Tag Archives: humor

Bitstrips and Spacechips

I’ve really kind of gotten into the whole webcomics culture lately. The more I write “Reclaimer”:http://comic.shamuswrites.com, the more I like the whole notion and business of webcomics. I like to write, I like to play around with visual graphics, and of course, I’m a total Web-head. I’m actually thinking about starting to draw and write another webcomic in addition to Reclaimer. That’s still a thought in the development process, though.

So, I came across something called “Bitstrips”:http://www.bitstrips.com today (thanks to a news post on Boing Boing). I doubt very highly that I’ll ever choose to use Bitstrips as a final comic-making outlet – while being quite flexible, it’s still a bit more limited that what my imagination requires – but it is kind of fun to mess around with. I made kind of a lamely comedic comic today, mostly just to run the thing through its paces:

Feel free to go check it out, and if you end up producing a comic with it, let me know! I’m always looking for some new, quality comics to read.

Favorite Webcomics

Two of my favorite webcomics are “xkcd”:http://xkcd.com and “Irregular Webcomic”:http://www.irregularwebcomic.net. I’ve got quite a few webcomics plugged into Google Reader, but these two stand head and shoulders above all the others. The primary reason is because they are intelligent comics, relying on a brand of humor that appeals to the mind rather than relying on what I consider to be locker-room humor. Nearly all the webcomics I read deal with geek humor in some fashion, but only xkcd and Irregular Webcomic rely pretty exclusively on ‘smart’ punchlines. Comics like Ctrl-Alt-Del and Penny Arcade focus a lot on crude and crass topics and the main reason I keep them in my list is because of the occasional appearance of something truly witty.

Here are a couple of my favorite strips from the last couple of days:

xkcd:

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Irregular Webcomic:

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See? Smart humor. Funny without the crudity. That’s my kind of funny.

Math-erwocky

Ok, so in my Real Analysis class, we’re finally getting down into the nitty-gritty of discussing mathematical grammar for proofs. We’ve been discussing statements and their negations, converses, and contrapositives. We began with two statements:

P: I eat it.
Q: I see it.

Now, if we combine the two statements, so that P implies Q, we get:

bq. If I see it, then I eat it.

or

bq. I only eat it if I see it.

If we flip them so that Q implies P, we get:

bq. I eat everything I see.

or

bq. I only see it if I eat it.

Our professor called this his Lewis Carroll example. I loved it.

LaTeX vs. Latex

I’m on a mailing list for a

LaTeX

newsgroup, so I receive a digest of new postings a couple of times a day. I was skimming through the new messages in my Gmail inbox a few moments ago when some of the Google-placed ads and helpful links, which I usually ignore into invisibility, caught my eye. Check it out:

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I’m actually kind of amused by the listing. It’s one of those times where you really wish Google’s search API would actually take case-sensitivity into account. I think they got it closer to correct with the ‘More About…’ links, but still, I’m scared to click on anything since I don’t actually know where they go.

Darths & Droids

Darths & DroidsIf you thought that there was no enjoyment to be found in _Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace_, then you were wrong. Darths & Droids is a funny little webcomic created by a group of talented folks that restructures this movie tragedy into a table-top RPG with plenty of snark and humor. It’s a great little jaunt so far, and some of the screenshot captures they use have me cracking up. I highly recommend it.

The last few strips have poked fun at the character of Bibble and pointing out a number of oddities and continuity problems in the movie, all while keeping the rhythm of an RPG to add a little more geek humor to the mix (as if there wasn’t already enough of _that_ to spare). It’s good stuff.