Ipp has invaded my yard!

Yike. It's about 8 inches tall and it looks hungry. Perhaps I will offer it some ice cream.
If you've never seen an Ipp, they've got some cartoon strips here. They're small, they're punk, and they're made of felt - or used gum, or dough or something.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Story of Stuff

I just watched a 20-minute video called "The Story of Stuff." It's worth a look. And Earth Day is a great opportunity to ponder how we got to the point where we're all entitled to cheap plastic crap at Wal-Mart. The biggest point I think the video makes: That the retail price of an item does NOT reflect the its true price. The true cost has been externalized by the corporation that made the item.

Our dishwasher broke this week, and even though we'd only had it two years, the repair guy posed the question of whether I wanted to fix it or replace it. And wouldn't you know, I did a little calculation in my mind as to whether I would feel "foolish" if I poured more money into this thing that clearly didn't work. I mean, why is that a question? Why remove a huge metal box from your house and send it out into the world if you don't have to?

Well, the dishwasher is getting a new part this week. I hope. In the meantime, hey, washing dishes by hand isn't that bad.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

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Leonardo Di Caprio...

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Antonio Banderas....

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Monkey D. Dragon

Monkey D. Dragon is the father of Luffy and the son of Monkey D. Garp. He is the infamous Revolutionary Leader and has been causing trouble around the world.
He is often seen in a long green cloak and recently he wears a revolutionary clothes. He has tattoos on his left side of his face and a hairstyle similar to Raditz fromDragon Ball Z.
His personality is mostly unknown due to the many mysteries surrounding him, save for an apparent love for freedom and belief in fate, which are traits of aD . Unlike other members of his family, or D's for that matter, he looks stern and serious, though in all his appearances so far, he wears a smug grin. He speaks as though he is a mystic of sorts.
Dragon is most wanted by the World Government. According to the World Government, he has some very dangerous ideals. The World Government has trouble capturing him, not to mention his tremendous bounty which is unknown at this time (He holds the title of "The World's Most Wanted Man").

Dragon's history remains mostly a mystery, thus it is unclear why Luffy was left to be brought up by his father Garp instead of himself. At some point he began the Revolutionary movement becoming its leader and his ideals began to slowly spread throughout the world. One by one countries slowly began to support him, though sometimes through war.
The little known history on him is that Six years ago, the Council of the Kings in Mariejois. The meeting was to discuss his revolutionary movement and his ideals that were threating the World Government. Thalassa Lucas showed the picture of him.

His first appearance was during the Loguetown Arc where he saved his son Monkey D. Luffy from Captain Smoker. He stopped Smoker from killing his son. He then warned Smoker not to interfere with Luffy's ambitions. At that moment a gust of wind passed through LogueTown blowing Luffy, Smoker andBuggy the Clown away. It's not known if he controlled the wind that blows off the marines at this point, but in the manga he did say the word "Storm" as the wind passed by and seemed untouched by it.
While visiting Luffy, Garp let slip that Dragon was Luffy's father in a causal conversation with him. The reaction of those present was of dire shock. It was then revealed to Luffy just who his father was by Robin.Robin stated that he was the top of the revolutionary army and has spread his ideals to every nation and kingdom, causing many of them to fall into his hands. He manages to stir rebellion around the world and has successfully pushed the world towards civil war. His actions greatly anger theWorld Government and he is considered the most dangerous man in the world. Until that moment, no one had known anything about Dragon, not even his full name.

He has since reappeared again on Paladego. Seeing Luffy's new bounty one of his men was about to tell him that Luffy was Vice Admirals Garps grandson when Dragon stops him and says he will stay in the wind for a while. He walks out into the castle's balcony where he remarked that the true nature of the world will be answered and he will meet Luffy again

Friday, April 18, 2008

He's very happy, but...

He's very happy but he didn't know what happened next time....

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

We're Rooting for Ya, Squirrel-Boy.

24 hours before the Duck incident, there was the Squirrel incident.

We've had weird scraping noises coming from the attic for some time now. I had kind of gotten used to them, until the other day when they were replaced with frantic flailing and screeching.

I peered into the intake vent at the end of my hall to see something like that scene in Star Wars, the one where there's that big sand-worm thing trying to eat people as they fall down into a big sandy pit.

Except in this case, it was a baby squirrel and a duct. The squirrel was malnourished I think, and it kept falling into this duct-throat-thing and then clawing its way back out.

So, I closed all the doors to one side of the house, opened a door to the backyard, got a broom, pulled the vent cover off, and waited.

Pretty soon the little critter came out and tried to run for it - except squirrels can't run on wood floors 'cause there's no traction. So it flailed around like the last-place finisher in the ice-skating championships as I batted it toward the door with the broom.

Eventually, after trying to tangle itself in the computer cables and backtracking a hundred times through my son's room, the squirrel exited the house and hunkered down next to the chimney.

My daughter took it a Ritz cracker.

We had to leave for a while, but when we got back the squirrel and the cracker were gone.

So, good luck, squirrel dude. I hope you find someplace more friendly to hang out. And if you see that duck, throw something at her for me.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Howard M. Shum

Howard M. Shum - original art, comic artist and modern pin-ups (celebs fake)
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Howard M. Shum is a filmmaker, artist, and writer who has worked with Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Image. He has inked such books as Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace - Obi-Wan Kenobi, X-Men Unlimited, Aquaman, Joker/Mask, The Simpsons, Disney Adventures (Kim Possible), Star Wars: Tag & Bink are Dead, and Star Wars Tales. He has also drawn sketch cards for Topps for their Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Lord of the Rings: Evolution and Masterpieces card series and for Strictly Ink for their Doctor Who, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY series

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