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...but on discovering that Irregular Webcomic is over, in addition to the knowledge I already had that Narbonic is closing down, makes my morning especially bitter. Yes, there are other webcomics I will undoubtedly add to my routine and will keep me smiling first thing in the morning, but it's sort of like losing Peanuts or the Far Side or Calvin and Hobbes. It's a bitter pill. Bleargh.

The fact that it's a fast day today is not especially fun, either. The heck with consciousness; I'm going back to bed.

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allah_sulu
Dec. 31st, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
Irregular Webcomic - that was sudden. I hadn't seen that announcement yet.

I just recently re-discovered Narbonic, so it made me upset that I was rejoining it on its last legs.

I don't know if you read Foxtrot, but that's going from daily to Sundays only.

Yes, there are other webcomics I will undoubtedly add to my routine

Do you want to swap suggestions?
allah_sulu
Dec. 31st, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
P.S. regarding Narbonic: "Foot" is on a card in Super Munchkin 2: Narrow S Cape.
sethcohen
Dec. 31st, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
I take it Shaenon Doherty was responsible?
allah_sulu
Dec. 31st, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
Yep. She's one of the latest guest artists for a Munchkin card.
morganminstrel
Dec. 31st, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
Uh, Shaenon Garritty? Shannon Doherty is entirely other chap, don't you know.

And there's a lot of evidence that points to the IWC ending being a "prank" or "joke," so we'll have to see about that one.

But yeah, I'm going to miss Narbonic too. A lot.
sethcohen
Dec. 31st, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, you're right. I'm a tired, tuckered Seth. I guess I'll see what happens tomorrow, if anything does. After all, if the world ends, there won't be a new IWC.
allah_sulu
Dec. 31st, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
And there's a lot of evidence that points to the IWC ending being a "prank" or "joke," so we'll have to see about that one.

I hadn't taken it out of my Massive Tool yet, so we'll see tomorrow/later.
sethcohen
Dec. 31st, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's probably a good idea.

What are you and the family doing today? We're going to take Julian out in a little while and look for used book stores - he's in need of new (to him) things to read. You may not have the same need, since Vanessa works at a library, but I thought I'd mention the plans.
allah_sulu
Dec. 31st, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's probably a good idea.

You have to read Schlock Mercenary and Order of the Stick – no arguments allowed. I have some of each in dead tree editions if you'd like to borrow them. Other recommendations include Elf Only Inn (had ended years ago, recently reborn with major changes), Full Frontal Nerdity, and Home on the Strange – I guess those will do for starters.

What are you and the family doing today?

Nothing major planned. My car died a couple of days ago, and I've been two migrainey to do anything about it yet (not that I'd be likely to get any kind of prompt service over a holiday weekend anyway). Now that I'm feeling better, Q seems to be going under the weather…

We're going to take Julian out in a little while and look for used book stores - he's in need of new (to him) things to read. You may not have the same need, since Vanessa works at a library, but I thought I'd mention the plans.

We don't really need much in that area, since Q often grabs childrens books that are about to go on sale at the library (nothing like working there and having first dibs). But, like I said, I've got a couple of books for you (I think the OOTS one is still at work, though).

sethcohen
Dec. 31st, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
I already read OOTS. I'll bookmark the others when I'm feeling better. Thanks for the suggestions.

I too am feeling not-so-hot. Today is a daylight fast day, and (as per usual) I now have a headache and am getting drowsy. Food keeps me going, strangely enough, and without food everything gets worse.
allah_sulu
Dec. 31st, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
I already read OOTS.

I bought the prequel book, which is all original not-on-the-web strips detailling the personal history of each character, and how they all got together to form the OOTS.

I'll bookmark the others when I'm feeling better.

Ah, so there's smegginess all about. I've seen you links to Schlock Mercenary before, most recently the ones with the medical nanites contacting their host by writing on his skin. I have two of those collections.

Food keeps me going, strangely enough, and without food everything gets worse.

Go figure - though I suspect caffeine deprivation may be playing a part as well.
sethcohen
Dec. 31st, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I'd like to borrow the prequel book.

Yes, you've sent me links, but I haven't followed through mostly because I've had enough to read. Now I don't, plus I have some downtime. I've read through about 6 months of Schlock Mercenary, and it's been worth the read.

Yes, caffeine deprivation is a factor. Fast is over in an hour, so there's hope on the horizon...as the sun dips below it.
allah_sulu
Dec. 31st, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I'd like to borrow the prequel book.

No problem. I just have to remember to bring it back from the office. I think Jim's started OOTS, too, so he can have it after you. (Have you been decyphering all of Haley's garbled cryptogram-speech? I wrote a macro in my Massive Tool to help me crack it.)

Yes, you've sent me links, but I haven't followed through mostly because I've had enough to read. Now I don't, plus I have some downtime. I've read through about 6 months of Schlock Mercenary, and it's been worth the read.

