In 4chan, ">>>" is a jump link to somewhere else on a board. The boards are all abbreviated by 1 to 3 letters under a web directory, for instance, /ic/ is the art critique and criticism board - which by the way is not a very nice or popular place. So the man in panel 4 of this week's pages of The Indies is using esoteric lingo to dismiss Penny's dream-state plea for attention. I also don't know why Jet's classmate's t-shirt is a radish. I do know that Chapter 4 is going to be a roller coaster with a lot of downers like this one - that's why I started on a high note. Stick with it, though. I know what I'm doing, and it's all leading up to Chapter 5 being the grandest of finales I can possibly write for these guys.
Brass Balls and/or Ovaries
This is an interesting event worth noting. In a somewhat Martin Luthor-esque maneuver, the The Progressive Caucus of New York City passed "a resolution opposing the United States Supreme Court Citizens United decision, which gave corporations the same First Amendment rights as people."
"So what we did was we crafted language that was so obscure, so confusing, so uninformative, but so precise to change the U.S. code." ~Jack Abramoff
"Blog That." Yes, Sir. I don't agree with everything he's saying, but I find it neat to hear a man like this speak out like this, and I certainly support the notion that the bloggers have the power.
It's Bro plus Pony
So, I simply like the show, but today at Target I ran into a herd of official, uniformed bronies. While they achieve a transcended degree of enjoyment I can not myself achieve, I found them to be alright fellas. Should you be one of the gentlemen to which I am referring, you may be interested in my essay about you.
Ghostbusters makes everything better
This chapter of The Indies is supposed to be about everything going wrong, but I think the gang is going to get through it just fine. I recently mentioned that I writing for me is a lot like spilling a bucket of Legos and building something out of the mess. By this point, all the characters are developed, so I can just throw events at them, then sit back and watch how they react.
I added a few more titles to The Library: Puddles of Cute by Leda Zawacki, Brass Knuckle Rituals by Pott and DePaolo, Centuri Way of the Ninja by Trevor Frick and the infamous classic Expolitation Now by Michael Poe.
There are more vacant houses in the US than there are homeless people .
SOPA, PIPA and WIKI
My tiny voice won't reach all that far, but I will be taking Splurd.com offline on Wednesday, January 18th to show solidarity with Wikipedia's protest of SOPA and PIPA. I hope other bloggers will do the same. UPDATE: Here is a list of sites participating in SOPA/PIPA Protests.
And we're back
Hey folks. I'm happy to bring back your beloved... oh who am I kidding. Anyway, I could rant about the SOPA/PIPA protest, but it sounds like everyone's discussing the successes, responses and subsequent actions just fine. I'm just happy to have been a tiny part of it.
Red Cross keeps my life exciting, for sure. We have a handful of shelters open across the region due to the ice storms knocking power out. There was also a shelter managers' class scheduled today, which has already been postponed twice before. This meant our chapter had to make a very "WarCraft" decision between upgrading and deploying troops, ironically, because of a blizzard. I never got word if the class was on or not, so I showed up. It is off, but there's plenty of administrative/logistical stuff to do, so - as has happened to me a few times before - I got deputized. Totally not complaining. I love being in a position to help people, and I planned on spending the day with ARC anyway.
Back to Normal
The blizzard shelters have wrapped up just in time, because I have fully depleted my "being a hero" reserve. I suddenly find myself with significantly more humility than usual and an unusually strong need for a hug.
Watching "My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic" is like mainlining liquid hugs after freebasing a rainbow.
It's supposed to be gum
I don't like drawing my characters doing nothing but standing and talking. I also don't like drawing Nat standing around without a cigarette, but she doesn't smoke around Jet. So I tried to draw her getting a stick of gum out in the last scene. Without any context, I don't think it's apparent. Anyway, Seattle based fiction's obligatory scene at the Fremont Troll. I've actually drawn the Space Needle exactly once, but only a local would have known that.
More on the Five Friend Dynamic
So when I wrote about the Five Friend Dynamic a while back, I really doubted I was the first to ever notice this. I figured if anyone had seen this pattern before, news of it would make it to TV Tropes. Turns out, they almost got it, but I think my friends and I hammered it out a little nicer. In fact, their observation is more directed towards "Five-Member Bands," which we noted as often a different dynamic than the "Fraggle" Five. Still, it's really neat to cross-reference.
If I wrote The Elves of Iax as a novel, I'd have finished it by now. Honestly, I'm not ruling this out. It might end up being the way to go. It's weird though... I've always felt like just writing it as a book would be too easy. Like I was cheating or something.
A little bit too normal
I prefer to play it low key on the announcement when bad stuff happens to The Indies, and talk more when they start to cope with it. Anywho, this is a bad stuff week.
Heroes and Politics
This may come as a surprise to many of you, but I don't hate legacy browser testing. Internet Explorer 6 came out in 2001 - one year into my career - and rescued me from the Netscape hell camps. Sure, it's rusty and crotchety, but today it found a bad tag that the modern browsers were all like "Oh, looks like you're opening a LABEL but closing a B. That's cool bro, we get it." IE6 is like a war veteran, disgraced for political reasons, denied pension and subsequently hard-earned retirement. Everyone dismisses him as crazy, but in truth he's just tired and bitter about the lack of respect for his service. Here's to you, IE6. You served the net well, Sir. Better than most remember.
So, wayward Splurdagumi Chris found this article which made me face-palm so hard I hurt and possibly damaged my face. I thought that when web developers outgrew table-based layout and put on our CSS big-kid pants, we were doing so to pursue a semantic web, not to forget what we learned and revert to a flock of proprietary technology sheep. Listen. The object of web development it to make a document that multiple devices can process. That is our passion, that is our purpose, that is our charge. Every time you build a website that works for everyone, Tim Berners-Lee grabs a microphone and shouts "GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL!"