Comic 241 - Music

4th Mar 2012, 7:49 PM in Filling in the Past
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view 4th Mar 2012, 7:49 PM edit delete
Super irritating internet.

To be honest, he wasn't planning on using actual music, but more generally monitoring "variations from strict average" or something. Either way, it never panned out.


cattservant 4th Mar 2012, 7:58 PM edit delete reply
1. Irritation is one of the signs of life.*

2. Youth speaks truth!

*#6. Response to stimuli.
Meh.Aloe 4th Mar 2012, 8:01 PM edit delete reply
These pages are adorable. :)
view 4th Mar 2012, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
To me, they are flirting with WALL O TEXT-ville.
cattservant 4th Mar 2012, 8:08 PM edit delete reply
Wall O Text-ville, isn't that on the rail line between Nowheresville and Boulder somewhere in New Mexico?

You gotta say what you gotta say! (Or, complex ideas require more description.)

Panel 5 is an instant avatar!

Panel 7. The excavators in the background seem to be expressing an opinion...
view 4th Mar 2012, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
I was going for the "Japanese scroll" feel with panel 5.
cattservant 4th Mar 2012, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
Ahso... Permission to use? (please)
view 4th Mar 2012, 9:40 PM edit delete reply
It's not going to shrink very well, but you're welcome to use it as you can.
cattservant 4th Mar 2012, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
Mucho garbanzos!
Meh.Aloe 4th Mar 2012, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
Oooh, I think that avatar works very nicely. :D
cattservant 4th Mar 2012, 10:39 PM edit delete reply
Yes, yes it does. Just a touch of Snipping Tool and Paint. Did have to enlarge the text.
Meh.Aloe 4th Mar 2012, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
I don't think they're wall of text-y! Or at least, when I imagine walls of text, I think of something very different. :P I think the conversations here are awesome, and very enjoyable to read.
Alecsander 5th Mar 2012, 1:22 AM edit delete reply
If you'd like to see Wall-O-Textville, view, go check out the comic Subnormality. The tag-line is "comics with too many words since 2007"
Meh.Aloe 5th Mar 2012, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
Oooh, Subnormality! Is awesome but for me sometimes *that* is too many words. :P I feel guilty about this. :(
view 5th Mar 2012, 4:21 AM edit delete reply
I don't like comics that are just people talking (or, worse, pages of a book). That's not what comics are good at.
Alecsander 5th Mar 2012, 5:15 AM edit delete reply
And it is bad to have comics that are nothing but people sitting around talking, but you've got a generous sprinkling of pages that are completely text-free, and a few that have just got a few words.
view 5th Mar 2012, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
Well, I try to mix it up so that even if it's talking, there's visuals going on that are interesting and build the characters.

If a comic artist really wants to go "wall of text", they should just do a picture-book. It's really an underused but very good medium.
JasperWB 4th Mar 2012, 8:47 PM edit delete reply
If you saw a real wall of text like I can make, you'd have a massive coronary. Your pages are just right.

So Elvis is left handed? Maybe I can forgive for not calling him Joseph then. Little too much on the puppy dog cute rather than handsome side for his ultimate namesake however.
view 4th Mar 2012, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
Well, Hansel and Gretel don't look particularly like fat German kids, either.
cattservant 4th Mar 2012, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
har har... Actually they weren't very fat until the witch took them in. That was very kind of her wasn't it...
Meh.Aloe 4th Mar 2012, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
Given their dad, I think they may grow into it. :P
cattservant 4th Mar 2012, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
Especially since their wicked step-mother was kind enough to croak off in the interim!
Sheela 4th Mar 2012, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
Ack .. don't blow the kids mind too much, Jim, he needs it later in life !
cattservant 4th Mar 2012, 11:29 PM edit delete reply
For example; When you are leading by example, there are examples and then there are examples!
view 5th Mar 2012, 4:47 AM edit delete reply
Oh? Welcome to SladeStrife, the 100th official subscriber!

Not that they will ever see a random comment floating around the bottom of the page here, but, hey.
JasperWB 5th Mar 2012, 5:52 AM edit delete reply
Well I saw it. And since it is a piece of trivia useless to everyone, chances are I will remember it for years to come. I'm good at that. Like a dog except I get no treats for my tricks.
ANonMoose 5th Mar 2012, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
There are more of us lurking than you think view
cattservant 5th Mar 2012, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
So now you are a Centurion... Ad Victoriam!
Badger 5th Mar 2012, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
So you're saying someone should make him aware of this fact then?
cattservant 5th Mar 2012, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
Just let them be serendipitous...
cattservant 5th Mar 2012, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
@ view: Avatar Elvis worked out quite well. The graduated silhouette (?) style seems to shrink acceptably. Just needed to enlarge the text a bit. Thank you for the fine gift indeed!

Under the category of too much time: If I recall correctly* you mentioned at one point that the early generation robots were very vulnerable to 'dying' in transition from sleep to waking state. That led to the idea that, being human emulators, the robots might have developed a death personification in their 'folklore'.** Instead of the Grim Reaper with scythe, a Grim Interruptor with large metric wrench.*** If the above were true, then some goth-robot with a poetical inclination might have produced the following****...

All hail the Grim Interruptor
Wrench poised with metric precision
Soon to unbolt the connection
Between sleeping and awareness
Defaulting all our dreams away...

*(frequently not!)
**(the robots think Dr Kirk is creepy,
so you know they could have one.)
***(would make an interesting image.)
****(or not!)
Archduke 5th Mar 2012, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
You know it's amazing how different the comments are on NMTG compared to RA. I mean I know the themes are completely different, but those are the two webcomics I'm currently following, and it makes reading through these quite refreshing.
cattservant 5th Mar 2012, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
To strain a metaphor; The cyber-wilderness is teeming with different tribes of indigenous folks.
JasperWB 5th Mar 2012, 7:29 PM edit delete reply

I'm not smart or... creatively eccentric enough to to be a fan of this comic I think. I just like to read the story and chat with the author..
cattservant 5th Mar 2012, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
I ask your permission to disagree. You are always here to remind us when we are about to step off into the quicksand! To remind us of the gap, so to speak.
JasperWB 5th Mar 2012, 9:38 PM edit delete reply
Permission denied. Nevermind the gap!
cattservant 5th Mar 2012, 9:40 PM edit delete reply
har har... Well, if you put it that way!
Banjo picker 15th Jul 2012, 1:06 PM edit delete reply
How on earth did I miss this page?
ThomyJ 9th Nov 2012, 4:13 AM edit delete reply
Actually he's holding the banjo the right away. Unless she plays a lefty banjo, but you don't see those very often.
view 9th Nov 2012, 4:37 AM edit delete reply
You can tell it's a left-handed banjo by the armrest.