Definitely. Jim was the one who introduced me to it, I think, but it dropped off his radar when it hit a slow period while he hit a busy period.

Yes, caffeine deprivation is a factor. Fast is over in an hour, so there's hope on the horizon...as the sun dips below it.

I'm definitely feeling better today. Pity my car isn't. I'll be dealing with that and taking the train to work once we've ushered in the new year.

sethcohen
Dec. 31st, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
I haven't decyphered any of Haley's speech. I don't write macros, for example, and I read it for pleasure, not for work.

Good to hear you're feeling better. Food has done wonders so far; I'm going to try some sugared, caffeinated soda in a moment, and see what that does for me.
allah_sulu
Dec. 31st, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
I haven't decyphered any of Haley's speech. I don't write macros, for example, and I read it for pleasure, not for work.

Cryptograms are fun, and some strips (the key changes every time) are easier than others (depending upon how much dialog she has, and how much of it is obvious due to context). The macro (written in the Massive Tool, of course) simply replaces all instances of a given letter with another letter, allowing me to put in the letters I know (for instance, once I know "ABC" = "THE", then all As become Ts, Bs become Hs, etc.) until I've got them all done.
allah_sulu
Jan. 1st, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
For Example
This is the last strip where Haley speaks in cryptograms. Lots of dialog, lots of context:
MFGL?? P opvvlu Mfgl? Sry!!
Keeeeee! Opno ypv fvv, Euugd Lcclnwpql Lgfm!
Ysy?
Des'ql rew we il opuupmr al. Lgfm, des'xl mew isdpmr wypv fxl des???
Ufam vwxfpryw, yl'v gdpmr!
Yl iesryw al wypv uxlvv! Neal em, kesgu FMD keafm NYEEVL we klfx wypv wypmr?
Me! P'a mew! P'a vwsjpu! P'a ve vwsjpu!!
Ec nesxvl mew! Wypv pv fivsxu! P'a Nyfewpn Reeu! Pvy!
Kyd fxl des gpvwlmpmr we ypa?? Yl'v wyl QPGGFPM!
Me, P yfqlm'w!
Des yfql we ilgplql al! Yl'v gdpmr!!
Kyfw?? Me! ME!!
P nfm'w...
...wypmo...
P nfm'w gevl ypa...
P--P wyesryw...
P wyesryw--
Run it through this macro...
( ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ <- Alphabet, line it up )
[M*FYOAL*BPWENCKIVGU*DSTRH*] ( <- Code key, edit this )

constantstr codekey
variable coded

pushselectionstr textstr

depth whiledo {

0 coded !

dup 64 91 between if 64 - 1 codekey uppercasestr midstr 1 coded ! endif
dup 96 123 between if 96 - 1 codekey lowercasestr midstr 1 coded ! endif

coded @ 0= if emitstr endif

depth }

concatstrstack copystrtoclip pastefromclip

forget codekey
forget coded
...and you get this:
NALE?? I kissed Nale? Ugh!!
Woooooo! Kick his ass, Oddly Effective Elan!
Huh?
You've got to be kidding me. Elan, you're not buying this are you???
Damn straight, he's lying!
He bought me this dress! Come on, would ANY woman CHOOSE to wear this thing?
No! I'm not! I'm stupid! I'm so stupid!!
Of course not! This is absurd! I'm Chaotic Good! Ish!
Why are you listening to him?? He's the VILLAIN!
No, I haven't!
You have to believe me! He's lying!!
What?? No! NO!!
I can't...
...think...
I can't lose him...
I--I thought...
I thought--
sethcohen
Jan. 1st, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
Re: For Example
Very illuminating. Thanks!
allah_sulu
Jan. 1st, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
Re: For Example
You're welcome. Most of the time Haley's coded dialog is obvious and/or unimportant, but sometimes it's humorous and/or significant. Off the top of my head I can recall two incidents - when they were being tried by the supposedly senile paladin king of Azure City and his kitty, Haley immediately realized that something was wrong and tried to tell Greenhilt that the king was not as stupid as he appeared to be; and when Haley went to dinner with Elan (the real one) and tried to confess to him in order to get her power of speech back, she tried telling him every secret she had (including the one about her father, her latent bisexuality, etc.)
magid
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
There was a panel on webcomics at Arisia. I didn't go, but one of the panelists posted noted from the panel, including all the recommended webcomics, so I thought you might find something of interest included...
sethcohen
Jan. 15th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks much. Due to limitations on computer availability in this house this month, that has been less of an issue. Getting time on a working computer has been more of a burning concern...
magid
Jan. 15th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can see that. Just one more thing to add to the list of 'to look forward to when the computer situation's stabilized'... I hope that happens soon, with a minimum of fuss.

(And I just noticed my typo in my previous comment. "noted" s/b "notes" of course.)
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