Calling All Web Comics

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Candy Buttons

I am doing my honours thesis on comics. Which is pretty much the coolest thing ever. I need stimuli for my study, which means that I have to come up with a funny comic that’s not too popular (so the Far Side is out, even though it would be perfect and there are so many of them). I was thinking about the Perry Bible Fellowship, because it’s funny but not hugely recognized, but it’s a bit too niche-y, it’s stylistically inconsistent, and there aren’t enough of them. Given that the vast majority of this blog’s readership is nerds that read web comics, I’m putting out a call for your favourites. They don’t necessarily have to be web comics, but I’d appreciate a link if you have one. Also, I’m giving preference to Canadian comics because they’d be most culturally relevant to study participants.

Off you go! Find me some web comics!

(The above is xkcd. It is generally an enjoyable comic; I highly recommend it.)

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Apocalypto II: Sugar Tits

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In response to JTL‘s recent findings on male-female relationships, I would like to introduce an invention that I thought up on Tuesday when I was at a country bar. It is called the non-engagement engagement ring, and you wear it on the ring finger of your left hand when you’re going out to a club and you don’t want to get hit on. It’s kinda like one of those celtic heart ring thingies, only repurposed without the new age religious overtones. Also, it’s way less lame.

One of the benefits of the non-engagement engagement ring is that you can personalize the ring to fit whichever kind of club you’re going to. So if you’re going to a classy bar it would be a diamond ring or maybe one of those lockets where you keep your cocaine, and if you’re going to a punk club it would be filled with anthrax. (Do not confuse the two when you leave your house to go to the bar.) If you’re going to a rave, it would be day-glo pink and in the shape of a soother, or in my case at a country bar you could wear a stylish bit of rope or a ring with “my baby’s mama” or “born cuntry” engraved into it. Of course, if you’re going to a gay bar there’s a whole other system to adhere to. The possibilities are endless.

If you are a boy you may not think this invention is necessary, but a girl gets VERY TIRED of having to use the “oh yeah, I do that with myboyfriend” line every time a guy flirts with her, especially in situations where it feels very ditzy to do so. (Boy: “I agree that it’s a slippery slope from the weak AI hypothesis, but I wouldn’t call the The Chinese Room Experiment bullshit.” Girl: “My boyfriend has big muscles.”) A non-engagement engagement ring would solve this completely. All the girl would have to do to get her point across (subtly but unambiguously and without embarrassment to the boy), is to take a drink with her left hand. If the guy is too nervous to make his interests known, the problem is taken care of, and if he’s actually sincerely interested in the conversation, there’s none of the awkwardness involved in a pre-emptive strike. It’s win-win!

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In which Eve goes Bento-crayzee

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Panda Bento

I finally went shopping today and bought rice and vegetables and various other things with which I plan to sustain myself. I believe the last time I went grocery shopping was over a month ago. This speaks to my ability to packrat non-perishables; there is two-year-old spƤtzle in my pantry that I don’t have the heart to cook because it’s store bought :(

Anyhoo, I made the mistake of buying brown rice, which took 45 minutes to cook. On the up side it was healthy, surprisingly tasty, and paired with the most delicious Thai curry I have made to date. Pretty much the only food I put effort into now is curry. If I don’t want to make anything it’s No Name sidekicks or canned soup, which is why I think I’m going to have to start taking multivitamins. But that’s not what I was planning to talk about today.

I always thought that Bento boxes were austere Japanese dishes steeped in tradition and made out of scary things with tentacles. I was wrong about everything but the tentacles. The modern Bento box is pink, cute, and covered in Sanrio characters. I have found a new lifestyle in which to sink my money and time. Cute egg molds! And I don’t even really like eggs.

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And the winner is…

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NOT MICHAEL IGNATIEFF!

Stephane Dion

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RALLY E (Help me, internet)

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So I’m writing a basic genetic algorithm using bit strings of length 16. I’m getting a weird error where some of my strings have an uneven number of 0s and 1s (and that’s after the check that I’ve built in, which always successfully corrects them). So I do a bunch of tests and fiddle around with print statments, and suddenly I find it. It is the stupidest bug I’ve ever seen my life. Stupider than june bugs, and — considering that at least 200 of them commit suicide in our lamps every year — that’s saying something.

So here’s the bug: for some reason, before and after a mapcar I’m getting this one string mysteriously changed every time. It is the same g*sh-d*rned string every single g*sh-d*rned time. Despite the fact that everything is completely random, if the string “(1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0)” is EVER generated then the mapcar FOR SOME HORRIBLE REASON THAT DEFIES MY IMAGINATION changes it to “(1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0).”

So before the mapcar it says:

(1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0)

But if I call it within the mapcar it says:

(1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0)

And once it’s spit out by the mapcar it is FOREVER CHANGED INTO THIS HORRIBLE STRING THAT HAS MORE ZEROS THAN ONES AND BREAKS MY ALGORITHM.

* weeps *

Seriously, if anyone knows what on earth is going on and can tell me, I will take you to Burger King. (That means you, Riz!)

PS: I’m sorry for yelling.

PPS: Turns out it does the same thing to a number of strings:

(1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0)
(1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0)

(1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0)
(1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0)

(1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1)
(1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0)

In later generations I sometimes get variants of the first error:

(1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0)
(1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1)

Flips from 0 to 1 only seem to happen in later generations.

And it doesn’t do it to them all the time. Ideas?

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You otter have been there

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Otter Laughing

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Ladies and Gentlemen, I have found my wedding dress

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I love this dress.

With some colour and length adjustments, of course. It is 23,800 yen, which I believe to be a steal in this case. Liz looked at it and immediately exclaimed that we should both move to Japan and become Elegant Goth Lolitas. I agrizzle, my rococo nizzle.

More cute dresses, all from Mary Magdalene: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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